From Plain Cheese to Peking Duck: 25 Yummy Pizza Recipes

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HAVE A SLICE—OR TWO

Pizza is cheap and loved by most everyone. The ingredients are simple and inexpensive, and for DIY types, the blank canvas of dough is hard to resist. Whether planning a make-your-own pizza party or looking for a tasty family meal, these pizza recipes will jumpstart your creative juices. In addition to 19 ideas for toppings, there are six crust recipes that add variety and accommodate dietary restrictions and time limitations.

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BASIC MARGHERITA PIZZA

Margherita is all about simple, high quality ingredients: tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, and basil. The freshly chopped garlic in the base layer adds extra pungency and flavor in a classic Margherita pizza recipe from Sally's Baking Addiction. Tried and true, Margherita pizza is a winner every time.

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NO-CHEESE PIZZA

Cheese lovers may disagree, but a good pizza is just as much about a quality sauce and well-baked crust as anything else. Omitting the cheese on a classic Margherita is one approach; opting for other toppings is another. One Green Planet offers an Asparagus Potato Pizza with Kale Pesto that vegans and lactose-intolerant diners will appreciate.
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VEGGIE-TOPPED PIZZA

There are endless variations for vegetable-topped pizzas, so reach beyond the humdrum usual green-pepper-and-mushroom combo. The flavor will pop when using all kinds of seasonal vegetables. Take some cues from a fresh corn, poblano, and cheddar pizza presented by the blog Oh My Veggies.

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SUPREME PIZZA

A classic supreme pizza combines different types of meats and vegetables for a full-flavored mouthful in every bite. A traditional recipe posted by Good Cheap Eats combines sausage, pepperoni, mushrooms, bell pepper, and black olives for zesty and earthy flavors. Customize the pie by substituting, omitting, or adding any of the toppings. Better yet, set out the dough in personal-pan size and let everyone craft their own.

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WHITE PIZZA

White pizza omits the red sauce and uses ricotta as the base layer. It's all about the cheesy goodness with Homemade Three Cheese White Pizza from the blog Add a Pinch, which calls for ricotta, mozzarella, and Parmesan. Go crazy and add a fourth cheese -- a touch of gorgonzola, perhaps, or goat cheese -- and sprinkle fresh or dried herbs in one of the cheese layers.

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NO-NIGHTSHADE PIZZA

Nightshade vegetables include tomato, eggplant, peppers, and potatoes, among others, and pose a severe risk to people with certain allergies. The TV show "The Doctors" jumps to the rescue with a delicious No-Nightshade Pizza that gets its characteristic tanginess from olives and feta. Other ingredients, including oregano, spinach, and mushrooms, make this a full-flavored option.

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BUFFALO CHICKEN PIZZA

The marriage of two beloved foods, Buffalo chicken and pizza, is an irresistible show stopper. Compared with takeout versions, which can cost upward of $20, Buffalo chicken pizza is easy to make at home and far cheaper. Taste of Home's version uses premade wing sauce and chicken breast in addition to traditional pizza ingredients.

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PEKING DUCK PIZZA

This fusion pizza combines the best of two worlds in a surprisingly seamless dish. Hoisin sauce adds Asian flair while the pizza theme provides a familiar format for tasty ingredients. Some versions include cheese, but Luv-a-Duck omits all dairy, making this an excellent recipe for the lactose intolerant or anyone who prefers to avoid dairy but still craves a pie.

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GORGONZOLA AND PEAR PIZZA

The sweet and savory combination of gorgonzola and pear is a rich way to top a pizza and a delicious pairing with wine and craft beer. A Pillsbury recipe uses a smattering of strong gorgonzola on a base of provolone to ensure balanced pungency. Apples could be substituted for pears with good results.

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BREAKFAST PIZZA

There's nothing wrong with pizza for breakfast, especially if topped with eggs and bacon. Taste of Home suggests real bacon bits, but crumbled crispy bacon or any breakfast meat or lightly sautéed vegetables are tempting substitutes. Try this low-cost and crowd-pleasing dish at brunch.
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FOUR CHEESE PIZZA

Pizza with four cheeses can take many forms. One posted by I Am a Food Blog uses a sparse amount of tomato sauce atop the crust for tang and then layers of cheese for gooey goodness. The standard pizza-cheese trio of Parmesan, mozzarella, and ricotta gets a kick here from brie, an indulgent treat for cheese-aholics.

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SALAD PIZZA

Salad pizza has taken on a life of its own in the last couple of years. The idea is simple: Rather than plating salad next to pizza, pile it on top. And while salad may be considered a healthy food, a Tossed Salad Pizza posted on Allrecipes is all about flavor. Bake the base with a covering of cheese, onion, and carrot, and end with a flourish of salad tossed with a favorite Italian dressing after removing the pie from the oven.

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NEW YORK-STYLE PIZZA

There are many different styles of pizza, but there's no denying that New York City lays claim to a classic take on this protean food. A Serious Eats recipe for the street treat well-known to New Yorkers as "a slice" is about as close as it gets.

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CHEESEBURGER PIZZA

Americans just can't help themselves sometimes, especially given the chance to mash up two all-time favorites: cheeseburger and pizza. Forget about its dubious nutritional value; cheeseburger pizza is an all-out indulgence. A Spicy Southern Kitchen recipe yields a beefy, cheesy monster of a pie that hits all the right notes.

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EGGPLANT PARM PIZZA

A Mediterranean-inspired pie, eggplant Parmesan pizza is a vegetarian delight. Colavita, a pasta and olive oil maker, says soaking eggplant slices before roasting removes any bitterness and ensures clean, fresh flavors. Sprinkling breadcrumbs atop the layers of sauce, eggplant, cheese, and basil yields the characteristic crunch of eggplant Parm.

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HOT AND SPICY PIZZA

Adding a little heat to pizza is an exciting way to kick the flavor up a notch. A Hot and Sweet Triple Pepper Pizza posted on the blog How Sweet It Is uses a combination of spicy and sweet peppers for interlocking layers of sumptuous taste. Fresh peppers in addition to vinegar-cured peppers deliver even more intense heat.

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ARTICHOKE DIP PIZZA

The genius move of putting the equivalent of spinach-artichoke dip on pizza is an easy DIY preparation. A recipe by ClosetCooking calls for cream cheese along with mozzarella, Parmesan, and, of course, spinach and artichokes, both of which are available in frozen form. This is a creative way to serve a favorite party food at an upcoming gathering.

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MEXICAN PIZZA

Nachos are the force behind a Mexican-style pie. Easy and low-cost, a Food & Wine recipe blends black beans with roasted red peppers as the base topping, followed by cheese and fresh tomatoes. Sour cream and shredded lettuce are piled on after baking. The flavors and textures are reminiscent of Tex-Mex, while the crisp crust, tangy tomatoes, and melted cheese keep this dish solidly in the pizza category.

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DESSERT PIZZA

Dessert pizzas are a category unto themselves, with fruit-forward versions, chocolate versions, and everything in between. The blog The Recipe Critic lays out the formula for a crowd-pleasing Cinnamon Roll Dessert Pizza. Quick and easy, this pie calls for simple household staples like brown sugar and old-fashioned oats.

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BASIC CRUST

A basic pizza dough includes six simple ingredients: water, yeast, sugar, oil, salt, and flour. Martha Stewart dishes out the easy-to-follow directions. No special tools are required, although a food processor makes the preparation even easier.
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GLUTEN-FREE CRUST

Many people are choosing to eliminate gluten from their diets for a variety of reasons. A simple gluten-free pizza dough by Gluten-Free Girl uses a gluten-free all-purpose flour blend plus psyllium seed husk for body and texture. Gluten-free flour blends are available at many supermarkets and online.

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GRAIN-FREE CRUST

Making pizza dough without any grains seems like a tall order. But there are several methods, one of the most popular being cauliflower crust. The texture and flavor are notably different but delicious nonetheless. A Paleo Leap recipe uses a little almond tapioca flour to hold it all together.

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WHOLE WHEAT CRUST

Whole wheat crusts tend to be thicker, denser, and more bread-like than regular pizza dough. EatingWell lightens things up with equal parts whole wheat and all-purpose flour for a texture as good as a conventional crust but with added nutritional value.

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CHEESY CRUST

Some people crave cheese in every possible bite, including pizza crust. Taste of Home reveals the secret to no-fuss stuffed crust: string cheese that's baked directly into the dough.
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THIN AND CRISPY CRUST

Thin-crust pizza is a particular style that a subset of pizza aficionados hold in high esteem. Following Budget Bytes' step-by-step instructions, the dough is shaped, rolled, and baked before the yeast works its full rising magic. Use a perforated pan for a thin, crisp base.