For beginners, most grocery stores sell ready-made pizza dough, but if you want the real experience of doing it all from scratch, here are the easy shake down steps to follow for your own simple a'pizza dough:
Ingredients - Thin Crust
1/2 pkg active dry yeast
1/2 cup warm water
1 1/4 + cups flour, bread flour or all-purpose
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon sugar
1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
Ingredients - Thick Crust (a.k.a Doubling up)
1 pkg active dry yeast
1 cup warm water
2 1/2 + cups flour, bread flour or all-purpose
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons sugar
2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
1. In a medium sized bowl, dissolve the yeast in the warm water. Let sit for 10 minutes.
2. Add 1 cup flour (2 cups if following a thick crust), salt, sugar, and Olive Oil. Combine together (I recommend getting your hands dirty at this point). The dough will come together and form a ball. When combining the dough, if it feels too sticky to form, just add a little bit more flour.
And watch it grow...