Making Homemade Pizza Dough Recipe & Cost To Make

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Make pizza delicious again. The hardest part of making your own homemade pizza is making the crust. Planning ahead does play a huge part in making the perfect dough. See this recipe and make your own Homemade Pizza Dough.

No Fail - Homemade Pizza Dough pictured cooked pizza

Making Homemade Pizza Dough Recipe & Cost To Make

Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Cook Time:
0 Minutes
Additional Time: 1 Hour
Total Time:
1 Hour, 15 Minutes
1 Pizza Dough

The hardest part of making your own homemade pizza is making the crust. Planning does play a huge part in making the perfect dough. One of my favorite homemade pizza dough recipes requires the dough to rise for an hour. But I have to admit, I am sometimes in a hurry to make dinner and can’t wait an hour for the dough to rise.

One way to make your own shortcut is to double your pizza dough recipe. Once you’re ready to top your pizza dough, take the extra, divide, and freeze. This way, you will have extra dough available and ready. The day you plan to use the dough, transfer it from the freezer to the fridge in the morning to thaw for dinner in the evening.

Or use my super quick method (you can tell I do this often): to unfreeze I place in a warm bath of water and within 20-25 minutes you are ready to start. The rise time for dough after defrosting will still be about an hour once the pizza dough is fully defrosted.

If you have leftover pizza dough, here are some fun recipes you can create with the extras (like garlic knots & more).

Pizza Dough on wooden cutting board with ingredients to make pizza

Is Homemade Pizza Dough Cheaper Than Store Purchased?

Please note that the best pizza dough recipe is listed below and can be printed.

Can a homemade pizza beat the $5.99 Boboli 12-Inch crust or Pillsbury refrigerated dough priced on sale for $2.99? My first quick answer is…”hmmm, I don’t know”. I thought I would break the cost down and calculate it out. Here goes – my basis of calculation.

How much does it cost to make a pizza?

Let’s go over the ingredients to make this classic recipe.

Yeast – A 4-ounce store-brand jar is often on sale for $3.49. Two teaspoons of yeast are equivalent to 0.25 ounces. That means there are 16 servings in a jar. After doing the math, two teaspoons cost just $0.42.

All Purpose Flour – I generally buy my flour when it’s on sale. Typically, a 5 lb bag of flour when on sale costs around $2.49. Generally speaking, there are typically 17 cups of flour in a 5 lb bag. That means each cup costs $0.15, and the two cups necessary for the pizza dough add up to $0.30. 

Olive Oil – My bottle of Olive Oil costs around $3.50 for 8 oz. This means that 2 tablespoons cost $0.21.

Salt – The teaspoon that this recipe calls for costs a little less than $0.007. For the basis of calculation, let’s just round this cost up to the nearest penny. 

Sugar – A 4-pound bag of sugar costs $2.49. There are 9 cups of sugar in a 4-pound bag. That is $0.27 per cup. We are using 2 teaspoons of sugar. This is so hard to measure based on cost. But in reality, it may cost us just $0.01.

Water (warm water or room temperature)- I am going to say that the tap water from our home costs next to nothing. But for the basis of calculations and to give it a cost, let us call it a penny. $0.01

Total Cost for Homemade Pizza Dough (Drum Roll Please), Just $1.23

That price is just screaming BARGAIN. On that note, here is a very simple pizza dough recipe that our family loves. Homemade just tastes better. No extra ingredients that you can not pronounce. 

Tips For Making a Better Pizza

  • Use a Pizza Stone or Pizza Screen Pan. (I own both and prefer the screen, we like a crispy pizza) – if using a pizza stone pre-heat the stone as well before placing dough on it to cook. How to transfer your already top pizza to a pre-heat stone. I like the parchment paper method. Roll your dough on a floured piece of parchment paper. Make your pizza. Once topped, slide your pizza using the parchment paper onto the preheated stone and bake. Leave the paper intact. or if you have a pizza peel, use the instead.
  • Using a stand mixer with a dough blade on will help mix and kneed your pizza dough.
  • Preheat your oven to 450 degrees. (I have heard of others going even higher), then bake for 10 – 15 minutes.
  • Always place your pan in the center of the oven rack.
  • Let your pizza rest a few minutes after baking and before cutting. It makes cutting the pizza a lot easier.

Homemade Pizza Dough Recipe

This easy pizza dough recipe is great for beginners and produces a soft homemade pizza crust. This homemade pizza crust has it all: soft & chewy with a delicious crisp and AWESOME flavor.

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Yield: 1 Pizza Dough Crust

Homemade Pizza Dough

recipes using leftover pizza dough

The hardest part of making your own homemade pizza is making the crust. Planning ahead does play a huge part in making the perfect dough. See this recipe and make your own Homemade Pizza Dough

Prep Time 15 minutes
Additional Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes


  • 1 Package active yeast (2 tsp)
  • 1 Cup Warm Water
  • 2 Cups Bread Flour
  • 2 TBSP Olive Oil
  • 1 TSP Salt
  • 2 TSP Sugar


  1. In a small bowl dissolve yeast in warm water, and let stand until creamy (10 minutes)
  2. In a large bowl combine 2 cups flour, olive oil, salt & sugar.
  3. Combine wet mixture with dry. Mix with a dough hook until the dough becomes stiff.
  4. Mold the dough into a ball, and place it in a warm place to rise for 1 hour.
  5. Once the dough has doubled in size you are ready to make your pizza


Please note that you can substitute bread flour for all-purpose without seeing a major difference in the dough. I have tested substitute myself.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1/8 Pizza

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 159Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 293mgCarbohydrates: 26gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 4g

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Other Homemade Frugal Recipe Ideas

Make Your Own Homemade Dry Onion Soup Mix

Delicious Homemade Dinner Rolls

Homemade Taco Seasoning

Homemade Breakfast Pancake Syrup – Made from Brown Sugar

Pizza Dough ball proofed and ready to be rolled out. pictured smooth ball of dough

Eating out is easy, and it usually tastes delicious, but it’s expensive. Making this meal at home will save you money. Add this recipe to your weekly meal plan.

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  1. My family would devour this! Hearty, healthy and flavorful – the perfect combination! Thanks for sharing.

  2. This would be so much better than having to buy pizza dough. Half the time at the store it is frozen, which isn’t helpful!

  3. Research finds that people who eat home-cooked meals on a regular basis tend to be happier and healthier and consume less sugar and processed foods, which can result in higher energy levels and better mental health.

    Thank you for this recipe.

  4. I love to create my own pizza dough because it’s fresher and it’s cheaper! I love to bake so I do this a lot! Thanks for the recipe!

  5. I’ve always wanted to know how to make my own pizza dough so this is really helpful for me. Thank you for the tutorial.

  6. I’ve tried a few different pizza dough recipes and always on the look out for “the one” so will give this a try thank you!

  7. I have no doubt that homemade pizza dough is better. The issue to many is the time involved- so much easier just to get carryout pizza or pop a frozen pizza in the oven. But the taste cannot compare!

  8. Nice! I’m definitely giving this a try. The last pizza dough recipe I made just didn’t do it for me. This one looks a lot better.

    1. King Arthur’s flour also has great recipes for pizza dough. so far, our favorite is the Neapolitan. it’s perfectly crunchy & you can easily flavor the dough with garlic granules & onion powder. so far, we’ve made fresh pizza twice this week, mostly because we used fresh mozzarella & shaved Parm.

  9. I don’t have a heavy duty mixer. Is there any way I can use my full size food processor to mix the dough?

  10. I’m not a fan of added sugar in otherwise savory dishes. Would it be OK if I left out the sugar in this recipe? If so, should I substitute it with something else?

    1. Absolutely you can! The sugar does help develop the yeast (keep that in mind). The dough may not rise as good and you may not end up with the same airly baked dough. It is worth the shot and see what happens. If you decide to test it out, please let me know how it turns out without the use of sugar.

      1. I haven’t tried making my own pizza dough but it seems like a great idea. What i often do is to use leftover bread and turn them into mini pizza bread haha.. I think i should start making this too
        Thank you for sharing the recipe

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