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2-Minute Pizza in a Mug

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Craving pizza but trying not to order out and don’t have the patience to make one from scratch? We feel you, and we’ve got the solution. Let us introduce you to Pizza in a Mug! Sounds weird, right? But it tastes like the real deal! Even better, it’s made with just a handful of ingredients and cooks in less than 2 minutes. Mix and match all your favorite toppings to make this recipe your own, and satisfy your cravings with zero guilt! 

Pepperoni pizza in a mug.
Skip the takeout, and make this pizza in a mug instead!

Why You’ll Love This Pizza in a Mug

We know the skeptics out there are wondering if this recipe is actually any good, but seriously, this one is worth your time. Trust us! It’s easy, quick, and so, so yummy! If you still aren’t convinced, here are a few more reasons to love this 2-minute pizza recipe: 

  • It uses simple, staple ingredients you probably already have on hand.
  • You can skip the dishes because this recipe only dirties one mug.
  • From start to finish, you’ll be in and out of the kitchen in about 5 minutes
  • You can personalize it to fit your flavor preferences.

Ingredients You’ll Need

As mentioned, this Pizza in a Mug uses just a handful of ingredients. Here’s everything you’ll need: 

  • All-Purpose Flour – Just like a traditional pizza recipe, this forms the base of the dough. 
  • Whole Milk – We recommend whole milk for a richer flavor, but you’re welcome to swap it for any milk you have on hand. 
  • Olive Oil – Go for extra virgin olive oil to enhance the flavor of the pizza and add a boost of healthy fats. 
  • Baking Soda & Baking Powder – These will help your pizza in a mug rise and become fluffy like traditional pizza dough. For the best results, make sure they’re fresh! 
  • Seasonings – Enhance the savory flavor with Italian seasonings along with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Marinara Sauce – Store-bought marinara will do just fine, but if you’re feeling adventurous, you can opt to make it from scratch with a homemade marinara sauce.
  • Pepperoni Slices – Cut these into small triangles to best fit the mug and get little pieces of pepperoni in every bite. 
  • Cheese – It wouldn’t be a pizza recipe without cheese! We use not one but two varieties with Mozzarella and Parmesan for a rich, savory flavor and extra delicious gooeyness. 

How to Make Pizza in a Mug (In Less than 2 Minutes!) 

We were skeptical bout this pizza in a mug. However, one bite, and we were hooked. In fact, it’s so easy, we never go back to storebought or frozen pizzas again! Here’s what to do: 

  1. Combine the Dry Ingredients. In a large mug, add the dry ingredients, and give them a good stir. 
  2. Add the Wet Ingredients. Add the milk and olive oil, and stir to combine. Gently pat down to smooth out the top. 
  3. Top. Spread the marinara sauce over the dough, sprinkle the cheeses over it followed by the pepperoni, and don’t forget a sprinkle of Italian herbs! 
  4. Microwave. Place the mug in the microwave, and cook until the dough is fluffy and the cheese has melted. 
  5. Dig In. Let your pizza cool slightly. Otherwise, you’ll burn your mouth! Been there. Done that. Then, it’s ready to dig in. 
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Let your pepperoni pizza in a mug cool for a few minutes before digging in!

Topping Ideas 

We used ingredients for a classic pepperoni pizza. However, this basic recipe can handle so many different variations you could easily make it every night of the week and never eat the same thing twice! If you’re looking for inspiration, some of our favorite variations include: 

  • Swapping the Protein. Diced ham, sausage, bacon, chicken, etc. all taste great with this pizza in a mug. Just be sure that whatever you use is already cooked, because the microwave will not fully cook raw meat.
  • Adding Veggies. Peppers, onion, spinach, and mushrooms – just to name a few. Cooking in the microwave will not have the same effect as baking in the oven. So, keep in mind that different veggies may fare better than others in the microwave, and feel free to add veggies that have already been cooked. It’s a great way to use up leftovers! 
  • Trying a Different Sauce. Who said pizza can only be made with marinara? Get a little adventurous, and swap it out for alfredo, pesto, buffalo sauce, or even hummus
  • Mimicking Your Favorite Restaurant Pizza. Ham and pineapple, Supreme, Greek, you name it. Any variation you find on a takeout menu can be replicated with this single-serving recipe! 

Common Questions About Pizza in a Mug

Can I make this mug pizza ahead of time? 

This recipe is best enjoyed right away while it’s still warm. We don’t recommend making it in advance as it is likely to become a bit rubbery after it sits. Luckily, it’s so quick to prepare there’s never a need to make it ahead of time!

Can pizza in a mug be made gluten-free? 

Yes! Use your favorite all-purpose gluten-free flour. Please note that if your gluten-free flour does not contain xantham gum, you may find that your pizza in a mug does not rise as well. For the best taste and texture, we recommend using a 1:1 all-purpose gluten-free flour like Bob’s Red Mill. As with all gluten-free cooking, be sure to check your labels to make sure all the other ingredients are gluten-free as well (some marinaras are not).

Can I make this recipe dairy-free? 

Absolutely! Simply swap out the mozzarella and parmesan cheeses with your favorite dairy-free alternative, and you’ll have an easy dairy-free pizza ready to devour!

Is it possible to make multiple servings? 

This recipe is inspired as a single-serving meal. While we won’t say it’s impossible to make multiple servings in one dish, the bigger the dish, the harder time the microwave will have cooking the dough completely through. For multiple servings, we recommend using multiple single-serving mugs instead. 

More Pizza-Inspired Recipes

Looking for even more ways to enjoy pizza flavors? Check out the drool-worthy recipes below:

Pepperoni pizza in a mug.

Pizza in a Mug

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Just as tasty as the real deal, this Pizza in a Mug is made with a handful of ingredients and cooks in less than 2 minutes!
Prep Time 3 minutes
Course dinner, lunch, Snack
Cuisine American, Italian
Servings 1 serving
Calories 885 kcal


  • 1/2 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper (more or less to taste)
  • 6 Tablespoons whole milk (or milk of choice)
  • 2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons marinara sauce
  • 3 Tablespoons Mozzarella cheese
  • 3 Tablespoons Parmesan cheese (freshly grated)
  • 2 Tablespoons pepperoni slices (cut into small triangles)
  • 1 teaspoon dried Italian herbs


  • Grease a large 12-16 ounce mug with cooking spray.
  • Add the flour, Italian seasoning, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and pepper. Stir to combine.
  • Add the milk and olive oil, whisking until smooth.
  • Gently pat the dough down, leveling out the top.
  • Spread the marinara sauce on top followed by the Mozzarella, Parmesan, pepperoni, and extra Italian herbs.
  • Microwave 1-1.5 minutes on high until the dough is fluffy and the cheese is melted. Start with 1 minute, and adjust as needed. Be careful not to overcook!
  • Cool slightly before serving, and enjoy!


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 885kcal | Carbohydrates: 58g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 59g | Saturated Fat: 19g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 31g | Trans Fat: 0.5g | Cholesterol: 85mg | Sodium: 2095mg | Potassium: 452mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 731IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 684mg | Iron: 5mg
Keyword pizza, pizza in a mug, pizza recipe, single-serving


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