This Sheet Pan Alla Vodka Pizza is the perfect easy winter recipe. Homemade pizza dough, topped with spicy tomato pesto vodka sauce that’s creamy and so delicious! The secret to this pizza? A super hot oven (to get the crust just right), plenty of cheese, plus pepperoni on top. It’s delicious and looks pretty on any table. Not to mention that everyone LOVES a GOOD creamy vodka sauce. Putting it on pizza just makes it that much more exciting. This simple pizza will be your new go-to when serving family and friends over the holidays.
The week after Thanksgiving can be a little harder to settle into than most. But fun holiday recipes keep the days leading up to Christmas merry and festive. I know that’s so cheesy of me, but I really do believe it. This is the time of year to enjoy every minute, even working Mondays.
Yes, we have to balance the holiday fun with real-life work, but balance is the keyword. A little of this, then a little of that, you know?
So we’re doing Monday up with my favorite pizza yet, alla vodka style pizza. Complete with plenty of pepperonis too.
Around this time last year, I shared my pasta alla vodka recipe. To this day it’s one of the most popular recipes I’ve shared. It’s also one of a handful of recipes I make on repeat. My family LOVES alla vodka sauce (it’s Asher’s favorite pasta dinner).
In the last month alone, I’ve made that alla vodka recipe three times. It’s easy and requested by everyone.
I don’t know when I started using the leftover sauce for pizza, but once I did, I couldn’t stop. I then started making the sauce just for pizza…and now I make alla vodka pizzas all the time. Something about the colors, the flavors, and the love for this pizza makes it feel like the perfect December recipe.
The details – start with the dough
I like to use my homemade pizza dough recipe from the HBH Super Simple cookbook (or my newest recipe…in HBH Every Day). It’s the easiest to make and truly delicious. If you’re not into homemade dough, store-bought pizza dough works great too. Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s both have great options!
For those of you who prefer a thicker crust pizza, I recommend using closer to three-quarters or even one pound of pizza dough. We like our crust thinner, so I only use a half-pound of dough.
You need to cook this pizza at a high heat temp. So start preheating your oven to five hundred degrees as soon as you decide you’re making pizza. Ideally one to two hours ahead of time to get it really HOT.
If you’re in a pinch, thirty minutes works just fine too, so don’t stress!
Finish it up
While the oven is preheating, make the sauce. It’s SIMPLE and takes maybe 15 minutes. Just cook everything together in a skillet, add lots of tomato paste, then cream and pesto, and you’re basically done.
Push the dough out onto a sheet pan. Layer it with alla vodka sauce, mozzarella, and provolone cheese, then pepperonis and parmesan. I like to toss on fresh oregano just before baking, basil is great as well.
Bake this pizza in the upper position of the oven. In less than fifteen minutes you’ll have amazing pizza and your kitchen will smell incredible. As soon as the pizza comes out of the oven. Add extra parmesan, slice, and eat.
It’s not fancy at all, but that’s what makes this pizza good. It’s just that delicious cheesy pizza we’re all really craving most.
This satisfies everyone, and as I said, the red and green feel very festive for December.
Looking for other simple winter dishes? Here are my favorites:
Lastly, if you make this Sheet Pan Alla Vodka Pizza, be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! Above all, I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!
Sheet Pan Alla Vodka Pizza
Calories Per Serving: 285 kcal
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- 1/2 pound pizza dough, homemade or store-bought
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1 shallot, finely chopped
- 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1-2 teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes
- 1/2 cup tomato paste
- 1/4 cup vodka
- 3/4 cup basil pesto, homemade or store-bought
- kosher salt and black pepper
- 1 cup heavy cream or canned coconut milk
- 1 tablespoon salted butter
- 1 cup shredded provolone
- 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella
- 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 3 ounces thinly sliced pepperoni
- oregano or basil, for serving
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- 1. Position the oven rack in the upper 1/3 portion of your oven. Preheat the oven to 500° F. for at least 30 minutes before baking, preferably 1-2 hours ahead. If you have a baking stone, start preheating it.2. Place the pizza dough on a lightly oiled quarter sheet pan. Gently press the dough until it covers most of the sheet pan. Cover and let sit while you make the sauce.3. Heat a large skillet over medium-low heat. Add the shallot, garlic, and oregano. Cook until fragrant, about 5 minutes. Reduce the heat to low, add the tomato paste and red pepper flakes, cook 4-5 minutes, until thickened. Stir in the vodka, cook another 2 minutes. Stir in the pesto, cream, and butter. Season with salt and pepper. Remove from the heat. 4. To assemble. Grab the dough and spread on the alla vodka sauce, you should only need 1/2 of the sauce for 1 pizza. Add the provolone and mozzarella, then the pepperoni and parmesan. 5. Slide into the preheated oven and bake for 10 minutes, rotate the pizza, and bake another 3-5 minutes or until the crust is golden and the cheese has melted. Top the pizza with fresh oregano or basil. enjoy!