Easy Homemade Pepperoni Pizza

Make your own homemade pepperoni pizza tonight! It’s 100 times better than store bought and easy too! Start with store-bought pizza dough, add your sauce and favorite toppings and voila – you’ve got pizza your way! And you’ve never tasted anything better than when it’s hot out of the oven! 

Homemade Pepperoni Pizza | 2 Cookin Mamas Make your own homemade pepperoni pizza tonight! It's 100 times better than store bought and easy too! Start with store-bought pizza dough, add your sauce and favorite toppings and voila - you've got pizza your way! And you've never tasted anything better than when it's hot out of the oven!  #pizza #pepperoni #homemade #recipe

This homemade pizza is so easy to make that you’ll wonder why you never tried to make pizza at home before this. After all, it’s just a dough crust with your favorite pasta sauce, mozzarella cheese, Parmesan cheese, fresh basil and pepperoni. Yep, that’s it! Sounds simple right? Well, let me tell you, it is!

Homemade Pepperoni Pizza baked

I began thinking about making my own pizza when I saw a recipe for a rosemary bread that I wanted to try and it required a pizza stone. Ah, pizza stone = pizza right?  I love the way my brain thinks! So I know you’re thinking, why do I need another one-use pan like a pizza stone in my “no-room to put anything else” kitchen.  I thought the same thing but decided to see if all the hype about pizza stones was true. (Hint: they work great!)

4 easy steps to make this homemade pepperoni pizza!

Homemade Pizza steps | 2 Cookin Mamas

1. Oil the dough and pour tomato sauce on top. 2. Lay mozzarella sliced on top. 3. place tomatoes, basil and pepperoni or other ingredients on top of cheese. 4. Grate a little Parmesan or Pecorino Romano on top & bake.

Homemade Pepperoni Pizza closeup

First, what does a pizza stone do? It’s used primarily to crisp up the bottom of bread or pizza crust by absorbing moisture and creating an even heating surface. Makes sense to me. So not only does this pizza stone make a homemade pizza with a perfectly crisp light crust but can be used for breads too. Double bonus! And since both my husband and I like thin crust pizzas, cutting down on some of those carbs you know, it seemed like a no-brainer to give it a try.

Homemade Pepperoni Pizza serving slice

The verdict from my pizza aficionado husband – absolutely scrumptious! Homemade pizza has now become a favorite Friday night dinner for us whether it’s BBQ Pulled Pork Pizza, Double Cheeseburger Pizza or Meatless 3-Pepper Pizza. So, my advice, just bite the bullet and go ahead and purchase a nice pizza stone. Believe me, you’ll be glad you did!

5 from 2 votes
Homemade Pepperoni Pizza
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Heating stone
30 mins
Total Time
25 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keywords: easy recipe, homemade, pepperoni, pizza
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 438 kcal
Author: Linda Warren
  • dough ball from bakery or 1 package Pillsbury regular or Gluten Free Thin Crust Pizza Dough (or Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free Pizza Crust Mix which is easy and delicious)
  • cornmeal to prevent sticking
  • 1-2 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce you can use any of your favorite jarred pasta sauces
  • 4-6 oz. fresh mozzarella cheese sliced thin
  • 20-25 slices pepperoni
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves + extra for garnish
  • 1/4 cup fresh Pecorino Romano cheese grated (Parmesan can also be used)
  • salt & pepper to taste
  1. Sprinkle your pizza stone generously with cornmeal (not flour as it will burn) to prevent crust from sticking. Place your pizza stone in a cold oven and preheat for 30 minutes at 500 degrees.
  2. While stone is heating roll out your pizza crust on either the back of a cookie sheet, a pizza peel (wooden paddle) or your counter, lightly dusted with cornmeal, to a size that will fit your stone.
  3. From experience, I now wait until the pizza stone is hot, move it to the top of my stove and carefully put the pizza dough on the stone. I have tried countless times to move it with all the ingredients already on the crust and they tend to slip off the pizza crust. So now I just wait and build it quickly when the stone is hot.
  4. Brush the dough with olive oil then spread tomato sauce to within 1/2″ of edge. (Make sure you keep that 1/2″ edge with all ingredients to prevent toppings bubbling over side as well as giving you a place to more easily handle the finished pizza) 
  5. Place sliced mozzarella on top of sauce, sprinkle with desired amount of salt and pepper, top with basil leaves and pepperoni slices then finish with Pecorino Romano or Parmesan cheese. 

  6. Return to oven and bake for 20-25 minutes depending on thickness of toppings or until bottom is crisp and top is bubbling. 
  7. Slide off the stone onto wooden cutting board or pizza peel and garnish with remaining basil leaves. 
  8. Cut with pizza wheel and serve immediately with additional Pecorino-Romano or Parmesan cheese and hot red pepper flakes.
Recipe Notes

Prep is a little different with the gluten free crust but just cook it a little first on a cookie sheet, as directed on the package, then add ingredients and return to oven to finish cooking.

Nutrition Facts
Homemade Pepperoni Pizza
Amount Per Serving
Calories 438 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 19g 29%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 39mg 13%
Sodium 1296mg 54%
Potassium 159mg 5%
Total Carbohydrates 49g 16%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 7g
Protein 18g 36%
Vitamin A 10.2%
Vitamin C 3.3%
Calcium 21.9%
Iron 18.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Wine Pairing: Mots people prefer beer with pizza but I am not much of a beer drinker so I pour myself a nice glass of red Zinfandel, Italian Chianti or a Barbera.

This post was first published on February 6, 2014. Photos and recipe have been updated.




Make your own homemade pepperoni pizza tonight! It's 100 times better than store bought and easy too! Start with store-bought pizza dough, add your sauce and favorite toppings and voila - you've got pizza your way! And you've never tasted anything better than when it's hot out of the oven!  #pizza #pepperoni #homemade #recipe

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    Julie Evink
    09/05/2018 at 9:30 am

    We loved this pepperoni pizza! The twist with the basil on it made this to die for!

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      Linda Warren
      09/07/2018 at 4:24 pm

      I’m so happy to hear you loved it as much as we do! It’s amazing how much fresh basil can make this pizza out of this world.

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    Meagen Brosius
    09/05/2018 at 9:48 am

    I love that there are some gluten free options for crusts and how easy this is to make! Such a delicious and easy alternative to ordering take out!

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      Linda Warren
      09/07/2018 at 4:25 pm

      Homemade pizzas are just so much better than takeout and pretty easy to whip up. My daughter loves the gluten-free pizza version and makes it often.

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