Make Your Own: Pepperoni Pizza

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Make Your Own Pepperoni Pizza

Today I’m going to show you how to make a pepperoni pizza from scratch. I won’t be using any store bought sauces or cheese, so this is a great recipe to start with if you’re new to cooking, or just need a new project to occupy a dull Sunday evening.

Make Your Own Pepperoni Pizza

Make Your Own: Pepperoni Pizza

Pepperoni pizza is a classic dish generally made from a wooden board, tomato sauce, cheese and pepperoni. In this recipe, we will make an edible version which you can take to the next party your friends invite you to.
Prep Time 48 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Servings 2 people


For the sauce:

  • 1 (6oz) can tomato paste
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp grated parmesan cheese

For the crust:

  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 3/4 cup warm water around 100*F
  • 1 tsp active dry yeast
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cups AP flour

For the pizza:

  • 1 recipe pizza crust
  • 1/2 recipe pizza sauce
  • 2 cups (8oz) mozzarella cheese
  • 3 oz pepperoni
  • 1 tbsp cornmeal
  • optional ingredients for additional or different toppings of your choice


For sauce :

  • In a small saucepan, combine all ingredients except the cheese and stirring constantly, heat over medium heat until bubbly.
  • Remove from heat and stir in cheese until melted.
  • Set aside to cool before using.
  • Will make TWO 16" pizzas.

For the crust:

  • In a stand mixer or a large bowl by hand, combine sugar and water.
  • Sprinkle yeast over the top of the water and let bloom for about 10 minutes.
  • Add in salt, olive oil and flour and mix to form a dough.
  • Dough will be sticky! Knead by machine for about a minute or by hand for 2-3 using only minimal flour to prevent sticking.
  • Put into an oiled bowl and toss to coat and cover with a damp towel.
  • Put into a warm place to rise for about an hour or until double in size.

For the pizza:

  • Preheat oven to 500*F.
  • Using a 16" pizza pan, sprinkle or dust the pan lightly with the cornmeal to prevent sticking.
  • Turn your dough out without punching down and starting in the center and using only your fingertips, press dough out to the edges of the pizza pan, leaving a slight lip around the outside.
  • Spread half the pizza sauce on the top of the crust to about 3/4" of the edge.
  • Top with cheese and then whatever topping you so choose.
  • Bake for 7 minutes or until golden brown and toppings are cooked.
  • It can go from undone to burnt in about one minute! Slice into 8 pieces and serve it up! Enjoy!
Keyword Pepperoni Pizza, pizza
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