Make your own pizza toppings

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  1. To make your own base: Make up 300g bread mix following pack instructions. Don’t rise or knead – just roll into a rough 30cm circle on a baking sheet. Or you can buy a ready-made pizza base from the supermarket. Top using suggestions below.

  2. To bake your pizza: Heat oven to 240C/220C fan/gas 8, add one of the toppings suggested below then bake for 15-20 mins until crisp.

  3. Ham, mushroom & rocket with pesto: Spread your base with the pesto. Top with ham, mushrooms, tomatoes and some seasoning. Bake as above then top with a handful of rocket.

  4. Spicy pepperoni & pepper: Spread your base with passata. Top with pepperoni, chilli, green pepper and mozzarella. Season, bake as above. Sprinkle with parsley.

  5. Italian goat’s cheese & veggie special: Put spinach into a colander, pour over a kettle of boiling water to wilt, then squeeze out any excess. Spread base with pesto. Top with the spinach, cheese, olives and tomatoes. Season, then bake as above.

  6. Crispy bacon, artichoke & ricotta: Spread your base with ricotta. Scatter over artichokes, olives and bacon. Season and bake as above.

  7. Beef, basil, tomato & mozzarella: Fry mince with onion and garlic in olive oil over a high heat for 5 mins until browned. Spread passata over your base. Top with mince mixture, tomatoes and mozzarella. Season and bake as per above. Sprinkle with some basil leaves and serve.

While it’s so easy to pick up the phone (or log on to the app) and order yourself a takeaway pizza, nothing is as satisfying as making your own. And whether you’re making your own pizza dough or buying pre-made bases, throwing on toppings of your choice and baking them in the oven is tremendous fun. And hey, you don’t even need to use traditional pizza dough: naan breads, tortilla wraps and even cauliflower make decent bases for your pizzas.

So whether you’re a pepperoni lover, or craving a veggie deluxe, here are 23 sensational pizza recipes that’ll keep your takeaway cravings at bay.

1. RICOTTA AND HAM

A quick and easy mid-week pizza recipe that’s sure to be popular with the family.

Full recipe here

2. PIZZA BIANCA

Ready-made pizza bases make for a quick midweek meal. Add some pancetta slices to the pizza before cooking, if you like.

Full recipe here

3. DELI PIZZA

There are some excellent ready-made pizza bases available nowadays – this one is par-cooked, so it just needs finishing off. Top with a smear of tomato sauce, some creamy goat’s cheese and a few bits from the supermarket deli counter.

Full recipe here

4. PIZZA PIE

An Italian twist to the traditional pie recipe – bound to be a sure-fire hit with the family.

Full recipe here

5. BLONDE PIZZA

Try your hand at making a blonde pizza, with your very own pizza dough. It couldn’t be simpler!

Full recipe here

6. PIZZA BREAD

Part-baked baguettes crisp up well in a hot oven and make perfect bases for these quick-to-assemble pizzas.

Full recipe here

7. PEPPERONI

Grilling re-creates the high, dry intense heat of a wood-fired oven. Adapt with your favourite toppings.

Full recipe here

8. PIZZA FIORENTINA

These pizzas each serve two people so, when you have some time on your hands, make a batch and stash them away in your freezer. It’s also adaptable, so you can top it with other favourite ingredients.

Full recipe here

9. NAAN PIZZA

The cheat: a naan is an ideal base, just waiting to be loaded up with your favourite toppings!

Full recipe here

10. POLENTA PIZZA

This polenta base is very quick to make and gluten free, too. If you like, use veggie-friendly cheeses.

Full recipe here

11. EGG AND PEPPER PIZZA

Using ready-made pizza bases ensures these veggie pizzas are ready in less than 20 minutes.

Full recipe here

12. PICNIC PIZZA BREAD

A pizza-style sandwich made with a whole loaf and then sliced to serve – ideal for al fresco eating.

Full recipe here

13. CAULIFLOWER CRUST PIZZA

This clever pizza base uses cauliflower in place of regular dough, sneaking in another of your five a day!

Full recipe here

14. GARLIC CHEESE PIZZA

Forget ordering a takeaway – try this Triple-Tested garlic cheese home-made pizza recipe for half the price!

Full recipe here

15. FAMILY-FAVOURITE PIZZA

Once you’ve tasted homecooked pizza, you’ll never go back…

Full recipe here

16. GARDENER’S PIZZA

A delicious vegetarian pizza with artichokes, peas and yellow peppers.

Full recipe here

17. TUNA MELT PIZZA

Ready-made pizza bases are a great storecupboard standby – serve this version with a basil and tomato salad.

Full recipe here

18. ANYTHING-GOES PIZZA

This homemade pizza proves that weekday cooking can be as fast as picking up a takeaway.

Full recipe here

19. VEGGIE PUFF PIZZA

If you prefer, scatter over crumbled goat’s cheese rather than mozzarella.

Full recipe here

20. STUFFED CRUST PIZZA

We show you how to make your own stuffed crust pizza, using a cheese you might be surprised by…

Full recipe here

21. PARMA HAM, COURGETTE AND PINE NUT PIZZA

Part-baked ciabatta bread makes an instant light, airy pizza base for these inspired topping ingredients.

Full recipe here

22. SKINNY HAWAIIAN PIZZAS

Enjoy a midweek pizza with less guilt by using tortilla wraps as a base.

Full recipe here

23. PISSALADIÈRE

Anchovies give a salty hit to this traditional pizza-style bread. For vegetarians, replace them with a handful of capers or olives.

Full recipe here

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Top Tips

To make your own Pizza Dough

Italian Style Pizza:
Top with fresh sliced Roma tomatoes and Perfect Italiano Pizza Plus. Once cooked garnish with fresh basil leaves. For more adventurous tastes, try topping with anchovies, sliced black olives, salami, ham, prosciutto or sliced mushrooms.

Smoked Chicken and Cranberry:
Cranberry sauce, smoked chicken, topped with Perfect Italiano Pizza Plus.

Hummus and Roasted Vegetables:
Sundried tomato hummus, roasted courgettes, red onions, capsicums, topped with Perfect Italiano Pizza Plus.

As an alternative try plain hummus with caramelised onions and Perfect Italiano Pizza Plus.

To make the Roasted Vegetables

1. Preheat oven to 200°C (180°C fan bake).

2. Cut vegetables into 2cm pieces and place in a single layer on a baking tray lined with baking paper. Drizzle over a little olive oil and roast for 15 minutes or until vegetables are tender.

Tip:
Summer vegetables such as courgettes, capsicums, tomatoes should be roasted together while root vegetables such as kumara, pumpkin, onions, potatoes should be roasted on a separate tray as they will take longer.

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  • Alfredo sauce, spinach, mushrooms, red bell peppers, and Asiago cheese
  • Garlic olive oil with Grúyere cheese, caramelized onions, and baked butternut squash
  • Goat cheese with arugula and red onion
  • Jalapeño peppers and pineapple
  • Fried eggplant slices and black olives
  • Sauceless with garlic, lime, avocado, and fried green tomatoes
  • Spinach, artichoke hearts, garlic, and red onion
  • Brie and artichokes
  • Olive oil with paper-thin sliced potatoes, sage, and Fontina cheese
  • Figs, artichoke hearts, Gorgonzola, and balsamic vinegar
  • Alfredo sauce with artichoke hearts, garlic, and jalapeños
  • Caramelized fennel, onion, olives, and Fontina cheese
  • Goat cheese with red grapes and rosemary
  • Roasted peppers, capers, and ricotta
  • Goat cheese with microgreens and asparagus spears
  • Portobello mushrooms and kale
  • Sauceless with Fontina cheese, kale, sweet potato, and red onion
  • Caramelized onion, kale, and sliced green apples
  • Brie and caramelized onion
  • Burrata, arugula, and paper-thin sliced lemons
  • Brussels sprouts, red onion, and ricotta
  • Goat cheese with roasted beets and beet greens or arugula

The BEST Homemade Supreme Pizza Recipe

Make pizza night super duper out of this world with this homemade supreme pizza recipe. Piled high with vegetables and two types of meat, this recipe is a great DIY alternative to the pizzeria classic.

Is Pizza Night your favorite night of the week? Mine, too! Except for the price.

For years getting pizza, good pizza, felt like a splurge. While there may be some cities in the country where great pizza is a dime a dozen, the pizza syndicate in California charges a high price!

No problem, I said. I’ll learn to do it myself. So I did.

I learned to make pizza at home instead.

It took a little trial and error. I wanted to get the crust just right. I wasn’t crisp, but tender. I wanted the right sauce, the perfect blend of cheese, and an easy method so I could really make pizza every week without fail.

At first I relied on a bread machine to make my dough, but after going through a bread machine every 3 to 4 years, I switched to my KitchenAid mixer. With some tweaking here and there, I think I’ve reached whole wheat pizza dough perfection. Seriously.

But, you know what? You can buy pizza dough already to go at Trader Joe’s and many grocery stores.

The toppings, well, that’s the fun part, anyway!

Since I’ve been making pizza once a week for the better part of two decades, I’ve had a chance to experiment with different pizza toppings and flavor combinations. While the kids’ tastes may change, I’ve always got someone who prefers Cheese Pizza and pepperoni is an old stand-by for at least two of the boys.

We’ve branched out over the years, making Burrito Pizza, BBQ Chicken Pizza, and Jalapeno Burn Pizza on occasion, but the classic that we always come back to is the Supreme Pizza.

What’s on a supreme pizza?

A good pizza always starts with a good pizza sauce – you can make this homemade pizza sauce or this last minute pizza sauce, then shredded mozzarella cheese, a supreme pizza usually has on it:

  • sliced pepperoni
  • cooked, Italian sausage
  • chopped or sliced onions
  • chopped or sliced green pepper
  • sliced black olives

A supreme pizza is pretty standard fare at most of my childhood pizza places, with a few twists to the nomenclature. My hometown favorite, ChiChi’s Pizza calls it a Super Deluxe. Pizza Hut calls is a Supreme. At Costco, it’s the Combo.

Whatever you call it, Supreme Pizza is delicious!

Sausage, pepperoni, peppers, mushrooms, olives, and onions are great on a pizza!

You can add or subtract what you want to create your favorite Supreme Pizza. That’s the beauty of making homemade pizza.

Pro Tip: Be mindful of how much veg you add. Fresh veggies give off water when cooked. Too many will make your pizza soggy and affect the texture of the finished pizza pie. You can offset this a bit if you top your pizza with sautéed vegetables from which the water has already been cooked off.

What temperature do you cook homemade pizza on?

You want to cook your homemade pizza at a high heat- somewhere between 450 and 500 degrees. We cook our supreme pizza at 475 degrees.

Keep in mind that not all pans can sustain such high heats, so be sure to check that your pans are safe for higher temperatures. These pizza tools are some of my favorites.

My pizzas take about 10 minutes to cook at high heat. You want to bake the pizza until the cheese is melted and the crust is crisp.

Do you put the supreme pizza toppings or cheese on the pizza first?

This is actually a matter of debate. In house and elsewhere. I’m sure you’ll notice that some pizza places put the toppings over the cheese; others put them under. Heck, in Chicago, they put the sauce on top.

Clearly, everyone has an opinion. Even my family.

My nephew, who lives in my hometown, loves my homemade pizza because I top it with cheese last, like ChiChi’s does it. My daughter, on the other hand, prefers to have the pepperoni on top of the cheese because the texture changes when the pepperoni is cooked.

Do what you want, but I recommend that you spread the pizza sauce on your pizza dough first. Add your supreme pizza toppings in the order listed – pepperoni, sausage, mushrooms, green pepper, onions, black olives, and then top it all with shredded mozzarella cheese.

What cheese is best for pizza?

You could use up whatever cheeses you have in your fridge. But traditionally, American pizza features shredded mozzarella cheese and that’s what we used on this homemade supreme pizza.

I also really like combining shredded Monterey Jack with shredded mozzarella for a slight twist.

Do you cook pizza toppings before adding to the pizza?

For the supreme pizza toppings, you do need to cook the sausage first. For the rest of the toppings, you don’t need to cook them. Simply place them on raw. They will cook in the oven.

If you prefer, you can precook the vegetables to eliminate some of their water content. That’s up to you.

Why is my homemade pizza soggy?

Again, watch how many vegetables you put on the pizza. Too many and you might end up with a soggy pizza.

Another possible pizza cooking mistake could because your oven wasn’t hot enough. We cook ours at 475 degrees.

Make your own homemade pizza every week!

Making my own homemade pizza is super affordable. I make a batch or two of dough. Each batch of dough should cost about $1 to $1.50 to make if you’re buying good quality flour.

I regularly buy the yeast, shredded mozzarella cheese, tomato paste/tomato sauce, and olives at Costco. I store the big bag of yeast in the freezer and break the 5-pound bag of cheese into smaller bags. I typically buy the pepperoni and sausage at Trader Joe’s.

With the basics on hand, it’s pretty easy to make pizza a regular thing. I usually make the dough about 3 or 4 on Friday afternoon, but you can make it the night before or earlier in the day. You can also make a pizza kit to freeze.

Making homemade pizza is cheap and easy — and so delicious! You’ll wonder why you ever paid pizza parlor prices.

Tools I use to make homemade pizza easier:

  • a bread machine or Kitchenaid mixer
  • a bench knife
  • a large cutting board to roll it out on
  • pizza pans
  • pizza cutter

0 from 0 votesSupreme Pizza Recipe Prep Time 1 hr 15 mins Cook Time 10 mins Total Time 1 hr 25 mins Make pizza night super duper out of this world with homemade pizza. This recipe is supreme with vegetables and two types of meat. Yum! Course: Main Course Cuisine: Italian Keyword: pizza, supreme Servings: 8 slices Calories: 197 kcal Author: Jessica Fisher Ingredients

  • 1/4 batch pizza dough
  • 2 tablespoons Last-Minute Pizza Sauce
  • 10 slices pepperoni
  • 1 cup cooked and crumbled sausage
  • 2 large mushrooms sliced
  • 1/2 onion sliced
  • 1/4 bell pepper sliced
  • 1 tablespoon sliced black olives
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 475°.

  2. Spray pizza pan with nonstick cooking or line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

  3. Flatten dough into a thin round and place on the pizza pan.

  4. Spread pizza sauce over the dough

  5. Layer the toppings over the dough in the order listed

  6. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until the crust is crisp and the cheese melted and lightly browned.

Recipe Notes

Store leftover pizza, wrapped completely, in the fridge. It will last 3 to 4 days.

Nutrition Facts Supreme Pizza Recipe Amount Per Serving Calories 197 Calories from Fat 81 % Daily Value* Fat 9g14% Saturated Fat 3g19% Cholesterol 21mg7% Sodium 441mg19% Potassium 93mg3% Carbohydrates 22g7% Fiber 2g8% Sugar 1g1% Protein 9g18% Vitamin A 235IU5% Vitamin C 5.6mg7% Calcium 72mg7% Iron 0.3mg2% * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Homemade Pizza Topping Ideas

Nothing beats homemade pizzas, I personally find them more enjoyable than the takeaway variety as you can make them to suit everyone’s tastes and needs. My kids love putting on their own toppings and it’s a fun way to spend time with the kiddies in the kitchen. If you have the time, make your own dough from scratch or speed up the process by buying a pre-made base. You can stick to a simple topping combination or opt for something more gourmet. Forget about ordering take-away and instead be inspired by some of these awesome homemade pizza topping ideas.

HOMEMADE PIZZA TOPPING IDEAS

There can be endless homemade pizza topping options, these are some of our favourites:

HOMEMADE PIZZA DOUGH

Nothing beats homemade pizza dough if you have the time to make it. It’s budget friendly, fun to roll out with the kids and as you can control the ingredients you can make it as healthy as you like. I have included regular, thermomix and no wait recipes! View the homemade pizza dough recipes here.

HOMEMADE PIZZA RECIPES

PROSCIUTTO, BOCCONCINI & ROCKET – It’s seriously the best thing ever. Yep, it’s a prosciutto, bocconcini and rocket pizza. If you’ve ever had it before, you’ll know what I mean…. AMAZING!!!

MIDDLE EASTERN SPICED LAMB – Need a really easy idea for dinner? You can’t go past this spiced lamb pizza, which uses Lebanese bread as its base.

POTATO, BACON & ROSEMARY – This gourmet pizza is delicious. With lots of truffle oil on top… Tell me you’re drooling like me? If the dough still frightens you – even though this is a foolproof recipe – just buy the pre-made stuff at the grocery store!

CHORIZO & SALAMI PIZZA – A delicious meaty pizza, Chorizo & Salami Pizza is a great friday night dinner to have with the family.

BBQ CHICKEN – Thick style homemade pizza crust topped with sweet BBQ sauce, chopped chicken, onions, coriander, and tons of cheese. Your soon-to-be favourite pizza!

CHICKEN PESTO – The absolutely perfect weeknight meal that comes together in minutes! Use leftover rotisserie chicken, fresh tomatoes, pesto and cheese!

SMOKED SALMON AND AVOCADO – So cheesy and so full of healthy, good-for-you-stuff. This pizza is the bomb!

TANDOORI CHICKEN – Combine Indian and Italian with this tandoori chicken pizza recipe.

MEAT LOVERS – Homemade thin crust pizza, topped off with two types of cheese, bacon, ham, pepperoni and hot sausage! A must make for meat lover’s.

ROASTED VEGETABLE & FETA PIZZA – This easy pizza creates a delicious feast suitable for vegetarians.

MARGHERITA – I believe that this is the best margherita pizza that you’ll be able to make in your own kitchen, with a standard oven, with normal everyday ingredients (no fancy flours required), and without preparing an incredibly time-intensive pizza dough days in advance.

SPICY CHILLI BEAN AND BEEF – These pizzas are so easy and quick to prepare. Use a store-bought barbecue chicken to reduce preparation times even more!

HAWAIIAN – Classic Hawaiian Pizza is a staple on our Friday nights. This crowd-pleasing recipe starts with a fluffy homemade pizza crust and is finished with a sprinkle of crisp bacon. It’s love at first bite.

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Vegan pizza

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Salami, garlic greens and taleggio pizza

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Pepper and halloumi pide

Take your Turkish pizza up a notch with diced halloumi and red and green peppers for an easy vegetarian midweek meal.

Halloumi pizza

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Kale, chilli and ricotta calzone

Try our calzone packed with punchy chilli, kale and creamy ricotta. This simple veggie recipe is easy to make and ready in under an hour.

Breakfast pizza

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Sicilian aubergine pizzas

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Broccoli and spiced sausage pizza

Our white pizza uses broccoli, spiced sausage, fennel, chilli and taleggio – it’s delicious and feels like a real treat. Our recipe takes just an under an hour, making it the ideal indulgent midweek meal.

No-knead pizza with fennel, Italian sausage and burrata

This recipe for no-knead pizza with fennel, Italian sausage and burrata is a bit of a leap of faith, but once you get used to the dough, it’s a great method to have up your sleeve. Our pizza recipe takes less than an hour and you get to practice making your very own pizza dough.

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Cacio e pepe pizza

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Eggs Benedict pizza with buffalo hollandaise

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Smoky sausage and kale pizza

Sausage pizza is a classic. Prepare your pizza dough beforehand to make this easy Brooklyn-style smoky sausage and crispy kale pizza. It’s packed full of flavour and, as soon as your dough is risen and ready, it only takes 45 minutes to bake – perfect mid-week cheesy comfort food!

Parma ham and artichoke pizza

Bread mixes make our kind of pizza. Quick enough to make after work, you can ditch the takeaway menu. Follow our pizza dough recipe first before topping the base with Parma ham and artichokes. If you’re especially hungry, serve with a side salad.

Garlic greens and ricotta pizza

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Aubergine and chilli pide

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Pizza bianca with smoked salmon and spring onions

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Meat vs veg patchwork pizza

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Green olive and new potato pizzas

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Overnight pizza

Our recipe for overnight pizza takes a little bit of time and leap of faith, but once you’ve tried it you won’t look back. There’s no kneading required, so its super-easy. We’ve topped our homemade pizza with prosciutto and rocket, but try this base with your favourite toppings.

Cauliflower crust pizza

Follow this pizza crust recipe for a low-calorie meal. Cauliflower works as an alternative to flour in this on-trend, super light pizza base. The parmesan gives the cauliflower crust a deep flavour which you can then personalise with your own toppings.

Kale fiorentina pizzas

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Tear-and-share pizza rolls

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Artichoke and spinach cream pizza

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Courgette, chilli and mint pizza

This homemade pizza is perfect for any vegetarians looking for a quick meal. It only takes 10 minutes to make and uses readymade flatbreads, topped with mozzarella and ribbons of courgette; nutritious and delicious.

White pizza with sausage, broccoli and fennel

Who said you need tomatoes to make pizza? Our tomato-less pizzas are the best. Make your own pizza dough, then top this homemade pizza recipe with sausage, mozzarella, fennel and broccoli for a quick meal for four.

Double-cheese and mushroom calzones

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Healthier pizza

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Sweet potato ‘pizza’ with olives and serrano ham

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Deep-dish pepperoni pizza

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Sloppy joe pizzettes

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History of pizza

The Romans actually made “pizza” first as focaccia, before the people of Naples transformed the bread into what it is today with the word pizza being first recorded in 997 A.D. It first hit American shores in the early 1900s and wasn’t popular in Canada until 1950.

Pizza dough

Making your own pizzas at home is an easy way to get the family involved in cooking and also works out to be both healthier and cheaper. Making your own pizza base boasts the most authentic flavour but if you’re in a rush you can buy premade dough from your local supermarket or for a quick and healthy option use pita bread and wholemeal wraps.

Ingredients:

  • 150 ml water, at room temperature
  • 7 g sachet (1 tsp) active dried yeast
  • ½ tsp caster sugar
  • 1¾ cups (260 g) strong plain “00” flour
  • 1½ tsp sea-salt flakes
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • Extra strong plain flour, to dust
  • Extra 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil

For the full method,

1\ Pork, Gorgonzola & garlic butter

The fragrant toppings in this combination will send your senses into overdrive. The bittiness of gorgonzola paired with garlic butter and topped off with pork will soon become one of your faves.

  • 500g pork mince
  • 125g Gorgonzola, broken into small chunks
  • 1 red onion, finely sliced
  • 2 green chillies, sliced
  • 50g of rocket
  • 20 pitted green olives, sliced
  • finely grated zest 1 lemon

For the full method,

2\ Chicken, sweet potato, semi-dried tomato 
and ricotta

A light pizza with chicken and ricotta cheese, and plenty of fresh veggies to keep your heart happy.

Features: healthy

  • ⅓ cup tomato sauce
  • 40 g mozzarella, torn into bite-size pieces
  • 100 g sweet potato, peeled, sliced very thinly into rounds
  • 1 chicken sausage
  • 40 g fresh ricotta
  • ¼ cup small mint leaves
  • ¼ cup small flat-leaf parsley leaves
  • ¼ cup small basil leaves
  • 1 green shallot, thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup micro herbs
  • 12 semi-dried tomatoes in oil, drained

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3\ Tiramisu

Craving Tiramisu but don’t have anyone to share with? Try this lighter individual version. Who needs friends when you have Tiramisu?

Features: sweet, kid-friendly

  • 2 Tbsp icing sugar mixture
  • 2 tsp instant coffee granules
  • ⅓ cup boiling water
  • ¼ cup mascarpone
  • 4 sponge fingers, broken into thirds
  • ¼ cup chopped hazelnuts, to serve
  • ¼ cup dark chocolate shavings

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4\ Margherita with rustic tomato sauce

Welcome to the dress circle. Make it for a 
meat-free Monday and savour the flavour!

Features: vegetarian

  • ½ tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 60 ml (¼ cup) salt-reduced vegetable stock
  • 250 g (1 punnet) cherry tomatoes, chopped
  • 80 g bocconcini, torn into pieces
  • 8 small basil leaves, to serve
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to serve
  • 25 g (1 cup) rocket leaves, to serve
  • 1 small carrot, peeled into ribbons, to serve
  • 1 drizzle balsamic glaze, to serve

For the full method,

5\ Mozzarella stuffed pizza crust

If you’re a cheese enthusiast try adding an extra dose of gooey deliciousness to your pizza with a mozzarella filled crust. Keep your toppings simple and let the base speak for itself.

Features: vegetarian

  • 200ml milk
  • 300g strong white bread flour
  • 1 tsp fast-action dried yeast
  • 1/2 tsp golden caster sugar, plus a pinch
  • 3 tbsp olive oil, plus a drizzle
  • 250ml passata
  • 2 garlic cloves, squashed
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1-2 tbsp polenta
  • 250g mozzarella, grated toppings of your choice (we used pepperoni, chorizo and basil)

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6\ Spinach & blue cheese

This vegetarian spinach & blue cheese pizza recipe is an interesting take on traditional pizza toppings to liven up your weekly meals.

Features: vegetarian

  • 1 tsp rapeseed oil
  • 2 large flat mushrooms, halved and sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 160g spinach, thoroughly dried after washing
  • 1 red onion, halved and thinly sliced
  • 40g vegetarian blue cheese, crumbled
  • 4 walnut halves, broken

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7\ Margherita

This Margherita pizza recipe was formulated by Enzo Coccia from Naples, who is an encyclopaedia of pizza knowledge. He has perfected the art of pizza making and turned it into a science.

Features: vegetarian, kid-friendly

  • 1 x 400g tin of cherry tomatoes
  • 1 clove of garlic, crushed
  • ½ teaspoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • buffalo mozzarella
  • grated Parmesan cheese
  • olive oil
  • fresh basil leaves

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8\ Chicken Caesar

Take your pizza to the next level with this chicken Caesar twist!

Features: quick, easy

  • 1/3 cup barbecue-style pizza sauce
  • 1½ cups grated mozzarella
  • 300g shredded roast chicken meat
  • 2 green spring onions, thinly sliced
  • 175g packet shortcut bacon rashers, chopped
  • 1 cup shredded parmesan
  • 1 baby cos lettuce, trimmed, shredded
  • ½ cup bottled creamy Caesar salad dressing

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9\ Peking duck

For an interesting twist on Peking duck pancakes, give these duck pizzas a try. They’ll be great as a main, or make an interesting canape at a dinner party!

Features: entertaining

  • ½ cup hoisin sauce
  • 1¼ cups grated mozzarella
  • 420 g packet ready-roasted Peking duck breasts
  • 5 green spring onions, thinly sliced diagonally
  • cucumber, peeled into ribbons, to serve

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10\ Egg & rocket

For a quick and healthy lunch – crack an egg in the centre and bake to boost protein intake.

Features: healthy, vegetarian

  • olive oil, for brushing
  • 1 canned roasted red capsicum
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp tomato purée
  • 1 tbsp chopped dill
  • 2 tbsp chopped parsley
  • 2 eggs
  • 65 g pack rocket
  • ½ red onion, very thinly sliced

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11\ Brussels & blue cheese

A white-style pizza with melting blue cheese and mascarpone. Make these fast with pre-made pizza bases or take the long route and cook your own dough!

Features: vegetarian

  • 1 tbsp semolina, or plain or strong flour
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 140 g Brussels sprouts, shredded
  • 3 tbsp mascarpone
  • 75 g soft blue cheese, such as Gorgonzola

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12\ Eggplant and chilli pide

Pide is a Turkish flatbread which can be topped like pizza for a quick, easy meal. Make your dough, then top with eggplant, chilli and spices for a vegetarian lunch or dinner.

Features: vegetarian

  • 2 tbsp Greek yoghurt, plus extra to serve
  • olive oil
  • 2 medium eggplants, sliced
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 pinch saffron
  • 1 large pinch cinnamon
  • 1 tsp sesame seeds
  • 2 red chillies, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • bunch coriander, chopped

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13\ Cauliflower crust pizza

Cauliflower works as an alternative to flour in this on-trend pizza base, which is great if you’re gluten-free.

Features: healthy, vegetarian

  • ½ cauliflower, broken into florets
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 50 g parmesan (or veggie alternative), grated
  • spray olive oil
  • ½ garlic clove
  • pinch of chilli flakes (optional)
  • 250 ml passata
  • handful torn basil
  • ½ ball light mozzarella, thinly sliced
  • handful of rocket leaves or baby kale leaves

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14\ Four cheese with walnuts and fried sage

Impress your friends and family with this 5 star gourmet pizza featuring a cheese blend and fried sage.

Features: vegetarian

  • 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 12 sage leaves
  • 50 g gorgonzola, at room temperature
  • 30 g mozzarella, torn into bite-size pieces
  • 10 g parmesan, finely grated
  • 50 g fior di latte cheese, torn into bite-size pieces
  • ¼ cup walnuts, toasted, chopped
  • Extra 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to season

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15\ Vegetarian extravaganza

Vegetarians rejoice! This simple pizza is perfect for everyday meat-free cooking

Features: vegetarian

  • 100 g peeled and seeded pumpkin, diced into 1 cm cubes
  • 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • Sea-salt flakes and freshly ground black pepper, 
to season
  • 1 ball pizza dough
  • ⅓ cup tomato sauce
  • ¼ eggplant, thinly sliced into 5 rounds
  • ½ small zucchini, sliced lengthways into ribbons
  • 1 button mushroom, sliced
  • ¼ red capsicum, thinly sliced
  • 4 pitted kalamata olives, thinly sliced
  • 30 g mozzarella, torn into bite-sized pieces
  • 12 baby spinach leaves
  • 50 g Greek-style feta, crumbled
  • 1 Tbsp pine nuts, toasted
  • 1 bottle caramelised balsamic vinegar, to drizzle

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10 Best Pizza Topping Ideas

Ready for pizza night? Here are the tastiest pizza topping ideas to top your dough, from simple margherita to zesty taco pizza.

Ready for a pizza night? Over here at A Couple Cooks, we’ve spent years researching the best way to make homemade pizza. We’ve perfected our best pizza dough recipe and seriously simple pizza sauce. We’ve honed the best way to bake a pizza (on a pizza stone!). And the most fun: we’ve created a whole portfolio of pizza topping ideas for your next pizza night! Our key to pizza toppings: keep them simple and thoughtful. The best pizzas we’ve had are well curated with just the right contrasting flavors, colors, and textures. Keep reading for our best pizza topping ideas, and a few keys to pizza making.

How to make the best pizza…ever

Before we start in on the pizza toppings: a couple of quick notes with our philosophy on how to make the best homemade pizza…ever. We promise!

Use our best pizza dough (or thin crust).

All our best homemade pizza recipes all use our best pizza dough recipe, honed over 10 years to perfection. It’s got that perfectly fluffy texture and complex flavor. If you’d like, use our thin crust pizza dough, which is even easier to make and a tiny bit healthier (less dough, less calories overall).

Use a pizza stone and pizza peel.

No matter the pizza topping, we pizzas on a pizza stone. Why a pizza stone? It gets the pizza very very hot, making the crust crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside. And a pizza peel is needed to pop the dough right onto the hot stone. (You can use a baking sheet, but it’s totally worth it to invest in one for the ease!)

Best pizza stone $36 Aluminum pizza peel $20

OK, on to the pizza topping ideas!

Are you ready? Here are our very favorite pizza toppings that we’ve been making for years at our pizza nights.

Margherita Pizza

First up in our pizza topping ideas: the classic MARGHERITA. How can you go wrong with tomatoes, mozzarella and basil? It’s simple, but it’s so seriously good that we make one margherita pizza every single pizza night. The key to this one? Our incredible 5 minute pizza sauce: it tastes like pure tangy sweet tomato goodness. And don’t put on the basil until after baking: otherwise it’ll turn brown! Sprinkle it right after you take the pizza out of the oven. Here’s what’s on this Margherita Pizza:

  • Easy Pizza Sauce
  • Fresh mozzarella cheese
  • Thin layer of Parmesan cheese
  • Thinly sliced basil (added after baking)

Taco Pizza

This is one of our favorite pizza topping ideas because it’s a huge crowd pleaser. It’s taco pizza! Yes, that’s artisan style Italian crust on bottom, straight up delivery-style taco pizza on the top. The crown jewel in this one is the toppings: crunchy romaine, crumbled tortilla chips, and our insanely good Homemade Ranch (a healthy spin on it, at that). Here’s what’s on this Taco Pizza:

  • Refried beans
  • Cheddar cheese
  • Sliced green onion
  • Sliced black olives
  • Romaine lettuce
  • Chopped tomato
  • Crumbled tortilla chips
  • Homemade Ranch Dressing

Spinach Artichoke Pizza

Why not take your favorite dip and turn it into a pizza topping idea? Yes, it’s spinach artichoke dip in pizza form. (We also have a spinach artichoke grilled cheese. So good!) This one is always a favorite at parties. Here’s what’s on this Spinach Artichoke Pizza:

  • Garlic
  • Spinach
  • Chopped artichoke hearts
  • Mozzarella cheese
  • Pecorino Romano or Parmesan cheese

Veggie Supreme Pizza

Ready for our new favorite pizza topping? Veggie supreme. That’s right: it’s a supreme pizza featuring all your favorite veggies, and it tastes a little meaty too. How do we do it? To bring in a meaty flavor, we used our favorite trick: fennel seed! Fennel seed is used in sausage, so when you eat it, it makes your brain think of sausage. Here we’ve sauteed mushrooms with fennel seed, which gives them a savory flavor. (And if you’re a meat eater, you could add pepperoni and sausage to make a standard supreme pizza.) Here’s what’s on our Veggie Supreme Pizza:

  • Easy Pizza Sauce
  • Shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Green & red bell peppers
  • Thinly sliced red onions
  • Mushrooms sauteed with fennel (so good!)
  • Feta cheese crumbles
  • Sprinkle of dry oregano

Pesto Pizza

Remember how we said our favorite pizza topping ideas are super simple? Well how about this one: just basil pesto and tomatoes! Oh and mozzarella cheese, of course. It’s like an inside out margherita pizza. And it’s another one of our favorites because the flavor is so spot on. Try to find a really good basil pesto for this one — or make your own using our Basil Pesto recipe. Here’s what’s on this Pesto Pizza:

  • Basil pesto
  • Shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Thinly sliced tomatoes (slice them as thin as possible and salt them)

Spicy Diavola Pizza

Do you like spicy food? If so, here’s a pizza for you: Diavola pizza! Diavola means devil in Italian, so this one brings the heat! This spicy Diavola pizza features sliced Calabrian chilis, our favorite hot pepper to add just enough heat. If you can’t find them, you can use a Fresno chili. And if you’re a meat eater, feel free to add spicy sausage: it’s also typical on a Diavola pizza! Here’s what’s on this Diavola Pizza:

  • Easy Pizza Sauce
  • Fresh or shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Thinly sliced Fresno or Calabrian chili pepper
  • Kalamata olives
  • Fresh basil (add after baking)

Best Mexican Pizza

Another favorite of our pizza topping ideas is a fusion pizza again, similar to the Taco Pizza above. This time it’s a loaded Mexican pizza, with refried beans, jalapeño peppers, and corn. If you have time, make the pickled red onions: they add just the right tangy flair to the topping. And of course, hot sauce is a must! Here’s what’s on this Mexican Pizza:

  • Refried beans
  • Mexican cheese blend
  • Sliced green onion
  • Chopped tomato
  • Corn
  • Thinly sliced jalapeño peppers
  • Cilantro
  • Pickled red onions
  • Sour cream
  • Hot sauce

Egg Pizza with Pecorino

Ever had egg on a pizza? On Alex and my first visit to Rome on our honeymoon, we had a pizza with egg that changed everything. It had a red sauce, tons of veggies, and then an egg in the middle. We broke the yolk and it spilled gooey yellow sauce over the entire pizza, making it completely irresistible. Egg on a pizza doesn’t mean breakfast: it’s a legit delicious pizza topping idea in its own right. Here’s what’s on this Egg Pizza:

  • Olive oil brushed on the dough (it’s a white pizza!)
  • Mozzarella cheese
  • Pecorino cheese
  • Sauteed scallion greens
  • Eggs

Best Vegan Pizza

Ever tried a pizza without cheese? It can actually be truly delicious. Here’s one of our pizza topping ideas for vegan eaters or just anyone who wants to eat more veggies! This one is covered in super flavorful veggies so that you don’t miss the cheese at all. Here’s what’s on this Vegan Pizza:

  • Easy Pizza Sauce
  • Mushrooms sauteed with garlic
  • Chickpeas
  • Red onion
  • Spinach
  • Artichoke hearts
  • Jarred red pepper, cut into strips
  • Fresh basil (added after baking)

Veggies, Avocado & Goat Cheese

And the lasts up in our pizza topping ideas: this veggie pizza with avocado! Based on a pizza called the So Cal pizza, this one features a smattering of delicious veg and then dollops of creamy, tangy goat cheese. It’s bright and beautiful, and utterly delicious. Here’s what’s on this Veggie Pizza with Avocado:

  • Easy Pizza Sauce
  • Shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Sliced red and yellow bell peppers
  • Red onion
  • Dollops of avocado
  • Goat cheese
  • Fresh basil (added after baking)

What to serve with pizza?

Once you’ve made it, how are you going to serve your pizza? Check out our 10 Best Sides to Go with Pizza. It includes specific pairings for some of the topping ideas above!

Perfect Homemade Margherita Pizza

Our best margherita pizza recipe is based on our visits to Italy and years of research! It features tangy pizza sauce & a perfect chewy pizza crust.

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Best Ever Taco Pizza

This taco pizza is topped with refried beans, cheese, romaine, crumbled tortilla chips, and of course — ranch. In a word: WOW.

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Spinach Artichoke Pizza

Why not take all that’s great about spinach artichoke dip and put it on a pizza? This spinach artichoke pizza is a total crowd pleaser.

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Homemade Cheese Pizza

Why order pizza when you can make an legit cheese pizza at home? This one is like your favorite delivery pizza, but infinitely tastier.

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Mushroom Pizza with Fresh Herbs

This mushroom pizza is a white pizza, so no red sauce here! It’s covered with mozzarella cheese, goat cheese, and fresh herbs. Perfection!

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Veggie Pizza with Avocado

This veggie pizza is the ultimate vegetarian pizza recipe, starring colorful bell peppers, fresh basil, creamy goat cheese, and everyone’s favorite: avocado.

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Our Best Vegan Pizza

Pizza without cheese? This is our best homemade vegan pizza recipe, with veggie pizza toppings so delicious you won’t miss the dairy.

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Egg Pizza with Scallions

This white egg pizza with pecorino and scallions is one of the most delicious vegetarian pizza recipes you’ll find! Homemade artisan pizza at its finest.

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Best Mexican Pizza

This Mexican pizza recipe features creamy refried beans, spicy jalapeño, and sweet corn. The perfect dish for when you can’t decide between Italian and Mexican food!

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Spicy Pizza Diavola

Looking to amp up your pizza night? This spicy pizza diavola is a fan favorite starring Kalamata olives, spicy peppers, and gooey mozzarella cheese.

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Veggie Supreme Pizza

This veggie supreme pizza is supremely delicious! It’s fully loaded with savory mushrooms, green pepper, red onion, feta cheese and oregano.

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Pesto Pizza Recipe

This pesto pizza recipe requires just a handful of ingredients and is a breeze to make if you already have pizza dough in the freezer.

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Looking for more pizza topping ideas?

If these best pizza topping ideas weren’t enough, here are more of our favorite ideas! And make sure to check back: we’re always coming up with new ideas for Pizza Friday.

  • Best Healthy Pizza
  • Artichoke and Cherry Tomato Pizza
  • Italian Pizza with Pesto
  • Breakfast Pizza
  • Best Anchovy Pizza
  • Truffle Pizza
  • Pizza Marinara
  • Everything Basil Pizza
  • Kale & Pistachio Pizza
  • Brussels Sprout Pizza with Caramelized Onions
  • Sweet Potato Pizza with Brie
  • Cajun Pizza
  • Greek Pizza Recipe
  • Mediterranean Pizza

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.

How to Make Pizza at Home That’s Better Than Takeout

Pizza is a crowd-pleasing choice for busy weeknights and fun weekend dinners alike. But you don’t have to rely on restaurants or takeout for top-notch pizza. Read on for tips on how to make your own pizza at home. We’ll walk you through how to make pizza crust, how to top a pizza, pizza baking temperature, and how long to bake pizza. Plus, we’ll share some of our favorite homemade pizza recipes to try.

How to Make Pizza

Pizza Crust

Let’s start with the base, the crispy crust that holds it all together. With the crust, you can go a few ways: You can make homemade pizza with store-bought dough; Use pre-baked crusts (such as Boboli) or even English muffins and pita bread for personal pizzas; or Make your own pizza dough.

More:

  • How to Make Pizza Crust
  • Get Recipes for Pizza Dough and Crust

Here’s how Chef John makes simple no-knead pizza dough. (He also makes a pretty mean Cauliflower Pizza Crust.) Watch the video to see exactly how the pizza dough should look before setting it aside to rise. You’ll also see Chef John’s patented “rotate, stretch, and tuck” move for forming the dough.

Pizza Sauces

Now for the sauce. There are loads of delicious pre-made marinara sauces for pizza sauce. We have oodles of homemade pizza sauce recipes. Beyond red pizza sauces, don’t forget pesto sauces, white sauces, or even a simple olive oil and garlic sauce. They will expand your pizza potential by almost infinite proportions. For more on mixing and matching pizza sauces and toppings, check out 20 Ways to Make Homemade Pizza.

Pizza Toppings

There’s almost no limit to the toppings you can pile on a pizza. Tomato sauce and pepperoni you know. But apples and walnuts? For sure. Fresh figs and prosciutto? Of course! Sweet corn and peas? Well, in Europe and Japan, corn and peas are common pizza toppings. Bottom line, pizza is open to an infinite amount of creativity where toppings are concerned.

We asked Matt Robinson of Real Food by Dad for some of his favorite pizza-topping combos:

Breakfast Pizza topped with crumbled bacon, diced red and green peppers, and fried eggs.

Chicken and Broccoli layered with pesto or with an alfredo sauce instead of the traditional red sauce.

Veggie Lovers is great as anything can go on it. Throw any odds and ends of veggies onto a bakesheet and roast them in the oven, then use Harissa for the base sauce. And to keep it simple, use a mix of mozzarella and Parmesan for the cheese.

Taco Pizza works great. It’s such an economical choice, and the ingredients are always stocked in the pantry. For the sauce, it’s usually a puree of black beans or refried beans, and then layers of traditional taco fixings.

Almost BLT Pizza. A variation on the classic sandwich using bacon, spinach and sundried tomatoes.

Image zoom D’s Taco Pizza | Photo by Sherri

Here are a few additional ideas for varying pizza sauces, toppings, and cheeses:

  • White Pizza with Porcinis
  • Chicken Garlic Pizza
  • Portobello Mushroom, Fresh Peppers, and Goat Cheese Pizza
  • Fig and Goat Cheese Pizza
  • More Pizza Recipes

Once you have your toppings lined up, think about the order you’ll lay them down on the crust. It matters!

Layering the Pizza

Layer the ingredients one way, and you have pizza perfection. Arrange the same ingredients in a different order…and it’s curtains. For example, if you put the cheese down first, then layer tomatoes and basil on top, the basil burns and shrivels and the cheese doesn’t brown. Possible pizza fail.

Of course, you can put tomato slices on top of the cheese. Tomatoes have a high moisture content, so they won’t caramelize; instead, they’ll dehydrate slightly for a more concentrated tomato flavor.

Choosing Cheeses

Mozzarella, Fontina, and Parmesan cheeses all work great. These cheeses are all very low in moisture, so they’ll brown fairly quickly.

Now let’s get this thing in the oven!

1. Heat the oven. Generally, the hotter the oven, the better the pizza will be. The best oven temperature for pizza is between 450 and 500 degrees F (250 to 260 degrees C).

How to cook pizza on a stone: Place a pizza stone on a lower oven rack. Preheat the oven between 450 and 500 degrees F (250 to 260 degrees C) — the stone needs heat up while the oven heats. Large, thick-crusted pizzas might need an oven temperature closer to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C) so the crust can cook completely before the toppings burn.

Tip: For a crunchy crust, preheat a baking sheet or cast iron skillet in the bottom of the oven. Once you load the pizza, toss ice cubes into the hot pan to create a burst of steam.

You know another way to get a terrific crust? Put your pizza on the grill.

2. Form the pizza dough and place it on a peel dusted with a little flour or cornmeal. If you like, lightly brush the crust with olive oil. This helps create a golden brown, crispy crust rather than a dry, dusty outer crust. See how to make and form your pizza dough.

Okay, the oven is hot and the pizza’s all topped and ready to roll.

3. Slip the pizza onto the hot pizza stone.

Tip: Jjiggle the peel to make sure the pizza isn’t sticking. You want it to slide off the peel easily. If it’s stuck, gently lift the sticky dough and dust with a wee bit more flour or cornmeal.

Place the tip of the peel on the edge of the stone at the back of the oven. With one swift motion, jerk the peel back out from under the pizza. If the pizza slides freely on the peel, it should land perfectly in the middle of the pizza stone. If the pizza sticks to the peel, your toppings will slide off the pizza onto the stone, and the kids will hear you say those words you’re not really supposed to use in front of them.

Close the oven door and let the pizza bake.

4. After 5 minutes of baking, check the pizza. If some spots are browning faster than others, turn the pizza; slip the peel underneath it like a giant spatula. Rotate the pizza on the peel and return it to the baking stone using the same swift motion described above.

If you like, remove the pizza from the oven halfway during baking to brush more oil on the crust. This added oil will help darken the crust and make it even tastier. For a little garlic flavor, infuse the oil with minced garlic.

5. The pizza is done when the cheese is melted to a medium-to-dark brown. Color means flavor. Carefully remove the pizza with the peel and let it cool slightly. If you want, top it with additional fresh toppings. Slice with a pizza wheel or chef’s knife, and serve to your adoring crowd.

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Feel the Burn: When pizza scalds the roof of your mouth, don’t blame the cheese. Most likely, it’s the sauce. That’s because heat is conserved in the wet sauce; and an insulating layer of cheese is very likely adding insult to injury. Next time you get a slice fresh from the oven, lift the heat-trapping lid of cheese with a fork, and you’ll see how the steam pours off the hot, hot sauce. It’s like the molten core of the earth in there.

Check out our complete collection of Pizza Recipes.

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Love Pizza? Here are 27 delicious Pizza Ideas for Pizza Night!

Pizza is so delicious! It doesn’t matter what age you are, it’s definitely a favorite food for many.

I know a lot of people would rather just order delivery and call it good. Don’t get me wrong, some pizza places make incredible pies, but our family loves homemade pizza. You get to try new combinations, pick out your own toppings, and the smell that fills your house as it bakes is incredible.

A lot of people shy away from making pizza at home because they think it’s too complicated or too expensive, but it’s really not. Most of my DIY pizzas are made with a store bought crust or if I do my shopping at our local HEB that week, I’ll pick up a fresh pizza dough from the pizza place that is in the same strip center. (Their pizza dough is the best I’ve found and they’ll sell it uncooked. All I have to do is roll it out – and you can’t get any easier than that!)

I spent some time rounding up a few of our favorite pizza ideas for pizza night, plus a couple new ones that look very interesting. Have you tried any of these? If so, let us know in the comments which one is your favorite!

DIY Pizza Ideas for Pizza Night

Sloppy Joe Pizza

Spicy Southern Kitchen – Thai Pizza

Spend With Pennies – Cheeseburger Pizza

Buffalo Chicken Pizza

Pinch of Yum – Sweet Chili Garlic Chicken Pizza

This Silly Girls Kitchen – Easy Taco Pizza

Cuban French Bread Pizza

Sally’s Baking Addiction – Spinach Artichoke White Cheese Pizza

Love and Olive Oil – Caramelized Fennel and Onion Pizza

Southwest Chicken Pizza

Our Best Bites – Kalua Pork Pizza

Chicken and Mushroom White Pizza

Mom Endeavors – Philly Cheesesteak Pizza

Our Life Tastes Good – Jambalaya Pizza

Easy Mac and Cheese Pizza

Recipe Runner – Grilled Zucchini Ricotta and Pine Nut Pizza

A Beautiful Plate – Mushroom Pizza with Havarti, Fresh Herbs, and White Truffle Oil

Yes to Yolks – Grilled White Pizza with Ricotta, Corn, and Broccoli

Closet Cooking – Mediterranean Grilled Chicken Pizza

Eat Good 4 Life – Roasted Garlic Spinach White Pizza

Bread Booze and Bacon – Italian Sausage Caramelized Onion Pizza

Vegan Yack Attack – Pesto Potato Pizza

The Wood-Fired Enthusiast – Jalapeno Popper Pizza

Hamburger Bun Mini Pizzas

Add a Pinch – Three Cheese White Pizza

Simply Stacie – Chicken Caesar Pizza

Bacon and Eggs Breakfast Pizza

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