Fail-Proof Pizza Dough

How to make pizza dough is made easy with this fail-proof pizza dough recipe! Easy to follow and always delicious. Enjoy your pizza and breadsticks!

Course Dinner
Cuisine Italian
Keyword Fail Proof Pizza Dough and Cheesy Garlic Bread Sticks
Prep Time 2 hours
Cook Time 9 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 9 minutes
Servings 2 medium pizzas
Calories 876 kcal
Author Lauren


  • 1 cup warm water
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1 tablespoon honey or sugar
  • 1 teaspoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil or canola oil
  • 3 cups bread flour give or take 1/2 cup...depending on the heat & humidity
US Customary - Metric


Pizza dough instructions-

  1. In a large mixing bowl, preferably that of a stand mixer, stir yeast and honey into warm water. Sit for 5-10 minutes or until bubbles form and mixture starts to foam. This tells you that the yeast is alive and kicking.

  2. Pour in salt, oil and half the flour and mix. Once that flour is incorporated, start adding flour in bit by bit until you get the pizza dough to the consistency you want: slightly tacky, but when you touch it it doesn't stick to your hands.

  3. Once you reach this stage, knead for 6 minutes. Turn a timer on and walk away! Resist the temptation to stop earlier than 6 minutes! That seems to be the magical number. The dough should be smooth and easy to work with. And the bowl should be clean! {*This is the point when you could freeze your dough!! Divide into portions, place into freezer bags, seal removing all air and freeze. To use, remove from freezer and let sit out to get to room temperature and double in size; 6-8 hours. Then use as you'd like.} 

  4. Lightly grease the bowl & the dough so it doesn't dry out, cover with plastic wrap and let it rise 1-2 hours. That's it! Use as desired.

Cheesy garlic bread instructions-

  1. Preheat oven to 500 degrees with pizza stone inside. {If you don’t have a pizza stone, use an upside down cookie sheet…a tip I got from Natalie!}

  2. Mix butter and garlic in a small bowl and set aside.

  3. Spread pizza dough out into a 12-inch circle on parchment paper. {This makes it easier to transfer to the pizza stone.}

  4. Spread the butter and garlic mixture over dough and top with parmesan and mozzarella cheeses. Top with a light sprinkling of salt and pepper, if desired. {That step is totally optional!}

  5. Bake 9-10 minutes or until bubbly and golden. Remove from oven and cool 1-2 minutes before cutting. Serve hot, with marinara.

Recipe Notes

The Nutrition Facts are for the pizza dough only and not the cheesy garlic bread.

Nutrition Facts
Fail-Proof Pizza Dough
Amount Per Serving
Calories 876 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Fat 18g28%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Sodium 1180mg51%
Potassium 316mg9%
Carbohydrates 150g50%
Fiber 8g33%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 27g54%
Calcium 28mg3%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.