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The Best Basic Pizza Dough Recipe

The best basic pizza dough that's my go-to recipe for anytime I want to make pizzas or even focaccia. It's so simple and takes around 10 minutes to make, it's the best way to make homemade pizzas!
Prep Time3 hrs
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time3 hrs 10 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 2 large pizzas
Calories: 1802kcal
Author: Emily Kemp


  • cups 1.1 lb/500g type 0 flour*
  • teaspoon 7g fast action dried yeast
  • 1 ⅓  cups 320ml lukewarm water
  • 1 ½ tbsp  olive oil
  • pinch  pinch salt
  • ½ teaspoon sugar


  • Add the yeast to the lukewarm water with ½ teaspoon sugar and set aside for 5 minutes.
  • Combine the flour and salt in a large mixing bowl. Make a well in the centre and add the yeast and water and start to mix it together with a metal spoon. Add the olive oil and mix together until a rough dough forms. If it's too sticky you can gradually add a little more flour.
  • Dust a clean work surface with a little flour and knead the dough for around 5-10 minutes until it's silky smooth and soft. If you lightly press your finger on the ball of dough it should spring back up easily. 
  • Add ½ tablespoon of olive oil to a large clean bowl and rub all over until the bowl is coated. Shape the dough into a ball and place in the bowl, rub the top of the dough with a tiny amount of olive oil. Cover with cling film and leave in a warm place for at least 2-3 hours or until doubled in size.



Please note this recipe was tested and developed using metric measurements all imperial measurements are approximate.
  • Type 0 flour can be replaced with type 00 or all-purpose flour.
  • This dough make enough to make 2 large pizzas that serve 4-6 people


Calories: 1802kcal