Chef John's Easy Homemade Pizza Dough


This pizza dough produces a very nice pizza crust — flavorful, and tender, with just the right amount of chewiness.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Additional Time:
18 hrs 15 mins
Total Time:
18 hrs 35 mins


  • ¼ cup whole wheat flour

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour

  • ¼ teaspoon active dry yeast

  • 1 ¼ teaspoons salt

  • ¼ teaspoon white sugar

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 ½ cups warm water (100 degrees F or 38 degrees C)

  • all-purpose flour, for dusting


  1. Stir whole wheat flour, all-purpose flour, yeast, salt, sugar, olive oil, and warm water with a spatula until formed into a sticky ball of dough that pulls away from sides of a large bowl, about 3-4 minutes.

  2. Cover the bowl with a light cloth or plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place (80 to 95 degrees F (27 to 35 degrees C)) for 18 hours, until doubled in size.

  3. Preheat the oven to 550 degrees F (280 degrees C). Sprinkle a baking sheet with cornmeal.

  4. Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface and sprinkle with more flour. Form the dough into a rectangle, and cut it into four equal parts. Shape each piece into a ball, stretching and tucking the dough to create a smooth surface, adding more flour if needed. Cover the dough balls with a towel and let rest for 15 minutes.

  5. To shape the dough, sprinkle the surface with flour and lightly pat flat. Use a rolling pin to form a thin disk about 9 inches in diameter.

  6. Transfer the formed crust to the prepared baking sheet and top as desired. Bake on the bottom rack for 4 minutes, move to the middle rack and bake for 5-6 minutes more minutes, until the bottom is crispy and the top is lightly browned. Move to cooling rack to cool slightly before serving.

Cook's Note:

Additional all-purpose flour may be needed if the dough is too sticky and wet.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

485 Calories
8g Fat
89g Carbs
12g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 485
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g 10%
Saturated Fat 1g 6%
Sodium 732mg 32%
Total Carbohydrate 89g 32%
Dietary Fiber 4g 14%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 12g
Calcium 22mg 2%
Iron 6mg 31%
Potassium 154mg 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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