Pepperoni Pizza Recipe

Pepperoni Pizza

This is our version of a perennial favorite. It starts with our pizza crust, which is made like very good bread. It's topped with our rich and spicy quick pizza sauce, a blend of cheeses, green bell peppers, and of course, pepperoni. You'll love making your own pizza because you can make the sauce your way, and you can put on any toppings you choose. Makes two medium pizzas.
Course Main Course, Snack
Cuisine American, Italian
Servings 4 people


  • Pizza pan


Quick Pizza Sauce

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 3 tbsp tomato paste
  • 15 oz crushed or diced tomatoes (1 can)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp dried oregano (or 2 tbsp fresh)
  • 1 tsp dried basil (or 2 tbsp fresh)
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 1/4 tsp fennel seeds (optional)
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp balsamic vinegar

Pizza Dough

  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 packet active dry yeast (2-1/4 tsp)
  • 3-3/4 to 4 cups bread flour (450 to 480 g)
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • cooking oil spray


  • 16 oz blend of shredded cheeses (mozzarella, parmesan, romano)
  • 6 oz package pepperoni
  • 1 green bell pepper


  • Make Pizza Dough. Do the following steps while the dough is rising.
  • Make Quick Pizza Sauce.
  • Rinse the bell pepper, and then cut it into three or four pieces along the creases. With your fingers, remove the stems, seeds, and white fibrous material. Rinse the pieces, and then cut them into half-inch squares.
  • Heat a teaspoon or two of olive oil in a skillet on medium heat. Saute the bell pepper pieces until slightly softened and fragrant.
  • Preheat oven to 425° F with the rack in the center. Proceed when the pizza dough is ready.
  • Spread half of the sauce on each pizza. Sprinkle a layer of cheese over the sauce. Sprinkle half the bell pepper pieces over the cheese. Add a layer of pepperoni rounds. They shrink quite a bit in the oven, so be generous! Sprinkle a little extra cheese on top.
  • Place in the preheated oven. Bake 10 minutes, turn 180° in the oven, and bake an additional 8 to 10 minutes until just ready to burn on the edges.
  • Take the pizza out of the oven and slide it from the pizza pan to your cutting board. When it’s cool enough to touch, cut it into slices.
Keyword homemade pepperoni pizza recipe

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