When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie, it's time to put down the takeout menu and pick up one of these homemade pie recipes. Making pizza at home gives you total control over the ingredients, making it the perfect meal for the family that includes picky eaters, those with dietary restrictions, or just like to have it their own way. We've included a number of recipes to suit special diets, as well as a variety of pizza styles so you're guaranteed find your favorite.
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Easy 12-Inch Pizza Crust
Forget toppings, if your pizza dough lacks the right flavor and texture, you won't have much success. This easy recipe rises in 30 minutes, making it perfect for a weeknight dinner or last-minute dinner guests. You can also bake it in advance and pop it in the freezer for homemade pizza anytime.
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Bread Machine Beer Pizza Dough
Get out your bread machine and pop open your favorite brew for this easy, yeasty pizza dough. While the machine works its magic, prepare your sauce, shredded cheese, and any meat or veggie toppings you like best. This dough also works for pizza pockets or calzones.
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Instant Pot Pizza
Before you ask, no, there isn't anything the Instant Pot can't do. With everyone's favorite multi-use tool, you only need a can of refrigerated pizza dough and your toppings of choice to make a simple, hands-off pie. This recipe makes one small pizza that will serve one hearty appetite or two lighter ones.
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Spring Asparagus Pizza
The first tender asparagus of spring makes a wonderful lightened-up pizza that won't weigh you down, especially when you pair it with peppery arugula, salty Parmesan, and ricotta cheese. Use either homemade or prepared dough for this elegant pizza.Continue to 5 of 22 below.
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Meat Lover's Pizza
If you have a Paul Bunyan-sized appetite, go all out with this hearty meat lover's pizza. You've got bacon, sausage, pepperoni, and plenty of cheese to hold it all together for a pie that makes a real meal. Round it out with a green salad on the side.
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There may be no dish as controversial as Hawaiian pizza. Some people consider it sacrilege to top 'za with pineapple, much less pair it with ham. But don't knock the sweet and salty combo until you try it. Make this one when you crave a different take on pizza.
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Barbecue Chicken Pizza
If you love the barbecue chicken pizza at California Pizza Kitchen, this recipe will help you recreate that experience at home. Use any bottled barbecue sauce you like to control the spiciness or sweetness of the end result. Cilantro gives it an herbal finish, but you can leave it off if you can't take the taste.
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Barbecue Beef Pizza
If you have leftover roast beef, use it to top this decadent pizza. Use a prepared pizza crust, refrigerated dough, or a homemade recipe. Barbecue sauce substitutes for your typical tomato sauce, while fresh plum tomatoes still lend it a veggie element.Continue to 9 of 22 below.
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Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free Pizza
Those with dietary restrictions can enjoy this simple, dairy-free and gluten-free pizza that tastes just as great as the original. Top it with sauce, dairy-free or regular cheese, and your favorite pizza toppings. Remember to check the ingredients list for hidden allergens.
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Vegan Whole-Wheat Pizza
Just because you avoid animal products doesn't mean you have to give up pizza, thanks to this whole-wheat vegan recipe. Adding extra garlic and onion to prepared pizza sauce gives it a little extra oomph, but feel free to use your own, too. Cremini mushrooms make an earthy, substantial topping.
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Mushroom, Garlic, and Mint Pizza
Cooking mushrooms before adding them to this unique pizza maximizes their flavor and texture, and sprinkling some fresh mint over the whole thing adds a fresh zing that contrasts beautifully with their earthiness. Grated fontina cheese has a more assertive flavor than mozzarella, to make the whole thing extra special.
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Goat Cheese and Greens Pizza
Step outside the usual with a fresh goat cheese and greens pizza. Creamy cheese and tender asparagus, delicate pea shoots, and mature peas make a spring-forward pizza that tastes totally different than your standard delivery. Nutty fontina and salty Parmesan round out the flavor.Continue to 13 of 22 below.
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Blue Cheese Pizza
This unique pizza balances out sweet, salty, bitter, and umami flavors for a dish that tastes totally unique. Two types of blue cheese, kumquat or orange marmalade, radicchio, dark meat turkey, and fennel seed play together perfectly for a pie you'll want to add to your regular rotation.
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Crazy Crust Pizza
Because the crust forms while the whole pizza bakes, this pizza makes a fun and easy meal. Follow the directions exactly, even if it seems like it can't work. Trust us: it does, and the result tastes great.
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Cheesy Mexican Pizza
Give your pie a South-of-the-border flavor with chorizo, taco seasoning flavors, green chiles, and Colby Jack or Monterey Jack cheese for a tasty pizza fiesta. Get the kids to help out for a fun family activity.
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Fugazza Onion Pizza
Fugazza, a popular pizza in Argentina, has a soft and airy crust that soaks up olive oil wonderfully. It usually does not have tomato sauce or mozzarella cheese, but does feature plenty of sweet onions as well as other toppings like ham, artichoke hearts, and a sprinkling of Parmesan. Try it for an unusual variation on pizza.Continue to 17 of 22 below.
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Basil Pizza Dough
With the option to make it by hand or in a bread machine, this simple basil pizza dough adds an herbal element to any pie even before you add toppings. Try it as a different base for whatever American or Italian-influenced pizza you like.
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Grilled Fig and Arugula Pizza
Sweet figs and zesty arugula pair perfectly together, especially when you combine them with nutty manchego cheese on a smoky grilled pizza crust. This simple, but elegant pizza works great as an appetizer or a light meal, especially with a crisp glass of dry white wine.
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Turn the classic sandwich into a pizza by topping your crust with an herbed mayonnaise white sauce, bacon, cherry tomatoes, chopped romaine lettuce, and shredded mozzarella cheese. Make sure you chop the lettuce right before tossing it on the pie, for the crunchiest and freshest taste.
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Bring the taste of the ocean to your dinner table with this decadent lobster pizza. Because this recipe includes boiling or steaming live lobsters, it does take a little extra time. You can cut that down by buying already-cooked lobster, but doing it yourself will yield the freshest results.Continue to 21 of 22 below.
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Deep-Dish Skillet Pizza
Those who love Chicago-style pizza will definitely want to try this homemade skillet pizza that comes out bubbly and delicious. This recipe calls for pizza sauce and mozzarella for a basic pie, but you can add your favorite meat and vegetable toppings, as well. The only limit is your imagination.
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Blueberry Dessert Pizza
Make the most of fresh blueberries with this dessert pizza. A shortbread crust forms a sweet and crumbly base, topped with a sweet cream cheese mixture and glazed berries. Fresh berries hold their shape best, but you can also top it with strawberries or other fruits, if you can't find blueberries or prefer a different flavor.