Pepperoni, Salami, and Olive Pizza

This is the trouble with learning to make your favorite foods at home from scratch:

You will never want the store-bought or restaurant version again. Even on the lazy days when you don’t feel like cooking. Even when all you want to do is have someone else cook for you.

After finally getting our perfect pizza dough, I tried making a new one this weekend and this new dough knocked our socks off.

I’m pretty sure it’s the bread flour…but it also helped that I didn’t have to wait 1.5 hours for it to rise.

This dough is so easy – and fast!

You mix it up, let it sit for 10 minutes, roll it out and bake it. And you’d never know that it wasn’t a regular yeast dough that needs to rise for hours before baking.

I had no idea if this would actually work, but we had no leftovers ready for dinner Friday night and the only thing I knew we had in the fridge was cheese and pepperoni.

And now, we’re hooked.

This dough is really, truly, perfect.

Crispy on the edges, soft and fluffy all the way through.

But I will warn you – you will never, ever want take out or store bought pizza again. It’s definitely a good thing this dough only takes minutes instead of hours.

Perfect pizza at home is always, always worth the work – and this one barely takes any!

And please promise me something?

Please, please, please don’t ever use pre-shredded cheese on your pizza. You will never get that melty and crispy browned cheesy layer unless you shred your own. Just do it. Step away from the pre-shredded. Your pizza will thank you.

Pepperoni, Salami, and Olive Pizza

Makes: 1 12-14″ pie, about 8 medium slices


  • 1 batch quick, no rise pizza dough (recipe below)
  • 1/2 cup tomato paste
  • 1/3-1/2 cup water
  • 1 tsp each dried oregano, dried parsley, dried basil
  • 1/2 tsp each salt, pepper, garlic powder
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 cup pepperoni, sliced
  • 5-6 slices salami
  • 1/4-1/2 cup green olives, sliced


  1. Preheat oven to 475 degrees.
  2. Roll out pizza dough onto a parchment lined baking sheet or a pizza stone.
  3. In a medium bowl, mix the tomato paste with the water and spices. Spread the sauce over the dough.
  4. Sprinkle the cheese on top of the sauce and top with the pepperoni, salami, and olives.
  5. Bake the pizza at 475 for 15-18 minutes, until the crust is golden and the cheese is melted and browned.

Quick No Rise Pizza Dough

Makes: 1 12-14″ pie


  • 2 and 1/4 tsp active dry yeast
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 2 and 1/2 cups bread flour
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt


  1. In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, mix the yeast, honey, and warm water together. Let this mixture sit for 5-10 minutes until creamy.
  2. Mix in the bread flour, olive oil, and salt. Knead the dough with a dough hook or your hands for 5 minutes or until the flour is incorporated and the dough is soft and smooth.
  3. Let the dough sit for 10 minutes while you get your pizza toppings ready.
  4. Place the dough on a floured surface and roll out to fit your pizza stone or baking sheet.
  5. Top and bake.


  1. This looks delicious! The only thing I would change is to make it black olives!

  2. I have a very similar pizza crust recipe, but I just use regular white flour (sometime I use a little whole wheat). I’ve never made a pizza crust that required a full rise!

  3. Totally agree on the pre-shredded cheese. It’s just not good. Shredding your own makes such a difference!

    • agreed. i don’t ever buy bagged cheese anymore. nick and i saw a commercial for some the other night and it looked so gross! dry and waxy.

  4. There really is something so perfect about himemade dough. Looks amazing. I always make a huge batch of dough for freeZing

  5. Oh my goodness, how good is home made dough – is there anything the kitchen aid CAN’T do? (mine is new, I’m a little obsessed)!

  6. I love homemade pizza but I haven’t had it for ages! Definitely going to have to try this recipe.

  7. Yummmmmm does that pizza look good!!! I 100% agree with you on the preshredded cheese, I neverrr buy it anymore, it’s just not the same :)

  8. That looks just like a pizza parlor pie. I’m so impressed!

  9. Your pizza looks like perfection! I’ve made homemade in the past but wasn’t really impressed with the taste so we usually buy a slab of the whole wheat dough from TJ’s…

    P.S. Please share your secret to making a perfect circle- ours often turn out as oval blobs [still tasty but not very pretty] :P

    • ah, the perfect circle :)

      i do NOT throw it above my head, that’s for sure.

      for this, i just flour the dough a little bit and then stretch it out with my hands until it’s about the size of a dinner plate. then i put it right on my pizza stone and either pat/pull it out to fit the stone with my hands OR pull out my rolling pin.

  10. If I ever win the lottery, I am buying a big house and moving you in.
    (Yes Nick, Maggie and Roxy can come too)

  11. I just bought the ingredients to make your farmhouse bread, which also happen to be the ingredients for this pizza dough, soooo those are both happening this weekend!

  12. I cannot wait to try and make this!!! It looks delicious!!!

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  14. I found your no-rise dough recipe through Pinterest and tried it this weekend. Wow, is it delicious and EASY (my kind!!)!! Thank you so much! This was a part of a self-inflicted “Pintermission” – do you mind if I link to this on my blog?

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