Pizza Dough

2020 has been our family’s year of making new traditions. For Christmas dinner I made Pizza Dough, and then we watched a movie. With the pandemic, our Christmas ended up being low-key, and pizza is the perfect food to eat while watching Klaus. Making food from scratch is hard work, but so rewarding knowing I can make 7 pizzas for under $15.00. Honest! Each time I make pizza, we do a few that are made with random ingredients. For example, if we have BBQ or ranch, we incorporate those into the sauces. This time, I really wanted to incorporate more veggies, so I added broccoli with chicken and my homemade alfredo sauce.

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This post was originally published on December 26, 2020
Updated on February 28, 2022

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Pizza dough is super quick and easy to make in a KitchenAid mixer. Additionally, you can make Pizza Dough with a Cuisinart Food Processor. The recipes are different, but the results are very similar. I did a random search for pizza dough recipes years ago and came across this one that has been a no-fail, very few ingredients, and really delicious! This recipe card, made out of an index card, has been well-used. When my mother-n-law gifted me a Cuisinart Food Processor, I discovered a recipe for Pizza Dough in the manual. Read till the end to find the link to that blog post.

Pizza Dough recipe on notecard

What You Need

Standing Mixer
Wet/Dry Measuring Cups
Measuring Spoons
Oil
Yeast
Flour
Sugar
Salt
Non-Stick Spray
Large Bowl
Plastic Wrap
Baking Stone/Pan 
Cheese Shredder

Recipe for Pizza Dough

Pizza Dough Ingredients

2 Cups Warm Water
1 Tbsp Yeast
Pinch of Sugar
1 Tbsp Salt
2 Tbsp Oil
5 Cups Flour

ingredients for Pizza Dough

Directions for Pizza Dough

1. Pour warm water into the KitchenAid mixing bowl, then sprinkle in a pinch of sugar and 1 Tablespoon Yeast. Then, whisk together well.

Water and Yeast bubbling in KitchenAid mixer bowl

2. Wait 5 minutes for the yeast to be bubbly, this will help the dough rise. 

yeast bubbly in bowl after five minutes

3. Pour 3 Cups Flour into the mixing bowl, on top of the water and yeast mixture.
*The recipe says to add the Flour in two 2 1/2 Cups increments, but I altered it to 3 and 2.

two cups flour added to water and yeast mixture

4. Add 1 Tablespoon Salt and then 2-4 Tablespoons Oil to the Flour.

salt in Tbsp measuring spoon over KitchenAid bowl

5. Insert the dough hook, lock mixer, and then turn on low until blended smooth.

blend mixture to make Pizza Dough

6. When the flour is mixed into the wet ingredients, add 2 more Cups of Flour.

add additional two cups flour to make Pizza Dough

7. When the mess gets to be TOO much, remember to add your cover, and hope it helps keep your sanity.

splash guard on KitchenAid bowl

 8. Mix the dough on low until a smooth dough ball forms, then place dough ball into a Non-Stick Sprayed bowl. Cover the bowl with Plastic Wrap and then set aside to rise 20 minutes.

Pizza dough resting in two separate bowls covered in plastic wrap

While the doughs rest, I wash and cut all of my veggies, shred cheeses, cook the sausage, make alfredo, and then clean up the flour mess. I typically do 2 separate pizza doughs, as I make 3 or 4 crusts out of each dough recipe. Feeding our family of 6 requires a lot of food. Also, we love eating leftover pizza for days!

9. When dough has doubled in size, use a knife or a pizza cutter to divide while resting on a pizza pan that has been sprayed with non-stick spray.

10. Gently press the dough down on a sprayed baking sheet, until it is spread out to cover the pan.
I have not yet mastered the flying-through-the-air technique. For example, I spray the baking pans and then place a pizza dough ball in the middle. Then, using my fingers, I gently press the dough out towards the edges moving in a circle, until the pizza is fully formed.

Pizza dough formed on pizza pans

11. Repeat with all of the dough pieces, so all of your crusts are made, and on baking sheets.

12. Let them rest for a few minutes, this helps them rise a bit more and additionally to not be tough.

Alfredo Sauce Recipe

Ingredients for Alfredo Sauce

1 Tbsp unsalted Butter
1-2 Tbsp Flour
1 Cup Milk
1 Cup Shredded Cheese Blend
 ~Parmesan
 ~Asiago
~Mozzarella
1/8 tsp each Garlic Powder, Salt, Pepper, Oregano, and Onion Powder for flavor

Alfredo Sauce Directions

1. Melt Butter in a saucepan, then mix in Flour with a whisk until crumbly. Let the flour cook for a minute.

2. If desired, add Garlic Powder, Oregano, Pepper, Salt, and Onion Powder for flavor and then stir into the flour mixture to combine.

garlic powder, oregano, pepper, salt and onion powder added to flour mixture in saucepan

3. Slowly pour in Milk into the pan, then whisk until blended with all of the flour crumbles.

milk added to saucepan to make alfredo

4. When the milk is smooth, add shredded cheese blend in small amounts, whisking until smooth. Typically, we make alfredo sauce with asiago, mozzarella and parmesan cheeses. However, you can choose to use whichever cheese blend you’d like.

shredded cheese added to mixture in saucepan

Recipe for Pizza Dough

Pizza Dough Ingredients

2 Cups Warm Water
1 Tbsp Yeast
Pinch of Sugar
1 Tbsp Salt
4 Tbsp Oil
5 Cups Flour

Directions for Pizza Dough

1. Pour Warm Water into the KitchenAid mixing bowl, then sprinkle in a pinch of sugar and 1 Tablespoon Yeast.
2. Wait 5 minutes for the yeast to be bubbly, this will help the dough rise. Additionally, if it does not bubble, toss the mixture out and restart.
3. Pour 3 Cups Flour into the mixing bowl, on top of the water and yeast mixture.
4. Then, add 1 Tablespoon Salt and 4 Tablespoons Oil to the Flour.
5. Insert the dough hook, lock mixer, and turn on low until blended smooth.
6. When Flour is mixed into the wet, add 2 more Cups of Flour.
7. When the mess gets to be TOO much, remember to add your cover, and hope it helps keep your sanity.
8. Mix the dough on low until a smooth dough ball forms, then place dough ball into a Non-Stick Sprayed bowl. Cover it with Plastic Wrap and then set aside to rise 20 minutes.
While the doughs rest, I wash and cut all of my veggies, shred cheeses, cook the sausage, make alfredo, and clean up the flour mess.
I typically do 2 separate pizza doughs, as I make 3 or 4 crusts out of each dough recipe. 
Feeding our family of 6 requires a lot of food. And we love eating leftover pizza for days!
9. When dough has doubled in size, use a knife or a pizza cutter to divide. 
10. Gently press the dough down on a sprayed baking sheet, until it is spread out to cover the pan.
11. Repeat with all of the dough pieces, so all of your crusts are made, and on baking sheets.
12. Let the Pizza doughs rest for a few minutes. Doing so helps them rise a bit more and not be too tough.
13. Typically, we use a 1-pound sausage from ALDI, it cooks really well into sausage crumbles, and is great for pizza!
To cook the sausage, pre-heat a pan on the stove, spray with a non-stick spray, and cook the sausage on Medium until all of the sausage is browned. Then, using a spatula, break apart the meat.
14. Clean and then cut any veggies you want to add to your pizzas.  Some of the vegetables included were sweet peppers and cherry tomatoes. Additionally, I also added a small amount of 4-Year Aged Cheddar cheese to some of the pizzas!  
15. In our fridge, we also had leftover Shredded Chicken, Pepperoni, and this awesome package of Sliced Ham that I cut up. 
16 Spread the Sauce, Meat, Veggies, Cheeses, or any other toppings on your pizzas.
17. Then bake each pizza at 400 degrees for 15-18 minutes on the middle rack.  

Alfredo Sauce Recipe

Ingredients

1 Tbsp unsalted Butter
1-2 Tbsp Flour
1 Cup Milk
1 Cup Shredded Cheese Blend
~Parmesan
~Asiago
~Mozzarella
1/8 tsp each Garlic Powder, Salt, Pepper, Oregano, and Onion Powder for flavor

Alfredo Sauce Directions

1. Melt Butter, mix in Flour with a whisk until crumbly, then let the flour cook for a minute.
2. If desired, add Garlic Powder, Oregano, Pepper, Salt, and Onion Powder for flavor to the flour mixture, then whisk it together.
3. Slowly pour in Milk, whisk until blended with all of the flour crumbles.
4. When the milk is smooth, add Shredded Cheese blend in small amounts, whisking until smooth. Additionally, I always shred my own block cheeses, instead of using pre-shredded. As a result, using pre-shredded cheese, the sauce will not blend together or become smooth, but stay clumpy.

This alfredo sauce is perfect for so many recipes. For a few of them, click the links below. Additionally, there is a blog with the easiest Pizza Dough made using a Food Processor.

~Monica 

A few of my favorite things

The best way, I have found, to make pizza dough has been to use a KitchenAid mixer. For example, you just measure and add ingredients to the bowl and let it mix itself. Additionally, it saves on so much time!

Published by Monica's Scratch Kitchen

I have not always had the skills to cook and bake from scratch. As a young wife, I bought every meal frozen or boxed and presented it to my husband with a flourish, believing myself a decadent cook. As our budget shrunk, and our family grew, I looked for ways to stretch our money to nourish our kids with the best for their hungry appetites. Hoping to find recipes and meals that they would love to eat. Through the last 5 years, I have learned so many cooking and baking lessons, and experienced many wins and failures. Come along with me on this journey as I share my recipes that work, how to make them on the cheap, and my tips and tricks to get my kids to eat homemade deliciousness! I will also share updates to our house that we have done in the last year since our move. With one income, we do most of the work ourselves and with amazing family and friends to help out, cutting costs but keeping style and money in the bank! I am a wife and mother of 3 boys and 1 princess. When I was a kid, I remember being asked what I wanted to be or do when I grew up. My response was, "a mom", and I am proud to grow up and be a mom to 4 amazing kids! Samuel is 11, Matthew is 8, Levi is 4, and Elliana is almost 2. We have been blessed to have kids who love to explore foods, to try new recipes, and enjoy helping us around the house. With 4 kids, you better believe they help clean! My husband Tyler and I have been married almost 13 years. We love our kids, we love outdoors, camping, canoeing, grilling, watching movies, and just hanging out making memories. A few years ago I gifted Tyler with his own "menu" book, where we write meals and foods we have loved to eat. Weekly our family decides what our meals will be and I make up a grocery list with what we need. It literally is my favorite chore! I love to shop, so shopping for food on a budget is my biggest win! Thank you for taking the time and visiting my site, Subscribe so you do not miss a post! Keep coming back to hear about new recipes, updates on our home, fun times with our kids, and how to make homemade deliciousness! ~Monica

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