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32 Homemade Pizza Recipes

Try our easy pizza recipes for deep-dish pizza, chicken pizza, healthy pizza, margherita pizza, vegetable pizza and other varieties—even salad and dessert pizza!

Fresh Veggie Pizza

This pizza is packed full of vegetables: zucchini or yellow summer squash, sweet peppers, fresh mushrooms, green onions and more. If you have kids, have them help pile this with their favorite vegetables.

Fresh Veggie Pizza

Loaded Greek Chicken Pizza

Frozen spinach-artichoke dip is the secret ingredient in this fabulous pizza that delivers an authentically salty punch of kalamata olives and feta cheese.

Loaded Greek Chicken Pizza

Eat-Your-Greens Pizza

We threw pizza convention out the kitchen window in this utterly delicious (and beautiful) recipe. Frozen puff pastry pinch-hits for traditional pizza dough, yielding a flaky, crisp crust. A salad's worth of vegetables covers the top, along with just a bit of smoky ham and nutty Gruyere cheese. And say good-bye to marinara sauce. Instead, a drizzle of flavorful creamy garlic salad dressing moistens the pizza and adds big flavor.

Eat-Your-Greens Pizza

Meat and Potato Pizza

Chalk this recipe up as an occasional indulgence. It's topped with a totally mouth-watering combo of thin-sliced potatoes, bacon, sausage and a delectable garlic-rosemary butter. The recipe comes from Hidemi Walsh of Plainfield, Indiana.

Meat and Potato Pizza

Spicy Chicken-Peanut Thai Pizza

If you love Thai peanut sauce, you'll go nuts for this simple pizza. We especially love how the veggies go on after the pizza bakes, so they stay fresh, crispy and colorful.

Spicy Chicken-Peanut Thai Pizza

Sausage and Spinach Skillet Pizza

A hot cast-iron skillet mimics a pizza stone to create a crisp, evenly browned crust. We loaded our pizza with oozy red sauce and stretchy cheese. Fork and knife highly recommended.

Sausage and Spinach Skillet Pizza

Pineapple Barbecue Chicken Pizza

We updated the modern-classic barbecue chicken pizza by adding sweet, juicy pineapple.

Pineapple Barbecue Chicken Pizza

Sweet Bacon and Pear Pizza

Start with a premade pizza crust, then add cream cheese, sliced pear, chopped pecans, feta cheese, and bacon for a sweet-tart blend of flavors. Sprinkle with fresh basil and pass with honey for drizzling, if you like.

Sweet Bacon and Pear Pizza

BBQ Chicken Grilled Pizza

Barbecue-sauced pizza tops the favorites list at many pizzerias. Here's our quick and easy version, which uses boneless chicken breasts, purchased barbecue sauce, smoked cheese and bottled banana pepper rings.

BBQ Chicken Grilled Pizza

Greek Pizza

Fresh spinach, cooked chicken, cherry tomatoes and crumbled feta cheese top a whole wheat Italian bread shell in this Mediterranean-influenced pizza.

Greek Pizza

Suncrest Gardens Farm Garden Delight

Sun-ripened heirloom tomatoes, zucchini, carrots and summer squash top Garden Delight pizza from Suncrest Gardens Farm in Cochrane, Wisconsin. Try on Whole Wheat Pizza Dough or the crust of your choice.

Suncrest Gardens Farm Garden Delight

Chicken Garden Pesto Pizza

A pound of pizza dough and just five simple ingredients yield a flavorful and beautiful summer pizza. Feel free to substitute zucchini for the summer squash or fresh red sweet pepper for the bottled roasted.

Chicken Garden Pesto Pizza

Chicago-Style Deep-Dish Pizza

True Chicago-style pizza is in some ways a closer cousin to a casserole than traditional regular-crust pizza. One slice is a whole meal!

Chicago-Style Deep-Dish Pizza

Blue Cheese and Balsamic Chicken Pizza

Topped with blue cheese, mushrooms, sun-dried tomatoes and a balsmic-spiked tomato sauce, this potent pizza has definite adult flavor. 

Blue Cheese and Balsamic Chicken Pizza

Jambalaya Pizza

Top a crispy rice "crust" with smoked sausage, ham, shrimp, celery, onion, and sweet pepper for a Creole-inspired pizza.

Jambalaya Pizza

Gouda and Red Onion Pizza

This easy pizza features shredded Gouda and caramelized onions. The recipe comes from Gouda maker Oakvale Farmstead Cheese in London, Ohio.

Gouda and Red Onion Pizza

Shrimp Stir-Fry Grilled Pizza

Chinese and Southeast Asian flavors infuse this seafood pizza. Cook shrimp and fresh pea pods with five-spice powder, peanut oil, orange juice and hoisin sauce for a delightfully different pizza topping.

Shrimp Stir-Fry Grilled Pizza

Beef and Blue Pizza

Red onion, blue cheese, thinly sliced roast beef and chopped sweet pepper top a premade pizza crust for a quick and easy pizza dinner.

Beef and Blue Pizza

The Stone Barn's The Modena

Marinated chicken, sweet onion, mushrooms, snap peas and feta top an oiled crust in this recipe from the Stone Barn in Nelson, Wisconsin. "The flavors, accented by feta and balsamic vinegar, blend for a creamy, tangy taste," says Stone Barn owner Pam Taylor. "The vegetables add a crisp, element."

The Stone Barn's The Modena

The Stone Barn's Pizza Dough

Caramel Apple-Pie Grilled Pizza

We used frozen puff pastry for this sweet pizza. The dessert has a flaky, buttery crust topped with apples and cinnamon. Try serving it warm with caramel sauce and ice cream.

Caramel Apple-Pie Grilled Pizza

Chicken and Corn Pizza

A mixture of Parmesan and ricotta cheeses bakes on a store-bought crust, then gets topped with corn, chicken, sweet pepper, lemon peel, goat cheese and herbs in this creative recipe.

Chicken and Corn Pizza

Hot-Off-the-Grill Pizza

Kansas' Italian heritage inspired us to create Hot-Off-The-Grill Pizza. The state's impressive wheat production shows up in the tasty crust, a garlic-basil flatbread. Top it with roasted peppers, sliced meat, cheese and basil. To save time, substitute 3 cups of shredded pizza cheese for the mix of provolone, mozzarella and Asiago; you can also use purchased pizza dough if you like.

Hot-Off-the-Grill Pizza

Buffalo Chicken Pizzas

Top pita bread rounds with Southwest-flavored chicken strips, blue cheese dressing, celery and bottled hot pepper sauce for a dinner that's ready in just 20 minutes. The flavor will remind you of your favorite wings!

Buffalo Chicken Pizzas

Fresh Veggie Pizza

This pizza is packed full of vegetables: zucchini or yellow summer squash, sweet peppers, fresh mushrooms, green onions and more. If you have kids, have them help pile this with their favorite vegetables.

Fresh Veggie Pizza

Indian-Curry Veggie and Chevre Grilled Pizza

This Asian-inspired pizza is topped with goat cheese, chopped red potatoes, onion, zucchini, chile peppers and garlic. Even more flavor comes from a sprinkling of fresh cilantro, mint, ginger and an Asian spice mix.

Indian-Curry Veggie and Chevre Grilled Pizza

Chicken Pizza with a Kick

Picante or taco sauce adds the kick to this pizza, topped with chicken, sweet pepper, red onion, and cheddar cheese.

Chicken Pizza with a Kick

Zippy Zucchini Pizza

This egg dish is served like pizza but has no crust. It's a great way to use a bountiful harvest of zucchini, since the recipe calls for more than 5 cups of the veggie shredded and sliced. Serve the colorful, cheesy entree with a salad, fruit and bread.

Zippy Zucchini Pizza

Suncrest Gardens Farm's Pesto Pizza

Heather Secrist uses kale in her pesto for this tomatoey creation. "Pesto can be frozen in ice cube trays for use throughout the year," says Heather, owner of Suncrest Gardens Farm in Cochrane, Wisconsin. "Once frozen, place the cubes in a freezer bag to pull out as you need them."

Suncrest Gardens Farm's Pesto Pizza

Rustic Grilled Pizza with Fresh Corn, Tomatoes, and Basil

This recipe comes from cookbook authors Judith Fertig and Karen Adler of Kansas City. Judith and Karen are self-proclaimed Barbecue Queens--they've won numerous barbecue contests and written 20 cookbooks. This recipe uses Chicago Deep-Dish Style Pizza Dough topped with an assortment of fresh ingredients.

Rustic Grilled Pizza with Fresh Corn, Tomatoes, and Basil

Chicago Deep-Dish Style Pizza Dough

Gourmet Off-the-Shelf Grilled Pizza

No-cook toppers make this pizza go together quickly for a fast meal from the grill. Serve with a tossed salad.

The base of the pizza has to hold up when placed on a grill rack. Our yeast-dough crust recipe passed the test, but if you're pressed for time, you can use thawed frozen bread dough or Italian bread shell crusts.

Gourmet Off-the-Shelf Grilled Pizza

Homemade Pizza Crust

The Stone Barn's Alaskan pizza

Lox-style smoked salmon, capers, sweet onion and dill top a cream-cheese base. Bagels and lox inspired Pam Taylor to create this pizza. "Leftovers are good served cold for breakfast," says Pam, owner of the Stone Barn in Nelson, Wisconsin.

The Stone Barn's Alaskan pizza

Mexican Black Bean Pizza

Start this veggie pizza with refrigerated dough, then spread on blended black beans, spices, salsa and garlic. Top with cheese, chopped red sweet pepper and sliced green onion.

Mexican Black Bean Pizza

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