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Homemade Pizza Dough - Ready in 15 minutes

This is the simplest pizza dough recipe, hands down. It consistently turns out great and is fairly forgiving, making it perfect for beginners or prepping for a weeknight dinner. The dough is ready in 15 minutes, no need to let it rise.
Prep Time15 mins
Total Time15 mins
Servings: 2 8-inch pizzas
Calories: 645kcal
Author: Ask the Food Geek



  • ¾ cup lukewarm water 110 degrees F
  • 1 teaspoon rapid rise yeast *see note
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour 10 ounces
  • 1.5 teaspoon salt


  • ½ cup mozzarella cheese
  • cup pizza sauce
  • Your favorite toppings (nutrition info includes ½ lb of sausage)


Preheat oven to 500 degrees

  • If you have a baking stone (highly recommended), preheat it in the oven now.

Make the dough

  • Put warm water in a large bowl and add yeast. Stir to dissolve.
  • Add flour and salt to the bowl and mix to form a shaggy dough.
  • Move the dough to a clean work surface. Knead until the dough is smooth and elastic, about 5 minutes. It gets less sticky as your work with it, and will still feel slightly tacky when done. But if it sticks like bubble gum, add flour 1 tablespoon at a time.
  • Set dough aside and prep pizza toppings.

Roll dough & make pizzas

  • Grab 2 pieces of parchment paper. Divide the dough in half. Stretch or roll each half into 8-10" circles, on the parchment paper (I prefer using a rolling pin). If it resists stretching or shrinks back, let it rest for 5 more minutes.
  • Cover in sauce, add toppings.


  • Slide pizza onto baking stone while still on the parchment paper.
  • Rotate pizza after 5 minutes and remove parchment paper* (see note).
  • Bake for another 3-5 minutes until the crust is browned and the cheese looks perfect.


  • Yeast: I've used active dry and rapid rise and don't notice a difference in this recipe. 
  • Parchment paper: remove it when the recipe says or it might burn and crumble because the pizza stone and oven are so hot. 


Calories: 645kcal | Carbohydrates: 98g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 43mg | Sodium: 2340mg | Potassium: 361mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 365IU | Vitamin C: 3.4mg | Calcium: 171mg | Iron: 6.7mg