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Pizza Base Recipe: Whole Wheat and Regular

Updated on June 28, 2012

Pizza Base Recipe

When I say we eat a great deal of pizza around here, I do not exaggerate. We eat homemade pizza at least two or three times a week. Those who find out often take a gander at my midsection to look for all those calories, or at my hands, to see if the effort of kneading and preparing all that dough has ruined them for good. I learned a few years ago, however, to use a top-notch pizza base recipe to save myself headaches and calories, and you can, too!


A recipe for a good pizza base doesn't have to cost you blood and tears: I did all the hard work for you and decided to share it with you. (I'll expect my flowers and thank you notes any day now!)

This article includes a whole wheat and a regular pizza base recipe, recommended pizza sauce recipes for each, and information on how to freeze dough for quick pizza-making later. What you won't find here is a listing of specific pizza toppings (though I do have an article on healthy pizza toppings, if you're curious), because we're here to talk about quick and easy pizza base recipes that let us flex our creative muscles.


My whole wheat pizza base recipe with roasted garlic, mozzarella, leftover grilled chicken, basil, and some tomato.
My whole wheat pizza base recipe with roasted garlic, mozzarella, leftover grilled chicken, basil, and some tomato. | Source

Regular Pizza Base

  • 2 cups Bread Flour (if using All-Purpose Flour, add 2 TBS Vital Wheat Gluten)
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp (1 packet) Yeast
  • 1 tsp Honey or Sugar
  • 1 TBS Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 3/4 cup warm water (just warmer than body temperature)


Makes 1 Large Pizza

If using active dry yeast, mix together the yeast and warm water and allow to rest for 10 minutes, or until frothy. If using instant yeast, omit this step and combine it with the other dry ingredients.

Mix together all ingredients. For Stand Mixers: using the dough hook, knead on 2, or low speed, for 8 to 10 minutes, or until the dough is smooth and pulls away cleanly from the bowl. For Hand Kneaders: work with your hands and knead for about 10 minutes, or until dough is smooth and light to handle. You'll feel the change!

At this step, you can choose to stick your dough in the fridge for use in the next 48 hours, or in the freezer for use within 3 months (see below). In both cases, wrap it thoroughly in oiled plastic wrap first.

Oil your bowl or flour a board and set aside the dough, covering it with a tea towel or oiled sheet of plastic wrap. Allow dough to rest for 1 hour, or until dough has doubled in size.

Spread your dough and allow to rest for 10 to 15 minutes before slathering with sauce and toppings.

Recommended Sauce: Savory Tomato Basil (see below)


Whole Wheat Pizza Base

  • 2 cups Whole Wheat Flour
  • 2 1/4 tsp (1 packet) Yeast
  • 3/4 tsp Salt
  • 3/4 cup Warm Water (just warmer than body temperature)
  • 1 TBS Honey or Sugar
  • 2 3/4 tsp Vital Wheat Gluten
  • 1 TBS Olive Oil

If using active dry yeast, mix together the yeast and warm water and allow to rest for 10 minutes, or until frothy. If using instant yeast, omit this step and combine it with the other dry ingredients.

Mix together all your ingredients. For Stand Mixers: using the dough hook, knead for 8 to 10 minutes on 2, or low speed, until the dough pulls cleanly away from the bowl. For Hand Kneaders: work with your hands and knead the dough for about 10 minutes, or until dough is smooth and light to handle. You'll feel the change!

At this step, you can choose to stick your dough in the fridge for use in the next 48 hours, or in the freezer for use within 3 months (see below). In both cases, wrap it thoroughly in oiled plastic wrap first.

Set aside and cover the dough with a tea towel or oiled sheet of plastic wrap. Allow dough to rest for 1 hour, or until dough has doubled in size.

Spread your dough and allow to rest for 10 to 15 minutes before slathering on the sauce and toppings.

Recommended Sauce: Sweet 'n Savory Tomato (see below)


Pizza Sauce Recipes

Savory Tomato Basil

  • 1 small (8 oz.) can tomato sauce
  • 1 small Roma tomato
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp ground pepper
  • 3/4 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp dried basil or 1 TBS fresh basil, chopped
  • 1/4 tsp salt or salt substitute

Mix and spread! Feel free to make up a large batch and freeze the remainder for later use.


Sweet 'n Savory Tomato

  • 1 small (6 oz) can tomato paste
  • 1 small (8 oz) can tomato sauce
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp ground pepper
  • 3/4 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1/4 tsp salt or salt substitute

Mix and spread! Feel free to make up a large batch and freeze the remainder for later use.


Tips

  • Use a baking stone
  • Spread dough on parchment paper, which helps the dough hold its shape and slide easily from the peel to the stone
  • Use high-quality white or whole wheat flours: King Arthur and Bob's Red Mill are widely-available quality brands.

How to Freeze Pizza Dough

I like to make my dough in double batches, freezing half the dough for use another night. When I've had a stressful day or my hands feel weary from writing about pizza recipes and Shakespeare, I defrost a ball of dough and go from there.

You Will Need...

  • Plastic Wrap
  • Some Freezer Space


Follow my directions for your preferred pizza base: mix together all the ingredients and knead the dough for 10 minutes. However, before you let your dough rise, plop it on an oiled piece of plastic wrap. I give my plastic wrap a good spray of oil. Shape the dough into a tidy little disc and wrap up it up with the plastic wrap, thoroughly. Only the plastic wrap actually touching the dough requires oil, but you should use several layers of wrap. The goal is to (1) make sure as much of the dough surface touches the plastic as possible and to (2) prevent as much air as possible from circulating around the frozen dough. Frozen dough keeps for about three months.

Note: Two drawbacks of using frozen dough are that ice crystals can adversely effect the gluten strands and that defrosting may create a wetter dough. Combat the former issue with a generous rise-time. Combat the latter issue with a few sprinkles of flour. Use a light hand!

ENJOY!

Get down to the serious business of enjoying that pizza!
Get down to the serious business of enjoying that pizza! | Source

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      chili recipes 2 years ago

      They look tasty, I will try it!

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      TycoonSam 3 years ago from Washington, MI

      I know what you mean about eating a lot of pizza. Two to three times a week for me as well. Cheers!

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      Leni Sands 5 years ago from UK

      Really tasty hub - thanks for sharing and congrats on being selected as hub of the day - what an honour. Voted up, useful, etc.

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      seher.gull 5 years ago

      WAWO.........YAMMY AND HOT IREALLY LIKE IT.

      I love your recipes!Readign them along with your colorful descriptions made my mouth water. I too love to cook.Thanks you...

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      Liz Elias 5 years ago from Oakley, CA

      Looks good, sounds easy. But I think I'll cheat just a hair further...my bread machine has a 'dough' setting. It mixes it just right, and you take it out when the dough timer rings. ;-)

      And as far as freezing goes--I have and make frequent use of my vacuum sealer. It sucks out ALL the air, and nothing gets freezer burn or that extra moisture issue. Of course, you'd still want the oiled plastic wrap inside the vacuum seal bag, for ease of removal and to be able to re-use the bag. (They aren't cheap!)

      Thanks for sharing these recipes! Bookmarked!

      Voted up, useful, awesome and interesting!

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      joriechew 5 years ago

      Nutrition research showed people who ate pizza with tomatoes at least once a week had lower chance of developing cancer of the mouth, oesophagus, throat or colon.

      It is said to be related to an antioxidant chemical (lycopene) found in tomatoes, which offer some protection against cancer.

      But it is important to remember that everything should be eaten moderately.

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      carlinef 5 years ago

      This looks really good. I think its definitely worth trying. I've been wanting to make pizza from scratch and this definitely has peaked my interest. Thanks for writing this hub. Delicious pizza.

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      I love pizza! will bookmark this one. I have a pizza recipe I need to post. Perhaps you'd like it, too. Thanks for posting this!

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      AutumnJo 5 years ago from WI(Formerly IL, formerly PA)

      This sounds fabulous! My Mom used to make homemade pizza all the time and I truly miss it. I can't wait to try both recipes!

      (This was very well written, by the way!)

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      Unfortunately,I'm like ChrstinS and can't eat gluten but the picture of your pizza looks soo good. I used to make pizza with my kids but this recipe sounds easier. Congrats on your hub of the day. Voted up.

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      september girl 5 years ago

      My sons love pizza. Bookmarked your hub. : ) Thanks for sharing.

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      jcbmack 5 years ago from Stillwater Oklahoma

      I love your recipes!Readign them along with your colorful descriptions made my mouth water. I too love to cook:)

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      theseattlegirl 5 years ago from Seattle, WA

      @ Randomcreative: I know it seems hard or scary, but once you make the recipe once, you'll be amazed at how easy it really is! It's a low time investment for something truly delicious.

      Thanks once again for the well-wishes, everyone. What an honor!

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Congrats on getting Hub of the Day! Someday I will get adventurous and make my own pizza from scratch. Homemade crust is always amazing and well worth the time and effort.

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      Carolee Samuda 5 years ago from Jamaica

      What a yummy hub! I like. I don't like regular flour so the W/W dough will do. Thanks for the sauce suggestions and your photos look scrumptious.

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      Valerie Washington 5 years ago from Tempe, Arizona

      I don't know...frozen pizzas rule!

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      UnconqueredCoop 5 years ago from Fort Lauderdale, Florida

      Maybe now I can upgrade from cooking frozen pizzas! Great hub!

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      bluebird 5 years ago

      Very yummy hub, woops! I mean nice hub! You made me hungry!

      P.S. Congratulations on a job well-done.

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      Carrie Smith 5 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      This looks delicious, and I'm a huge fan of pizza. I can't wait to try this out. Thanks for posting, voted up and sharing.

      Congratulations on being the Hub of the Day.

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      Christin Sander 5 years ago from Midwest

      This is a great hub. I miss pizza a lot! I have to eat Gluten free now unfortunately and gluten free pizza crust has a different texture. I love basil and tomato together in sauce! I use that blend in many dishes :) Congrats on your hub of the day nomination you deserve it.

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      cookie512 5 years ago

      great blog! i love food too! please check out and follow my blogs! here is only one of my blogs https://hubpages.com/food/-healthy-salad-dressing-... My other blogs are better though,

      Happy eatings.

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      Suzette Walker 5 years ago from Taos, NM

      Great recipes! I'm glad to see a wheat pizza dough. It all looks delish and I can't wait to try it. You seattle girls are smart and creative. I voted up!

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      theseattlegirl 5 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Thanks for the kind words, everyone! It's so wonderful to see one of my most favorite things inspire others to get cooking. :)

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      anglnwu 5 years ago

      I tried making my own pizza dough one time and gave up because it just wasn't worth the effort. I think I'm going to try yours--looks yummy and since I can make a batch and freeze some for later, it's sounds like a good idea. Congrats on the feature.

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      JS Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      This article is so good it was chosen for the Hub of the Day! Congratulations!

      JSMatthew~

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      Levi 5 years ago from New Mexico

      Nothing beats homemade pizza, loving this hub, oopps, there goes part of my monitor.

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      Pete Fanning 5 years ago from Virginia

      Will definitely try these, my wife makes homemade pizza crust, now i can't eat papa johns!!

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      bizzymom 5 years ago from New York

      Your recipes and pictures look delicious! I can't wait to give the recipes a try. We are pizza lovers too! Thanks!

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      ArockDaNinja 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      This hub made me so hungry! Thanks for sharing!

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      Powerpoe1 5 years ago

      Great job on putting this hub together. I'll bookmark for future use. Voted Up!

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      dreamsandreality 5 years ago from Brasil

      I love pizza! Great hub

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      Carlon Michelle 5 years ago

      I've wanted a recipe for whole wheat pizza dough for I don't know how long. I have to book mark this. Thank you! Smile!

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      Hear Me 5 years ago from Somewhere in Florida

      I printed this recipe out and plan on making this during the week. My family loves pizza and this would be a fun alternative to buying pizza from the local pizzeria.

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      Deborah Neyens 5 years ago from Iowa

      Congratulations on your hub of the day! Homemade pizza is a staple at my house, too. My husband is the dough maker and makes a wonderful whole wheat crust. We make it thin and load it with my homemade pizza sauce and lots of veggies. As you point out, pizza doesn't have to be fattening!

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      dabneylewis 5 years ago from Boston

      Ohhhh I'm damn crazy about pizzaaaaaaaaa...

      I'm loving it :) I use to cook pizza at my home but I never tried pizza base and sauces. So, this is gonna to be great fun. Thanks you've given me the homework for today lolzzzz

      Awesome recipe and mouth watering pics :)

      Thanks for such a lip smashing hub yummmieeeeee

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      Donna Kristine 5 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Great Hub! I will be making some pizza this week. The sight of your pizza makes my mouth water.

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      Rastamermaid 5 years ago from Universe

      Great hub!

      We make our owen pizzas often but I buy the pre-prepared crust(Boboli),and pre-prepared sauce,but I'm certainly going to try these recipes. You pizzas look so yummy!

      Thanks for sharing!

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      andrewwilliams63 5 years ago

      Thanks for this, that Pizza looks really good and it's making me hungry, need to go try this out!

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      Gloria 5 years ago from France

      Makes my mouth water just looking at it. This is one to be bookmarked.

      Thanks for sharing.

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Congratulations on Hub of the Day!

      This pizza looks so yummy, I'm bookmarking it for sure.

      Voting up and awesome.

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      PETER LUMETTA 5 years ago from KENAI, ALAKSA

      I'm an old pizza maker from way back and these look great can't wait to try them out. Thanks

      Peter

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      Valerie Washington 5 years ago from Tempe, Arizona

      great hub! I am always looking for ways to feed my kids healthy food without them knowing that its "healthy"!

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      chamilj 5 years ago from Sri Lanka

      WOW!! Looks delicious!!!

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      mydubaistay 5 years ago from Dubai

      a picture is worth a thousand words and yumm that pizza sure looks delicious..simply loved it and will hopefully try it :)

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      rikabothra 5 years ago

      Congrats on Hub of the day! It has all the 'ingredients' of an awesome hub. I loved the recipes and cannot wait to try them. Yummy! Voted up!

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      Beautiful hub making me hungry even though I'm not hungry! Congrats on Hub of the Day--it's definitely a winner!

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      theseattlegirl 5 years ago from Seattle, WA

      @ Simone: I recommend using a mixer if you have one (it's more exact), or your hands (so you can get a feel for when the gluten strands begin to develop). But if you don't have a mixer and your hands are as pathetic as mine (Carpal Tunnel, huzzah!), then go for the bread machine.

      Can't vouch for the results, but from my experience, the pizza dough setting usually turns out something workable. Since you're dealing with whole wheat here, the risk is that the machine will undermix it. Just keep it mixing until the dough becomes pretty smooth. Takes about 8 to 10 minutes of intense kneading, usually.

      Best of luck! You'll love the pizza. :)

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      Simone Haruko Smith 5 years ago from San Francisco

      I HAVE to try this whole wheat pizza dough recipe. Do you just toss all the ingredients in your bread machine and put it on the pizza dough setting?

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      theseattlegirl 5 years ago from Seattle, WA

      This wheat crust actually turns out very light, very chewy, and the honey makes it lightly sweet. My husband hates whole wheat everything but loves this crust better than store-bought or white crusts.

      You can always toss in a little extra honey to make it sweeter, too. :)

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      Melanie Shebel 5 years ago from New Buffalo, Michigan

      Wow! That looks fantastic. Do you ship to PO boxes? jk jk! This recipe looks really yummy, I'll have to pass this along! Do you find that the wheat crust is sweeter than the regular? Which would you recommend from a taste standpoint? I would like to get my dad to eat more wheat but he says it's too heavy. :(

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      SheliaKay 5 years ago from Marietta, Ohio..... but born and raised in Northern Ohio on Lake Erie

      I love your hub. We eat a lot of pizza in my house (take out) so I will definitely give this a try especially now that I know how to freeze the dough, who knew it was that easy. Thanks for sharing.

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      Field-Of-Flowers 5 years ago from Midwest, USA

      I love the taste of making homemade pizza. Ahhhh... it looks like it's time to start baking! :-)

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      Frannie Dee 5 years ago from Chicago Northwest Suburb

      You had me at Pizza! Voted up, good hub.

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      theseattlegirl 5 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Thanks, MyMastiffPuppies!

      It really is so simple. I honestly put in about 15 minutes of actual work making the pizza. The rest of the time, I'm just waiting on the dough to rise or the machine to finish the kneading.

      Hard to believe something so easy can be so tasty!

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      MyMastiffPuppies 5 years ago

      Sounds absolutely delicious! My mother used to make homemade pizzas but I have to say I have not given it a try but you have given me inspiration. Thanks for sharing, voted up, useful, awesome and interesting...

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      theseattlegirl 5 years ago from Seattle, WA

      It is so, so delicious, JS!

      And healthy. The kids don't have to know it's whole wheat. I use a few ounces of mozzarella, some basil, a little chicken or chicken sausage, and one of my sauce recipes: total calories are around 580 for half, give or take a few. Turkey pepperoni and mozzarella work really well, too!

      Lots of fiber and protein for those growing tummies you need to feed. :)

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      JS Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      That looks delicious! I was just telling my wife that we never made home-made pizza with the kids. I am going to bookmark this, vote it up and share! Awesome!

      JSMatthew~