Add the yeast, sugar, and water to your stand mixer bowl and stir everything together. Allow the mixture to sit for 7-10 minutes until it starts to bubble and create foam. This is that amazing little yeast packet going to work!
Place the dough hook on your stand mixer and add the salt and olive oil. Turn the mixer on low speed and begin to mix. Add the flour, one cup at a time, and mix on low until everything is fully incorporated.
Once everything is combined, increase the speed to low-medium speed for about 2 minutes. Then increase the speed one more time to medium and allow the dough hook to knead the dough for another 3 minutes. Everything should come together on the hook and make a perfect dough ball. If this doesn't happen, scrape the side of the bowl. You can decide if the dough needs a little more flour or water but add a teaspoon at a time so you don't overcompensate. Note: Every stand mixer is different so follow the instruction manual for your model.
Remove the dough from the hook and place it on a lightly floured surface. Form into a ball with a few hand kneads. Place your dough ball into a large bowl that has been coated with olive oil (or non-stick spray). Cover with plastic wrap that has also been sprayed on the inside and let the dough rest and rise for at least an hour.
After the dough has rested and doubled in size (just eyeball it), put the dough on a floured surface, and stretch and roll your dough into your desired shape.
For the pizza, cook it however you like! I use a pizza stone or a baking sheet and preheat it in my oven at 450°F. This will make your crust nice and crunchy on the outside and bottom. A small 8" pizza will take about 8-10 minutes to bake and a larger 12-14" pizza will take about 14-16 minutes to bake. Enjoy!