Crusts and Toppings Galore: Our Best Pizza Recipes
When you use our simple pizza dough recipes (or a good store-bought one), making any of these pizza recipes is as easy as pie. Go classic with your toppings, or get creative, as we did, and take a cue from antipasto platters, popular salads, and more. The possibilities are endless, which means any night can be pizza night.
Start with our Quick Pizza Dough recipe, which only requires 10 minutes of prep work. If you're planning to make pizza on a weeknight, make the dough the night before and store it in the refrigerator. Then, let it work its magic. We've used it for the Sausage, Mushroom, and Pickled-Pepper Pizza pictured here. Fresh basil and a low-moisture mozzarella offset some of the sharp, savory toppings. Looking for more of classic pizza recipe? Kids and adults alike will adore our recipe for Pepperoni Three-Cheese White Pizza. A trio of Parmigiano-Reggiano, mozzarella, and ricotta are the ultimate creamy combo for this sauce-less pie.
While those pizzas can cook on either a pizza stone or a baking sheet, we're also a fan of using a cast-iron skillet to make our pies. By cooking the pizza dough in this pan, the crust becomes golden brown and so crispy. When you're craving breakfast for dinner, try our "Steak and Egg" Skillet Pizza so you can see for yourself just how magical a cast-iron skillet is.
From thin crust to deep dish, vegetarian to meat lover's, our pizza recipes are sure to make you say, "Mamma Mia, that's amore!"
Sausage, Mushroom, and Pickled-Pepper Pizza
The pie offers a little bit of everything. Take in the big pop of flavor and color from fresh basil, pickled cherry peppers, and shiitake mushroom caps.
Artichoke-and-Spinach Skillet Pizza
A preheated skillet is the key to getting a restaurant-quality crust in this weeknight-friendly pizza. Two types of cheese—ricotta and mozzarella—and good-for-you spinach and artichoke hearts complete the dish.
Pepperoni Three-Cheese White Pizza
This recipe is an upgrade on one of the most timeless pies. A to-die-for white sauce is made from heavy cream, Parmigiano, garlic, and lemon. Top with dollops of ricotta, sliced mozzarella, and pepperoni, then finish off the final product with an extra drizzle of olive oil and a few cranks of black pepper.
Broccoli, Lemon, and Gouda Pizzas
A fresh and inspired vegetarian pie like this is something we can eat again and again (and we will!). Gouda is a surprising but fabulous choice instead of the usual mozzarella, and thin lemon slices offer a zesty punch bite after bite.
Zucchini and Caramelized-Onion Pizza
"Steak and Egg" Skillet Pizza
Classic Margherita Pizza
Classic. Timeless. A tried-and-true favorite. Absolutely perfect. There are so many ways to describe this simple tomato-mozzarella-basil pizza, but two words should do the trick—that's amore!
Roman-Style Thin-Crust Pizzas
Thin and crispy, these pizzas are sure to disappear in a flash. Try any or all of the three toppings we outlined in the recipe—Spinach-Parmigiano-Pepper Flakes, Potato-Red Onion-Arugula, or Ricotta-Peas-Prosciutto, pictured here.
Skillet Pizza Diavola
Craving a deep-dish style pizza? That's where the cast iron skillet really shines. It not only creates a thicker crust, but an incredibly crispy one at that.
Vegetable Lovers' Deep-Dish Pizza
The vibrant colors and crisp texture of fresh vegetables like bell peppers, broccolini, and artichoke hearts top the ultimate vegetarian pizza. We have a feeling that carnivores are going to want to dig in, too.
Skillet Pizza with Eggplant and Greens
Melt-in-your-mouth roasted eggplant joins garlicky Swiss chard, gooey provolone, and fresh oregano in this show-stopping skillet pizza.
Grilled Pizzas with Clams and Bacon
Briny clams meet smoky bacon in this crowd-worthy grilled pizza inspired by the flavors of a classic New England clam chowder.
BBQ Chicken Pizza
Mixed-Mushroom and Scallion Pizza
The crust is so good in this artfully arranged pizza that you don't even need a sauce; just three toppings: mushrooms, scallions, and Parmigiano-Reggiano.
Asparagus and Watercress Pizza
Add the watercress right before serving this sophisticated pizza so that it's only slightly wilted. The peppery, bitter green gives the pie a pleasant bite.
Sausage and Broccoli Pizza with Pepperoncini Sauce
Turn yesterday's franks and beans (with roasted broccoli!) dinner into tonight's sensational pizza topping.
Cauliflower Crust Pizza Margherita
Cauliflower is blitzed in the food processor, then turned into a gluten-free pizza dough with an assist from an egg and two types of cheese—mozzarella and Grana Padano. The resulting golden crust is finished with more mozzarella, roasted cherry tomatoes, and fresh basil.
Brussels Sprout-Lemon Pizza
Butternut Squash Pizza with Hazelnut Dough
Hazelnuts do double duty in this fall pizza—roasted hazelnut meal goes into the dough, and chopped toasted hazelnuts serve as a garnish. Their rich flavor pairs beautifully with the sweet roasted butternut squash topping.
Steak Pizza with Peppers and Onions
Like a pizza-cheesesteak hybrid! Medium-rare sirloin is teamed with sautéed peppers and onions and Monterey Jack on a golden crust.
Pay homage to the flag with this festive pie! Blue potatoes and fresh mozzarella pearls form the "stars," while cherry tomatoes stand in for the "stripes."
Deep-Dish Meatball Pizza
Kids and adults alike will love this hearty pizza that tops store-bought dough with homemade meatballs and marinara.
Ricotta Pizza with Fresh and Roasted Tomatoes
Just because you can't have leavened bread doesn't mean you have to forgo pizza. Top matzo with tomato sauce, mozzarella, Parmesan, and fresh basil, then add a fried egg for good measure.
Mini Deep-Dish Pizzas
A genius way to use your muffin pan! Fill each cup with a round of dough, mozzarella, and tomato, then finish with any toppings you please.