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homemade pepperoni pizza on a baking tray

Homemade Pepperoni Pizza

Homemade Pepperoni Pizza | Cooking with Kids, a classic recipe with tips and tricks to help get kids cooking. 

Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Rising Time 10 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 2 medium sized pizzas
Author Samantha


Pizza Dough*:

  • 3 tsp active dry yeast
  • 1 cup warm water, lukewarm not boiling
  • 2.5 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for rolling dough
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp olive oil

Pepperoni Pizza:

  • 1/3 cup tomato sauce
  • 2 cups shredded pizza mozzarella (low moisture mozzarella)
  • 20-30 slices pizza pepperoni
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper


  1. Add yeast and water to a large mixing bowl (or the bowl of a stand-mixer). Stir once to activate yeast. Let sit for 5 minutes.

  2. Add flour and salt and mix until a dough is formed (around 3 minutes of mixing). Add olive oil and mix until combined. Cover with a tea towel and let sit for 10-15 minutes to rise (just slightly). 

  3. While dough is rising, preheat oven to 450° F, grate cheese and prep other ingredients. 

  4. Have two baking sheets turned upside down and lightly dust with flour. (Or use a pizza stone if you have one). 

  5. Divide dough into 2 parts and roll out to 1/8-1/4" thick on a floured surface. Transfer to baking sheets. 

  6. Top each pizza with tomato sauce, mozzarella, pepperoni, parmesan, basil, and black pepper. Drizzle with olive oil. 

  7. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until cheese is bubbling and brown and the pizza's edges are browned and starting to crisp. 

  8. Garnish with fresh basil if desired. Allow to cool for 5 minutes before serving. 

Recipe Notes

* feel free to skip this step and purchased store-bought pizza dough. Remove from fridge 10-15 minutes prior to use and roll out to add toppings.