Pizza Making 101

Pizza is one of those things that seems daunting at first; it is the best food of all time after all. But once you try it you find out that it’s not too expensive to make, takes very little active prep time, and is quite delicious.

Check out the recipe below and let me know what you think + your favorite pizza toppings in the comments! I personally add ~1 cup of sauce, a good amount of mozzarella cheese, and pepperoni, basil, onions, and jalapenos.

Pizza with pepperoni, mushroom, onions.

Pizza Dough

This is my go to friday night pizza dough! Awesome with sauce and toppings.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Cold Fermentation Period 2 d
Total Time 2 d 40 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 8 Servings


  • Oven
  • Cutting Board
  • Bowls
  • Measuring Spoons
  • Measuring Cups/Scale
  • Parchment Paper
  • Pizza Pan
  • Plastic Bags


  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 2.5 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp yeast check to make sure your yeast is good
  • 6.5 cups flour 800 grams
  • 2.1 cups water 500 grams


  • Lay out all of your ingredients into separate bowls. Preheat the oven to 550 degrees.
    Salt, pepper, and yeast placed in small red bowls and flour and yeast placed in large red bowls.

Making the dough

  • Mix warm water with the sugar and yeast in a bowl. Leave aside for 10 minutes. Check it after 10 minutes to see if your yeast has proofed; you should see active yeast floating on the top of the water.
    yeast fully proofed
  • In a separate bowl, mix most of the flour with the salt. Save a heaping tablespoon of flour for later.
  • If the yeast is proofed properly, pour the flour mixture into the liquid mixture. Make sure they are combined well.
  • Place remaining flour onto kneading surface. Knead ball of dough until everything is properly combined.
  • Cut dough into four equally sized balls. Cover lightly with olive oil and place in plastic bags. Leave in fridge for 2-5 days to let it cold ferment.


  • Take a pizza dough out of the fridge, and place it on a surface you can stretch on, with cornmeal attached.
  • Stretch out the dough. The best way to do this is by lightly pushing on the dough away from you.
    Pizza Dough Stretched Out
  • Once your dough is stretched out, pre-bake the dough for 5-10 minutes.
  • Add sauce, and toppings to your liking.
    Pizza prepped to go into the oven.
  • Place into oven for 8-10 minutes. Take out when at your desired crispiness levels. Enjoy!
    Pizza with pepperoni, mushroom, onions.


  • I like adding cornmeal to the bottom of the crust to give it a crunchy texture. Regular flour works fine as well.
  • You don’t have to pre-bake the pizzas, but it helps with supporting toppings.
  • An important rule of cooking that applies here is that cooking=time * temperature. If your oven can’t get up to 550 degrees, you can go lower but it will take more time.