Grandma Pie With Pepperoni and Pink Sauce


Grandmas are often associated with delicious, comforting food, and this grandma-style pepperoni pizza is no exception.

Photo: Greg DuPree
Hands On Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs
1 pizza (serves 8)

The toppings on the grandma pie are mostly classic: melted mozzarella and crispy coins of pepperoni. But the red sauce includes a couple of tablespoons of heavy cream, which makes this even richer than normal.


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 recipe Master Pizza Dough

  • 1 cup crushed tomatoes

  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream

  • 1 clove garlic, grated

  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano, plus more for serving

  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt

  • 12 ounces part-skim mozzarella cheese, shredded (about 3 cups)

  • 3 ounces sliced pepperoni (¾ cup)

  • 1 red onion, thinly sliced into rounds

  • Crushed red pepper, for serving


  1. Preheat oven to 500°F with rack in lower third. Brush a large rimmed baking sheet with oil. Using your fingertips, stretch dough to corners of sheet. Cover with a dish towel; let rest at room temperature for 30 minutes.

  2. Mix tomatoes, cream, garlic, oregano, and salt in a bowl.

  3. Uncover dough; gently stretch to corners of baking sheet if it has shrunk. Spread tomato mixture evenly over dough. Top with cheese, pepperoni, and onion.

  4. Bake until cheese is melted and crust is golden, 18 to 20 minutes. Top with crushed red pepper and oregano.

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