How to Make and Freeze a Favorite Pizza Dough Recipe

Simple, homemade pizzas dough is a baker’s best friend. Easy to make, and delicious to eat. With only 5 ingredients, it’s perfect for pizza night, or to make ahead and freeze.

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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.

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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!

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Favorite Pizza Dough Recipe

Ingredients (Makes 2 Pizzas)

  • 2 1/2 teaspoons rapid-rise or instant dry yeast (1 packet) *see note
  • 1 cup warm water, plus more if needed
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for kneading
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for the bowl


In a stand mixer, combine flour, salt, sugar, and instant yeast. With the mixer running on low speed (with paddle attachment), drizzle in warm water and olive oil until combined with the flour. Add water as needed for consistency. The dough should be slightly tacky.

  • Yeast – If you’re using active dry yeast, add the yeast to 1/2 cup water warm. Add the sugar and let stand until the yeast dissolves, about 5 minutes. After proofing, add the yeast mixture to the flour 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 the 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, divide into 2 balls of dough that will later form two pizzas. The dough can be used immediately or stored in the refrigerator. It’s best if used within 24 hours. 

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 4 equal portions. Form each portion into 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 or counter. You will want the dough at room temperature before making the pizza.

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!

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6 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!!

  2. Anonymous

    My dough was dry and tough. I feel like 1 cup of water isn’t enough.

    1. I actually made this pizza dough this morning as well. Time to restock the freezer for easy pizzas. When first mixing the dough, before rising, it should feel slightly tacky and heavy. After rising, it becomes super easy to handle. Add additional water, like 1 tablespoon at a time, if you need extra moisture. I tested it with 1 additional tablespoon this morning and the dough fell apart. The ratio can change slightly with the weather too. Here is what the dough looks like before rising — taken this morning.

      Pizza Dough Before Rising

  3. Anonymous

    Can you make this in the bread machine

    1. I’ve not tried this recipe in a bread machine. Although that sounds like a fantastic idea. I can’t see why it wouldn’t work if your bread machine can handle 2 cups of flour.

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