At long last and after many requests, I am sharing our basic pizza dough recipe. This dough comes together in minutes and after an hour rising you can be rolling, topping, and shoving your beautiful homemade pizzas in the oven. Or, you can make this a day or two before and stash it in the fridge. If you follow along on Instagram, you know we have made this countless times - especially on PIZZA FRIDAY! As the title suggests, this is our basic pizza dough recipe - it was Jason's recipe and over the years it evolved until we landed on our perfect pizza. I also have a sourdough recipe, which I love, but it does take more planning and lots more hands on time. This basic recipe is the one we make most often as it is quick, easy, and versatile!
Basic Pizza Dough Recipe
The best thing about homemade pizza? You can top it with whatever you want. And you have total control over the freshness and quality of your toppings. Add as much or as little as you like. White sauce, red sauce? both? Make it large or personal size. Heck, turn it into a calzone or stromboli if you're feeling frisky. We have done it all with this dough. You're the boss. And when you start with this basic pizza dough recipe, I guarantee you will never be tempted to order take-out or delivery again. I am so underwhelmed by restaurant pizza - It just can't compete with the freshness and fun of homemade pizza.
A few tips on this basic pizza dough recipe
This really is an easy recipe. Just a few tips on how we make it - I always use King Arthur Flour - Unbleached All Purpose. I'm not saying you have to use that flour, I just like to be transparent because I do think flour makes a difference.
I use a stand mixer for this and have never made it by hand. You absolutely could, just mix it all in a bowl with a wooden spoon or a dough whisk if you have one. Transfer to a floured surface and knead by hand for about 10 minutes until you have a nice, soft but firm (not sticky) dough ball. Proceed with rising and baking as the recipe states.
Topping your basic pizza dough
You already know what my favorite toppings are: mushrooms! and plenty of cheese. But we have a lot of fun mixing up toppings. Our teen boys really like buffalo chicken pizza, Jason likes meaty toppings and something spicy - sometimes bacon, fresh pineapple, and pickled jalapeños. I'm more of a traditionalist and of course I love lots of mushrooms.
The best one I've made lately is this mushroom with white sauce and blue cheese. I topped it with arugula and the tiniest drizzle of truffle oil. It was so good. SO GOOD!
And of course, pepperoni and sausage are never a bad idea. I love to do a mixture of a white sauce and red sauce. I put a thin layer of the white sauce and then blob around the red sauce - I don't spread it. Then top with cheese and toppings. A sprinkle of dried oregano is always good and reminds me of my dad; He used to jazz up frozen pizza with a few shakes of a parmesan/romano blend and plenty of dried oregano before baking. I'll always have a soft spot for that.
My biggest tip: Just have fun! My only real caution is to not over do it with toppings. Especially veggies. They will create a lot of moisture as they bake and you'll get a soggy crust.
Join us for pizza Friday!
As I said above, we have pizza Fridays at our house. Pizza is Jason's favorite food, hands down. So he needs his weekly fix and it has become such a beloved and fun tradition. Such a nice way to end the week and begin the weekend. Some music, some wine, flour everywhere - perfect Friday night.
I would love if you'd make this recipe and join us! Post your photos on Instagram or Facebook and tag me so I can see! I'm @wild.thistle.kitchen on Instagram.
If you make this I'd also be so grateful if you could rate and review the recipe below. It means so much to me and it helps others find my recipes!
Happy Pizza making! xo - AnitaPrint