Pepperoni Pizza

Homemade pepperoni pizza is made with yeast dough, pepperoni sausage or spicy salami, delicious tomato sauce and mozzarella.

Pepperoni pizza

World famous pepperoni pizza has American roots. The name comes from the spicy variety of salami. It is usually made from pork, but beef or chicken variants are also available. Strictly speaking this is a type of Italian salsiccia Napoletana piccante sausage.

Traditional Pepperoni Pizza is one of the most popular along with Pizza Margherita and a cheese pizza – Four Cheese Pizza.
Perhaps it is so popular because of simplicity though at the same time luxurious topping.

Pepperoni is sold in stores. A quality real product is quite expensive, so it makes sense to buy cuts in the required quantity. Alternatively, you can buy good salami and pepper it with red pepper and add more spices and garlic to the sauce.


36cm pizza

  • Dough for Pizza 400g
  • Pizza Sauce
  • Chopped tomatoes 400g
  • Small onion 1
  • Garlic 2-3 cloves
  • Hot pepper 0.5
  • Olive oil 2 tbsp
  • Dry herbs (mixture), hot pepper, salt, sugar, balsamic vinegar spices
  • Toppings
  • Mozzarella 200g
  • Pepperoni or spicy salami 80g
  • Parmesan if you want
  • Oregano, olive oil additives

Step-by-step recipe

  1. About the dough for Pepperoni Pizza: thin or thick, crispy or fluffy – it will be delicious anyway. I will make the classic yeast dough for pizza, it is easy to prepare and failsafe.

    There is a trick: if you want crust to be thin then add toppings immediately after rolling out the dough. But if you want it to be fluffier – roll the dough out and let it rest for 30 minutes.

    Prepared pizza dough.
  2. How to make tomato sauce for pizza?
  3. In summer you can use fresh tomatoes, but it is more convenient to use canned chopped tomatoes. We are also using onion and garlic, as well as some spices.
    It takes 10-15 minutes to prepare.

    Homemade tomato sauce is made from tomato pulp.
  4. Use a small onion or ½ of a larger one. Peel onion and cut into small pieces. Peel garlic. If you are using regular salami – add a bit more garlic. Finely chop garlic and hot pepper.
    Add 2 tbsp of olive oil into a saucepan and sauté chopped onion until soft.

    Fry onion in olive oil, add garlic and hot pepper.
  5. Crush tomato pulp a bit more but let small pieces to remain.
    Add garlic and hot pepper into saucepan, fry for 1-2 minutes, constantly stirring. Add chopped tomatoes.
    Salt to taste, add ½ tsp of sugar and 1-2 pinches of dried herbs mixture (essentials are oregano and basil).

    Add chopped tomatoes and spices.
  6. Stew under the lid for 7-8 minutes on medium-low heat. Add ground black pepper to taste.
    Remove the lid and add heat. While stirring the sauce, evaporate excess water. Sauce should be slightly thicker than ketchup.
    Let it cool.

    Prepared tomato sauce for pizza.
  7. Toppings preparation
  8. Use pepperoni or pepper the salami. It is better to choose a sausage of a smaller diameter – it will look better.

    Pepperoni or salami for topping should be thinly sliced.
  9. Mozzarella can be used as small or large balls, or just buy a large piece of low-moisture mozzarella that can be easily grated.

    Mozzarella can be used in the form of small balls.
  10. Roll out the dough in a desired way.
    Lavishly cover the pizza with the cooled down sauce, leaving 1 cm crust around the edges. If you want pizza to be even spicier – additionally pepper the sauce or sprinkle with finely chopped chili pepper.

    Lavishly cover the pizza with prepared sauce.
  11. Remove mozzarella from salted water and grate it.
    Spread mozzarella evenly over the sauce.
    Sprinkle with a pinch of dry oregano.

    Grate mozzarella and spread it over the sauce.
  12. Top pizza with sliced pepperoni or prepared salami. Start at the corners and go towards the centre of the crust.
    If there are some pieces left — eat them immediately!

    Spread the pepperoni or salami slices.
  13. I like to sprinkle an extra 1 tbsp of finely grated parmesan on the pizza, though most don't do this. But it is necessary to sprinkle pizza with olive oil — just 1-2 tsp.
  14. Baking pepperoni pizza
  15. Preheat the oven to 180°C. It will take 20 minutes to bake.
    Set the temperature higher — the baking time will be reduced.
    Place the pizza in the oven and bake until crust is golden brown.

    pepperoni pizza
  16. When the pizza is ready, carefully slide it to a wooden cutting board and using a pizza cutter — cut into 6 slices.
    Let them cool for a few minutes and enjoy the delicious pepperoni pizza.

Homemade pizza with pepperoni or spicy salami — unusual and delicious. Enjoy!

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Recipe facts
Pizza:36cm pizza
Prep:30 min
Cook:30 min
Total:1 hour (without dough preparation)
4.9 Reviews: 2789