What We Tried : “Valentino’s” Pizza Crust Recipe


Pizza has become a weekly meal for us and I am always on the hunt for an easy but yummy crust. For years now (since I was a pre-teen) I have used a Betty Crocker recipe that does not call for yeast or rising. It is a little dense, but the family likes it okay. This week I wanted a little more airy dough but didn’t want to wait for a rise and punch down (who wants to work on pizza dough for hours, right?). This one was a hit with the family!

Valentino’s Pizza Crust

Prep Time:
15 Min
Cook Time:
20 Min
Ready In:
35 Min

Original Recipe Yield 1 -12 to 16 inch crust


  • 1 cup warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  1. Stir water, sugar and yeast together until dissolved. Add the olive oil and the salt. Stir in the flour until well blended. Let dough rest for 10 minutes.
  2. Pat dough into pan or on to a pizza stone using fingers dipped in olive oil. If desired sprinkle basil, thyme or other seasonings on crust. Top with your favorite pizza toppings and bake for 15 to 20 minutes in a preheated 425 degree oven.

Nutritional Information

Amount Per Serving  Calories: 131 | Total Fat: 3.7g | Cholesterol: 0mg

Recipe & Photo Credit

I don’t make a traditional sauce… I spread a can of tomato sauce on the crust, sprinkle “Italian Seasoning” (or oregano & basil separately), garlic salt and if I’m feeling kicky I’ll put cumin seed on it (yum!).

Then top with your favorite toppings and bake!




  1. Laura H. says

    I’m going to have to try this one. I use frozen bread dough for my crust but have always been on the lookout for a good recipe that doesn’t require a lot of work. Sounds like I found one! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Stephanie Mago-Eagle says

    Looks really good going to have to try & make some soon

  3. julie kowalewski says

    this ones going on a recipe card right now! jewellzz_70@yahoo.com

  4. Wow..I always felt that making my own dough would be very complicated but you made it sound easy. I will need to try this soon!

  5. Thomas Murphy says

    sounds good, thanks for the recipe

  6. Gina Brickell says

    Thank you for sharing! I love pizza! Who doesn’t?? I especially love it when I can make my own and make it exactly the way I want it.. Lots of cheese and yummy crust!!

  7. Pauline MacGowan says

    Will try the recipe in the near future 🙂

  8. I want to make this one tonight! LOL I have had the same problem of waiting for the dough to rise. My family doesn’t like to wait the 2 hours, then the cooking time. I can’t wait to try this one. Thanks!

  9. Terri S says

    This looks so yummy!!! Thank you for sharing the recipe.

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