How to make our favorite pizza dough

I can’t believe I’ve never posted this. We have tried many, many different recipes and I think we finally have a winner. At least this one always works for us. We follow Lidia’s recipe that can be found on her website. She has a few different recipes, but the one that lets the dough rest overnight gives us the best results.


  • 1 teaspoon of dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon of sugar
  • 1 tablesppon of extra-virgin olive oil, plus a little extra for the bowl
  • 3 1/2 cups of flour, plus more as needed. We like double 0 but all-purpose works well, too.
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt


  1. Mix the yeast, sugar and olive oil with 1.25 cups of warm water.
  2. Let the mixture sit about 3 minutes, until bubbly.
  3. Put 3 cups of flour into a mixer with a dough hook and add the salt.
  4. Pour the yeast mixture into the dough and mix at medium speed until you have a rough sticky ball, about 1 minute. You can add more flour or water as needed to get the right consistency.
  5. Let this rest for 5 minutes, then mix on the low setting until it’s no longer sticky.
  6. Oil your hands and move the mixture onto the counter and knead for about 30 seconds, until it’s smooth.
  7. Transfer to an oiled bowl and cover the surface with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 4 hours, but it’s better if you let it rest overnight.
  8. Bring the dough to room temperature when you’re ready to make your pizza.

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