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Copycat Papa John’s Pizza Recipe

Copycat Papa John's Pizza
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We have pizza every weekend!  We live right around the corner from a Papa John’s and we eat there more than I probably should admit!  I found a copycat recipe and knew we had to give it a whirl.  It was so delicious and the sauce was amazing!

Copycat Papa John’s Pizza Recipe:
(Makes 3 pizzas)
8 cups all-purpose flour
6 Tablespoons sugar
6 3/4 teaspoons fast rising yeast
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
3 cups very warm water (120 to 130 degrees F)
6 Tablespoons vegetable oil
Preheat oven to 450 degrees.  In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, undissolved yeast, and salt.  Gradually add water and oil to mixture.  Blend at low speed until moistened, then beat for 2 minutes at medium speed until dough pulls away from sides of the bowl.  On a lightly floured surface, knead until dough is smooth and elastic.  Cover loosely with plastic wrap and let rest in a warm place for 15 minutes.  Press out dough onto 3 pizza pans.  Poke the dough randomly with a fork.  Let rise again in a warm place for 10-15 minutes.  Brush crusts lightly with oil and bake them for 5 minutes.  Remove from oven and top as desired.  Bake for 4-5 more minutes or until the crust is golden brown.
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Copycat Papa John’s Pizza Sauce Recipe:
(Makes sauce for 3 pizzas)
3 (10.34 ounce) cans tomato puree
3/4 cups water
3 teaspoons sugar
3 teaspoons olive oil
3/4 teaspoon lemon juice
3/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon oregano
3/8 teaspoon basil
3/8 teaspoon thyme
3/8 teaspoon garlic powder
Combine all ingredients in a large sauce pan over medium heat.  Bring to a boil.  Reduce heat to low and let simmer for 15-20 minutes.
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  1. Amanda Beattie says

    Hi, we make homemade pizza on friday nights but three is just to many for us…does this dough freeze well and when in the rising/resting process would you suggest putting it in the freezer if yes…

  2. Marin says

    Have you tried freezing this recipe? Three would be too much for our family of 2 and a not quite pizza eating aged baby :)

    • Cyd says

      We haven’t tried freezing this, so not sure how it would turn out when thawed. Let us know if you give it a try. :)

  3. Melissa says

    My husband LOVES Papa John’s pizza. This would be fun for him for Father’s Day. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Jessi @ Practically Functional says

    Oh yum, Papa John’s pizza is definitely my favorite, so I have to try this! Pinning it!

  5. buy facebook page likes says

    Wonderful site. A lot of helpful information here. Iˇm sending it to a few friends ans additionally sharing in delicious. And certainly, thanks in your sweat!

  6. Margie T. says

    This was an easy recipe. After letting the dough rise the first time for 15 min., I divided it into three, bagged them, and put them in the freezer. When I need one, I just take it out and let it defrost for a few hours. Now I don’t have to buy the dough anymore. I can make my own :)

  7. shannon says

    i also forgot to ask if highly active rapid rise yeast is the same as fast rising yeast and can you also use olive iol instead of veg. oil ? Thanks

    • Cyd says

      Both of the yeasts take about the same time to rise. We have only used vegetable oil in the crust. So not sure how olive oil would turn out.

  8. Emily says

    We made this for dinner tonight, it was delicious! I cut the recipe in thirds and used the Pampered Chef rectangle stone. It was just a little too big, so we used the extra dough as breadsticks and added garlic salt and butter….yum! Thanks for sharing, we will be making this again!

  9. DrTravis says

    is far from Papa Johns crust. I used to manage a PJ restaurant and this is not the recipe or how to make it. Nice try though.

  10. Kristie says

    Sorry, but this was in NO WAY anything like Papa John’s!But at least after all that mess we still could eat it.

  11. Valerie G says

    I made this for dinner tonight and was very happy with the results. The crust turned out really well and wasn’t soggy like my previous attempts at pizza crust. My husband really liked it and I am happy to finally find a great pizza crust recipe.

  12. Susan Robinson says

    Wanting to know if your crust or sauce has any dairy products in it. Butter, non fat dry milk, whey, cheese? I cannot eat dairy but would love to try your pizza! Cheeseless. Thank you very much. Susan

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