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Sweet and Spicy Tomato Basil Pepperoni Pizza, because Monday night pizza is my favorite. Homemade pizza dough topped with crushed tomatoes, basil pesto, red pepper flakes, two cheeses, spicy jalapeños, and pepperoni. Baked until the crust is golden and the cheese is melty. As soon as the pizza comes out of the oven, top it with fresh basil and a drizzle of sweet honey to balance out all the heat. Trust me, every last bite of this pizza is delicious and will leave you wanting more. It’s savory, spicy, and just a touch sweet…the perfect pizza combination!

Sweet and Spicy Tomato Basil Pepperoni Pizza | #pizza #easyrecipes #cheese #summer #spring

I hope you all had a lovely weekend and enjoyed some time celebrating your mom…eating good food, maybe baking a cake, and hopefully chilling out a bit before another week begins! Welcoming Monday with a pizza recipe just seemed like the right thing to do, especially after a very relaxed Mother’s Day weekend that no one wanted to see end. Pizza makes Monday enjoyable, and it’s always so nice to have an easy, delicious recipe to look forward to on a Monday night. I mean, right?

Yes, most definitely. In fact, I’m wondering if, during the summer months (June, I am so ready for you), we start making Monday night pizza a monthly thing here on HBH? We could even throw in some grilled pizza recipes topped with all the summer produce? What do you think, maybe the first Monday of each month? I could do an Instagram story with you all. It would be like we were making Monday night summertime pizza together each month…

Hmm, I’m liking this idea! Let me know what you guys think?

Sweet and Spicy Tomato Basil Pepperoni Pizza | #pizza #easyrecipes #cheese #summer #spring

In other news, over here we have a fun couple of weeks ahead. And while they are all good things, my anxiety is already starting to set in. So very typical of me. In an effort to stress less, simple recipes like this pizza are going to be my “back pocket” dinners during jam packed days.

Truth is, I’ve been wanting to share this pizza recipe with you all for the longest time now. It’s one of the simplest pizzas, yet it’s also very different. Most importantly? It is SO GOOD. This is one of my go-to pizzas when I’m just making a pizza for the family, and not worrying about testing out a new recipe.

If any of you have ever been to Roberta’s in Brooklyn, the toppings on this pizza might not be so unusual to you. These toppings are inspired by their bee sting pizza. Which I first learned about when I was doing press for my cookbook in NYC. I was fortunate enough to have an interview at their Brooklyn location. Roberta’s bee sting pizza is topped with chilies and sweet honey. Long time readers know that I LOVE topping savory dishes with a drizzle of honey. Have you tried my naan grilled cheese yet? So of course these pizza toppings are very much my style.

Ever since then, I’ve been making my own version and it’s a staple pizza recipe in my kitchen.


Why did it take so long for me to share? It’s simple, I overthink everything. I worried that… one, the pizza was too simple, and two, that the honey would throw everyone off. Yes, I let my crazy brain get in the way for the last year and half. BUT I’ve been on the biggest pizza making kick the last few months. And well, I finally decided that I had to share this one with you guys. It’s a tried and true favorite.


Sweet and Spicy Tomato Basil Pepperoni Pizza | #pizza #easyrecipes #cheese #summer #spring

Here are the details.

Start with your favorite pizza dough. I have a top-secret recipe that I will be sharing soon…ish. But in the meantime, this is a great option, and one I use all the time. You can also easily pick up your favorite dough from your local grocery store or pizza place in town. Just use a dough you love.

Make sure you are working with room temperature dough. It’s easier to work with and cooks up perfectly. So be sure to let your dough sit on the counter for a couple of hours before using, then roll it out.

Next, spread the dough with crushed tomatoes, basil pesto, and top with a mix of fresh mozzarella and fontina cheese. Add very thinly sliced jalapeños and spicy pepperoni or soppressata. Bake in a super hot oven. As soon as the pizza comes out, top it with tons of fresh basil and a very good drizzle of sweet honey. And really, be generous with both the basil and the honey, they’re key ingredients here.

The honey really balances out the spiciness from the jalapeños and pepperoni. Trust me, it’s delicious.

Sweet and Spicy Tomato Basil Pepperoni Pizza | #pizza #easyrecipes #cheese #summer #spring

Every bite is a touch tomatoey, a touch basily, cheesy, spicy, and hinted with sweetness. My favorite flavors.

I like to serve this up family style, so everyone can grab as many slices as they’s like. If you’re serving kids, I’d recommend leaving the jalapeños off half the pizza so that it’s not too spicy for them!

Also, if you’ve already broken out your grill for summer, this is such an easy pizza to toss on the grill on a hot night. The wood fire flavor adds a nice touch too!

And with that, I’m going to leave you with the best Monday night pizza recipe. Add a fun drink and you’ll have the perfect night at home.

Sweet and Spicy Tomato Basil Pepperoni Pizza | #pizza #easyrecipes #cheese #summer #spring

Sweet and Spicy Tomato Basil Pepperoni Pizza | #pizza #easyrecipes #cheese #summer #spring

If you make this sweet and spicy 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 also tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!

Sweet and Spicy Tomato Basil Pepperoni Pizza

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories Per Serving: 508 kcal

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.



  • 1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Grease a large baking sheet with olive oil. 
    2. On a lightly floured surface, push/roll the pizza dough out until it is pretty thin (about a 10-12 inch circle). Transfer the dough to the prepared baking sheet. Spread the dough with tomatoes and pesto. Sprinkle with crushed red pepper flakes. Add the cheeses, jalapeño, and soppressata.
    3. Transfer to the oven and bake for 10-15 minutes or until the crust is golden.
    4. Remove the pizza from the oven and top with fresh basil and a drizzle of honey. Enjoy!
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  1. 5 stars
    This pizza was SO delicious! It was the perfect mix of spicy and sweet. The honey balanced out the red pepper flakes, pepperoni, and jalapeno so well. The pesto was such a great mix with the tomatoes. We will most definitely be making this again!

  2. 5 stars
    My husband and I made this tonight and it was so good!! Super easy to put together And just the right amount of heat and sweetness. I’ll definitely be making this a lot more and trying more of your pizzas! Pepperoni lover❤️❤️

    1. Hi Danae! I am so glad this recipe turned out so well for you! Thank you so much for trying it! xTieghan

  3. Hi!! I loved this! I made this one night for me and my hus and and he RAVED about it especially it was my first pizza. He likes his pizza a lot especially when it’s super wet and juicy. Although yours looked so solid and so easy to cut, how did you make it that crunchy? Was it my San Marzano tomatoes sauce that made it watery? Did you put it in the oven for a longer time?

    1. HI! was your mozzarella very wet? If so, try drying the cheese well with a paper towel before adding it to the pizza. My guess is that is was the cheese that leaked water and made the crust soggy. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I am glad you love this recipe! Thank you and happy holidays! xTieghan

  4. 5 stars
    This turned out absolutely amazing! I used a store bought pizza dough added some mushrooms to the mix and it was phenomenal! My boyfriend and I couldn’t stop eating it. Coincidentally there were no leftovers.

  5. OMG. This pizza looks INSANELY delicious! And I’m all about those peppers on top. There’s a local ice cream shop near us and they actually make a jalapeño ice cream! So I think the honey would work well with it, the ice cream is really good :).

  6. a wonderful pizza, jalapenos are always a nice pizza addition and yes, go for pizza night Mondays!

  7. Ok this is going on the grill this weekend! I did make your grilled cheese Naan with the herb butter and honey….and flake salt on top, killer!!! So this will be so great with honey! *fist pumping* going on!

  8. YAY!!!! i am so excited about this pizza. i’ve been making tomato basil pizzas on my stone but definitely gonna try this recipe!! i would be a HUGE fan of Monday pizza night!!

  9. YUM!!! Tomorrow is pizza night, so this is what we are making now 🙂

  10. 5 stars
    I love pizza and will surely make when I return home. I am a total pizza fan, so keep them coming. Roberta’s I have been to and enjoyed it, but not their one in Brooklyn, I went to restaurant in LA. Totally fun.