Copycat Papa Johns Pizza Recipe

Jessica Published April 16, 2020

Forget leaving the house or calling for delivery. Try out this copycat recipe for a taste of Papa John’s delicious pizza flavors. Topped with pepperoni, Italian sausage, bacon and a yummy cheese blend, you’ll definitely want more than just one slice.

How To Make Copycat Papa Johns Pizza

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  • 2 tsp yeast
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 3 packs unbleached all-purpose flour add more as needed
  • 1/8 tsp oregano
  • 1/8 tsp basil
  • 1/8 sprig thyme
  • 1/4 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 pack tomato sauce
  • 1 piece Italian sausage
  • 1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded 3-cheese blend fontina, asiago & provolone
  • 1/2 cup chopped bacon
  • Few slices pepperoni
  • 1 dash garlic powder


Pizza Crust

  • In a bowl, add the warm water and yeast.
  • Stir and let the mixture sit until the yeast turns foamy and dissolves.
  • Add in the flour, olive oil, salt and sugar.
  • Mix all four ingredients together by hand or with a mixer at low speed until the dough begins to form.
  • Once the dough is smooth and well combined, knead it by hand for about 10 minutes.
  • Add more flour if needed.
  • Once the dough becomes elastic and bouncy, roundly shape it and put in back in the bowl.
  • Drizzle some olive oil over the dough, cover it, and allow it to rise for one hour.
  • After an hour, the dough will appear to have expanded in size. Poke the middle to release the extra air.
  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Take a pizza pan, grease it, and drizzle it with some flour to prevent the dough from sticking.
  • Spread the dough on the pan evenly to form a thin crust.


  • Cook the bacon over medium heat. Once cooked, transfer the bacon on a paper towel to absorb the excess oil.
  • While the bacon is cooking, empty the tomato sauce into a bowl and mix in the basil, oregano, thyme, and lemon juice.
  • Afterward, evenly spread the tomato sauce on the pizza dough, leaving a 1 inch border all around the dough.
  • Sprinkle the parmesan cheese and 3-cheese blend generously all over the tomato sauce.
  • Once you're done with the previous step, toss in a few pepperoni slices and add the Italian sausage. Afterward, sprinkle the cooked bacon over the dough.
  • 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 drizzle the garlic powder on the dough as desired.
  • Cool the crusts for one minute. Once they're cool enough, cut them evenly and serve.

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 791kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 70g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Cholesterol: 93mg | Sodium: 3245mg | Potassium: 513mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 2mg



A food blogger with a strong passion for all thing delicious. Being able to take a simple ingredient and transform it into something complex and delectable brings me joy. It is my mission to show you how to do the same with the simple ingredients that you have on hand. Learn how to make restaurant-worthy meals, on a budget, and right at home!

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