Sicilian Pizza Recipe

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  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose or bread flour
  • 4 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon instant yeast
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups plus 1 1/2 tablespoon water, room temperature
  • ½ cup prepared marinara sauce
  • 1 cup strong aged cheese, sliced or shredded
  • ½ cup chopped mushrooms
  • ½ cup sliced pepperoni


  1. Combine flour, salt, yeast, and 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large mixing bowl.  Combine with a fork or a whisk. Add water and whisk together until no dry flour remains.  Using a hand mixer, mix on high until the dough is smooth, about 5 minutes. The dough should stick to the bottom of the bowl but pull away from the sides.

  2. Pour the rest of the olive oil into a cookie sheet and spread it over the surface until the whole thing is coated and greased with the olive oil.   Put the dough on the cookie sheet and coat the top of it with a bit of olive oil. Cover the dough and cookie sheet with plastic wrap and let the dough rise for about two hours.

  3. Preheat oven to 500°F and make sure the oven rack is on the middle shelf.  Remove plastic wrap from pizza dough, and flatten and stretch the dough into the corners of the pan.  The dough should fill the pan and be quite thick.

  4. Top pizza with sauce, followed by pepperoni, mushrooms, and finally the cheese.  Bake until bottom is brown and the cheese is bubbly and starting to brown, about 15 minutes  total. Allow to cool for 5 minutes, then cut with a pizza cutter and serve to your guests.

Most people have heard of Sicilian pizza, but probably don’t know what it is, and most likely have never made it!  Here you can learn all you need to know about Sicilian pizza – what it is, its history, and finally, how to make one!

Sicilian pizza originated in Sicily, which is a region of Italy.  It is believed that this kind of pizza has been made and consumed on the western part of the island since the 1860s. 

Traditional Sicilian pizza is often thick crusted and rectangular.  However, different provinces will make it in different ways, therefore there is quite a controversy over which type of Sicilian pizza is the real authentic one.

If you make a Sicilian pizza for your next dinner party, everyone is sure to be impressed and excited about trying a new dish, since most people have not had Sicilian pizza before.  Try it tonight!

More about your pizza crust...

The type of crust that you choose to create makes a huge difference in the outcome of your pizza recipe.  Thin crust and thick crust pizzas are very different and the one you choose depends on the occasion, the preferences of your guests, and the toppings you plan to use in your recipe.

It is important to consider the occasion when you are choosing what kind of crust to use for your pizza recipe.  Thick crust is a great option if it is cold outside and you have hungry guests who are craving a hearty meal of pizza and beer.  A thin crust may be more appropriate if you are planning a light meal during the summertime, accompanied by a salad and white wine.

We strive to bring you the best recipes for all pizza, no matter what kind of crust you choose.  We hope that you enjoy all of the recipes that you find on this site and that you will continue to visit for all of your pizza making needs.

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