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 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 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.

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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.

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How to make stuffed crust cheese pepperoni pizza on 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.

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


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


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.


  • 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


  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.


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


  1. This looks so ridiculously good, Sally!! Definitely gonna try it very soon 🙂 Your pizza dough always turns out so great!

  2. Ok, now I have to make pizza today – thank you for the inspiration!
    Although I don’t know if I ever saw something like “string cheese” over here in Germany. I do know a russian version which is smoked (delicious!) and also a turkish one, but they do look different from yours. I think I’ll give cheese cut into small sticks a try.

  3. Oh Yum, I just love your savory recipes, so many good ideas.  And I love making my own dough at home I think it tastes SO much better!  WIhave a pizza stone, but sometimes the middle still is doughy.  Does a pizza pan work better?

  4. Really good tutorial! I don’t know if it’s safe for me to make stuffed crust pizza at home because I’d being doing it like every day.

  5. What a fabulous way to start the day . . . being hungry for pizza at 9am. WOW – I never imagined it was that easy to make a stuffed-crust pizza. Holy cow, and the cheese stick shortcut hack is beyond great. Love it. I think homemade pizza tomorrow night would actually be in my future if it weren’t for the release of Beauty and the Beast remake, so Saturday it is. Thanks for sharing with us Sally!

    1. Thats two of us hungry for pizza at 9 am. I was wondering what I’d make for dinner today, and here it is! Or maybe this will be lunch.. or brunch…

  6. I’m a crust person too…I will gladly eat the leftover crusts sitting on my friend’s plate. That is, if I can get them before the dog snatches them.

    This looks delicious Sally! I’ll have to try some homemade pizza soon!

  7. I make homemade pizza pretty regularly and, of course, love it, especially on the weekend. I remember a loooooong time ago before my pizza making days getting take out pizza with a stuffed crust and it was delicious. Gonna to have to give this a try. I mean, more cheese on pizza (or in the crust I should say). How could I go wrong? Looks fabulous!! Pinned! Have a great weekend 🙂

  8. Is it just me or does stuffed crust pizza from pizza places taste like kind of chalky and fake? I’m sure the DIY version tastes way better and it looks fun to make too! Gotta try it soon for pizza night around here 🙂  

  9. I’ve never been brave enough to attempt stuffed crust pizza because I have a feeling I’d eat the whole thing. By myself. . .and probably in one sitting.  But now I’m hungry so I’ll probably have to try it!  🙂

    1. The dough recipe makes 2 pizzas so you can freeze one for another time and not bake the entire recipe at once! Or invite some hungry friends over 🙂

  10. My husband LOVES stuffed crust pizza! I’m going to earn some major wife points when I suggest this recipe for dinner this weekend! We love to cook together, and this looks so fun to make. Thanks, Sally!

    xx Allison

    1. I can say from experience… that husbands DO lose their heads over this. Haha we both loved it. Certainly a once in awhile treat but it’s pretty awesome you can make stuffed crust at home instead of relying on delivery.

  11. If you freeze (or partially freeze) the string cheese it will keep it from losing so much of its shape and melting out flat. Should be able to get warm enough to melt still 🙂

  12. I have a pizza oven so often make pizzas. I like the idea of putting cheese into the crust and I will certainly be giving it a try soon.

    Thanks for sharing.

  13. MY WORD SALLY, you have left me gobsmacked! This is one mouth water, delicious recipe. I don’t think we get string cheese here in South Africa, but I would love it. Your recipes are out of this world AHHHHMAAAZZZINNNNGGGG!!!

  14. THIS is awesome! I am slobbering and laughing at the same time…genius! Tomorrow night is pizza night too.

    Going to visit my mom (and nephew) next week. Nephew is already requesting my homemade ice cream sandwiches made with your thick and chewy chocolate chip cookies. They have now become LEGEND. 🙂

  15. Hello! I just finished the dough and it took almost 1/2 cup more flour to get the dough to stop being a sticky mess and into something I could knead. The dough seemed fine once it stopped being sticky and kneaded beautifully. Is this simply because of environmental factors? (The weather is dry even though there’s a few inches of snow in the ground.) Will this affect the finished pie? Thanks for your help.

    1. Pizza will still be excellent. I have to add more/less flour sometimes too. 1/2 cup isn’t anything to be worried about. Hope you enjoyed it!

  16. Hi Sally! Wow….I’m am 100,000% a CRUST gal. I know some think their pizza is el grosso but I LOVE Pizza Hut’s Pizza because of the crust! Love crust! And what a fantastic trick with the String Cheese (I’m a huge cheese lover too). I just want to clarify that when you say tuck ‘it’ under tightly you mean the cheese sticks get tucked under the crust tightly….so you’re folding the crust over the string cheese pieces, correct? CANNOT wait to try this! My mouth is watering! Have a great weekend.

  17. So I have to admit, I’m not usually a huge pizza person (I know! I know!) but I made this tonight and I’m on my fourth piece with no regrets. I love all of your recipes, literally every one I’ve tried as been amazing and I’ve tried a lot. Thanks for always providing quality recipes that I know will work.

  18. I’m a sucker for stuffed crust pizza. I actually never thought to make it myself at home!

  19. Hey Sally 🙂
    I just wanted to say THANK YOU! Your site has been such a great help to me especially since I live in China and Pintrest and other really awesome websites are blocked 🙁 HAHA Nevertheless, i feel really grateful to have found your website! I’ve tried many of your cookie recipes and I finally tried your PIZZA CRUST recipe today! WOOH! Did it turn out GREAT 😀 Thanks so much again, and I look forward to more of your amazing and inspiring recipes!

  20. I’ve been on a search trying many to find the perfect homemade pizza dough. Thanks so much for the great recipe. It’s a keeper!

  21. Hello Sally,
    do you use full fat or low fat mozzarella cheese to top your pizza? i’m asking because sometimes cheese melts weirdly/unevenly for me.

  22. My husband LOVES stuffed crust pizza! I’m going to earn some major wife points when I suggest this recipe for dinner this weekend! We love to cook together, and this looks so fun to make. Thanks, Sally!

  23. These recipes are so easy and tasty!
    I have a request… You should make a post about how it’s important to “be careful” with the dough. In addition, you should talk about the different types and brands of yeast; how are they different?
    Do you have posts like that?

  24. Sally, this stuffed crust pizza dough/recipe was absolutely amazing. I am constantly watching what I eat and decided to splurge (as everyone should occasionally) because I have been craving pizza very badly lately. This recipe couldn’t have been more perfect. I used a Fleischmann’s yeast packet that had been sitting in my pantry for a few months (Since Christmas, I think, and still not expired) and threw all of the ingredients into my bread machine. About an hour and 15 minutes later, I had my dough. It was proofed and ready for rolling. I used the string cheese, as you instructed, and even my husband enjoyed it and he’s not a very “cheesy” guy. So easy! Easy cleanup too! Found a quick and easy sauce recipe online. Everything from scratch. This pizza was so perfect. THANK YOU!

    1. Hey Liz! LOVED reading this and so glad you tried this recipe. “stuffing” the cheese into the crust is surprisingly simple– much more than I thought before I began making pizza this way. Thank you so much for taking the time to comment.

  25. I tried it on a veggie pizza, I did not make the dough myself, I just honestly didn’t have the time (and I’m lazy). Delicious with string cheese in the crust, brush the top of the crust with olive oil seasoned with a little bit of garlic salt. I dusted the bottom with cornmeal because that’s what it looks like was under yours. Mmmmmm, delicious! Thank you for the beautiful easy recipe.

  26. Hi, I wanted to comment about your recipe. Thanks for sharing it by the way. And as for the hack on using cheese sticks that is the original recipe. I’ll tell you a story.

    My wife actually invented Stuff crust pizza. Back in 1995 when she was working for Pizza Hut I asked her one day is there a way to layer cheese and crust and make the crust cheesier. She thought about it and invented both the pull-apparts and stuff crust.

    What she used was cheese sticks and we still do at home to this day every couple of weeks… and we invite the kids ant their friends over to partake.

    Like you said they work best because they are the right size.>>> the reason why I thank you… She has never articulated what the recipe is. Everything she makes is by smell and she is always tinkering and never writes it down… despite trying to several times… but gets distracted as she cooks.

    Thank you.

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