Basil and Pepperoni Pizza: A Fast Favourite that Tastes Better than Delivery

Pizza satisfies a hungry family or a room full of party guests and it is a healthy meal option. So, don’t call for delivery: make a homemade version and be ready for the compliments and requests for another slice. Pizza is a dish that can be easily modified to suit various preferences and any picky eaters. Use a store-bought dough to make this meal even quicker to prepare.

Feel free to experiment with the toppings suggested below and create a new family favourite. Feta cheese, mushrooms, green peppers, cooked Italian sausage, pesto, onions, or sliced ham all make great additions to this basil and pepperoni pizza. If desired, serve a soup such as Basil Minestrone for an appetizer. And for dessert, Strawberry Shortcake makes a nice after-dinner treat. This recipe makes two 12" pizzas.

Basil and Pepperoni Pizza


Pizza Dough:

  • 1-1/2 cups warm water
  • 1 package (2 1/4 teaspoons) of active dry yeast
  • 3-1/2 cups flour
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp sugar

Pizza Toppings:

  • Olive oil
  • 2/3 cup tomato sauce, 1/3 each per pizza
  • 1/3 cup Mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 cup Pepperoni, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup Basil, fresh, torn into small pieces


Pizza Dough:

  1. Pour the warm water into a large bowl
  2. Sprinkle the yeast onto the water and let stand for 5 minutes until the yeast is frothy
  3. Stir to dissolve completely if needed at the end of 5 minutes
  4. Mix in the olive oil, flour, salt and sugar
  5. Knead until the dough is smooth and elastic, about 10 minutes
  6. Place ball of dough in a bowl that has been coated lightly with olive oil
  7. Turn the dough around in the bowl so that it gets coated with the oil & cover with a wet tea towel
  8. Let sit in a warm place until doubled in size, about 1 to 1-1/2 hours

Pizza Preparation:

  1. Preheat the oven to 450°F
  2. Remove tea towel from over the dough; punch the dough down
  3. Divide the dough in half, forming two balls
  4. Place each ball into its own bowl, re-cover with a tea towel and then let rest for 10 minutes
  5. Take one ball of dough and flatten it on a lightly floured work surface
  6. Starting at the center and working outwards, press the dough to ½” thick
  7. Turn and stretch the dough until it will not stretch further
  8. Let the dough relax for 5 minutes, then continue to stretch it until it reaches 12” in diameter
  9. Using your palm, flatten the edge of the dough
  10. Pinch the edges to form a lip
  11. Brush the pizza dough with olive oil
  12. Using your fingertips, make dents in the surface of the dough to prevent bubbling
  13. Let rest another 5 minutes
  14. Repeat with the above steps for the second ball of dough
  15. Sprinkle a baking sheet or pizza pan with cornmeal
  16. Transfer one flattened pizza dough to the baking sheet
  17. Spoon on the tomato sauce, sprinkle with cheese, add the sliced pepperoni and torn basil
  18. Bake pizzas, one at a time, until the crust is brown and the cheese is golden, about 10-15 minutes.