For simple pizza dough, sprinkle 2 packets of dry yeast into 1 1/2 cups warm water. Let sit for five minutes. Whisk in 2 tablespoons each of sugar and coarse salt, along with 1/4 cup of olive oil. Add 4 cups of flour, combine, and let rise for one hour.
The key to making a good dough is to ensure the yeast is activated and the dough is given adequate time to rise. If time is an issue, Fleischmann's offers a pizza dough recipe that doesn't require rising time or activation of the yeast beforehand. To make this dough, combine 1 cup of all-purpose flour, 1 packet of dry yeast, 1 1/2 teaspoons of sugar and 3/4 teaspoon salt. Add 2/3 cup of very warm water and 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil. Knead the mixture into a dough, gradually adding between 3/4 and 1 1/4 cups of flour to thicken the mixture. The dough should be sticky.
Epicurious' recipe for pizza dough calls for 1 teaspoon of active dry yeast combined with 2/3 cup of warm water, which is then mixed with 2 cups of all-purpose flour and 1 teaspoon salt. This recipe requires slightly more rising time, with one and half hours after the dough is made, then another 60 minutes once it is divided.