Pepperoni Pizza (Homemade Dough and Pizza Sauce Recipes)


Most of you will consider me crazy for saying this, but I never used to care all that much for pepperoni pizza. I know it’s like the All-American thing but I have always preferred something more like a tomato basil or a spinach artichoke pizza. Then once upon a time I tried a pepperoni pizza that was covered with fresh oregano. It changed my entire outlook on pepperoni pizza. I know it’s just a small change on the traditional pepperoni pizza but it makes a big difference to add that freshness to this classic. And the way it pairs with pepperoni is perfection. Oregano is often a key flavor in pizza so why not let it shine bright?

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Here’s another thing you may think I’m crazy for saying, I like turkey pepperoni just as much, if not more than, regular pepperoni (my husband even thinks the same thing). It has all the same flavors just a lot less fat, so you don’t end up with a pizza swimming in a layer of grease from an overdose of pepperoni fat. Don’t get this pizza wrong, it’s definitely no low cal pizza, it’s just tweaked to suit my personal taste. If you like regular pepperoni too much to ever even dare reach for something else, by all means go ahead and use that. I’m not here to change your taste in food or tell you only my way is the right way, I just share my opinion (and I’m very opinionated when it comes to food, but aren’t we all?). Turkey bacon on the other hand, don’t go there.



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Pepperoni Pizza (Homemade Dough and Pizza Sauce)

5 from 2 votes


Pizza Dough (yields enough for 2 13-inch pizzas)

  • 2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast
  • 2 tsp granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups warm water , 110 degrees, divided
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil , plus more for brushing
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp white vinegar
  • 3 1/2 - 4 cups bread flour

Pizza Sauce (yields enough for 3 large pizzas)

  • 2 (8 oz) cans tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tsp honey
  • 2 tsp chopped fresh oregano
  • 2 tsp chopped fresh basil
  • 1/4 tsp dried thyme (or 3/4 tsp fresh)
  • 1 clove garlic , finely minced
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper , to taste

Topping (yields enough for 1 13-inch pizza)

  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic , finely minced
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese (8 oz)
  • 1/4 cup finely shredded parmesan cheese (1 oz)
  • 20 slices pepperoni (I recommend turkey, it's just as good as the regular)
  • 2 Tbsp fresh oregano (chopped if using larger leaves)
  • Red pepper flakes , for serving (optional)


  1. For the pizza dough:
  2. In the bowl of an electric stand mixer, combine yeast, 2 tsp sugar and 1/2 cup warm water and whisk until yeast has dissolved. Allow to rest 5 minutes. Add in remaining 1 cup warm water, olive oil, salt and vinegar. Fit mixer with whisk attachment, set on low speed and slowly add in 1 3/4 cups of the flour and mix until combined. Switch to a dough hook and slowly add in remaining 1 3/4 cups flour, then knead mixture on medium-low speed about 5 - 7 minutes, adding in up to an additional 1/2 cup flour as needed, until dough is smooth and elastic (dough should be slightly sticky but should not stick to a clean fingertip). Cover bowl with plastic wrap and allow to rest in a warm place until doubled, about 1 1/2 hours.
  3. For the pizza sauce:
  4. Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Preferably let rest 30 minutes (while dough is rising) to allow flavors to meld.
  5. To assemble pizza:
  6. Place a pizza stone in oven and preheat oven to 450 degrees. While oven preheats assemble pizza. Punch down pizza dough (divide into two equal 16 oz portions, freeze one in a resealable bag for a later use or make 2 pizzas right away). Place a sheet of parchment paper over a pizza peel, then lightly dust parchment paper with flour. Pat/roll and stretch dough on pizza peel to a 13-inch round, while creating a rim along edge of dough. Using a fork (without piercing all the way through) pierce dough many times over surface. In a small bowl stir together 1 Tbsp olive oil with 1 clove garlic and brush evenly over top and edges of pizza, then evenly spread about 2/3 cup of the pizza sauce over pizza (leaving rim uncoated). Top evenly with cheeses (again leaving rim uncoated) and pepperoni slices (if using turkey pepperoni, I recommend adding halfway through baking). Carefully slide pizza (on parchment paper) to preheated pizza stone in oven and bake 12 - 15 minutes until crust is golden. Remove from oven, sprinkle top with oregano and optional red pepper flakes. Cut into slices and serve.
  7. Recipe Source: Cooking Classy

Pepperoni Pizza (pizza dough and pizza sauce recipes included) | Cooking Classy

Pepperoni Pizza (pizza dough and pizza sauce recipes included) | Cooking Classy

Pepperoni Pizza (pizza dough and pizza sauce recipes included) | Cooking Classy

Pepperoni Pizza (pizza dough and pizza sauce recipes included) | Cooking Classy


  • Bri | Bites of Bri: Jaclyn, this is so pretty! and, I’m totally with you on the turkey pepperoni. I’m not a huge fan of pepperoni, but if I’m having it, its got to be turkey variety. July 14, 2014 at 4:10am Reply

  • Rochelle @ Oh So Sweet Baker: This looks like the perfect pizza. Got me craving pizza now July 14, 2014 at 1:19am Reply

  • Matt Robinson: Love that sauce! Just got back from a little vacation and this sounds so good!! July 13, 2014 at 10:17pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I hope you and your family had a fun vacation Matt! Wish I were on one right now :)! July 13, 2014 at 11:26pm Reply

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci): What a perfect pizza and your dough looks so good! July 13, 2014 at 10:06pm Reply

  • Tieghan: I love this classic, No matter how many pizza combo I try this one will always be a favorite!! Looks amazing!! :) July 13, 2014 at 8:27pm Reply

  • Lori: Your pizza looks great, and I like the addition of honey in the sauce! July 13, 2014 at 1:39pm Reply

  • Anna @ One Prickly Pear: Completely agree with you…fresh oregano on pizza IS amazing! Trying this soon :) July 13, 2014 at 1:12pm Reply

  • Averie @ Averie Cooks: The last pizza you made that was a pepperoni pizza that I always see on Pinterest was totally perfect and this one is ever more so I think! You are the world’s neatest cook! Just your crust, with that perfect raised edge, the pepperonis all perfectly spaced, you just amaze me! This is a gorgeous pizza, Jaclyn! July 13, 2014 at 10:47am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks so much Averie :)! You’re always so nice! July 13, 2014 at 11:19am Reply

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