by Adina Frid

This is a very simple recipe for pizza dough. When I make pizza with my son, we use store-bought sauce and shredded cheese, so that this is a simple, quick and delicious lunch project for us to do together!

YIELDS: 3 medium-large pies



  • 2 cups lukewarm water
  • 1/2 tsp. sugar
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. dry yeast
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 5 1/4 cups white or bread flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp. salt


  • ready-made pizza sauce OR
  • tomato sauce
  • salt, pepper, oregano, basil, garlic powder


  • shredded parmesan (optional)
  • grated mozzarella / yellow cheese

Toppings (optional)

  • olives
  • onion
  • mushrooms
  • peppers
  • corn


In a large mixing bowl, combine yeast, water, and sugar. Leave to bubble for 5 minutes.

Add olive oil, flour and salt. Mix with a dough hook or by hand until a smooth dough forms.

Cover the bowl and allow to rise for 2 hours or until doubled in size.

Preheat the oven to 450°F / 230°C.

Tip the dough onto a floured surface. Cut the dough in 3 equal pieces, or cut off the desired amount (for an individual pizza for my son I take about 2 handfuls of dough).

Roll out the dough to about 1/2-inch thickness (or according to preference).

Transfer the dough to a baking sheet / parchment paper / pizza pan.

Spread sauce on the dough.

Add cheese and toppings as desired.

Lower the oven temperature to 350°F / 180°C and bake for 6-8 minutes.


  1. Raw dough (after it’s risen) can be stored in a closed container in the fridge for a day or two. Container must be large enough to allow some growth of the dough.
  2. For a more thoroughly baked crust, bake the dough on its own for 5-8 minutes. Remove carefully and add sauce, cheese and toppings. Bake again for 3-4 minutes.