Thin Crust Pepperoni Pizza

So, if you love pizza then you probably love pepperoni pizza. It is the most standard pizza out there – and I do know a thing or two about pizza as I worked in a pizza place for years in high school. Yes, I answered the phone, took orders, made pizzas, assembled boxes, mopped the floors and more. Little did I know it would prepare me for later in life – doing all of those things but in cookie form haha.

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And one of the perks of working there was I got to bring home pizzas often. I got to experiment and make my own pizzas as well, which was always super fun as there are literally endless combinations for pizza! But, if we’re talking traditional pepperoni pizza there are just a few basic ingredients for pepperoni pizza. And, if you want to make this easy and comforting pizza at home, all you need are a few simple ingredients for pepperoni pizza.

Pizza Dough You can find my homemade thin crust pizza dough recipe here. This is what I used for this pizza recipe.

Tomato Sauce You can use any kind of tomato sauce you want here. I used a simple store bought organic tomato basil sauce. It’s what I have in my pantry for pasta and other things, and it works just great for this simple pizza recipe.

Mozzarella Cheese I prefer to buy a block of organic mozzarella cheese and grate it myself. A lot of grated cheeses have additives in them to prevent them from caking or clumping, even organic ones! And sometimes those ingredients can upset my stomach, so this is why I stick to the block mozzarella cheese. But, you can buy whichever you like best.

Pepperonis Well, it is difficult to find organic pepperonis. So, I actually use Organic Valley Summer Sausage on my pizzas and it looks and tastes just like pepperoni, the best organic version of it!

Fresh Parmesan This is something I always add on top of pizza. Optional, of course, but fresh parmesan beats the store bought kind any day! Get a block of it and grate it yourself on top of pizza, or you can even buy organic grated parmesan that is an amazing ingredient to have on hand too.

Fresh Basil This is optional, but totally necessary in my opinion. I love adding fresh basil on top of pizza! It gives it an amazing flavor.

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Tips for making the best Pepperoni Pizza

• Make your pizza dough at least 24 to 48 hours in advance of when you plan to make the pizza. I know this is difficult to do sometimes as it involves planning. But, this will give you the best homemade pizza crust!

• Because my homemade pizza dough is so chewy and delicious, it can be challenging to roll out sometimes as the dough is so stretchy! Use your hands more over a rolling pin, I find this helps to move and stretch the dough (think like in a pizzeria!). And make sure to use extra flour as it can get sticky!

• You can bake this pizza on a baking sheet with parchment paper or on a pizza stone. The pizza stone I have can be found here. And it works in the oven and also on the grill!

• This recipe is for one 8-inch pizza. The pizza dough recipe makes two 8-inch pizza doughs. You can make both at one time (just double the ingredients for pepperoni pizza below) or you can save a dough for the following day or in a couple days as the dough stays good for a week in the fridge.

• I also bought a pizza peel, which you can find here. I find the stainless steel pizza peels are the best. And if you are going to make pizza on the regular, it’s an inexpensive investment that can make pizza making much easier!

• Don’t over sauce your pizza. It seems like you may not be putting enough sauce on, but trust me this dough cannot handle a ton of sauce or it becomes soggy. So, the key to crispy and chewy dough is less sauce!

• Same goes for the cheese! It may seem like not enough to your eye when dressing the pizza. But, trust me, it’s perfect.

• You can reheat extra pizza in the oven or in your air fryer for easy leftovers!

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Pepperoni Pizza
Makes one 8-inch pizza

Thin Crust Pizza Dough

Toppings
1/4 cup organic tomato basil sauce
1 1/4 cups organic shredded mozzarella cheese
half a package of Organic Valley Summer Sausage
organic fresh parmesan
organic fresh basil

Method
Preheat the oven to 550°F and place pizza stone inside. Or, alternatively line a baking sheet with parchment paper if not using pizza stone.

Divide pizza dough into two portions. Reserve one portion in the fridge for later (or double toppings recipe above to make both now).

On a floured surface, roll out or use your hands and stretch the pizza dough. Generously flour your pizza peel. Or alternatively, if using the baking sheet, grease the parchment paper very well with olive oil and a sprinkle of flour.

Place pizza dough on pizza peel or baking sheet. Top with sauce going all the way to the edges edges (trust me here, as it bakes in!). Top with cheese and sausage.

Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, or until the cheese is bubbly and lightly browned.

Remove from oven and allow to rest for a few minutes. Top with fresh grated parmesan and fresh basil.

Serve immediately.

High Altitude — Follow the recipe as noted.

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