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Best-Ever Pepperoni Pizza

Total Time

Prep: 40 min. Bake: 10 min.

Makes

8 slices

You’ll love working with the dough, the cheesy surprise inside the crust and the jazzed-up sauce in this pie. —Scottie Orr-Wedeven, Grand Rapids, Michigan
Best-Ever Pepperoni Pizza Recipe photo by Taste of Home

Ingredients

  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) quick-rise yeast
  • 1 cup warm water (120° to 130°)
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons olive oil, divided
  • 2-1/2 to 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 pieces string cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • SAUCE:
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/8 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/8 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • TOPPINGS:
  • 1 package (3 ounces) sliced pepperoni
  • 2 cups shredded Italian cheese blend

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add the sugar, salt, 2 tablespoons oil and 2-1/2 cups flour. Beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough (dough will be sticky).
  2. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Cover and let rest 10 minutes.
  3. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough into a 15-in. circle. Transfer to a greased 14-in. pizza pan, letting dough drape over the edge. Cut string cheese pieces in half lengthwise; place around edge of pan. Fold dough over string cheese; pinch to seal.
  4. Prick dough thoroughly with a fork. Brush with remaining oil; sprinkle with Italian seasoning. Bake at 425° for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown.
  5. In a small saucepan, combine the sauce ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 15 minutes. Spread over crust. Arrange pepperoni over top; sprinkle with Italian cheese blend. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until cheese is melted.

Nutrition Facts

1 slice: 392 calories, 19g fat (9g saturated fat), 39mg cholesterol, 879mg sodium, 36g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 2g fiber), 16g protein.

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