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Adapted from my favorite pizza crust 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 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Italian


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.


  • 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


  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.


  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.

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Reader Questions and Reviews

  1. We LOVED this flatbread! We’ve been making pizza at least three times a week now that we know it’s so easy to make homemade pizza dough! And it tastes SO much better than a frozen pizza. Thanks for another awesome recipe Sally!

  2. This recipe is so easy, I shared it with a friend who is just starting to cook. I didn’t have oil the 2nd time I made this so I substituted butter (realized after I started). Made It with the cheesy breadstick recipe and it’s delicious! Glad the butter worked!

  3. I made this for the April Baking Challenge…I have made it three additional times since then! This is absolutely amazing! It has become a family favorite and it is easy enough to make during the week after work. My husband is super picky about his pizza/flatbreads and he said he could eat this everyday! You can have so much fun with toppings and we will most likely have this at least once a week now! Thanks Sally!!

  4. This is definitely a repeat! It was a hot with the entire family!!! I left it in just a tiny bit too long but the flavor was incredible. Such a cheerful part of the quarantine. Thanks!

  5. My family loved this recipe! It was perfect for grilling and held up very well. My kids had fun topping their own flatbreads. Thanks for the perfect quick and easy family-friendly recipe!

  6. Delicious! Very customizable to your own tastes. Looking forward to making it again and will try whole wheat flour. Definitely keep the crust thin.

  7. This is a great recipe that will become a staple for us! The flavor & texture is just right, and the time it takes (including rise time) is perfect for spontaneous cravings! We made ours with caramelized onions, olives, parmesan, & extra sharp cheddar, and brushed the crust with seasoned butter after it came out of the oven. YUM. Definitely going to make it again asap!

  8. I loved this challenge! I will certainly make this again in the near future. It was a fun and relaxing challenge. And, of course I have to mention that it tasted really good. I, also love that you do videos for the challenge recipes, it helps a ton! Thanks Sally!

  9. This is a great recipe! My 18 year-old son has taken over making it, as he really loves it! He melts butter and adds Italian Seasoning, Dried Basil, Garlic (fresh and some salt), some pepper and regular salt. He brushes this on the dough and tops with sliced grape tomatoes, mozzarella and parmesan. It is very good! Now if I can only find more yeast!

  10. I just want to thank you with all my heart for sharing your talents/recipes! I have made many of your recipes with great success, because of you clear tutorials and directions. We are all blessed to be a part of what you create and share. Take care and stay healthy, safe and hopeful!

  11. My new go-to pizza recipe. It satisfies my California girl love for thin crust. I have made it twice this month. 🙂

  12. Will this recipe work if I double it?
    It’s awesome but doesn’t quite make enough for the fam!

  13. WOW! Mad this with Cup 4 Cup gluten free flour and it was fantastic! Put the pesto topping on it. Made for a very happy dinner in quarantine! Thanks! 🙂

  14. So easy and delicious. This is my new favs for pizza night

  15. It’s so delicious! I highly recommend this recipe!

  16. I can’t wait to make this. PLEASE tell me where you purchased your apron in the video. I love it!

    1. Hi Berty, I haven’t personally tried it but can’t see why not!

    2. I’ve done it! I put down a pizza stone on the grill grate and went from there. Very tasty!

  17. We love this on the grill! We have a pellet grill so we just set it at 475. It doesn’t take long!

  18. Can the dough handle red sauce? I don’t see it mentioned anywhere on the recipe.

  19. Do you add the seasonings to the dough while kneading or before adding toppings?

  20. We made pizza rolls with it! HELLO!! We are thin crust nuts so this is now our go to for any pizza crust!

  21. Can I bake the flatbread, freeze it then pull it back out to put the toppings on later as we want to make pizzas?

    1. Absolutely! Let it thaw before topping and baking. Only bake until the toppings are cooked/cheese is melted.

  22. This is the WORST recipe I have come across in a long time, I doubled the recipe as we have 6 people in my family and had to use over double the amount of flour recommendation and the dough didn’t even rise correctly. The flatbreads were so disappointing that we ended up having to order a takeaway instead.
    I would highly recommend not using this recipe and looking elsewhere!

    1. Thanks for your feedback, Rosie! I’m sorry this recipe was disappointing for you. It’s my understanding that you had to use 6-8 cups of flour for 1 and 1/2 cups of water? That would create a very dry dough, but pardon me if I’m misunderstanding how you made it. The dough won’t double in size during the rest time. This is flatbread, so the rise period is very short. Anyway, thanks for sharing your experience!

  23. Great! Doubled the recipe to make 4 flatbreads. Easy and family raved it was better than the store bought flatbreads by far. We did a couple with mozzarella and prosciutto, one with shredded beef, blue cheese and carmelized onions, and one with red sauce and pepperoni. Wow! Sally’s recipes have not been disappointing this quarantine. I finally have some baking confidence!!

  24. Sally, your flatbread pizza rocks! We made one with caramelized onions, bacon and goat cheese (with a little sprinkle of thyme), and two others with red sauce and mozzarella (one with Italian sausage, and one with Buffalo chicken). So delicious — the crust has great flavor in on its own.

  25. Great recipe, but for me, 475° was way too hot for the amount of time listed. If I hadn’t checked on it a few minutes in, it would have burned. I’m sure when I make it again and lower to around 425° or 400°, it will be more appropriate

  26. I made this flatbread crust for my family last night. It was the best ever! The crust was crunchy, light, soft and chewy inside, and thin. I made a 5 veggie pizza. The crust held up very well. Thank you so much this crust is a winner!

  27. This Flatbread Pizza is so easy, so delicious, so spot on. What I liked the most was how easy the dough is to work with. You don’t have to fight it. It was crisp around the edges and just right in the middle. As we say, it’s a keeper. I even shared it with my two sons and some friends, encouraging them to try it. Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe.

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