Kid-Friendly Pepperoni Pizza Soup

Combine two foodie favorites – pizza and soup – to make the ultimate kid-friendly dinner mashup –
Pepperoni Pizza Soup.

Kid-Friendly Pizza Soup from Holley Grainger

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How to Make Pizza Soup

Kid-Friendly Pizza Soup from Holley Grainger

Kid-Friendly Pizza Soup

  • Author: Holley Grainger
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 19 minutes
  • Total Time: 29 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 servings 1x
  • Category: Soup


Combine two kid-friendly favorites – pizza and soup – to make the ultimate dinner mashup – Pepperoni Pizza Soup!



¼ cup turkey pepperoni slices, halved 

1 small onion, chopped

1 small green bell pepper, chopped

1 tbsp minced garlic 

1 tsp dried oregano

1 (32 oz) container vegetable broth

1 (28 oz) can tomato sauce

1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes with basil, garlic and oregano

2 tsp chopped fresh basil

Optional toppings: basil leaves, olives, mushrooms, mozzarella cheese


Add pepperoni to a Dutch oven and cook over medium-high heat until pepperoni renders its fat and gets crispy (about 3 to 4 minutes), stirring occasionally. Remove the pepperoni and set aside on paper towels.

Add onion and bell pepper to pan and saute for 4 to 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until vegetables are tender. Add garlic and oregano cooking another 2 minutes or until garlic is golden brown. 

Stir in broth, tomato sauce and diced tomatoes. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, add pepperoni and simmer 10 to 12 minutes. 

Remove from heat and stir in basil. Ladle into individual bowls adding favorite toppings such as olives, mushrooms, and mozzarella. Serve with toasted bread, if desired.


The recipe is delicious as written but play around with the ingredients to meet your favorite pizza flavors. For example, swap the pepperoni for Italian sausage or meatballs, add mushrooms for more body (add these when you add the bell peppers), or serve with crusty sourdough versus whole wheat toast. The options are endless!


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Now Let’s Talk About This Simple Soup Recipe…

I hope you had the chance to read through the Pepperoni Pizza Soup recipe and now you’re anxious to give it a try. Be sure to pin it so you always have it on hand when you need an easy weeknight soup recipe.

What I love about this is simple veggie-packed soup is just how quick and easy it is to make. Plus, it embodies all of our favorite pizza flavors. Depending on your preferences, you can customize with different meats, veggies and toppings. Here are some of my favorite ideas…

Kid-Friendly Pizza Soup from Holley Grainger


Clever Tips for Customizing Weeknight Pizza Soup:

Vegetarian Pizza Soup –

Omit the pepperoni and load more veggies into this vegetarian soup. Sauté mushrooms and chopped red bell pepper at the same time as the onion and green bell pepper. Stir in one to two cups of baby spinach after the soup simmers.

Sausage Pizza Soup – 

Swap the pepperoni for a few ounces of crumbled sausage. Feel free to use chicken sausage, spicy sausage, Italian sausage…whatever your heart desires. As directed in step one, cook the sausage first, set aside on a paper towel, wipe  the majority of fat out of the skillet and then proceed with step two. Add sausage back to the soup before simmering.

Supreme Pizza Soup – 

Anything goes when you’re making Supreme Pizza Soup. Add pepperoni, sausage, mushrooms, olives…whatever you desire. Since you’ll be adding more toppings to the soup, be aware that you may need to add more broth and/or another can of diced tomatoes. Don’t worry though! There is no perfect way to make 

Kid-Friendly Pizza Soup from Holley Grainger

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