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Easy Basic Pizza Dough

Easy Basic Pizza Dough is simple to make with a food processor and is super easy to work with. This recipe makes awesome pizza crust and garlic knots as well. Once you try this recipe, you'll never go back to the store-bought pizza dough.
Prep Time12 minutes
Cook Time0 minutes
Total Time12 minutes
Course: Bread
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 140kcal
Author: Chula King


  • Food Processor fitted with steel blade


  • 2 cups plus 2 Tablespoons (11 ounces, 316 grams) bread flour
  • 1 Tablespoon (0.44 ounces, 12 grams) granulated sugar
  • 1 ⅛ teaspoons instant yeast (See Tip 1)
  • ¾ cup (6 ounces, 177 ml) filtered water (See Tip 2)
  • ¾ teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil, plus 1 to 2 tablespoons more to coat the finished pizza dough


  • Add bread flour, sugar, and yeast to the bowl of a food processor fitted with a steel blade. Pulse 5 times to combine. 
  • Remove the feed tube. With the food processor running, slowly add the water through the feed tube; process until the dough is just combined and no dry flour remains for about 10 seconds. Let the dough rest for 10 minutes.
  • With the food processor running, add the salt and one tablespoon of olive oil through the feed tube. Process until the dough forms a satiny, sticky ball that clears the sides of the food processor, about 30 seconds.
  • Transfer the dough to a floured surface. Cut in half. Roll each half into a rough ball and coat in olive oil—place in a quart Ziploc bag. Secure the bag and refrigerate the dough overnight or for up to three days.
  • Yield: Two 8-ounce pieces of pizza dough.



  1. Use either instant or bread machine yeast in this recipe because either can be added directly to the ingredients. Active dry yeast must be proofed before adding it to the other ingredients.
  2. Use filtered water in this recipe. The reason is that tap water contains chlorine that can retard the growth of the yeast and even kill the yeast if the concentration is too high.


Calories: 140kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 0.3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 220mg | Potassium: 47mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 1IU | Vitamin C: 0.01mg | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 0.3mg