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How to stretch pizza dough

Quick Pizza Dough in a Food Processor

  • Author: A Couple Cooks
  • Prep Time: 35 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 2 medium pizzas 1x


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)
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3/4 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.
  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

Keywords: food processor pizza dough, quick pizza dough, easy pizza dough recipe