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Spicy Pepperoni-Sausage Pizza

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This pizza is a homemade homage to a few of our favorite eat out pizza options. If you ever find yourself in the DC area, there are two really good local pizza favorites: Matchbox and All Purpose. They are in many ways similar in there pizza styles; generally thinner crust, wood-fired, and using high quality toppings in great combinations. Definitely check them out if you visit, you can’t go wrong and each have a few locations.

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Our go to pizza tends to be a a sausage and pepperoni combo. Matchbox has a fairly standard one that meats this with spicy Italian Sausage (actually pretty mild to me). All Purpose adds an interesting twist to theirs: a calabrian chili infused honey (again not super spicy). We took out inspiration from this and added a few new elements.

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Calabrian chili has become a new favorite of mine. They pack a good kick but also have a nice sweetness that makes them a great flavor builder. For our pizza, they went into a relatively chunky tomato sauce that served as the base. This gave the whole pizza a nice kick (a complaint I have with the others).

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The cheese is whole milk mozzarella slices cut from one of those log shaped ones. The key to using this type is to press out the moisture since it has a lot of trapped liquid. I do this by placing the cheese between paper towel and then press it with a flat bottomed plate or cutting board with something heavy on it (I use my mortar).

The sausage is just crumbled bulk Italian sausage from the store and a prepackaged pepperoni. I really prefer the small pepperoni, but for whatever reason I could not find them anywhere at Whole Foods.

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We topped the pizza after cooking with a drizzle of honey. I heated in in the microwave to thin it, but also included the leftover Calabrian chili pieces to infuse some flavor. The honey provides a really nice counter flavor to the spicy chili in the pizza sauce helping to provide a perfect sweet balance to the pizza.

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Lastly, we topped the pizza with some freshly grown basil from our AeroGarden. We have had this thing for years, but haven’t used it in a while. I have to say its nice being able to grow some of these herbs at home. Just be warned, basil grows SUPER fast and you really need to keep on top of it and use it. We currently have 3 types growing in ours, all of which ended up on the pizza.

Spicy Pepperoni-Sausage Pizza

A homemade pizza combining elements of a few of my favorite pizza restaurants in the DC area!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Course: Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: basil, calabrian chili, Italian, italian sausage, pepperoni, Pizza, pizza dough, pizza sauce
Servings: 4 8-10 Inch Pizzas


  • 14 OZ Can Tomatoes I used Fire Roasted Chunky from Muir Glen
  • 1/2 Yellow Onion finely diced
  • 3 Garlic Cloves finely diced
  • 4 Calabrian Chilis finely diced
  • 1/4 Tsp Oregano
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • Pizza Dough see link in notes
  • 8-10 Slices Mozzarella pressed to remove liquid
  • Pepperoni
  • 1/2 Lb Italian Sausage crumbled and cooked
  • Honey
  • 4-5 Leaves Basil rough chopped


  • Preheat the oven to 425F with a baking sheet in it.
  • To make the sauce, sauce the onions in olive oil over medium heat for about 4 minutes, add the garlic for 1 minute, then add the remaining ingredients, and simmer for 8-10 minutes.
  • Roll out the dough to the desired size and thickness, I prefer smaller individual sizes about 1/4-1/3 inches thick.
  • Place the dough on the preheated baking sheet, apply a thin layer of olive oil and bake alone for about 5 minutes.
  • Remove dough from the oven and assemble the pizzas.
  • Apply a thin layer of the tomato sauce, top with the cheese, and finally the meat.
  • Cook for another 15-20 minutes and crust/cheese is desired temperature.
  • Top with the honey drizzle and basil.

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