Easy Homemade Pizza Dough Recipe
Servings: makes approx. 6 mini pizzas or 2 large pizzas
Time: 30 min
Diet: V, Veg
Enjoy the Italian staple at home
Pizza dough doesn’t need to be complicated or time-consuming. This recipe uses just 3 basic cupboard ingredients, requires no proving, and creates a deliciozo result to easily enjoy this classic Italian comfort food at home. It also only needs around 10 minutes in the oven, so the dough prep and cooking times are both speedy, leaving you with as much time as you need to focus your ideal toppings.
Tip some flour, yoghurt, olive oil and salt into a bowl, and you’ve got a simple blank canvas for any pizza you like – you could opt for the world’s most popular pepperoni or load your pizza up with veggies for a burst of vitamins. You could even enjoy the controversial Hawaiian-style pizza with pineapple chunks judgement-free, or go for the Italian original margherita, which originates in Naples.
Fun fact: The outer edge of a pizza is called cornicione, which is the Italian technical word for “crust”.
Cooking fun with the kids
Possibly one of the most family-friendly meals, pizza can also be a fun cooking activity to enjoy with the kids, get them involved in food in an exciting way, and let them enjoy what they create. Also, with pizza being such a classic and important Italian staple loved worldwide, this can be an fun and easy way to teach children about Italian cuisine and culture.
Fun fact: A pizzeria is one of the most common places for Italians to have dinner with friends, and a Sunday lunch is typically enjoyed with family.
Real Italiano pizza topping ideas
Once you’ve tried making your own homemade pizza, you’ll quickly notice the taste and quality difference between your own and shop-bought pizzas, and with our authentic Italian ingredients, we’ve got you covered for extra taste and original flavour.
Fun fact: Italians value local ingredients, and these are incredibly important to their food customs. Our oil-preserved ingredients are all grown in the fields of a family-run farm and processed according to the Apulian tradition.
From olives and pesto to sun-dried tomatoes and artichokes, at Real Italiano, we have a wide variety of ingredients to choose from, all bursting with Mediterranean spices for a super easy and incredible homemade pizza.
The Bio Gustiamo Sun-Dried Tomatoes are organic and preserved in oil with spices and capers, making them extremely flavourful. You could dot a few chunks over the top of your pizza not only for flavour consistency with the tomato base, but also for a dash of sweetness and unique fragrance.
350g self-raising flour, plus extra for dusting
1 tbsp Casa Rinaldi Extra Virgin Olive Oil with Basil (the oregano flavour is also suitable)
250g natural yoghurt
A pinch of salt
1. Preheat the oven to 240°C/gas 9, or as high as your oven can go. Place the flour in a large mixing bowl with the oil, yoghurt and salt. Using a spatula, start mixing the ingredients together. Once the dough starts to form and becomes too sticky for the spatula, use your hands to finish making the dough.
Quick tip: If you have a stand mixer at home, simply add all ingredients into the bowl of the mixer and use the kneading (hook) attachment to form the dough effortlessly.
2. On a board or clean kitchen surface, dust some flour to stop the dough from sticking, and knead it for a few minutes until smooth and easy to handle. Place the formed dough back into the blow, cover with a cloth or cling film, and place to one side while you prepare your sauce and toppings.
Quick tip: for a quick and easy tomato base, why not try the Niasca Portofino Pomodoro sauce? Produced from 100% Italian tomatoes, it has a silky feel and adds the perfect balance of flavour and acidity. Simply fry a couple of teaspoons of diced garlic in a pan with a little olive oil, followed by the pomodoro, and keep on a small-medium heat for a few minutes until the juice has reduced by half and thickened. You could even add a sprinkle of fresh or dried oregano to add extra fragrance. Alternatively, why not try our passatta for a super quick tomato sauce?
3. Once you’re ready to construct your pizza, simply divide the dough into portions as needed, rolling and stretching it out delicately to form a circle or oval shape.
Quick tip: Before adding the sauce base and toppings to your pizzas, placed the ready-to-go dough onto baking trays as it can be tricky to transfer with the toppings on later. If available, use round pizza trays. The holes in these trays will get your pizza nice and crispy.
4. Top the tomato base with your chosen ingredients and complete with some grated mozzarella or parmesan for a soft and stringy cheese topping. For a bit of heat, sprinkle some fresh red, de-seeded chilli over the top.
5. Once ready for cooking, simply place your pizzas in the oven for 10 minutes or until the cheese is bubbling and the crust has browned. Remove from the oven, garnish with any fresh herbs (if using), and slice into easy-to-handle pieces.
To enjoy your homemade pizzas in traditional Italian style, why not get your family and friends together for this incredibly versatile dish? Italy are a very social nation in terms of food and they can spend a long time savouring the flavours in their meals. Don’t forget to skip the cutlery and use your hands to enjoy your pizza the Italian way!