With this really simple recipe, you can make the greatest Philly cheese steak pizza! Philly steak, peppers, onions, and a to die for white pizza sauce with parmesan cheese are just a few of the many pizza toppings that are included on this beef pizza. Let us prepare this homemade, gourmet pizza!
Lets get started at Philly cheese steak pizza!
Why it’s the #1 homemade Philly cheese steak pizza
- Fool-proof. Im Jenna, a pizza expert, and I will teach you all my tricks!
- Use leftover steak as a pizza topping. Or make steak for pizza (Ill show you how).
- Learn what sauce on Philly cheese steak pizza tastes the best.
- Tastes better than delivery pizza like Dominos or Papa Johns Philly cheese steak pizza.
- Every bite is SO YUM. Seriously. Scroll to see the pics!
Do you need special equipment?
Nope! Make this tasty cheesesteak pizza on a pizza stone or on a sheet pan. Clear directions for both methods are in the easy-to-follow recipe at the bottom of this page. If you want to make it super fast, start with a frozen premade pizza crust.
See my guide to making crispy stone crust pizza…
Ingredients for Philly cheese steak pizza recipe
You can make everything for this steak pizza from scratch - or substitute with adding leftover steak to pizza and using alfredo sauce from a jar instead of making the white sauce. If youre going to make it completely by scratch, heres what you need…
Ingredients for Philly cheesesteak pizza toppings
Heres all the delicious gourmet pizza toppings for my version of Philly steak pizza…
- 1 ball pizza dough (store bought or homemade)
- A little olive oil
- White cheese pizza sauce (substitute store bought Alfredo sauce)
- Cheese: cheddar and mozzarella cheese (substitute provolone cheese)
- 8 oz steak (cooked and sliced thin - rare or medium-rare is best)
- Sautéed onions and peppers
- Fresh chopped parsley to sprinkle on top at the end
Other pizza toppings you can add…
- Peppers and mushrooms are a pretty classic cheese steak topping, so feel free to throw some fresh or sautéed mushrooms on top as well.
- Provolone cheese is a great substitution or addition to the cheese blend.
- Bell peppers of any color will work. Orange and red peppers are on the sweeter site, whereas green bell peppers are a bit more bitter.
- Any onions will work. Caramelized red onions are another great choice. Walla Walla yellow onions are sweeter and perfect on top, as well.
A note on making steak for Philly pizza
Leftover, refrigerated steak is perfect for this recipe because chilled steak is easy to slice.
For replicating the classic Philly steak seasoning taste, marinate your favorite steak recipe in worcestershire sauce with a sprinkle of red pepper flakes. Or just use a little salt and pepper to sear or grill an 8 oz steak to medium rare like I did in the coulotte steak recipe in the tutorial photos.
If youre wondering how to cook steak for pizza recipes, dont forget: the steak will continue cooking in the oven. So even if you prefer a more well done steak, I suggest cooking it on the rare side.
Ingredients for the white Philly cheese steak sauce
Dont want to make your own white sauce for pizza? No problem - you can substitute Alfredo sauce. But my DIY white sauce tastes amazing on steak pizza (its packed with parmesan cheese and roasted garlic). Heres what you need…
- The base: olive oil, garlic, butter, flour, milk
- Seasoning: salt, black pepper, dried Italian seasonings blend
- Freshly grated Parmesan cheese
- Freshly chopped parsley
Ingredients to make sautéed onions and peppers
Sure, you could use raw peppers and onions, but if youre going all out and want that cheesesteak sandwich pizza vibe, sauté them first with these ingredients…
- The base: olive oil, salt, butter
- Veggies: yellow onion, red pepper, yellow pepper
How to make a Philly cheese steak pizza
So lets get to it! Here is my step-by-step philly cheesesteak pizza recipe. Scroll to the bottom to print the recipe with bonus tips.
Make the white sauce for cheesesteak pizza from scratch
Even if youve never made a cheese sauce for pizza, you can pull this one off. Its really simple and takes only about 10 minutes. See the recipe video at the bottom of this page if you want me to walk you through it.
- Roast garlic. (photo A) In a small pan on medium-low heat, add olive oil and garlic. Sauté garlic about 3 minutes until translucent, stirring regularly. Remove from heat before garlic browns. Set aside.
- Heat butter with flour. (photo B) Add butter to a small sauce pan on medium heat. Once butter melts, add flour by whisking it in slowly so it doesnt clump. Cook flour and milk (aka a roux or Béchamel sauce) for about 1 minute until it turns light brown and the air smells nutty.
- Add milk to white pizza sauce. (photo C) With the sauce pan on medium heat, slowly pour cold milk into the roux, whisking as it incorporates. Turn the heat of the burner to high, and once the milk bubbles (1-2 minutes later), reduce the heat to medium. Then add cooked garlic olive oil mixture to the roux. Continue to whisk ingredients as they bubble for 1 minute. Turn off the heat of the burner (leaving the pan on the burner is fine to pick up residual heat).
- Add the rest of the white pizza sauce ingredients. (photo D) Add seasonings to the mixture (salt, black pepper, Italian dried seasonings). Add parmesan cheese and whisk until combined and the sauce becomes smooth. Remove from the burner, stir in the fresh chopped parsley (photo E), and set aside while making the pizza (photo F). Or store in the refrigerator and reheat on low if making the pizza sauce more than 20 minutes in advance.
For more details, see chicken spinach pizza and dried fig and prosciutto flatbread pizza recipe!
Make the sautéed onions and peppers pizza topping
Also see the full length tutorial video at the bottom of this post for step by step if its your first time making onions and peppers for pizza toppings. See tips for cutting peppers.
- Add all ingredients for the onions and peppers (except the butter) to a large pan or large skillet on the stove, on medium-high heat. Sauté all ingredients for ~5 minutes, stirring regularly.
- Add butter and cook for another 5-10 minutes, stirring regularly. Remove from heat before sautéed onions and peppers brown. They are done cooking when the onions and peppers are roasted on the edges and softened.
For more details, see this sautéed onions and peppers recipe. You also know chicken taco pizza at our website!
Assemble and bake Philly cheesesteak pizza recipe
Now Ill walk you through using a pizza stone to cook Philly pizza, but you can find directions on cooking pizza on a sheet pan in the recipe at the bottom of this page.
Help pizza dough rise in advance… The morning-of making the pizza, move the dough from the fridge to a countertop. At a minimum, take the dough out of the fridge a couple of hours before making this pizza recipe (preferably in a sunny window).
Step 1. Preheat oven to 460ºF and preheat pizza stone. Consult your pizza stone to ensure the cooking temperature is safe and appropriate for your particular brand. (This pizza stone from Emily Henry was provided by the brand for me to use in cooking demonstrations and they suggest cooking pizza on a stone at 460ºF.)
Step 2. Stretch the pizza dough. Check out the Sip Bite Go guide to stretching pizza dough for visuals or watch this pizza recipe video at the bottom of this page. There are also tips for you in the recipe card notes.
Step 3. Assemble pizza. Take the pizza stone out of the oven and brush half the olive oil on the pizza stone. Carefully add raw pizza to the hot pizza stone. Add the pizza toppings right on top of the raw pizza dough.
First, brush olive oil on the outside crust of the pizza in a circle shape. Then add sauce to the center of the raw pizza dough leaving 1 on the outside for the crust.
Sprinkle on the cheese. Top with cooked steak slices and sautéed onions and peppers.
Step 4. Bake pizza. Add pizza (on the pizza stone) to the oven and bake at 460ºF for 10-15 minutes (or for the time and temperature for baking pizza on your pizza stone). Pizza is ready when cheese has completely melted and is starting to bubble. The bottom of the dough should be golden brown.
Step 5. Serve pizza. Slice and serve with a sprinkle of fresh chopped parsley.
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What is the best cheese for Philly cheese steak pizza
When it comes to making Philly Cheese Steak Pizza, the cheese you choose can make a big difference in the flavor and texture of the pizza. Here are some of the best cheeses for Philly Cheese Steak Pizza:
Provolone cheese: Provolone is a traditional cheese used in Philly Cheese Steak sandwiches, and it works well on pizza too. It has a mild flavor and melts well, creating a gooey and delicious pizza.
Mozzarella cheese: Mozzarella is a classic pizza cheese that works well on Philly Cheese Steak Pizza too. It has a mild flavor and a stretchy texture that complements the steak and other toppings.
White cheddar cheese: White cheddar has a tangy flavor that goes well with the savory flavors of the steak and onions. It also melts well, creating a creamy and flavorful pizza.
Gouda cheese: Gouda has a smoky flavor that can add depth to the pizza. It also melts well and creates a creamy texture.
Provolone and mozzarella blend: A blend of provolone and mozzarella cheeses can create a delicious and gooey pizza with a balance of flavors.
Tips for Perfecting the Crust on Philly Cheese Steak Pizza
The crust is an important component of any pizza, including Philly Cheese Steak Pizza. Here are some tips for perfecting the crust on your Philly Cheese Steak Pizza:
- Use high-quality dough: The crust is the foundation of the pizza, so its important to use high-quality pizza dough. You can make your own dough or use a pre-made dough from the store.
- Let the dough rest: After youve rolled out the dough, let it rest for a few minutes to relax the gluten. This will make the dough easier to shape and prevent it from shrinking during baking.
- Preheat the oven: Preheat your oven to a high temperature of at least 450°F (230°C) to ensure a crispy crust.
- Use a pizza stone or baking sheet: A pizza stone or baking sheet that has been preheated in the oven can help create a crispy crust. If using a baking sheet, lightly oil or flour it before placing the dough on it.
- Brush the crust with olive oil: Brushing the crust with olive oil before adding the toppings can help create a crispy, golden-brown crust.
- Dont overload the pizza: Overloading the pizza with too many toppings can weigh down the crust and prevent it from cooking properly. Be sure to leave a border around the edge of the pizza to allow the crust to puff up and create a crispy edge.
Philly Cheese Steak Pizza is a delicious and unique take on traditional pizza that combines the flavors of a classic Philly Cheese Steak sandwich with the convenience of pizza. The dish typically features thinly sliced steak, sautéed onions and peppers, and a blend of cheeses on top of a crispy crust. While there are many variations of this pizza, the key to making a great Philly Cheese Steak Pizza is using high-quality ingredients, including fresh steak and flavorful cheeses. By following some simple tips for perfecting the crust and choosing the right cheese, you can create a mouthwatering pizza that is sure to satisfy your cravings. Whether youre making it for a fun family dinner or a party, Philly Cheese Steak Pizza is a great way to enjoy the best of both worlds and impress your guests with a unique and delicious pizza experience.
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FAQs for Philly cheese steak pizza
What cheese is used in Philly cheese steak pizza?
The signature cheese used on Dominos or Papa Johns Philly cheese steak pizza is Provolone, a semi-hard Italian cheese. If you cant get Provolone or dont like it, try making this recipe with mozzarella and cheese. Those are some of my favorite pizza toppings for beef pizzas, which is why theyre used in this recipe.
What can I serve with Philly cheese steak pizza?
A simple tomato cucumber salad marinated in vinegar is a good side option to serve with your homemade Philly cheese steak pizza. Homemade fries, nachos, air fryer wings, or coleslaw are other possibilities.
What sauce is on Philly cheese steak pizza?
Philly cheese steak pizza features a creamy white sauce thats similar to an Alfredo sauce, but dont head to the store just yet- my recipe gives you all the information you need to make it from scratch out of basic ingredients.
Can you freeze Philly Cheese Steak Pizza?
This Philly cheese steak pizza can be frozen, so make up several and slip them in the freezer for when the mood strikes! I like to parbake store bought Whole Foods pizza dough or Trader Joes pizza dough and then top it, and freeze the toppings.
Can you freeze the toppings on steak pizza?
Yes, I wouldnt bake the toppings on the Phillies pizza before freezing. Just top the par-baked pizza crust and freeze the pizza with the white cheese sauce, cheese, medium rare steak, and sautéed vegetables.
Peppers can lose some of their texture and get soft-mushy, almost-when frozen, but your pizza will still be delicious. When it all bakes in the cheese, the sautéed peppers and onions come back to life! Even the frozen steak tastes delicious again.