Salami and Fennel Pizza

Homemade pizza with the works is the perfect weeknight treat.

Salami and Fennel Pizza
Photo: Caitlin Bensel
Hands On Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
35 mins

Store-bought dough makes pizza at home night a breeze. And with this laid-back recipe, you can skip a fancy pizza stone too. A standard baking sheet (plus a really hot oven) does the trick. Simply stretch the dough onto an oiled baking sheet and pile on the toppings. Start with a familiar base of tomato sauce and shredded mozzarella, then take things up a notch with thinly sliced fennel, spicy cherry peppers, and salty salami to really knock your pizza out of the park. Finally, dollop the piping-hot pie with lemon-spiked ricotta fresh out of the oven for irresistible creaminess.


  • 1 ½ tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 pound fresh prepared pizza dough, at room temperature

  • ½ cup jarred pizza or marinara sauce

  • 4 ounces low-moisture part-skim mozzarella cheese, shredded (about 1 cup)

  • ½ cup very thinly sliced fennel (from 1 small bulb), plus fronds for serving

  • cup hot sliced pickled cherry peppers, drained and coarsely chopped (optional)

  • 12 thin slices uncured salami, such as soppressata (about 1½ oz.)

  • ½ cup (4½ oz.) whole-milk ricotta cheese

  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon zest (from 1 lemon)


  1. Preheat oven to 500°F with rack in lower third of oven. Grease a large rimmed baking sheet with oil. Using your hands, gently stretch dough into a large oval or rectangle. (If dough springs back, cover and let rest for a few minutes before continuing.)

  2. Spoon sauce evenly over dough. Sprinkle with mozzarella and top evenly with fennel, pickled cherry peppers (if using), and salami. Bake until crust is crisp and brown around edges, about 12 minutes.

  3. Meanwhile, stir together ricotta and lemon zest. Dollop ricotta mixture over baked pizza. Top with fennel fronds.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 535 calories; fat 20g; cholesterol 41mg; sodium 1,029mg; carbohydrates 61g; dietary fiber 10g; protein 24g; sugars 4g; saturated fat 8g.

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