Classic Pepperoni Pizza + Homemade Sauce + Homemade Crust

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Everyone should have an easy pizza dough recipe… one that’s easy to work with and make ahead, isn’t too fussy to roll out, and bakes up perfectly no matter what you decide to put on it. That’s this one: Easy Pizza Dough.

A basic pizza sauce recipe should be at hand too… one that can be made to be either be chunky or smooth, and one that has a handful of simple ingredients: Basic Pizza Sauce.

With those two recipes under your belt, you can conquer the world! Well… maybe not. But at least you can make a pizza. Pepperoni Pizza is a good one to start with.

This pepperoni pizza recipe is a no-frills, nothing-fancy-added kind of recipe… sauce, mozzarella, Parmesan and pepperoni. I did sneak some mushrooms underneath the cheeses in the pizza. My husband and I dig mushrooms a lot… and I’d put them in everything if I could… but since my little RecipeBoy cringes at the mere sight of them, I need to make all attempts to hide mushrooms in my recipes.

It worked… the mushrooms were easily hidden underneath a layer of melted cheese!  You can see from the photographs that the crust isn’t wimpy.  It’s a thicker, sturdy crust that holds the toppings well.  This pizza got a big thumbs up from the family.  The recipes are based on those I found in an older Cooking Light, so you can feel good that they were created with healthy eating in mind 🙂

These recipes can be found here:

Easy Pizza Dough
Basic Pizza Sauce
Pepperoni Pizza

Lori Lange of Recipe Girl

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  • ashley wrote:

    My husband and I made this the other night and it was great! I’ve tried several homemade pizza dough recipes and this one is the easiest and the most delicious! It’s got the crunch to it that I haven’t been able to achieve with my other doughs.
    Thanks for sharing!

  • Nicole wrote:

    I’ve never made homemade pizza, but I’ve been wanting to. I can’t wait to try this!

  • leslie wrote:

    Wonderful! Homemade pizza rocks!

  • Jessica wrote:

    My hubby and I made this tonight, and it was fantastic! We loved the crust, the sauce, the toppings… I even convinced him to let me put mushrooms on it…score! Thanks for the inspiration.

  • Kim wrote:

    This looks terrific, and so rustic!

  • Danette wrote:

    Making this on Saturday!!!!!

  • Jen Schall wrote:

    Yum!! It is only 10am and I am seriously craving some pizza now. 🙂

  • brandy wrote:

    Wow! That pizza looks so good. 😀

  • Barbara wrote:

    I like a really crunchy pizza crust. In fact, when the cheese spills over onto that crunchy crust, it’s the best part of the pizza. ( I guess you can tell I like bread)
    Great recipes for both the dough and the sauce!

  • Joan Nova wrote:

    …and why is it that some people don’t eat the crust? Pass it to me!

  • Joan Nova wrote:

    the crust looks so crunchy…I just love it.

  • Michelle wrote:

    We’ve just had dinner and now you’ve made me hungry again. : )

  • The Duo Dishes wrote:

    Hiding the ‘shrooms! So funny. Kids are hilarious when it comes to little ingredients they don’t like. Nice pizza though!

  • Lynn wrote:

    My little boy is a mushroom picker, too. Even hidden under the cheese he’d find them and make a face. Your pizza looks just perfect! I make pizza every week, but use a sauce from a jar (hangs head in shame), so thank you for the sauce recipe!

  • bellini valli wrote:

    Even with all the fancy combinations out there I still think my favourite pizza, next to 4 cheese of course, is pepperoni:D

  • Lauren wrote:

    You simply cannot beat homemade pizza. This one looks fantastic!

  • Jessica @ How Sweet wrote:

    I love trying new crusts every week – we do pizza night on Thursdays! I will be giving this one a go tonight. 🙂

  • Manggy wrote:

    I think you should tell RecipeBoy that he happened to eat a ton of mushrooms! (Just kidding, don’t do it.) On the other hand, I love mushrooms so knowing they’re down there just makes this pizza even more special 🙂