Perfect Pepperoni Pizza with Black Olives

Pepperoni and Black Olive Pizza's done! (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Pepperoni and Black Olive Pizza's done!   (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Pepperoni and Black Olive Pizza’s done! (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Last year, I was fortunate enough to be able to purchase a Vitamix machine. The Vitamix is wonderful. It creates wonderful smoothies, soups, chopped veggies, and even helps me make quick pizza dough from scratch using the dry container (pizza dough recipe included when you buy the Vitamix dry container). With the help of the Vitamix, in about 30 minutes, I can bake a Perfect Pepperoni Pizza with Black Olives.

My Vitamix is one of my favorite cooks tools!
My Vitamix is one of my favorite cooks tools!

You can use store-bought fresh dough or make your own like I do in my Vitamix. Also, I use my Roasted Tomato Sauce as the sauce base for the pizza.

Pizza dough rests on the pan while roasted tomato sauce simmers  (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Pizza dough rests on the pan while roasted tomato sauce simmers (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

As for pizza toppings, I love pepperoni. My favorite pepperoni is one that’s super thinly sliced. Thicker pepperoni is fine in small pieces. But I like the big slices, super thin. And I prefer either mushrooms or black olives with my pepperoni topping. Green or red bell pepper and some thinly sliced onions get me to that “everything” pizza pretty quick!

Roasted Tomato Sauce spread on pizza dough  (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Roasted Tomato Sauce spread on pizza dough (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Assemble the toppings and throw on some shredded mozzarella and grated parmesan and it’s time for baking!

Pepperoni, sliced black olives, and shredded mozzarella added.  Pizza ready to bake!   (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Pepperoni, sliced black olives, and shredded mozzarella added. Pizza ready to bake! (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Bake the pizza just as long as you like. Some people like a goopy sloppy pizza and others prefer a drier outcome.

Pepperoni pizza baking in the oven  (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Pepperoni pizza baking in the oven (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Cut into slices…

Pizza cut into slices and ready for serving!   (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Pizza cut into slices and ready for serving! (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

…and SERVE!

A slice of pepperoni, black olive, and mozzarella pizza!  (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
A slice of pepperoni, black olive, and mozzarella pizza! (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

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From the kitchen of A Food Lover’s Delight….

Perfect Pepperoni Pizza with Black Olives

Ingredients:

1 pizza dough, freshly made
1 c Roasted Tomato Sauce or your favorite pizza sauce
1/4 lb pepperoni, sliced thinly
1/2 c black olives, sliced
1 c fresh mozzarella, shredded
1/4 c Parmesan, grated
Additional Parmesan for sprinkling after pizza is baked

Method:

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. Roll out pizza dough on flour-covered cutting board and transfer onto oiled pizza pan.
3. Quickly heat the roasted tomato sauce or your choice of pizza sauce in a small saucepan.
4. Spread the sauce on the pizza dough.
5. Top the sauce with pepperoni and black olives and sprinkle with the cheeses.
6. Bake pizza for 8 – 12 minutes until crust is golden.
7. Remove pizza from oven and cut into slices.
8. Serve!

Serves 4 – 8 depending on portion size.

Variations: The variations are endless as long as you keep the pepperoni topping on the pizza! Sliced mushrooms, onions, or bell peppers can substitute for the black olives. As always, use fat-free or lowfat cheeses to lighten the recipe. Use wheat or multigrain dough if you prefer, or even one of the Boboli pre-made pizza crusts. A sprinkling of fresh chopped basil on the pizza just before serving is nice, too!

Perfect Pepperoni Pizza with Black Olives and Shredded Parmesan (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Perfect Pepperoni Pizza with Black Olives and Shredded Parmesan (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

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