The best Pomodoro Pepperoni Pizza. Fresh pizza dough topped with homemade tomato sauce, 3 cheeses, and plenty of basil + pepperoni. This is going to be everyone’s favorite pizza. The sauce is a simple tomato-basil made with hot sauce and Calabrian peppers in oil – subtle, delicious spiciness.
This pizza has just the right amounts of spice, saltiness, and cheese, and we doubled up on the pepperoni! Delicious – there never seem to be enough slices to go around!
It’s been so long since we chatted about pizza, I’m so excited for this recipe! It’s very classic, but the sauce is made with something that makes it special and delicious. This pizza is great for busy nights but would be especially awesome for the upcoming Super Bowl. My inspiration behind the recipe.
The last time I made pizza was a few weeks ago. Red and I were filming an upcoming project that we have coming out together. Part of the day was spent making pizza. Since Red is a newbie in the kitchen, we kept the pizzas very simple. He built his own with red sauce, chiles, cheese, and pepperoni.
It was his pizza that we all loved most. And it reminded me that when it comes to pizza, most of the time, a classic slice of pepperoni cheese pizza is best. It’s really hard to beat.
Fast forward to today – is it just me, or does the Super Bowl seem to be a bigger deal than most years now that Taylor Swift is dating Travis Kelsey? Somehow, she’s managed to up the game’s popularity even more!
I’ve been brainstorming recipes for the Super Bowl. After seeing a lot of requests for a game day pizza instead of wings, I knew I wanted to make Red’s spicy pizza. This is exactly the pizza he made, and I think it’s one of my favorite pizzas. It would be the perfect Super Bowl pizza!
These are the details
Step 1: the dough
I do make my own dough, but feel free to pick up your favorite store-bought dough. I love the options from Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods. They even have great gluten-free options too!
If you want to make your own dough, I use the pizza dough recipe from the HBH Every Day cookbook. Just make sure your dough is at room temperature. This will make shaping your pizzas much easier.
Step 2: the spicy tomato sauce
This is the secret sauce to the recipe. It looks like your basic marinara sauce, but it’s made spicy with the addition of buffalo sauce (hot sauce mixed with butter and seasoned salt) and a spoonful of Calabrian chili peppers in oil. I order my Calabrian peppers on Amazon. If you don’t have the jarred chili peppers, just add a pinch of chili flakes to the sauce.
Balance the heat and acid from the tomatoes with the tiniest amount of honey. Then season with salt and pepper.
I also love to use a can of fire-roasted diced or crushed San Marzano tomatoes. This is another ingredient I grab at either Whole Foods or my local Kroger grocery store. Use whatever can of tomatoes you have readily available.
Step 3: the cheese
Now that the sauce is together, roll the dough out. Then spread on a few spoonfuls of sauce – you will have extra. Save this for another pizza or a bowl of pasta!
Sprinkle with sesame seeds, and then add the cheese. I use a mix of mozzarella, provolone, and fontina. A wonderful Italian mix of melty cheeses.
Step 4: finish with basil + pepperoni
Arrange a handful of fresh basil leaves over the cheese, and then add the pepperoni. You can use as much pepperoni as you like. Personally, I love to cover the surface of the pizza with pepperoni. Never too much in my mind.
As soon as the pizza comes out of the oven. Slice it, top with grated parmesan or more basil, and eat. The perfect pizza pie to serve for dinner or as something yummy to entertain guests with on game day.
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Pomodoro Pepperoni Pizza
Calories Per Serving: 423 kcal
Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.
- 1 can (28 ounce) fired roasted crushed tomatoes
- 1/2 cup hot sauce
- 4 tablespoons salted butter
- 1 tablespoon seasoned salt
- 2 teaspoons honey
- 1 tablespoon crushed Calabrian chili paste
- salt and black pepper
- 1/3- 1/2 pound ball of pizza dough
- 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
- 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1/2 cup shredded provolone cheese
- 1/2 cup shredded fontina cheese
- 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves
- 3 ounces pepperoni, sliced
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- 1. Preheat the oven to 450° F.2. In a saucepan, combine the tomatoes, hot sauce, butter, seasoned salt, honey, and Calabrian chili paste (use this to your taste). Set over medium heat and cook for 10 minutes until thickened. Season with salt and pepper3. On a lightly floured surface, push the dough out until it's thin (about a 10-12 inch circle/square). Transfer the dough to a parchment-lined baking sheet. 3. Spread the tomato sauce over the dough. Sprinkle with sesame seeds. Add the mozzarella, provolone, and fontina. Arrange the basil and pepperoni over the cheese. 4. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until the crust is golden and the cheese is bubbling. Remove from the oven. Slice and enjoy! Sprinkle parmesan on top!