Easy homemade Pepperoni Pizza with homemade pizza dough and pizza sauce.  Don’t let homemade pizza intimidate you because it is SO fast, EASY and delicious!

I firmly believe that my homemade pizza dough will make you a pizza-for-dinner fanatic.  My family treasures homemade pizza; everything from this classic pepperoni pizza and BBQ Chicken Pizza to Pizza Calzones and White Pizza.

A homemade Pepperoni Pizza, sliced, on a white marble board.
Pepperoni Pizza

We like to eat out one night a week, usually on the weekends. Last week we ordered a pizza and had it delivered. It cost about $20 total, and I ended up being a little mad at myself because making homemade pizza is so much cheaper, and I always have the ingredients I need. Not only is it cheap to make from home, but with my homemade pizza dough recipe, and the right toppings, it’s just as good as anything you’d buy at a restaurant!

What do you need to make pepperoni pizza?

You need pizza crust, pizza sauce, cheese, and pepperoni. Pepperoni is basically an American version of salami.  Pepperoni is a meat mixture of beef and pork that has been cured and seasoned with paprika and chili powder.  It’s a loved American food staple and most commonly used to make pepperoni pizza.

Making pepperoni pizza is as easy as layering the ingredients on a pizza crust. Start with the sauce, then cheese, pepperoni, and a little more cheese.

Process photos for making pepperoni pizza including a homemade crust, topped with sauce, cheese, and pepperoni.
What toppings go with pepperoni pizza?

You can load up a pepperoni pizza with endless options of toppings. Topping ideas include:

  • olives
  • bell peppers
  • hot peppers
  • pineapple
  • sausage
  • various types of cheese
  • chicken
  • arugula
  • bacon

Traditional pepperoni pizza is made with pizza sauce, mozzarella cheese, and pepperoni.


If you have made pizza dough before then you probably know that it’s super easy.  My pizza dough recipe uses SEVEN simple pantry ingredients: (water, oil, sugar, yeast, salt, vinegar, and flour) and it’s every bit as good (or better than) your favorite restaurant pizza dough. I love how easy and inexpensive it is to make Homemade pizza dough.

When I make homemade pizza, I like to use one of doughs to make Cheesy Breadsticks.

Can Pizza Dough be made ahead of time?

There are a few different options for making pizza dough ahead of time.

Optional 1: Make the dough up until the first rise. Place the dough in an airtight container in the fridge to rise overnight, or for several hours, before rolling it out and pre-baking it.

Option 2: Completely make the pizza dough, including pre-baking it in the oven for 6 minutes. Top with desired pizza toppings, cover well with plastic wrap and refrigerate for several hours, until ready to bake your pizza.

Option 3: Freeze the pizza dough.

Form a ball with the dough and lightly spray it on all sides.  Wrap it in plastic wrap and place it in a ziplock freezer bag in the freezer for up to 3 months.  To thaw, place the pizza dough in the refrigerator overnight to thaw and rise. Then roll it out when you are ready to pre-bake.

You could also pre-bake the pizza crust and freeze the pre-baked crust before adding sauce and toppings.  Just make sure the crust cools completely and then wrap it in plastic wrap and tinfoil and store it in your freezer.

Pepperoni pizza nutrition:

I usually slice my pepperoni pizza into 8 slices. Each slice is estimated to have 277 calories with 14 fat, 24g carbohydrate, and 13g of protein.

Pepperoni pizza, sliced, and a piece being removed.

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A homemade Pepperoni Pizza, sliced, on a white marble board.
Prep 10 minutes
Cook 10 minutes
Total 20 minutes
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  • Preheat your oven to 450 degrees F
  • Pre-bake your pizza dough for 6 minutes then top your prebaked pizza dough with a thin layer of pizza sauce.
  • Then add a thin layer of mozzarella cheese, a layer of pepperoni, and sprinkle another thin layer of cheese on top of the pepperoni.
  • Bake at 450 F for 10 -15 minutes or until crust is golden brown and cheese is bubbly.


Calories: 277kcalCarbohydrates: 24gProtein: 13gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 36mgSodium: 857mgPotassium: 111mgSugar: 3gVitamin A: 255IUVitamin C: 1.1mgCalcium: 147mgIron: 1.8mg

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Lauren Allen

Welcome! I’m Lauren, a mom of four and lover of good food. Here you’ll find easy recipes and weeknight meal ideas made with real ingredients, with step-by-step photos and videos.

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  1. 5 stars
    I love making homemade pizza and it’s my first time and I had a great experience. The pizza was very delicious!

  2. 5 stars
    I have used this recipe (and your pizza dough recipe) many times. We have loved making homemade pizzas with your recipes!