Flatbread Pizza Recipe photo by Taste of Home
Total Time
Prep: 20 min. + rising Bake: 15 min.
Short on time? Make flatbread pizza instead of traditional pizza. This recipe is quicker, easier and just as delicious.

Updated: Apr. 19, 2024

Flatbread pizza is my go-to recipe when I don’t want to spend hours proofing pizza dough. The golden-brown crust tastes just as bread-y and cheesy as a regular pizza, only flatbread recipes are ready in a fraction of the time. The dough comes together in only 30 minutes—including rise time. It’s easy to work with and stretch, too, making it a fantastic recipe for beginner bakers or anyone who wants to get the kids involved in the kitchen.

We make this flatbread pizza recipe with a rich tomato sauce that peeks out from underneath a blanket of cheese. This tomatoey, cheesy flatbread tastes amazing with a side salad for an easy meal. But the recipe is incredibly versatile, so feel free to get creative with the pizza toppings. Add pepperoni, or sliced tomatoes and basil for a fresh finish. Even more topping suggestions are listed below to get you started.

Flatbread Pizza Ingredients

  • All-purpose flour: Save the fancy flour for another recipe, and use the all-purpose flour you already have in the pantry.
  • Quick-rise yeast: We use quick-rise yeast, but you can use active dry yeast if that’s what you have on hand.
  • Sugar and salt: Sugar provides the yeast with the nutrients it needs to rise, and salt strengthens the dough’s gluten structure. Feel free to substitute honey for the sugar, if desired.
  • Olive oil: Oil helps the dough stretch without tearing. Boost the dough’s flavor by choosing a high-quality, aromatic olive oil.
  • Pizza sauce: Use the homemade pizza sauce you have in the freezer, or pick up a store-bought brand.
  • Mozzarella cheese: Low-moisture mozzarella is the best melting cheese for pizza.

Directions

Step 1: Dissolve the yeast

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Preheat the oven to 450°F, and grease a 15×10-inch baking pan.

In a large bowl, dissolve the yeast in warm water.

Editor’s Tip: If you substitute active dry yeast, let the mixture stand until bubbles form on the surface, five to seven minutes. Learn more about why some types of yeast need to be proofed, or activated, in water.

Step 2: Begin mixing the dough

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Add the oil, sugar, salt and 1 cup flour to the yeast mixture.

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Beat the mixture until it is smooth.

Step 3: Stir in the remaining flour

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Stir in enough of the remaining flour to form a soft dough. The dough will be sticky.

Editor’s Tip: For added flavor, season the dough with dried herbs and spices. Dried basil, oregano and garlic powder are all-purpose seasonings that pair well with most flatbread toppings.

Step 4: Knead the dough

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Turn the dough onto a floured surface. Knead the dough until it is smooth and elastic, six to eight minutes.

Step 5: Rest the dough

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Place the dough in a greased bowl, turning the dough once to grease the top. Cover the dough, and let it rest for 10 minutes.

Step 6: Form the flatbread

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Press the dough into a 12×10-inch rectangle on the greased 15×10-inch baking pan.

Editor’s Tip: You could shape the dough into a circle (like a regular pizza), but we love the freedom of a rectangular flatbread. It doesn’t have to look perfect, and you can accentuate its irregular shape by cutting it into funky triangles after baking.

Step 7: Add the flatbread pizza toppings, and bake

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Top the dough with the pizza sauce and mozzarella cheese.

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Bake until the crust is golden brown, 15 to 20 minutes. Let the flatbread stand for five minutes before cutting.

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Flatbread Pizza Toppings

How to Make Flatbread Pizza Ahead of Time

If you like to meal prep, prepare the dough up to two days ahead of time. This is a great option if you want to double or triple the recipe to make multiple flatbread pizzas throughout the week.

Prepare the dough as directed through Step 5, but place the covered bowl in the refrigerator. When you’re ready to make the flatbread pizza, remove the bowl from the fridge 30 minutes before forming the flatbread. Then shape, top and bake the flatbread as directed.

How to Store Flatbread Pizza

Store leftover flatbread pizza in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to four days. To reheat the flatbread, use your preferred cooking method for reheating pizza (we like to use the oven).

Flatbread Pizza Tips

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How do you make flatbread pizza with a crispy crust?

When I ran a pizza restaurant, I found that toppings were the number one reason pizzas and flatbreads didn’t crisp up properly. Overloading the dough with too much sauce or cheese can weigh it down and add excess moisture, making the crust soggy. That’s why we keep the sauce and cheese to 1 cup each in this recipe. Keep any added toppings to about 1/2 cup to avoid a toppings overload.

Do you have to cook the flatbread before making a flatbread pizza?

We build our flatbread pizza recipe on uncooked flatbread dough. When it’s raw, the dough can take on the rich character of the tomato sauce as it cooks. Prebaked flatbread won’t absorb the flavors as well. However, prebaking flatbread is helpful for recipes like grilled flatbread veggie pizza. The dough will be much easier to work with on the grill if it’s cooked first.

Flatbread Pizza

Prep Time 20 min
Cook Time 15 min
Yield 8 servings.

Ingredients

  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) quick-rise yeast
  • 2/3 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1-3/4 to 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup pizza sauce
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 450°. In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add oil, sugar, salt and 1 cup flour. Beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough (dough will be sticky).
  2. Turn dough onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease the top. Cover and let rest 10 minutes.
  3. Press dough into a 12x10-in. rectangle in a greased 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Top with pizza sauce and mozzarella cheese. Bake until golden brown, 15-20 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes before cutting.

Nutrition Facts

1 piece: 261 calories, 13g fat (3g saturated fat), 11mg cholesterol, 346mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 2g fiber), 7g protein.

I have been making this recipe for years to make homemade calzones, pizza and grilled flatbread pizza. It always comes out perfectly and doubles and triples well. This batch will make one large pizza or two to three calzones. —Patricia Prescott, Manchester, New Hampshire