Basic Pizza Crust Recipe

Nothing beats homemade! This basic pizza crust recipe is beginner-friendly.

Nothing beats homemade! This basic pizza crust recipe is beginner-friendly. Give this one a go! No rolling pin? Here’s a hack: roll out your homemade pizza dough with an old wine bottle.

Basic Pizza Crust Recipe

Chino L. Cruz
Nothing beats homemade! This basic pizza crust recipe is beginner-friendly.
Prep Time 2 hours
Cook Time 15 minutes
Resting Time 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Course Snacks/Merienda
Cuisine Italian
Servings Makes 3 (10-inch) thin-crust pizzas or 2 thicker-crust pizzas


Basic Pizza Crust Ingredients

  • 2 3/4 cups bread flour plus extra, to dust
  • 3 teaspoons Instant yeast
  • 3 teaspoons sugar
  • 3 teaspoons Salt fine
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 Cup water at room temperature


  • Stir together flour, yeast, sugar, and salt in a large mixing bowl, making sure not to let the yeast come into contact with the salt before mixing (salt kills the yeast and reduces its efficacy).
  • Add olive oil. Pour in water slowly, stirring mixture gently to form a soft dough.
  • Transfer dough to a lightly floured work surface and knead for about 5 minutes or until smooth and elastic.
  • Place dough in a lightly oiled bowl. Cover with a damp kitchen towel and let it rest at room temperature for about 30 minutes to 1 hour or until dough has doubled in size.
  • Punch down dough then leave to rest for a few more minutes until risen slightly.
  • Place dough on a lightly floured work surface.Divide into 2 to 3 equal portions. Let dough rest for 10 to 15 minutes before using.
  • Preheat oven to 500°F or to the hottest temperature of your oven.
  • On a lightly floured work surface, stretch or roll out 1 portion dough using your hands or a rolling pin until ¼ inch thick. Place rolleddough on a lightly floured baking tray and bake in the preheated oven for 6 to 8 minutes or until lightly brown on the edges. Let cool slightly.
  • Top baked crust withdesired sauce, cheese, and toppings. Bake in the preheated oven for 4 to 6 minutes or until cheese is golden and bubbling, and toppings are heated through. Serve immediately.
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