Matt Stauffer has a new tutorial in his Laravel Forge series. This one gives you instructions for setting up AWS:
Today we’re going to get a rudimentary single-instance application running on AWS, managed by Forge, using the “Custom VPS” option. This post assumes little-to-no experience with AWS, but does assume general competency with managing servers, and experience with Forge.
AWS is powerful but I’ve always found it a chore to setup with their UI.