This pepperoni pizza tutorial will walk you through from start to finish, how to make a pepperoni pizza in the comfort of your own kitchen. This will also double as a (how to make a cheese pizza) tutorial. If you want to make your own pizza dough, check out my dough post here. Let’s start by going over the ingredients, after that I will walk you through the procedure. For this post I am going to make a 16 inch pizza. So without further ado let’s get started by preheating your oven to 450 and make sure your oven rack is in the middle of your oven.
Pepperoni Pizza Shopping list
Let’s go over what we are going to need to make your pepperoni pizza.
- Pizza dough
- Pizza sauce
- Flour (for dusting your dough ball)
- 16 inch Pizza screen
- 6oz ladle
- Grated romano or parmesan cheese
- Pizza cheese
- Sliced Pepperoni
The first thing we are going to do is stretch out our pizza dough. Stretching pizza dough is something that takes practice to get good at. Lucky for you, I made a video tutorial about stretching dough. You can view it below.
Once you have your pizza dough stretched out and on your pizza screen you are ready for some pizza sauce. For this tutorial we are making a 16 inch pepperoni pizza. I use 6oz of pizza sauce on a 16 inch pizza. This is the amount I suggest you use. Even if you add another ounce you risk making your pizza “soupy” or sloppy. Using your ladle, add your pizza sauce to the middle of the dough and spread it out in a circular motion getting all the way to the crust.
Hint: Don’t press to hard on your dough when you spread out your sauce. You might mash your dough into the screen and end up with a pepperoni pizza that is embedded in your pizza screen.
Next we are going to add some cheese. Sprinkle a light amount (about 1-2 tablespoons) of romano or parmesan cheese on the pizza sauce. No problem if you get some on the crust, most people will be excited about it. Now we are ready for some pizza cheese. On a 16 inch pie I use about 2 cups of cheese (I like cheese). Experiment and see what the right amount of cheese is for you. You want to be able to see some of your pizza sauce when you are done.
If you are a fan of just cheese pizza then you are ready to put your pizza in the oven (10-12 minutes @ 450). If you are more adventurous and want some pep on your pie, then pep is what we shall make. On a 16 inch pizza pie I use 40-45 slices of pepperoni. Again this another area you might want to experiment with to see what works for you.
We are finally ready to start baking your awesome pepperoni pizza. Your oven should be preheated to 450 degrees. You also need to make sure your oven rack is in the middle of your oven. This is very important. If the oven rack is at the top of the oven, the bottom of your pizza won’t properly bake. If the oven rack is at the bottom of your oven, the bottom of your pie will burn.
Slide your pepperoni pizza in the oven. Make sure your dough isn’t hanging off the edge of the pizza screen. If it is, just tuck it back on the screen. Bake your pie at 450 for about 10-12 minutes (every oven is different). You want to have a nice golden brown crust and your want some blistering (browning up) on your cheese. Cut, serve and enjoy.
I hope this tutorial was helpful. Please contact me with any questions and leave a comment below.