Pepperoni Pizza (Homemade Dough and Pizza Sauce)

No need to get delivery when you've got a recipe this good! Such an incredibly delicious pepperoni pizza recipe! You get a homemade crust, homemade sauce and layers of flavorful toppings.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Pepperoni Pizza, Pizza Recipe
Prep Time: 35 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 20 minutes
Servings: 4
Author: Jaclyn

Ingredients

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)

Instructions

  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. 
  3. 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.
  4. For the pizza sauce:
  5. Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Preferably let rest 30 minutes (while dough is rising) to allow flavors to meld.
  6. To assemble pizza:
  7. 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. 
  8. 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). 
  9. 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.