Go Back
+ servings

Sourdough Discard Pizza Dough

This recipe is a great way to use up sourdough discard

Course dinner
Keyword pizza, sourdough
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Rising Time 2 hours
Servings 8
Calories 230 kcal


  • 3 1/2 cups bread flour
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 envelope instant dry yeast 2 1/2 teaspoons instant dry yeast
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 3/4 cup sourdough starter
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/4 cup warm water


  1. Place flour, sugar, yeast and salt in food processor bowl. Pulse until combined.

  2. Add sourdough starter to bowl. Place cover on food processor.

  3. With food processor running, add water and olive oil. Process until dough comes together.

  4. Remove dough and place in a lightly oiled bowl. Sprinkle with a little flour and cover with clean kitchen towel or plastic wrap.

  5. Let dough sit at room temperature and rise for 1 hour.

  6. Divide dough in half and cover with clean paper towel or plastic wrap. Let dough rise another 10 minutes.

To Make Pizza

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

  2. Place half of dough on lightly oiled baking sheet. Repeat with other half or store in refrigerator for later use. Alternatively, for deep dish pizza, oil a cast iron skillet and place half of dough in skillet.

  3. Using fingers, press dough into desired shape. If using cast iron skillet, press dough to edges. Flip dough to coat other side with oil. Cover with clean paper towel or plastic wrap. Let rest for 1 hour.

  4. Using fingers, gently press dough down and let sit while preparing toppings.

Traditional Pizza

  1. Sprinkle parmesan cheese on top of dough. Sprinkle shredded mozzarella cheese on top. Distribute your favorite toppings on top. Dollop some marinara or pizza sauce on top. Drizzle with some extra virgin olive oil.

Margherita Pesto Pizza

  1. Sprinkle parmesan cheese on top of dough. Place slices of fresh mozzarella cheese on top. Place slices of fresh tomato on top of mozzarella cheese slices. Dollop pesto around mozzarella pieces. Drizzle with some extra virgin olive oil.

Baking Pizza

  1. Place pizza on bottom rack of oven. If making two pizzas, place on on bottom rack, and the other on the top rack. Bake for 18 minutes. Switch pizza positions, moving the bottom pizza to the top rack and the top pizza to the bottom rack. Bake another 7 minutes until bottom is crusty and top is bubbly and melted.

Recipe Notes

Adapted from Bobby Flay.

This recipe is flexible. Sourdough starter is equal parts (by weight) water and flour. Generally, I reduce the amount of water in the recipe by the amount of water in the sourdough discard I'm using. 

Nutrition Facts
Sourdough Discard Pizza Dough
Amount Per Serving
Calories 230 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 584mg25%
Potassium 55mg2%
Carbohydrates 40g13%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 7g14%
Calcium 8mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.