How to Make Stuffed Crust Pizza

Stuffed Crust Pizza is really easy to make at home using a little extra cheese and my pizza crust recipe. Skip the pizza delivery tonight because homemade tastes even better!

How to make stuffed crust cheese pepperoni pizza on sallysbakingaddiction.com EASY homemade pizza crust!

And for this month’s savory recipe: we’re going ALL IN. And by that I mean cheese ALL INSIDE pizza crust.

Today I’m showing you how to make real deal stuffed crust pizza, a recipe that will test every ounce of your self control. We’re using my trusty homemade pizza dough and some basic pizza toppings, but feel free to go hog wild. Hawaiian pizza or BBQ chicken pizza would be A+ with this stuffed pizza crust!

How to make stuffed crust cheese pepperoni pizza on sallysbakingaddiction.com EASY homemade pizza crust!

Are you a pizza crust person? Pizza would be nothing without its crust foundation and today’s recipe is for crust people. But if you’re not really a crust person, you’ve gotta be a cheese person. Don’t fret because today’s recipe is for cheese people too.

What a weird sentence…?

Let’s get started.

Stuffed crust pizza on sallysbakingaddiction.com

Baking with Yeast Guide

Reference this Baking with Yeast Guide whenever you work with baker’s yeast. I include practical answers to all of your common yeast questions.

How to Make Stuffed Crust Pizza

Stuffed crust pizza begins with pizza dough. Now you can definitely use store-bought here, but I urge you to give homemade pizza crust a try. I have both a regular pizza dough recipe and a whole wheat pizza dough recipe. You can use either for this stuffed crust pizza. This dough is super stretchy and soft, which is exactly the kind you need for assembling a stuffed pizza crust.

Shortcut alert! Use string cheese. I know it sounds weird, but I swear by this little hack. The perfect shape, width, and texture for creating those melty cheese pockets inside the pizza crust. If string cheese isn’t your thing, create thin piles of shredded mozzarella  or cut fresh mozzarella into thin pieces to line around the edges.

But again, string cheese is the easiest. You’ll need 7 of them.

Stuffed crust pizza on sallysbakingaddiction.com

How to make stuffed crust cheese pepperoni pizza on sallysbakingaddiction.com EASY homemade pizza crust!

My #1 Tip for Stuffed Crust Pizza

Here’s the part that can make or break your stuffed crust pizza. Make sure you tuck it into the crust super tight– like I’m doing above. Fold the edges over the crust and firmly press down to seal shut. Any gaps won’t necessarily be a problem, but the cheese will melt out onto the pizza and not stay inside the crust. Just keep working with it to make sure the edges are folded over and snug shut.

The only things breaking open that cheesy stuffed crust are a pizza cutter and your big giant bite! And yes, it really is this easy to create stuffed crust pizza at home.

Stuffed crust pizza on sallysbakingaddiction.com

How to make stuffed crust cheese pepperoni pizza on sallysbakingaddiction.com EASY homemade pizza crust!

Because of the string cheese, the pizza won’t really be perfectly round. Rather, more like a heptagon with 7 sides. I haven’t heard any complaints though… it’s stuffed crust pizza. 😉

How to make stuffed crust cheese pepperoni pizza on sallysbakingaddiction.com EASY homemade pizza crust!

Print
clock clock icon cutlery cutlery icon flag flag icon folder folder icon instagram instagram icon pinterest pinterest icon print print icon squares squares icon
hands pulling out a slice of stuffed crust pizza

Stuffed Crust Pizza

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 2 hours, 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours, 30 minutes
  • Yield: one 12-inch pizza
  • Category: Pizza
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Italian

Description

A step by step tutorial for how to make stuffed crust pizza at home! Use my easy homemade pizza crust and shortcut for stuffing with cheese.


Ingredients

  • 1/2 recipe homemade pizza crust*
  • 7 string cheeses, unwrapped*
  • 1/2 cup (127g) pizza sauce, or more depending how much you like (homemade or store-bought)
  • 1 and 1/2 cups (6oz or 168g) shredded mozzarella cheese
  • big handful pepperoni (or any other toppings you like)
  • optional: Italian seasoning blend or dried basil for sprinkling on top

Instructions

  1. Prepare the pizza dough through step 5, including preheating the oven to 475°F (246°C) as described in step 4.
  2. Lift the edge of the dough up to create a lip around the edges. Arrange the string cheese around the edges of the crust, leaving a 3/4 inch space. Fold the edges of the dough over the string cheese, pinching down to seal. Do your best to completely seal the string cheeses inside. Let the dough rest for a couple minutes if you’re having trouble sealing it completely.
  3. Top with pizza sauce, the mozzarella cheese, then the pepperoni. Sprinkle lightly with seasoning.
  4. Bake for 14-16 minutes or until the crust is lightly browned and the cheese is bubbling. For the last minute, I move the oven rack to the top rack to really brown the edges. That’s optional. Remove from the oven. Slice pizza and serve immediately.
  5. Store leftover pizza covered tightly in the refrigerator and reheat as you prefer. Baked pizza slices can be frozen up to 1 month.

Notes

  1. Make Ahead Instructions: See homemade pizza crust recipe for how to make ahead and freeze the pizza dough.
  2. Special Tools: KitchenAid Stand Mixer | Dough HookPizza Crisper Pan | Pizza Stone
  3. Pizza Crust: That pizza crust recipe makes 2 pizzas. You can freeze the other half of dough or make 2 pizzas. Double all of the topping/string cheese in this recipe if making 2 pizzas.
  4. Cheese: Instead of string cheese, you can try piling a ring of shredded mozzarella around the dough or half slices of fresh mozzarella. String cheese is easiest; it’s the perfect size and shape.
  5. Whole Wheat Pizza Crust: Feel free to use my whole wheat pizza crust recipe instead. You’ll have to halve the whole wheat pizza dough recipe to make only 1 pizza crust.
  6. Reference my Baking with Yeast Guide for answers to common yeast FAQs.

Keywords: stuffed crust pizza, pizza

How to make stuffed crust cheese pepperoni pizza on sallysbakingaddiction.com EASY homemade pizza crust!
How to make stuffed crust cheese pepperoni pizza on sallysbakingaddiction.com EASY homemade pizza crust!

60 Comments

  1. I made this tonight and it was amazing! The family loved it and I will be trying more of your pizza recipes! The crust was phenomenal. I made the double batch of crusts but I wanted a bigger pizza so i just took a little dough out and made probably a 16 in. pizza. I cooked it on my pizza stone in the oven which did take longer but that was due to the stone and size I’m sure. I used cut up long blocks of mozzarella in place of sticks. It turned out great! Cant wait to try more of your recipes!

  2. Teresa Mcnitt says:

    Love this Pizza crust recipe! Made this tonight! So crispy and my husband told me he will never eat pizza from the frozen isle again! Best pizza ever!!!!

  3. Jennifer Sencenbaugh says:

    Made this recipe with my kids. They loved it. The quick and easy steps my 7 year old son could easily follow made this a fun evening for us all.

  4. I did this for supper and It was amazing!!thank you Sally

  5. Hi Sally! Can I stuff the crust with pepperoni slices?

    1. Absolutely. I would wrap them/place them under the string cheese.

  6. Hi Sally, thank you so much for this amazing recipe. It is in the oven cooking now and I found all of the steps super easy and it came out perfectly. If I add fresh spinach next time to my toppings which stage of cooking would be best to add it?

    1. Hi Louise, I usually add all the toppings right before baking (including spinach), but you could add the fresh spinach halfway through if you’d like.

  7. First time making any type of dough and let me tell you, this was so easy to make! My family love our homemade pizza! I highly recommend it to everyone!

  8. Great recipe, Sally. Thank you for sharing it.

    I substituted a half-whole wheat/half-all purpose flour sourdough crust baked on a pizza stone. In my opinion, Preheating the pizza stone and baking the pizza at 475F rather than 450F (like all other recipes I have tried) really made a difference with the crust! It was truly amazing!

    Many thanks!

  9. I found your recipe, looking for a tried and trusted way to stuff pizza crust.
    The only change I made was to cut the string cheese in half, both lengthwise and cross-wise. The crust was more round, since there are now 14 segments and the amount of cheese is just about right for me.

    The nice thing about this is that I can roll the dough out to get my wife’s “thin crust” but still get the cornicioni. So, thanks for sharing this!

    Doug

1 2

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

With kitchen-tested quality recipes and step-by-step tutorials, my goal is to give you the confidence to bake and cook from scratch.

Sally's signature

Recipes You’ll Love

Archives

Categories

Join the community on the 1st of every month as we tackle a new challenge recipe.Review Sally's Baking Challenge FAQ page if you have any questions.

View More

A tradition since 2013, every December we countdown to Christmas with 10 new cookie recipes in a row!

View More

The first week of every November is all about Thanksgiving Pies.

View More

My Cookbooks

Sally's Cookbooks

About Sally

Welcome to my Kitchen!

I’m Sally, a cookbook author, photographer, and blogger. My goal is to give you the confidence and knowledge to cook and bake from scratch while providing quality recipes and plenty of pictures. Grab a cookie, take a seat, and have fun exploring! more about Sally

×