50 Easy Pizzas

Find ideas for 50 simple pizza toppings, from Food Network Magazine.

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#1. Margherita Pizza

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Kana Okada

#1. Margherita Pizza

How to make a pizza:

Step 1: Place a pizza stone or an inverted baking sheet on the lowest oven rack and preheat to 500 degrees.
Step 2: Stretch 1 pound dough on a floured pizza peel, large wooden cutting board or parchment paper.
Step 3: Top as desired, then slide the pizza (with the parchment paper, if using) onto the stone or baking sheet. Bake until golden, about 15 minutes.

Pizza Dough
Whisk 3 3/4 cups flour and 1 1/2 teaspoons salt. Make a well and add 1 1/3 cups warm water, 1 tablespoon sugar and 1 packet yeast. When foamy, mix in 3 tablespoons olive oil; knead until smooth, 5 minutes. Brush with olive oil, cover in a bowl and let rise until doubled, about 1 hour 30 minutes. Divide into two 1-pound balls. Use 1 pound per recipe unless noted.

Short on time? Buy dough from a pizzeria.

1. Margherita Stretch dough into two thin 9-inch rounds. Top each with 1/2 cup crushed San Marzano tomatoes, dried oregano, salt, pepper and olive oil; bake until golden. Sprinkle with1/2 pound diced mozzarella, torn basil and salt. Bake until the cheese melts, then drizzle with olive oil.

2. Tomato Pie Make Margherita Pizzas (No. 1) without mozzarella or basil. Use extra oregano.

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#3. Quattro Stagioli Pizza

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#3. Quattro Stagioli Pizza

3. Quattro Stagioni Make Margherita Pizzas (No. 1); before adding cheese, top with olives, artichoke hearts, ham and sauteed mushrooms in 4 sections.

4. Puttanesca Make Margherita Pizzas (No. 1); chop 1 garlic clove, 6 anchovies, 1 tablespoon capers,1/4 cup olives and some parsley and scatter over the tomatoes before baking.

5. Roasted Pepper Make Margherita Pizzas (No. 1); add roasted pepper strips and red pepper flakes with the cheese.

6. New York-Style Press dough into an oiled 15-inch pizza pan. Drizzle with olive oil, then top with 1/2 cup tomato sauce and 2 cups shredded mozzarella. Bake, then garnish with pecorino, dried oregano and olive oil.

7. Pepperoni-Mushroom Make New York-Style Pizza (No. 6); top with sauteed mushrooms and sliced pepperoni before baking.

8. Sausage-Broccoli Rabe Make New York-Style Pizza (No. 6) with only 1 1/2 cups mozzarella. Add 2 crumbled raw sausages. Bake until just crisp, then top with 4 ounces bocconcini, sauteed broccoli rabe and jarred cherry peppers. Bake until the cheese melts.

9. Stuffed Crust Make New York-Style Pizza (No. 6), but before topping, place 8 string-cheese sticks along the edge and fold the dough over. Brush the stuffed crust with olive oil and sprinkle with dried oregano.

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#10. Meatball Pizza

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#10. Meatball Pizza

10. Meatball Press dough into an oiled 15-inch pizza pan. Top with olive oil, 1/2 cup tomato sauce and 6 ounces sliced fresh mozzarella. Bake until just crisp, then top with sliced cooked meatballs, pecorino, basil and olive oil and bake until browned.

11. Meat-Olive Make Meatball Pizza (No. 10); add 2 crumbled raw Italian sausages and 1/3 cup chopped Kalamata olives with the mozzarella.

12. Eggplant Make Meatball Pizza (No. 10); top with breaded and fried eggplant slices and ricotta instead of the meatballs.

13. Sicilian Press dough into an oiled rimmed baking sheet. Cover and set aside until doubled. Top with 3/4 cup tomato sauce and 2 cups shredded mozzarella; drizzle with olive oil and bake.

14. Pepperoni Make Sicilian Pizza (No. 13) with only 1 1/2 cups cheese; bake until just crisp. Top with 6 ounces sliced pepperoni and 4 ounces bocconcini, then bake until bubbly. Garnish with basil and pecorino.

15. Herb Stretch dough into a 15-inch round. Top with olive oil, salt and chopped thyme and oregano. Bake until crisp, then brush with more olive oil.

16. Fennel-Taleggio Make Herb Pizza (No. 15); top with sauteed fennel, 6 ounces sliced taleggio, 2 tablespoons chopped hazelnuts and grated pecorino before baking.

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#17. Baked Ziti Pizza

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#17. Baked Ziti Pizza

17. Baked Ziti Make New York-Style Pizza (No. 6); top with leftover ziti and more cheese before baking.

18. Smoked Mozzarella Make Herb Pizza (No. 15); top herbs with 1 minced garlic clove and 6 ounces sliced smoked mozzarella, then bake until crisp. Add 3/4 cup ricotta and grated Parmesan; bake until melted.

19. Squash-Pepper Stretch dough into a 15-by-9-inch rectangle. Top with paper-thin slices of butternut squash, caramelized onions, olive oil and red pepper flakes. Bake until crisp.

20. Zucchini Stretch dough into a 15-by-9-inch rectangle. Top with minced garlic, thinly sliced zucchini, olive oil and red pepper flakes. Bake until crisp.

21. Fig Squares Stretch dough into a 15-by-9-inch rectangle. Sprinkle with cardamom. Cut into small squares; top each with a fig half and a dollop of robiola. Bake, then top with caramelized onions.

22. Cajun Shrimp Stretch dough into two thin 9-inch rounds. Mix 3/4 cup tomato sauce and 1 tablespoon Cajun seasoning; spread over dough rounds and top with 1 cup shredded manchego. Bake until golden. Saute scallions, green bell pepper, celery and shrimp; season with red pepper flakes. Scatter over pizzas.

23. Clam Stretch dough into a 15-by-9-inch rectangle. Sprinkle with oregano and 1 cup shredded mozzarella, then bake until crisp. Top with 8 ounces chopped canned clams and 4 ounces sliced mozzarella; bake until melted.

24. Bianco Stretch dough into two thin 9-inch rounds; top with olive oil, salt, thyme, oregano and 1/2 cup robiola. Bake until crisp, then add 4 ounces each ricotta and bocconcini, olive oil and salt; bake until the cheese melts.

25. Tomato Bianco Make Bianco Pizzas (No. 24); add 1/4 cup sliced sun-dried tomatoes with the bocconcini. Top with basil.

26. Bianco Mortadella Make Bianco Pizzas (No. 24); top with 2 ounces sliced mortadella after baking.

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#27. BBQ Chicken Pizza

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#27. BBQ Chicken Pizza

27. BBQ Chicken Stretch dough into a 15-by-9-inch rectangle. Top with cooked chicken, 1/4 cup barbecue sauce, scallions, pickled jalapeños and 1 cup shredded cheddar. Bake until golden.

28. Verde Stretch dough into a 15-inch round; bake until crisp. Puree 1/4 cup each pistachios, basil, parsley and scallions with 1 cup arugula, 2 garlic cloves, 1/2 cup olive oil, salt and pepper. Spread over crust. Top with Parmesan and more arugula.

29. Onion-Corn Stretch dough into two thin 9-inch rounds. Spread each with caramelized onions. Top with thyme, corn, olive oil, salt and pepper. Bake until golden; garnish with basil.

30. Onion-Bacon Make Onion-Corn Pizzas (No. 29). Add 2 tablespoons diced raw bacon before baking. Top finished pizzas with arugula.

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# 31. Onion-Ricotta Pizza

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# 31. Onion-Ricotta Pizza

31. Onion-Ricotta Make Onion-Corn Pizzas (No. 29). Mix 2 tablespoons chopped oregano with 1/3 cup ricotta. Dollop over corn before baking.

32. Apple-Cheddar Stretch dough into two thin 9-inch rounds. Brush each with olive oil and season with salt; top with 1 sliced apple, 1 teaspoon fresh thyme and 1 cup shredded cheddar. Bake until golden; top with crumbled bacon and maple syrup.

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#33. Bacon-Egg Pizza

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#33. Bacon-Egg Pizza

33. Bacon-Egg Stretch dough into four 6-inch rounds. Top each with diced raw bacon; bake until crisp. Crack an egg onto each crust and top with olive oil, salt and pepper; bake until the eggs set. Top with baby greens.

34. Radicchio-Prosciutto Stretch dough into four 6-inch rounds. Top with 1/2 sliced red onion, olive oil, salt and pepper, then bake until crisp. Sprinkle with 2 ounces thinly sliced prosciutto and 1/2 head shredded radicchio; bake 1 more minute.

35. Pepper Lattice Press dough into an oiled 9-by-13-inch pan. Spread with caramelized onions. Arrange sliced roasted red peppers on top in a lattice pattern; sprinkle with olives and bake until crisp. Brush with olive oil.

36. Pissaladiere Make Pepper Lattice Pizza (No. 35) with anchovies in place of peppers.

37. Lamb-Feta Stretch dough into two thin 9-inch rounds; brush each with olive oil. Top each with caramelized onions, 2 ounces cooked ground lamb, 1/4 cup feta and some pine nuts. Bake until golden; top with parsley and mint.

38. Ham-Brie Press dough into an oiled 8-inch square pan. Top with 2 ounces sliced ham, 3 ounces sliced brie and 1/2 thinly sliced green apple. Add olive oil, salt and pepper. Bake until golden.

39. Wild Mushroom Stretch dough into a 15-inch round. Saute 12 ounces wild mushrooms and 3 sliced garlic cloves in olive oil; scatter over dough. Top with 1/2 cup each shredded fontina, Romano and mozzarella; bake until golden.

40. Artichoke Stretch dough into a 15-inch round; brush with olive oil. Top with 1 cup shredded asiago and grilled halved artichoke hearts. Sprinkle with thyme; bake until golden. 

41. Hawaiian Stretch dough into a 15-inch round. Top with 1/2 cup each tomato sauce, shredded mozzarella and diced pineapple, 2 ounces sliced ham, and red pepper flakes; bake until golden.

42. Fresh Veggie Stretch dough into a 15-inch round; bake until crisp. Mix 8 ounces cream cheese, 1/2 cup sour cream, 2 tablespoons chopped basil and 1 minced garlic clove. Spread over crust. Top with chopped mixed fresh vegetables and shredded cheddar. Sprinkle with paprika.

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#43. Potato-Rosemary Pizza

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#43. Potato-Rosemary Pizza

43. Potato-Rosemary Stretch dough into a 15-by-9-inch rectangle. Top with olive oil, fresh rosemary, sea salt and 1 thinly sliced potato. Sprinkle with pecorino and bake until crisp.

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#44. Salad Pizza

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#44. Salad Pizza

44. Salad Make Bianco Pizzas (No. 24). Toss arugula with cherry tomatoes, olive oil, salt and pepper; pile on top of pizzas after baking.

45. Sweet Potato Make Potato-Rosemary Pizza (No. 43) with sweet potato instead of regular and sage instead of rosemary. Top with crumbled gorgonzola and pine nuts 5 minutes before it's done.

46. Salmon-Potato Make Potato-Rosemary Pizza (No. 43) without cheese; bake. Top with smoked salmon, creme fraiche, and chopped chives.

47. Chicago Press 2 pounds dough into an oiled and cornmeal-dusted 10-inch cake pan. Top with 2 cups each shredded mozzarella and tomato sauce, some cooked sausage and Italian seasoning. Bake at 425 degrees, 40 minutes.

48. Grape-Stuffed Stretch dough into two 12-by-7-inch ovals. Place one piece in an oiled pan and top with 1/2 cup halved grapes and 2 tablespoons sugar, then cover with the remaining dough and press to seal. Top with grapes, sugar, fennel seeds, salt and pepper. Bake at 450 degrees until golden.

49. Raisin-Stuffed Make Grape-Stuffed Pizza (No. 48); warm 1/2 cup raisins in brandy and use in place of the grapes. Top with rosemary instead of fennel.

50. Banana-Chocolate Stretch dough into four 6-inch rounds; brush with butter and bake until golden. Saute 3 sliced bananas in butter with 1 tablespoon sugar; add a splash of rum, then spoon over crusts. Drizzle with chocolate-hazelnut spread.

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Flip through ideas for simple and easy pizza toppings, from Food Network Magazine.

Margherita Pizza (No. 1)

Stretch dough into two thin 9-inch rounds. Top each with 1/2 cup crushed San Marzano tomatoes, dried oregano, salt, pepper and olive oil; bake until golden. Sprinkle with1/2 pound diced mozzarella, torn basil and salt. Bake until the cheese melts, then drizzle with olive oil.

Photo By: Kana Okada

Quattro Stagioli Pizza (No. 3)

Stretch dough into two thin 9-inch rounds. Top each with 1/2 cup crushed San Marzano tomatoes, dried oregano, salt, pepper and olive oil; bake until golden. top with olives, artichoke hearts, ham and sauteed mushrooms in 4 sections, then sprinkle 1/2 pound diced mozzarella, torn basil and salt. Bake until the cheese melts, then drizzle with olive oil.

Photo By: Kana Okada

Meatball Pizza (No. 10)

Press dough into an oiled 15-inch pizza pan. Top with olive oil, 1/2 cup tomato sauce and 6 ounces sliced fresh mozzarella. Bake until just crisp, then top with sliced cooked meatballs, pecorino, basil and olive oil and bake until browned.

Photo By: Kana Okada

Baked Ziti Pizza (No. 17)

Press dough into an oiled 15-inch pizza pan. Drizzle with olive oil, then top with 1/2 cup tomato sauce, leftover ziti and 2 cups shredded mozzarella. Bake, then garnish with pecorino, dried oregano and olive oil.

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BBQ Chicken Pizza (No. 27)

Stretch dough into a 15-by-9-inch rectangle. Top with cooked chicken, 1/4 cup barbecue sauce, scallions, pickled jalapeños and 1 cup shredded cheddar. Bake until golden.

Photo By: Kana Okada

Onion-Ricotta Pizza (No. 31)

Stretch dough into two thin 9-inch rounds. Spread each with caramelized onions. Top with thyme, corn, olive oil, salt and pepper. Mix 2 tablespoons chopped oregano with 1/3 cup ricotta. Dollop over corn before baking. Bake until golden; garnish with basil.

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Bacon-Egg Pizza (No. 33)

Stretch dough into four 6-inch rounds. Top each with diced raw bacon; bake until crisp. Crack an egg onto each crust and top with olive oil, salt and pepper; bake until the eggs set. Top with baby greens.

Photo By: Kana Okada

Potato-Rosemary Pizza (No. 43)

Stretch dough into a 15-by-9-inch rectangle. Top with olive oil, fresh rosemary, sea salt and 1 thinly sliced potato. Sprinkle with pecorino and bake until crisp.

Photo By: Kana Okada

Salad Pizza (No. 44)

Stretch dough into two thin 9-inch rounds; top with olive oil, salt, thyme, oregano and 1/2 cup robiola. Bake until crisp, then add 4 ounces each ricotta and bocconcini, olive oil and salt; bake until the cheese melts. Toss arugula with cherry tomatoes, olive oil, salt and pepper; pile on top of pizzas after baking.

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