Go Back
+ servings
thin crust pizza slices
Print

Easy Thin Crust Pizza Recipe From Scratch

This thin crust pizza is super easy to make from scratch and it is very delicious and kid friendly too.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Resting Time For Dough 2 hours
Total Time 42 minutes
Servings 16 small slices from two medium sized thin pizzas
Calories 119kcal

Ingredients

For dough

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon active dry yeast
  • ¾ cup warm water
  • salt as preferred
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • cornmeal for dusting the surface, cornmeal is very essential to get it done the right way!

For pizza topping

  • 6 tablespoons tomato sauce or more as needed
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese shredded or more as needed

Instructions

To make the dough

  • Mix the yeast with water, add the sugar and keep it closed for about 10 minutes so the yeast will dissolve in the warm water.
  • After 10 minutes, the yeast mixture should look frothy and its ready to be used, gently stir the contents before using.
  • In a large bowl, mix together the flour and salt until the salt is evenly mixed with the flour.
  • Add the olive oil and yeast mixture to the flour, mix everything well until well combined.
  • Knead the flour with your hands, it will turn out to be sticky than regular dough mixture for pizza, but that's okay we will work on it!
  • Once you knead the flour well to form the dough, keep the dough closed for about 2 hours until the dough rises well. If you are in a hurry you may reduce the rising time, but the dough will be better and the crust will be really elastic and stretch if you give this time for the dough to rise.
  • After a couple of hours of rising the dough, open the bowl and gently press the dough with your hands and form two balls of dough, as we are making two pizza crusts using this dough.

To make the crust

  • Lets work on the first pizza crust now, using the first dough ball. But before starting to work on the first pizza crust, let's preheat the oven. The oven needs to be really hot or the pizza won't be baked perfectly. We want perfectly baked pizzas so just preheat the oven early enough so the oven will be really hot enough for the pizzas to be baked.
  • Preheat the oven to 500 degree Fahrenheit. I preheated the oven for at least about 15 minutes in advance.
  • Transfer the first dough ball to a flat surface lined with parchment paper (I used aluminium foil) and dusted with little cornmeal.
  • Just roll the dough ball in the cornmeal on the surface which will easily get rid of the stickiness of the dough ball.
  • Gently press down the dough ball with your hands.
  • Now stretch the dough from all sides using your hands, you can make rectangular or round pizza crust just by stretching with your hands. Give breaks of few minutes in between and stretch the dough from all sides until you get the right thickness for your pizza crust. The more you stretch the dough, the more thinner your pizza crust will be. And with this dough, the stretching is so easy to do!

To make the pizza

  • Once you have stretched the crust per your liking, transfer the crust to the pizza stone or a large baking sheet greased with olive oil (I lined the baking sheet with foil and then greased it).
  • Once the oven is preheated and really hot, lets start adding the toppings to the pizza crust in the pan or pizza stone.
  • Gently spread about 3 tablespoons of sauce ( the amount of sauce and cheese given in the ingredients section is for two pizza crusts) on top of the pizza crust, leaving a little space around the edges.
  • Add about 1 cup of shredded mozzarella cheese (the remaining one cup of cheese is for the second crust) on the crust over the layer of the sauce. Make sure to add the cheese evenly, but you may add a little more in the middle of the pizza if you wish.
  • Bake the pizza in the preheated oven (use the lower rack) for about 10 to 12 minutes or until the cheese is melted and bubbly and the crust is lightly golden color.
  • Transfer the pizza from the hot oven, as soon as it is baked, as we don't the pizza to be over baked. Give a few minutes and slice the pizza while it is still hot. Enjoy the delicious thin crust cheese pizza for lunch or dinner!

Notes

When you make the dough, in case the mixture is a little dry (as it may differ based on the kind of flour used), you may add very little extra water or oil to knead the dough, as needed.

Nutrition

Calories: 119kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 119mg | Potassium: 53mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 119IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 74mg | Iron: 1mg