Copycat Papa Johns Pizza Recipe

Papa John’s is one of the leading pizza chains across the globe. But what if we tell you that you can have the Papa John’s experience without having to go out of the house and wait in line? 

In today’s recipe, we’ll show you how you can recreate the iconic pizza dish from Papa John’s. It’s easy and simple, you can eventually add your own flavor to it. Now, you’ll never have to spend some cash on delivery. 

Serve this on parties and get-togethers or simply when you have a weekend movie marathon. We guarantee that it tastes just like the original!

Copycat Papa Johns Pizza Recipe

How To Make Copycat Papa Johns Pizza

Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 1 hr 45 mins
Total: 2 hrs 5 mins


  • cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour, plus more for kneading
  • 2 tbsp granulated sugar
  • tsp active dry yeast
  • 1 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp olive oil, divided into thirds
  • cup warm water
  • ¾ tsp Italian Seasoning
  • ¼ tsp lemon or lime juice
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 2 pieces Italian sausage, removed from its casing, crumbled
  • ½ cup parmesan cheese, shredded or powdered
  • ½ cup 3-cheese blend of your choice, preferably fontina, asiago & provolone, shredded
  • ½ cup chopped bacon, cooked
  • 14 slices pepperoni
  • pinch garlic powder


Pizza Crust

  1. In a bowl, add the warm water and yeast.
  2. Stir and let the mixture bloom, until the yeast turns foamy and dissolves.

  3. Sift together both flours, baking soda, cream of tartar, sugar, & salt.

  4. Add the bloomed yeast into the sifter flour mixture. Mix all the ingredients together by hand or with a mixer at low speed until the dough begins to form.

  5. Once the dough is smooth and well combined, dust the work area with additional flour & knead the dough by hand for about 10 minutes. Add more flour as needed.

  6. Once the dough becomes elastic and bouncy, roundly shape it and put it in a greased bowl with olive oil.

  7. Drizzle some olive oil over the dough, cover it, and allow it to rise for one hour.

  8. After an hour, the dough will appear to have expanded in size. Poke the middle to release the extra air.

  9. Grease a 12-inch pizza pan, and dust it with some flour to prevent the dough from sticking.

  10. Press out the dough onto the greased pizza pan, & prick around the dough with a fork.

  11. Transfer the pizza dough to a warm area & allow to rest, about 10-15 minutes covered.

  12. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.

  13. Brush the pizza dough with the remaining olive oil, & pre bake them for about 5 minutes.


  1. Combine the tomato sauce into a bowl with the Italian Seasoning and lemon juice.

  2. Spread the tomato sauce evenly on the pizza dough, leaving a 1 inch border all around the dough.

  3. Sprinkle the parmesan cheese and 3-cheese blend generously all over the tomato sauce.

  4. Once you're done with the previous step, toss in the sausage and bacon and add the Italian sausage. Afterward, sprinkle the cooked pepperoni over the dough.

  5. Place the pan with the dough in the oven and let it bake for about 10-15 minutes. When the crust appears golden brown and the cheese fully melted, remove and scatter the garlic powder around the pizza.

  6. Cool the crusts for one minute. Once they're cool enough, cut them evenly and serve.


  • Sugar: 13g
  • :
  • Calcium: 384mg
  • Calories: 1234kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 131g
  • Cholesterol: 67mg
  • Fat: 62g
  • Fiber: 13g
  • Iron: 7mg
  • Potassium: 832mg
  • Protein: 44g
  • Saturated Fat: 17g
  • Sodium: 2062mg
  • Vitamin A: 216IU
Nutrition Disclaimer

Frequently Asked Questions

Are There Any Health Benefits From Pizza?

Yes! You’ll be surprised at how much nutrients you can get by eating pizza in moderation. For instance, a single slice can give you calcium, protein, anti-oxidants, and Vitamin A.


Pizza Recipes


Pizza is an age-old dish from Italy that made its way to the United States through immigration. Each state has a variety of Italian dishes and enjoyed by many. Now, you no longer have to go out for a slice. Make this pizza in your kitchen and enjoy it.
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