Pesto Pepperoni Pizza

overhead photo of pizza with slices sliced and basil leaves surrounding it as garnish

This Pesto Pepperoni Pizza is the ultimate easy Summer dinner! It’s fresh, seasonal and so delicious thanks to an extra drizzle of hot honey at the end! 

Okay, so this is a pepperoni pizza recipe, y’all. Believe me when I say that I *know* this isn’t rocket science…..but I just needed somewhere to put it because I’m obsessed and I feel like it’s truly just the easiest most delicious recipe and I’m at a stage in my life where I absolutely need easy and delicious recipes so naturally, I had to tell you (my friends!) all about it. 

Why You’ll Love This Recipe: 

First off, like I said above….it’s SO easy. We have pizza at least once a week in our house and it’s just a staple. This recipe in particular, is a SUPER staple because it uses 1) store bought pizza crust and 2) store bought pesto. Simplicity is key here, y’all! 

Of course, I can’t go without saying that I am aware we are in the middle of Summer and your basil plant is probably blooming like no other so YES, you can absolutely use homemade pesto in this recipe. But if you’re like me and have been chasing around an 18 month old all day … you can also use store bought 😉 

The combination of the super flavorful garlicky pesto with the spicy and chewy pepperoni…chef’s kiss deliciousness! 

overhead photo of close up view of top half of baked pizza

I also got those super cute little pepperonis that when baked at a hot enough temp, make little pepperoni cups! They aren’t necessary of course but I really enjoyed them. 

There is a LOT of cheese on this pizza….which is of course, just the best!

And finally, the trend that I am hopping along probably way too late but I don’t really mind…HOT HONEY. 

hot honey beside the wooden bowl of red pepper flakes and basil

What is hot honey, you ask? Well, it’s pretty simple. It’s honey…that’s spicy, ha! Honey mixed with chili peppers all in a cute little squeeze bottle to add this spicy sweet flavor to literally everything you love to take it up a notch of deliciousness. 

The hot honey really adds a LOT here – it plays with the spiciness of the pepperoni, adds to the mellow mozzarella cheese and of course, the sweetness of the honey is a great pairing with the ultra flavorful pesto. 

Overall, each bite is just delightful and you’re going to want to make it ASAP. So let’s get into what you need for this recipe! 

Ingredients You Need: 

  • Store bought pizza crust – my favorite is Jus-Rol! I like that they are rolled out onto parchment paper so the clean up is minimal. But any store bought should work – just be sure that it’s thawed and ready to bake! 
  • Mozzarella Cheese – a must! You can use a blend of mozzarella and monterey jack if preferred but I think mozzarella is the best here. 
  • Pepperoni – whatever brand is your favorite! 
  • Store bought pesto – once again, whichever brand is your favorite! 
  • Hot Honey – I love the “Mike’s” brand – a drizzle of this adds so much flavor! 
  • Fresh Basil + Parmesan Cheese + Red pepper flakes – these are all for garnish, not necessary but I think each adds so much flavor. 

How to Make Pizza in 5 Simple Steps: 

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 (*NOTE this is what my pizza crust packaging says, follow the directions on the brand you choose!). Roll out the pizza crust onto a pizza stone, baking sheet etc. 
  2. Add the pesto on top of the pizza crust and spread out evenly on top of the crust. 
  3. Freshly shred the mozzarella cheese and add on top of the pesto. 
  4. Top with the pepperoni. Bake for 15 minutes or so OR until crust is golden and cheese is melted (*note, once again, i’m following the pizza crust instructions!) 3 side by side photos - one of the pesto on the crust, one of the shredded cheese on top of the crust and the other of the pepperonis
  5. Remove and if desired, add a generous drizzle of hot honey on top. Top with fresh basil, freshly grated parmesan cheese and red pepper flakes and ENJOY while hot!

Best Pizza Making Tips: 

I think that freshly shredded cheese melts the best so I recommend taking the time to buy the block of cheese and then shredding it yourself before you add it to the pizza….worth it! 

I also enjoy layering my toppings….so like, instead of putting all of my cheese down and then ALL of my pepperoni on top, put some pepperonis down, then some cheese and repeat until it’s gone. I think that spreads it all out better! 

overhead photo of slices of pizza with a wooden bowl of red pepper flakes and basil leaf beside it

Less is more when it comes to the pesto! The pesto *can* be super oily – so you aren’t going to want to put 2 cups on your pizza crust. Even the ½ cup I used leaked out a little bit and I had to use a paper towel to blot out some of the oil once it was baked. Just a reminder! 

If you’ve never had hot honey before, try it on one slice before you put it all over your pizza…just to be sure that you enjoy it! 

This pizza is best eaten warm of course – go ahead and grate the parmesan all over the pizza once it’s done and add on the red pepper flakes and fresh basil if desired. 

Storing Leftovers / Reheating:

Store leftover pizza in a tightly sealed container in the fridge for up to 3 days. I personally love to re-heat my pizza in the oven, I think it makes it taste the most delicious vs. just microwaving it. 

I usually place my pizza directly on the rack with aluminum foil under it and cook it at 350 for a few minutes before switching it onto LOW broil for a few minutes, being sure that I am watching it to make sure it doesn’t burn. It really helps melt the cheese and whew, it’s good! Try it out! 

slice of pizza with a bite taken out of it

And of course, you can always eat it cold as well. 

I hope you all love this easy pizza recipe as much as I do…cheers! XO -Haylie 

Did you enjoy this recipe? Here are a few others you might like: 

Buffalo Chicken Flatbread Pizzas 

Loaded Pesto Veggie Pizza 

Peach BBQ Chicken Pizza 

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Pesto Pepperoni Pizza

This Pesto Pepperoni Pizza is the ultimate easy Summer dinner! It’s fresh, seasonal and so delicious thanks to an extra drizzle of hot honey at the end! 

Course dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian
Keyword easy pizza recipes, pepperoni pizza, pesto pizza
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Haylie


  • 1 store bought pizza crust (my favorite is Jus-Rol - just be sure whichever one you use is thawed and ready to bake!)
  • 1/2 cup store bought pesto
  • 2-3 cups freshly shredded mozarella cheese
  • pepperonis (use as many as your heart desires, haha!)
  • freshly grated parmensan, red pepper flakes and fresh basil for garnish
  • generous drizzle of hot honey for topping!


  1. Preheat the oven to 425 (or to whatever your store bought pizza crust label says - (SEE NOTES!!!). Roll out the pizza crust onto a baking sheet or a pizza stone.

  2. Add the pesto and spread it out evenly onto the pizza crust. Freshly shred the mozzarella cheese and add on top followed by as many pepperoni slices as your heart desires. You can also layer the cheese and pepperoni slices if desired.

  3. Bake for 15 minutes or until the crust is golden brown and crispy - SEE NOTES!

  4. Once it's done, slice and eat up! Drizzle generously with hot honey and top with parmesan cheese, red pepper flakes and basil if desired. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

I used Jus-Rol round and thin pizza crust. It's my favorite. If you use a different store-bought crust, please follow the baking directions on that package. Different baking times/temperatures might need to be followed. 

This pizza serves 2 people usually with leftovers 🙂 

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