How to Cook Whole Foods Pizza Dough

Whole Foods Market's mission is offering consumers healthy natural and organic foods, and their frozen pizza dough fits well with that goal. Whole Foods Market frozen pizza dough contains just a handful of ingredients, including organic flour, and is available in a whole-wheat variety. You can keep it frozen for up to three months. The dough ranks with homemade dough, according to a taste test from Bon Appetit, and it bakes up in less than 15 minutes.

Step 1

Remove the frozen dough from the freezer and set it in the refrigerator overnight to thaw. You can also set it on the counter top 1 1/2 to 2 hours before you plan to bake the pizza.

Step 2

Set the refrigerated, thawed dough on the counter 30 minutes before baking time. Allowing the dough to warm up makes it softer and easier to roll out.

Step 3

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. A hot oven is essential for making a crisp crust when using a Whole Foods pizza crust. If you're using a metal pan, spray it with a non-stick cooking spray. Rub a pizza stone lightly with oil, according to manufacturer's directions.

Step 4

Sprinkle the counter top with flour or cornmeal. Lightly press the thawed dough out on the counter top to flatten it. Pick it up and carefully stretch the dough between your fingers, turning it as you work. The dough should be about 1/4 inch thick when done.

Step 5

Place the dough on the pizza pan or stone. Spread marinara sauce, ranch dressing or drizzle of olive oil over the pizza, depending on your preferences. Top the pizza with cheese, meat, vegetables, herbs and garlic. Give it a dash of kosher salt and pepper if desired.

Step 6

Bake the pizza on the lowest oven rack in the oven for 8 to 12 minutes, or until the crust is brown and the cheese is bubbly and melted.

Step 7

Cool the pizza on a hot pad or cooling rack for 10 minutes before slicing it. Cooling allows the cheese to set and makes the crust easier to cut. Slice into individual pieces and serve.

Things You'll Need

  • Pizza pan or baking stone

  • Non-stick cooking spray or oil

  • Flour or cornmeal

  • Marinara sauce, ranch dressing or olive oil

  • Grated cheese

  • Meat

  • Vegetables

  • Herbs

  • Garlic

  • Salt and pepper

  • Cooling rack or hot pad

  • Pizza slicer

Tip

Pizza stones help create a crispy, browned crust.

Perforated pizza pans have tiny holes to allow heat to penetrate the bottom of the crust so that it cooks evenly.

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