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Pepperoni pizza unsliced on a piece of parchment with a pizza wheel

Homemade Pepperoni Pizza

This homemade pepperoni pizza with peppers and onions is my family's very favorite pizza. With a chewy, flavorful crust, the perfect pizza sauce, and loads of pepperoni, vegetables, and cheese, it's better than your average takeout pizza by a mile.
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 servings (8 slices)
Calories 597kcal
Author Ann Otis


  • 1 recipe Pizza dough or use a store bought crust
  • 1 cup Pizza sauce or use store bought
  • 20 slices pepperoni or salami
  • ½ red bell pepper thinly sliced
  • ½ yellow onion thinly sliced
  • 12 oz mozzarella shredded
  • 1 oz parmesan cheese shredded


  • Place a pizza stone or pan on the middle rack of the oven, and preheat the oven as high as it will go. 
  • On a large square piece of parchment paper, sprinkle a little flour or semolina. Place the pizza dough on the parchment paper and spread it thinly into a large circular shape with your fingers. 
  • Cover the pizza dough with pizza sauce to about a ½ inch from the edge. Use as much or as little sauce as you like.
  • Evenly distribute half the peppers, onions and pepperoni across the top of the pizza. Sprinkle with most of the mozzarella and parmesan, reserving a handful for the top.
  • Add the remaining peppers, onions and pepperoni, and sprinkle with the remaining cheese.
  • Carefully transfer the parchment and pizza to the pizza stone in the oven with a pizza peel. If you don't have a pizza peel, slide the parchment and pizza onto the back of a large baking sheet and transfer to the pizza stone. Wear oven mitts and be careful not to burn yourself!
  • Bake the pizza for 8-10 minutes. Time will vary based on how hot your oven gets. Once the crust is golden brown and the cheese is melted, remove from the oven and let the pizza rest for a couple of minutes before slicing.


Calories: 597kcal | Carbohydrates: 54g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 82mg | Sodium: 1851mg | Potassium: 346mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 1360IU | Vitamin C: 24.3mg | Calcium: 525mg | Iron: 3.9mg