What makes homemade pizza awesome? That would be homemade dough! I’m sharing a recipe for a homemade pizza dough made with Parmesan and fresh basil.
Pizza is one of my husband’s favorite meals. I won’t lie, I love it too. Our favorite is New York style pizza but it’s pretty hard to find a really good take out, NY style pizza here. Hubby is so very picky about his pizza though, that I decided to try making it myself instead of spending $20 for something he wouldn’t love.
After I made my own pizza dough the first time, he really liked it. Of course, I don’t think that it was as good as a true NY pizza, but I came pretty darn close. Since then, I started experimenting with dough flavors as well. Parmesan is one of our favorite flavors for crust and his favorite cheese. No joke, he could put Parmesan on a shoe and eat it. My basil is also growing like a weed now, so I added some fresh basil. It turned out awesome!
Homemade Parmesan Basil Pizza Dough
- 1 cup warm water about 120°
- 1/4 oz packet of active dry yeast
- 1 tsp honey
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 2 1/2 -3 cups all purpose flour may need a little extra for dusting of surface
- 1/2 cup grated Parmesan Cheese
- 10 basil leaves minced
- 1 tsp salt
- Little bit of olive oil to rub on the bowl
- Yellow cornmeal for baking
- Place the active dry yeast in a large mixing bowl. Add warm water, honey and olive oil. Stir well and let it bloom for about 5 minutes.
- Add 2 cups of flour, salt, Parmesan cheese and minced basil. Mix the dough with a wooden spoon at first and then use your bands until ingredients are combined. Add the other 1/2 cup of flour and knead the dough until combined.
- Lightly flour some counter surface and transfer your dough onto the floured surface (if dough is too sticky, you may need to add a little bit more flour (about 1/4 cup.)) Knead the dough until smooth. It will take about 2-3 minutes.
- Rub a clean bowl with some olive oil and place the dough in it. Cover the bowl with saran wrap and let it rise in a warm place (away from draft or AC is fine) until doubled in size, about 1- 1 1/2 hours.
- When ready, take out the dough and knead it for about a minute until smooth. Let the dough rest for about 20 minutes while you preheat your oven. (400 degrees)
- (If you are not baking it right away, cover it air- tight and refrigerate.)
- Roll out the dough and place it onto a pizza stone that has been sprinkled with cornmeal. (You can use any pizza baking sheet)
- Add toppings of your choice and bake for 20-25 minutes.
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I made this for dinner tonight, and it was unbelievable! The perfect amount of salt, chew, and crunch. I did half with homemade marinara and half homemade spinach pesto. This is now my FAVORITE pizza dough!
Wonderful! Best compliment to me 🙂 The pizza sounds great too, I love making my own marinara when I have a little extra time :):)
Jill P. (@MamaGing.com) says
This sounds great! I am always in search of the perfect pizza dough and this sounds like my search can be over. 🙂 Definitely will be trying this very soon, thanks for sharing!
Definitely going on my rotation. I love to try different crusts and I’ve only found a select few so far that I really, really like. This one looks fantabulous!
Thank you so much!
Can you freeze the dogh? There is just one of me here and making a fresh pizza for one and haaving the rest of the dough in the freezer for the next would be just great!
Can you freeze the dough? There is just one of me here and dividing the dough into 2 personal pizzas would be SO nice to do. One in the oven and the next waiting in the freezer…
Boyd Kobe says
I made this pizza dough last night and my family and friends loved it! Thanks for such a great recipe. We will definitely make Again!!
carl jr says
This is so good!
lunch hours says
Thank you for the great post. I made this pizza dough last night and my family and friends loved it
Awesome! I am so glad you liked it!
This is so nice, and very well explained. I will definitely make this pizza dough this weekend using your tips
Thanks, Doreen! Enjoy! 🙂