Homemade Flatbread Pizza Recipe

Adapted from my favorite pizza crust recipe, this homemade flatbread pizza bakes up into a thin and chewy base for your favorite flatbread toppings. Quicker, easier, and thinner than pizza, this flatbread dough takes about 1 hour start to finish and is perfect for beginners. I always love adding garlic and Italian seasonings for extra flavor!

margherita flatbread pizza

If you’ve ever wanted to try making restaurant-style thin crust flatbreads, I have the perfect starting point for you. This is my EASY homemade flatbread dough, a recipe I’ve been making for a few years since I first published it with my zucchini & herbed ricotta flatbread variation. (Pictured next!) Have you tried it yet?

Here’s why you must…

Make This Flatbread Pizza Because:

  • you don’t need many ingredients
  • it’s quicker than homemade pizza
  • the dough yields 2 flatbreads
  • 1 full recipe is perfect for 2-4 people
  • it’s easier to shape than regular pizza dough
  • you can eat it plain or with toppings

In other words, it’s the easier, quicker, and more convenient version of pizza dough.

zucchini herbed ricotta flatbread

What’s the Difference Between Flatbread Pizza and Regular Pizza?

Flatbread can be made with or without yeast. My version requires yeast for the smallest bit of rise, similar to a thin crust pizza. If you want a no-yeast flatbread, I recommend searching for another recipe that’s modified without its addition. (Don’t simply leave the yeast out of this one!)

My regular pizza dough bakes into a thick, chewy, and soft-centered bed for your favorite toppings. It’s a deeply loved recipe on this website and the only pizza dough recipe I use. Flatbread pizza is just that– flatter pizza. Since it’s flatter, it doesn’t require as much yeast or rise time and is perfectly manageable if you’ve never made homemade bread before.

This flatbread is similar to my focaccia, another simple homemade bread recipe.


6 Ingredient Yeast Flatbread Pizza Dough

  • Yeast: You can use instant or active-dry yeast with zero changes. If you’re new to working with yeast, I recommend reviewing my Baking with Yeast guide. I used to make flatbread with 1 and 1/2 teaspoons of yeast, but recently reduced it down to 1 teaspoon. This is plenty for a thin flatbread crust. Note that 1 teaspoon is less than 1 standard packet.
  • Sugar: Granulated sugar feeds the yeast. You only need 1 teaspoon.
  • Water: Flatbread and pizza dough are lean doughs, meaning there isn’t a lot of fat present. While I make rich overnight cinnamon rolls and glazed doughnuts dough with milk, we don’t need that extra fat here. We’re aiming for chewy and crisp, not voluptuous and soft.
  • Flour: You can use bread flour or all-purpose flour. Bread flour leaves a slightly chewier texture, but the difference is barely noticeable since the crust is so thin.
  • Olive Oil: Adds flavor. We’ll also brush the dough with olive oil before baking, too.
  • Salt: Adds flavor.

Optional Additions: You can also add some flair to this dough with a little garlic and/or Italian seasoning. Or add chopped fresh herbs or freshly ground pepper, too.

homemade margherita flatbread pizza

Homemade Flatbread Pizza Video Tutorial

Watch this quick video tutorial. The process is really that easy!


Overview: How to Make Flatbread Pizza Dough

  1. Mix the dough ingredients together by hand or use a hand-held or stand mixer.
  2. Knead by hand or beat the dough with your mixer. I like doing this by hand and you can watch me in the video above.
  3. Place dough into a greased mixing bowl, cover tightly, and let it rise for 45 minutes.
  4. Punch down the slightly risen dough to release air bubbles. Divide in half.
  5. Flatten the two doughs with your hands or with a rolling pin. The flatbreads can be any shape you want as long as they’re about 1/4 inch thick. (Very thin!) Dimple with your fingers or with a fork, which helps prevent any air bubbles. Brush with olive oil, which helps protect the crust from any sogginess lingering from the toppings.
  6. Top with favorite flatbread toppings.
  7. Bake at a very high temperature for only about 15 minutes or until lightly browned.

flatbread pizza dough and ingredients

flatbread pizza dough

You Can Enjoy it Plain

If desired, you can skip the toppings and leave the flatbread plain. In the next two pictures, I topped the doughs with fresh garlic, sea salt, and freshly ground pepper. After baking, I sprinkled with fresh parmesan cheese. Freshly baked plain flatbread feels like a total treat when served with marinara sauce, hummus, homemade pesto, or even mashed avocado and fried eggs (for an avocado toast variation!).

garlic flatbread pizza dough before baking

homemade flatbread pizza crust

Flatbread Pizza Toppings

Or you can get creative with various toppings. Add these before baking.

  1. Margherita Flatbread (pictured today): See recipe note.
  2. Sausage & Garlic Pesto Flatbread
  3. Zucchini & Herbed Ricotta Flatbread
  4. 1/2 cup goat or blue cheese per flatbread (1 cup total) and 1/2 cup fresh apple or pear slices per flatbread (1 cup total), plus a handful of fresh arugula and/or drizzle of honey after baking
  5. 1/4 cup homemade pesto per flatbread (1/2 cup total) & 4 ounces sliced fresh mozzarella per flatbread (8 ounces total)
  6. BBQ Chicken Pizza toppings*
  7. Spinach Artichoke White Cheese Pizza toppings*

*If you’re using toppings from my pizza recipes, you’ll need about 2/3 of the amount. My pizza recipe toppings are enough for one 12-inch pizza and are more than plenty for 2 smaller flatbreads (the full recipe below).

Pre-cook: Any meats should be pre-cooked before using as a flatbread topping. If you want to top the flatbread with vegetables, feel free to sauté or gently cook them first. I usually don’t with spinach, peppers, and mushrooms, but with “harder” veggies like broccoli or cauliflower, they’ll taste better if they’ve been slightly cooked before using as topping.

margherita flatbread before baking

homemade flatbread pizza

Get creative! I can’t wait to hear about how you top your flatbread pizzas.

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margherita flatbread pizza

Homemade Flatbread Pizza Recipe

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 55 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes
  • Yield: serves 2-4
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Italian

Description

Follow these basic instructions for thin yeasted flatbread pizza crust. The recipe yields enough dough for two small flatbreads, each perfect for 1 hungry person or 2 people to split (2-4 people total). Freezing instructions listed below. See all of my detailed topping suggestions in the blog post above or recipe notes below.


Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon active dry or instant yeast
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup (180ml) warm water, (between 100-110°F, 38-43°C)
  • 2 cups (250g) all-purpose flour or bread flour (spoon & leveled), plus more for hands and surface
  • 1 Tablespoon (15ml) olive oil, plus 1 teaspoon for brushing the dough
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • optional: 1 teaspoon garlic powder or 1 clove minced garlic and/or 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning

Instructions

  1. Place the yeast and sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook or paddle attachment. Or, if you do not own a stand mixer, a regular large mixing bowl. Pour warm water on top. Whisk gently to combine, then loosely cover with a clean kitchen towel and allow to sit for 5 minutes. The mixture should be frothy after 5 minutes. If not, start over with new yeast.
  2. If you do not have a mixer, you can mix by hand in this step. With the stand mixer running on low speed, add the flour, olive oil, and salt. (And garlic/Italian seasoning if using.) Beat on low speed for 1 minute as it all combines. The dough should be thick and shaggy. Transfer it to a lightly floured work surface, including any loose flour. Knead it with lightly floured hands for 2 minutes until it begins to come together and becomes smooth. If the dough is too sticky to handle, add 1-2 more Tablespoons of flour.
  3. Place the dough in a greased bowl (I use nonstick spray to grease) and cover with plastic wrap, aluminum foil, or a clean kitchen towel. Allow to sit and rest for 45 minutes at room temperature. Once it has rested and slightly risen, you can place it in the fridge for up to 2 days. More instructions in the make ahead tip below.
  4. As the dough is resting and rising, prepare your toppings. See blog post and/or recipe note below.
  5. Preheat oven to 475°F (246°C).
  6. Shape the dough: Punch the dough down to release any air. Divide the dough into two. On a lightly floured surface with floured hands and working with one dough piece at a time, begin shaping and stretching the dough until it is 1/4 inch thick. You can use a floured rolling pin for this too. Don’t worry about the shape of the dough, just make sure it’s pretty thin. Repeat with the second piece of dough. Carefully transfer both pieces of dough to a parchment paper or silicone-mat lined baking sheet, or use a pizza stone. (You can also shape/roll out the doughs directly on a silicone baking mat or a large sheet of parchment if that is easier for you and then just transfer the whole thing to the baking sheet.)
  7. Poke your fingers all around the surface of the flatbreads or prick a few holes with a fork. Drizzle or brush each with 1/2 teaspoon of olive oil. Top each with your favorite toppings.
  8. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until the crust and toppings are browned to your liking. Remove from the oven. Slice and serve warm.
  9. Cover and store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

Notes

  1. Make Ahead & Freezing Instructions: The dough can be prepared through step 3, then after it has risen, cover and place in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Continue with step 5. To freeze the dough, prepare it through step 3. After it has risen, punch it down to release any air. Divide it in 2, if desired, then wrap in plastic wrap and place in a freezer-friendly container for up to 3 months. When ready to use, thaw the dough overnight in the refrigerator. Then let the dough sit at room temperature for about 30 minutes before stretching out/shaping and topping. If the thawed dough keeps shrinking back as you try to shape it, lightly cover it with plastic wrap or a clean kitchen towel and let it rest on the counter or your work surface for 15 minutes. (The gluten just needs a chance to settle.)
  2. Yeast: You can use instant or active-dry yeast with zero changes. If you’re new to working with yeast, I recommend reviewing my Baking with Yeast guide. I used to make flatbread with 1 and 1/2 teaspoons of yeast, but recently reduced it down to 1 teaspoon. This is plenty for a thin flatbread crust. Note that 1 teaspoon is less than 1 standard packet. If you want a no-yeast flatbread, I recommend searching for another recipe that’s modified without its addition. (Don’t simply leave the yeast out of this one!)
  3. Flour: I haven’t tested this recipe with whole wheat flour, but let me know if you do. You may need a little extra liquid in the dough.
  4. Pictured Plain Flatbread: Top with 1/2 teaspoon each of olive oil as directed in step 7. Top each with 1 clove minced garlic. Sprinkle with your desired amount of sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. After baking, sprinkle with fresh parmesan cheese (if desired).
  5. Pictured Margherita Flatbread: Slice 8 ounces of fresh mozzarella into thin slices. Top each flatbread with 4 ounces each. Top each with a handful of fresh tomato slices and a sprinkle of chopped fresh basil. If desired, sprinkle with fresh parmesan cheese too. After baking, feel free to top with more chopped fresh basil.
  6. Double Batch: Dough may easily be doubled by doubling each ingredient. Extend the rise time in step 3 to 1 hour.
  7. Optional Flavors in Dough: I love adding garlic and Italian seasoning to this dough, as listed in the ingredient list above. If you can’t find a spice labeled “Italian Seasoning” in the spice aisle, use dried oregano, dried basil, and/or dried parsley instead. Honestly, any herb (fresh or dried) that you love works.

Keywords: flatbread, pizza

 

451 Comments

  1. What a great recipe! This dough came together quickly and was very easy to work with. I didn’t need a rolling pin, and was able to shape the soft dough with just my hands. The added garlic and Italian seasoning in the dough pushed the taste over the top! I’ll definitely be making this again, especially if I’m short on time but still want something fresh and homemade. Wonderful as always, Sally!

    1. I absolutely loved reading this, Megan! Thrilled it was such a hit and I’m glad you’ll be making it again 🙂

  2. Veronica Januzzi says:

    Sally once again you rock delicious!!!!

    1. Thank you so much, Veronica!

  3. Tried making this today- unfortunately my dough was too tough to work with. Don’t know where I went wrong..

    1. I made a double batch of this for dinner tonight. It was straightforward and simple to make, and so delicious. We topped the flatbreads with melted butter, garlic, oregano, and basil. Parmesan and Mozzarella cheese. Bbq Chicken, asparagus, onion, grated zucchini, and sliced tomatoes. This flatbread will be our new pizza night recipe!

      1. I’m so happy it was a hit, Bethany! Your toppings sound delicious 🙂

    2. Ok so I think I messed up with the quantity of water ..tried it again and WOW the whole family loved it!!
      We’ll definitely be making this again..❤️

      1. I’m so happy to read this! Thanks for your positive feedback 🙂

  4. Made this tonite and my husband and I both loved it. Dough was easy to make and so good. Used bread flour and made with Italian sausage, mushrooms and red peppers.

    1. What delicious toppings! So glad it was a hit 🙂

  5. This is not our first rodeo using this recipe. I even doubled everything because I know my family loves it so much.
    From a plain flat bread to some fancy toppings, this is such a versatile recipe that it can adapt to what you need.
    Definitely recommend it even for an amateur using yeast!
    Thanks Sally!

    1. Thank you so much for your positive feedback, Carla! I’m so happy your family enjoys this recipe so much 🙂

  6. Kristen Werner says:

    This recipe was so easy and fun to make. The pizzas came out wonderful. So delicious!! My little sisters had so much fun shaping the dough it ended up on the ceiling I have no idea how. Hope you have a wonderful day. Stay safe too.

    1. What a fun recipe to make with your sisters!

  7. Is this recipe easily doubled or would it need to be made twice to yield four flatbreads?

    1. Either way works!

  8. Absolutely delicious and so easy to make! Don’t be concerned if the dough doesn’t get as big/puffy as other breads during the rise- they come out perfect.

    1. Thank you so much for your positive feedback, Alessandra!

  9. I love your pizza dough recipe so I couldn’t wait to try this one. I followed the recipe exactly, i had to add a little more flour while kneading but that’s it. I love the shorter rise time and the thinner, crispier crust! I let it bake about 20 minutes to get it super crispy and a tiny bit charred and it was delicious! I can’t wait to go shopping again to get some different toppings for this!

    1. Love that crispy crust! So glad you enjoyed this recipe, Connie 🙂

  10. Lisa Moreef says:

    OMG! I make m.o.p. all the time for dinner but my kids and husband must have said wow countless times as they ate this. I tripled the recipe to feed a family of 5. The 6th dough I made a dessert like pizza with apricot, fig,carmelized onion and an Armenian string cheese. Amazing!

    1. I’m so happy this recipe was a hit with your family, Lisa! Your dessert pizza sound absolutely divine 🙂

  11. Turned out so great! Super easy recipe. We had to cook it longer then the recipe said (around 20min) but turned out great!

    1. So happy you enjoyed it, Madison!

  12. I adore your traditional pizza dough recipe (simply the best homemade pizza dough out there), so I was happy to give this one a try yesterday on the first day of the post. It’s a fast weeknight alternative to your traditional dough and was a great way for me to use some fresh mozz that was languishing in my fridge. Thanks for giving us a recipe that was very friendly to those of us sheltering in place this month.

    1. Thanks for giving this recipe a try, Rachel! So glad you enjoyed it 🙂

  13. Recipe came together so easily with few ingredients and was delicious! I made one with zucchini, tomatoes, roasted red pepper, prosciutto, mozzarella and Parmesan tonight. The other half of the dough is in my fridge for a different combo tomorrow!

    1. What delicious toppings! I’m so happy you enjoyed this recipe, Katie 🙂

  14. Can’t believe how easy this was, and delicious too! Perfect to whip up for a quick lunch but feeling very accomplished nontheless 😀 Thanks Sally

    1. So glad you enjoyed this recipe, Sophie!

  15. Hi Sally! Just to clarify, you can use the dough the same day? Is that correct? No need to put it in the fridge? Thank you so much!

      1. Thank you Sally! I can’t wait to try this! I make your Artisan Bread each week and it is the best! I’m sure this will be too! Thank you for answering my question! Thank you!

  16. I just completed the flatbread pizza for the April challenge and it’s amazing! Such a simple easy to follow recipe, that doesn’t take all day. The recipe makes two personal sized pizzas so they are easier for a home kitchen to manage than one big pizza. The crust is fairly thin with a perfect crunch/chew. I will be making this recipe on repeat!

    1. I’m so happy you’ll be making this again, Susan! I appreciate your positive feedback 🙂

  17. This turned out great. The recipe was very easy to follow and the end result tasted delicious.

    1. I’m so happy you enjoyed this recipe, Amy!

  18. I’m not the best at yeast doughs, as I’m still practicing but this recipe was so easy and came out perfectly! I even doubled it on the first try and I still turned out great. I make chicken Alfredo and bbq chicken pizzas as well as a cinnamon roll stick for dessert. All of it was amazing, will be keeping and using this for pizza all the time!!

    1. I’m so happy you’ll be making this again! Your sweet and savory flatbreads sound delicious 🙂

  19. Hi Sally! Another fabulous restaurant quality recipe the whole family enjoyed! It makes staying home and eating in so much more enjoyable during these uncertain times.

    1. I’m so happy your family enjoyed this recipe, Terrilyn! Thanks for your positive feedback 🙂

  20. Made this tonight for dinner! It was quick as far as homemade dough goes, and delicious! I always use your pizza crust recipe when we make pizza at home, but I’m switching to this style from now on! I topped with pesto, mozzarella and feta, olives, spinach, and artichokes… so good

    1. Love reading this, Megan! Thank you for your positive feedback 🙂

  21. I made this tonight and it was SO GOOD!

    1. Thrilled you enjoyed this recipe, Kayla!

  22. Absolutely fabulous recipe yet again! I did one plain with garlic and Italian seasoning and it was fantastic! Did the other one as a pizza with sauce and cheeses and also great. Love that you make yeast recipes so approachable! Thank you Sally!

    1. I’m thrilled you enjoyed this recipe, Katelyn 🙂 Thanks for your positive feedback!

  23. I added my pizza seasoning to the dough. Quick easy delicious. It was great for a Friday night dinner! I’ve share the recipe to many friends
    Thank you!

    1. Thank you for sharing this recipe with your friends! I appreciate your positive feedback, Gwen 🙂

  24. This made delicious pizzas. We topped with pesto, mozzarella, and tomato slices. Yum. We will definitely make this again and experiment with different toppings. Untopped seems perfect to dip in olive oil. Thank you for another great recipe, Sally!

    1. I’m so happy you’ll be making this again, Stacey 🙂 I appreciate your positive feedback!

  25. Suzanne Kenny says:

    Easy peasy, lemon squeezy. The kids loved it. We will be making this again.

    1. I’m so glad it was a hit with your family, Suzanne!

  26. My husband and I just made this tonight, and it was delicious! We topped it with garlic, mozzarella cheese, and Italian sausage :).

    1. Thrilled you both enjoyed this recipe, Sera!

  27. I made this with 1/2 White Lily AP flour and 1/2 KIng Arthur Bread flour. I did add the extra Tbsp. Of flour the White Lily people suggest you add when using their flour. I mixed it in my stand mixer and let my dough hook do the kneading. My dough was very wet which kept me from being able to roll it real thin. Next time I will add more flour or use all KA bread flour to stiffen the dough up a bit. It was still very good! I topped with pizza sauce, mozzarella cheese, green pepper, onion, tomato and my hubby added anchovies to his. I will definitely make again!

    1. So happy you’ll be making this recipe again, Jann!

  28. Hi Sally! Just a quick question. Do I put the minced garlic on when I put on the olive oil, or can I mix it into the dough? Thanks 🙂

    1. Hi Julia! Either works. I usually add it right into the dough. If I’m making plain flatbread, as noted in the recipe notes, I add extra when I brush on the oil.

  29. Kristin Bell says:

    Easy peasy. Thanks Sally! Glad I had all the ingredients on hand already so I can keep on isolating and eating carbs.

    1. Thanks so much for your positive feedback, Kristin!

  30. Made this today for lunch and it was a hit! So good and so easy to make. I found the dough really easy to work with (to knead by hand and shape on the pan). This recipe is definitely a keeper!

    1. Thrilled you’ll hang onto this recipe, Elizabeth! I appreciate your positive feedback 🙂

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