Neapolitan-Style Pizza Crust

Homemade pizza crust is a great entry-level baking project. You don't need special skills or equipment (although having a stand mixer with a dough hook is helpful), and you can make great pizza… easily!

Course Main
Author Lee Burdett


  • 1-1/2 cups pure water room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon instant yeast
  • 3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour I like King Arthur brand
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 tablespoon  sea salt


  1. Combine the yeast, flours, and salt in a mixing bowl.
  2. Add the water and mix until well combined.
  3. Knead by hand or with the dough hook of a mixer for 15 minutes.
  4. The dough will be sticky, but resist the temptation to add more flour unless you absolutely have to.
  5. By the end of the kneading the dough will change in texture from shaggy to fairly smooth. Don't worry if it seems a little slack, the long rise time will continue to change the texture and consistency.
  6. Place the dough into a container that is about three times larger than the ball of dough, cover and allow it to rise on the counter for at least 8 hours or as long as 16 hours.
  7. The longer you let it rise the more flavor will develop.
  8. I like to use the Italian technique which is to make it the day before, cover and let rise in the refrigerator for 24 hours or more, then remove it an hour or so before using it to let it come to room temperature.

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  9. You can also mix in a bread machine and just let it rise in the machine without baking.

Recipe Notes

While the crust is rising, gather together the toppings you want to use. Also, be sure your grill rack is clean and you have plenty of propane or charcoal. Another dough option is our popular Sourdough Pizza Crust, also found in the Sourdough eBook and in our member area.