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This quick pizza dough in a food processor recipe will put pizza on your table in less than 45 minutes. You can’t beat that speed for homemade pizza dough.

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Looking for the perfect pizza dough in just 35 minutes? Alex and I have mastered how to make perfect, Italian style pizza at home. Our best homemade pizza dough recipe and thin crust pizza dough take 1 hour to make. But what about nights where you don’t have 1 hour? We’ve gone back to the drawing board and created this “cheater’s” quick pizza dough in a food processor! It’s a little more crumbly than our best ever dough, but overall it’s incredibly good for the amount of time it takes to whip up! This one’s our quick option for busy weeknights. Ready to make quick pizza dough? Let’s go.

Related: Homemade Pizza for Beginners

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How to make quick pizza dough

Although pizza is always worth it, in this quick pizza dough recipe we’ve worked to minimize the time and effort involved. In this method, the food processor method does all the kneading for you! As long as you add in the water slowly and don’t over knead the dough, your pizza will turn out beautifully. The only special step in this quick pizza dough is the weighing of the flour. You can certainly measure the flour out in cups, but the weight might be slightly off if you don’t measure exactly right. This just means you’ll have to adjust the amount of water you add in (it could be slightly more or slightly less than what the recipe calls for).

Pizza dough takes a bit of practice, so the crust may not be perfect your first time. There is nothing special about the ingredients or the technique in this quick pizza dough. Sometimes you just have to practice, and know what a good dough feels like to the touch. Here’s a video that we made to show you how to stretch the dough! It shows our stand mixer method for pizza dough, so fast forward to 1:45 minutes get to the shaping part. Here’s how to do it:

Note: If you have a stand mixer with a bread hook, try our popular Stand Mixer Pizza Dough or Best Pizza Dough recipe.

How to freeze quick pizza dough

This quick pizza dough is best the day it is made. However, if you don’t want to use one of the two dough balls, you can freeze it for later. Simply place each dough ball in a zip-top bag and put in the freezer. The morning that you’re going to use the dough, remove it from the freezer and place it in the fridge to thaw. About 30 minutes before making the pizza, take it out of the baggie and allow it to relax on the counter, covered with plastic wrap. The dough should be room temperature when you start stretching it out; if it’s too cold, it’ll be difficult to work with and might not cook evenly.

If you have actual pizza left over, it’s easiest to refrigerate, though you’ll find that the flavor dulls a bit over time. You can put the refrigerated pizza slices directly into a warm oven or toaster oven until heated through, then add a little more kosher salt as necessary. You can also reheat it in a covered skillet on the stovetop with a few drops of water to help moisten the crust: this our favorite way to reheat pizza since it gets the crust tender and the cheese perfectly melted!

Related: If you’re really into pizza, consider this portable outdoor pizza oven!

Looking for a food processor?

You’ll need a food processor for this pizza dough recipe! Here’s the one we recommend. You’ll need a large sized food processor to accommodate this batch.

Looking for more homemade pizza recipes?

This quick pizza dough in a food processor can be used for dozens of different pizzas. Here are a few of our all-time faves:

This recipe is…

This quick pizza dough is vegetarian, vegan, plant-based, and dairy-free.

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How to stretch pizza dough

Quick Pizza Dough in a Food Processor

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  • Author: A Couple Cooks
  • Prep Time: 35 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 2 medium pizzas 1x
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This quick pizza dough in a food processor recipe will put pizza on your table in less than 45 minutes. You can’t beat that speed for homemade pizza dough.


  • 300 grams all-purpose or Tipo 00 flour (2 cups)
  • 2 teaspoons instant yeast (1 package)
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ¾ cup + 1 tablespoon warm water


  1. In a food processor, combine flour, yeast, salt, and olive oil.
  2. With the food processor on, slowly (I mean slowly, like over 30 seconds) start pouring in the warm water. Stop adding water when the dough forms into a single ball. If you add too much water and the dough gets sticky, just add a bit more flour.
  3. Leave the food processor on for about 10 more seconds to knead the dough a bit.
  4. Turn the dough onto a lightly floured counter and knead a few times until smooth.
  5. Divide the dough into 2 equal pieces. Using floured hands, gently shape each half into a boule (ball shape) by folding the dough under itself. Set each boule on a floured surface and dab the dough with a bit of olive oil to keep it moist. Cover the bowls with a towel or inverted bowls and rest for 30 minutes. (You can freeze pizza dough you don’t plan to use the day of.)
  6. To stretch the dough, place it on a lightly floured surface and gently press it into a circle, flipping several times and adding a pinch of flour if it is too sticky. Once you have about an 8-inch circle, pick up the dough and gently drape it over the knuckles on both of your hands. Slowly rotate it around, allowing gravity to stretch it into a circle about 11 inches in diameter. Do not overwork or fold the dough. If the dough starts to resist stretching, put it down and allow it to rest for a few minutes, at which point it will stretch more easily.
  7. We bake our pizzas at 500F and use a pizza peel to transfer it to a preheated pizza stone in the oven: the bake time is around 5 to 7 minutes. See our pizza recipe posts for baking instructions.
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Mixed
  • Cuisine: Italian

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes and the joy of cooking! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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  1. Chris Goble says:

    It says a food processor, do you mean a stand mixer? There is a very big difference between the two.

    1. Alex Overhiser says:

      This version is food processor, but we have a stand mixer version as well.

  2. Chris Goble says:

    The video says 3 cups of flour, the recipe calls for 2 cups of flour, which is correct?

    1. Alex Overhiser says:

      Sorry, I’m not sure why that video is popping up. This recipe is food processor.

  3. Stephan Cheney says:

    Just finished your quick pizza dough in my food processor. The recipe is extremely easy and the note to add water slowly is the best advice. Pizza tonight. Come on over!!!

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