How to Make and Freeze a Favorite Pizza Dough Recipe

How to Make and Freeze a Favorite Pizza Dough Recipe |

It’s one of those things you just learn quickly when you have kids streaming through your house. They love pizza, all of the time. And at all hours of the day and night. I love pizza too, just with a healthy twist to my toppings. An easy solution is to have pizza dough on hand… and ready to go. And this is my Favorite Pizza Dough Recipe.

I love to make a couple of batches of this dough, or break the dough into 4 balls vs. 2 for smaller pizzas and freeze it. It’s incredibly convenient.

How to Make and Freeze a Favorite Pizza Dough Recipe |

You can always buy pizza dough in the freezer section of your market, but when you can make your own, it’s just a bit more satisfying!

How to Make and Freeze a Favorite Pizza Dough Recipe |

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Favorite Pizza Dough Recipe

Ingredients (Makes 2 Pizzas)

1 cup warm water
1 teaspoon sugar
4  1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast (2 packets)
4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for kneading
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1/3 cup olive oil, plus more for bowl


Sprinkle yeast over 1/2 cup warm water. Add sugar and let stand until the yeast dissolves, about 5 minutes.

In a mixer, combine flour and salt. With the mixer running on low speed (with paddle attachment), drizzle in remaining 1/2 cup warm water and olive oil until combined with flour. Then add the yeast mixture and blend just until the dough forms.

Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth. This should only take a minute or two. Form dough into a ball.

Transfer the dough to a large mixing bowl coated in olive oil. Cover with plastic wrap and set in a warm draft-free area until the dough doubles in volume, about an hour. Punch down, cut in half and form two balls of dough. The dough can be used immediately. Or, you can put the dough in the refrigerator and store until you need it, within a day or two.

To Freeze Pizza Dough:

I love to make extra dough for this reason! While I can always buy it at the market, there’s something special about having your own homemade pizza dough ready to go.

When freezing, divide the dough into forths, form a ball and wrap each piece in parchment, waxed paper or plastic wrap. Then place the dough into a ziplock freezer bag. This way when you want to take just one out, they’re not sticking to the others.

Using Frozen Pizza Dough:

When making pizza at home, pull the frozen dough out of the freezer the night before you make it, or even the morning of. Thaw in the refrigerator.

Then simply roll out the dough, as usual, dress the pizza with your favorite toppings, and bake in a 500ºF oven for 10-15 minutes!


While the recipe in this video varies slightly, it’s a great visual on kneading and shaping pizza dough!


How to Make and Freeze a Favorite Pizza Dough Recipe |

2 thoughts on “How to Make and Freeze a Favorite Pizza Dough Recipe

  1. Anonymous

    Sounds tasty, but not very quick. The pizza dough in the freezer, seems to require a day ahead thought. Which is fine but not always convenient. If you rolled the dough out before freezing, would it thaw out quicker? I love your recipe, can’t wait to try it. I’m just wondering why you freeze the dough in a ball?

    1. Stephanie Wilson

      The dough is simple and quick to make. And yes, if making pizza from frozen dough does require defrosting overnight in the refrigerator. Rolling the dough into a disc would work too — and actually is a great idea!! I’m going to try it the next time I need to refill the freezer. Thanks for the input!!

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