Copycat Papa John's Pizza Recipe (2023)

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Published: May 30, 2013Updated: April 6, 2021Author: Contributor

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Copycat Papa John's Pizza Recipe (1)

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!

Serves: 3 pizzas

I found a copycat recipe and knew we had to give it a whirl. It was so delicious and the sauce wasamazing!

Prep Time 45 mins

Cook Time 10 mins

Total Time 55 mins



  • 8 cups all-purpose flour
  • 6 Tablespoons sugar
  • teaspoons fast rising yeast
  • teaspoons salt
  • 3 cups very warm water (120 to 130 degrees F)
  • 6 Tablespoons vegetable oil

Pizza Sauce

  • 3 cans tomato puree (10.34 ounces each)
  • ¾ cups water
  • 3 teaspoons sugar
  • 3 teaspoons olive oil
  • ¾ teaspoon lemon juice
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ teaspoon oregano
  • teaspoon basil
  • teaspoon thyme
  • teaspoon garlic powder


  • 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.

Pizza Sauce

  • 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.


Calories: 1754 kcal · Carbohydrates: 310 g · Protein: 48 g · Fat: 38 g · Saturated Fat: 24 g · Sodium: 1816 mg · Potassium: 1375 mg · Fiber: 20 g · Sugar: 37 g · Vitamin A: 888 IU · Vitamin C: 19 mg · Calcium: 101 mg · Iron: 19 mg


  • Large Bowl

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  • Stand Mixer

  • Pizza Pans (3)

Recipe Details

Course: Main Course

Cuisine: American

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  1. Happy Valley Chow says:

    May 30, 2013

    Very Cool! I will definitely have to give this a try, I do love their pizza crust.Happy Blogging!Happy Valley Chow

  2. Amanda Beattie says:

    May 30, 2013

    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...

  3. Marin says:

    May 30, 2013

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

  4. Celeste says:

    May 30, 2013

    Is fast acting yeast the same as instant yeast?

  5. Andie says:

    May 31, 2013

    Now that garlic dipping sauce and it'll be complete!

  6. Cyd says:

    June 1, 2013

    We can totally help you there! We have the garlic dipping sauce recipe too! you enjoy it! YUM! -The Six Sisters

  7. Cyd says:

    June 1, 2013

    Yes, it is basically the same.

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  8. Cyd says:

    June 1, 2013

    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. :)

  9. Melissa says:

    June 2, 2013

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

  10. Jessi @ Practically Functional says:

    June 5, 2013

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

  11. buy facebook page likes says:

    June 9, 2013

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

  12. Margie T. says:

    June 28, 2013

    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 :)

  13. Cyd says:

    July 2, 2013

    Not yet! We will definitely work on that! :)

  14. shannon says:

    July 19, 2013

    what size pizza pans are needed for this ? Thanks

  15. shannon says:

    July 19, 2013

    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

  16. Cyd says:

    July 22, 2013

    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.

  17. Cyd says:

    July 22, 2013

    We used 12 inch pizza pans.

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  18. Hannah says:

    July 25, 2013

    Yum! Sounds amazing & I can't wait to try it. Thanks for sharing!

  19. Emily says:

    August 6, 2013

    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!

  20. DrTravis says:

    November 30, 2013

    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.

  21. Amber says:

    December 6, 2013

    DrTravis, do you have a closer recipe of the crust?

  22. Kristie says:

    January 8, 2014

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

  23. Tracy says:

    January 16, 2014

    What kind of cheese did you use?

  24. Cyd says:

    January 17, 2014

    We like mozzarella and colby jack cheese on our pizza.

  25. Valerie G says:

    July 3, 2014

    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.

  26. Cyd says:

    September 3, 2014

    Hi Susan, the ingredients are listed on the recipe.

  27. Mark Middleton says:

    June 12, 2016

    You know, we do sell the dough at the store....

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  28. Jolene says:

    January 28, 2017

    We keep the dough in the fridge and make breakfast pizza the next morning, and it works great!

  29. Karen says:

    January 3, 2018

    This might be a dumb question, but is tomato purée the same thing as tomato paste? I just want to make sure I don’t mess it up. I would love to try this for pizza night this weekend! ?

  30. Cyd says:

    January 4, 2018

    Tomato puree is a thick sauce of pureed, briefly cooked tomatoes that have been strained of seeds and skins; usually, there are no added herbs or seasonings (except salt). Tomato puree typically comes canned, and you'll find it with other canned tomato products. Hunts and Kroger both make tomato puree. I hope this helps.

  31. Karen says:

    January 4, 2018

    Thank you so much!! ?

  32. Christy says:

    November 2, 2018

    And I actually JUST made this and used "crushed tomatoes" and love it!

  33. Scout says:

    November 7, 2019

    I’d try Sweet Baby Ray’s Original.

  34. Jess says:

    January 16, 2020

    I know this one! It's Mark's Feed Store's Red sauce.

  35. Kelly says:

    June 22, 2020

    Am I the only one that notices that this pizza recipe call for no cheese???

  36. Mia says:

    September 6, 2020

    It says "top as desired." For most of us, I think that means cheese.

  37. Anzer says:

    October 17, 2020

    Its a pizza DOUGH recipe idiot

  38. Alex Pressly says:

    November 14, 2020

    Pizza was good but can out biscuitsy

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