Pizza Dough Recipe

An authentic Italian pizza dough recipe, to make pizza from scratch the easy way

Here’s the pizza dough recipe used in most Italian households, translated for you from Live Italian. It is an easy recipe that gives very good results, ideal if you never tried to make pizza from scratch before. This pizza dough recipe will also work with any GF flour.

As for most traditional foods belonging to popular culture, there is a large number of options out there for a good pizza dough recipe. Ours is a very basic and easy one. It gives step by step instructions to obtain an excellent pizza dough in as little as 15 minutes (once you get used to the process it becomes really easy and quick).

Because a pizza night with friends and family is the best way to enjoy this easy meal, quantities are set on 500 gr of flour, which will cater for 5 to 6 people. And if you’re thinking of going very serious, check out how to build your very own wood-fire oven for $20! The results in an oven like this are hardly comparable to what you can accomplish with even a good quality electric or gas oven, that’s why they are becoming very popular and you can see them popping-up more and more, especially in suburban backyards.

While in Australia it is common to match your pizza to a nice glass of red wine, Italians prefer to have it with a cold bear, because they consider pizza to be a very casual, cheap meal. Another interesting fact is that Pizzas in Italy are a lot less “loaded” and usually topped with two to three ingredients (four at the most!). What do you have on your pizza? And do you have it with wine or beer?

We love to hear from our readers, please let us know how your pizza dough turned out, especially if this is your first time ever kneading pizza!

Buon Appetito,

Good Food Advisor

Pizza dough recipe: Authentic Italian Pizza Dough
Print Recipe
Make pizza dough from scratch in as little as 15 minutes with this easy pizza dough recipe. This recipe was translated from Live Italian, and it is the pizza dough recipe mostly used in the average Italian household.
Servings Prep Time
3 large pizzas 15 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
5 minutes 2+ hours
Servings Prep Time
3 large pizzas 15 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
5 minutes 2+ hours
Pizza dough recipe: Authentic Italian Pizza Dough
Print Recipe
Make pizza dough from scratch in as little as 15 minutes with this easy pizza dough recipe. This recipe was translated from Live Italian, and it is the pizza dough recipe mostly used in the average Italian household.
Servings Prep Time
3 large pizzas 15 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
5 minutes 2+ hours
Servings Prep Time
3 large pizzas 15 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
5 minutes 2+ hours
Ingredients
Servings: large pizzas
Instructions
  1. First of all, prepare the yeast: place it in about 100ml of warm water with the sugar and stir gently until it's all melted. Put aside and allow about 2 minutes for the yeast to activate (when it does, you'll see small bubbles coming out of it).
  2. Place the flour in a big bowl and "dig" a small hole in the middle (not too deep, you don't want to see the bottom of the bowl). Pour the yeast in the hole, mix it with your finger, a teaspoon or a tiny whisker.
  3. Add the olive oil and mix some more. Keep working the dough for about 10 minutes, and add the warm water (with the salt melted in it) as needed, until your dough feels nice and smooth. Take it out of the bowl and work it on a clean surface (like a table or a kitchen bench).
  4. Now shape the dough into a ball, spread a very thin layer of olive oil on it and put it back into the bowl. Cover the bowl with clear foil and place it somewhere warm, protected from the open air. Allow at least 2 hours for the dough to rise, it must double in size.
  5. After 2 hrs start preheating the oven at 250ºC (the hotter the better). Take the dough out of the bowl (is it smooth and elastic? good!) and place it on a clean surface sprinkled with a thin layer of flour. Knead for a couple of minutes, then divide the dough into 4 smaller balls.
  6. Use the rolling pin to shape your pizzas, you want them round and flat, approx 25+ cm diameter.
  7. Now add toppings in this order: tomato passata, mozzarella and your choice of ingredients.
  8. Once your pizzas are topped, bake them. Cooking times will vary according to your oven and how thick you made the pizzas. I find that at 250ºC my pizzas cook in about 7 minutes or less.
Recipe Notes

NOTE: If you cook your pizzas for too long, you'll end up with a "cookie" consistency, dry and crunchy.

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