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Spicy Sopressata Pizza with Hot Honey

Emma Essence
Fluffy Sicilian style crust pizza topped with spicy sopressata, fresh mozzarella, and fragrant basil drizzled in hot honey.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 40 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Dough Resting Time 5 hrs
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Servings 1 16-inch pizza


  • 16-inch Pizza Pan


Pizza Crust

  • 2 teaspoons instant dry yeast
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt
  • 1 ¾ cups warm water
  • cup olive oil
  • 5 cups all purpose flour
  • 4 tablespoons butter melted, to brush crust before and after baking

Pizza Sauce

  • 6 ounces tomato paste
  • 15 ounces tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons oregano
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

Hot Honey

  • 1 cup honey
  • 6 dried chili peppers chopped

Pizza Toppings

  • 12 ounces fresh mozzarella drained and torn into rough chunks
  • 6-10 ounces hot sopressata
  • 10-15 fresh basil leaves
  • fresh parmesan optional


Pizza Dough

  • In a bowl of a stand mixer or a large bowl, combine yeast, sugar, salt, water, olive oil, and flour.
  • Knead on low or hand knead until dough starts to come together. Continue kneading until the dough forms a soft ball, and all sides of the bowl are clean. Add more flour if needed to achieve this texture.
  • Dust a sheet pan with flour and set the dough on it. Lay a hand towel on top of the dough and rest for 5 hours.

Pizza Sauce

  • In a medium-sized bowl, mix tomato paste and tomato sauce together until smooth.
  • Add the oregano, fresh parsley, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper and mix again.
  • Set aside.

Hot Honey

  • Add honey and chopped dried chiles to the saucepan. Heat over low-medium heat to a bare simmer. Do not boil!
  • Just as the mixture starts to simmer, turn the heat down to low. Cover and cook for about 30 minutes to infuse the chiles.
  • Remove from heat and strain mixture into an airtight container.

Put it all together

  • Preheat the oven to 550F.
  • On a 16-inch pizza pan, place your dough. Gently stretch dough the size of the pan, about ¼ inch thick. Make edges of pizza dough a little thicker to form the crust.
  • Spread a layer of pizza sauce around the pizza, leaving a 1-inch border around the edge. Brush melted butter on the crust edges and sprinkle garlic powder and dried parsley.
  • Grab the fresh mozzarella, rip chunks with your hands, and place them evenly dispersed over the pizza. Followed by the spicy sopressata, and followed by the basil leaves.
  • Transfer pizza to the oven and cook for approximately 16-20 minutes or until the crust is golden and toppings are bubbly.
  • Cool for 5 minutes before serving. Brush crust with remaining melted butter. Drizzle hot honey on top and fresh parmesan.
Keyword Honey, Hot, Pizza, Sopressata, Spicy