Endlessly versatile and suitable to kids’ and grownups’ tastes alike, pizzas are ideal meals for vegetarian eaters, as they can be made the same way with or without meat, and a lack of protein won’t sacrifice flavor or substance. If your weeknight routine has you ordering delivery pies on account of their ease and timesaving beauty, try embracing a fresher alternative that’s every bit as simple and quick to prepare: homemade pizza.
The secret to effortlessly making pizza at home is relying on prepared dough. Although you can make from scratch and then freeze Food Network Magazine‘s Basic Pizza Dough if you have the time, picking up already made dough from the supermarket or local delivery spot is just fine, especially if you crave the signature crust from your neighborhood pizzeria. Keeping ready-to-go dough in the freezer for fuss-free meals will save valuable time in the kitchen on hectic nights.
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The concept of homemade pizza being a long, arduous process is simply a myth. And this week’s Most Popular Pin of the Week, Food Network Magazine‘s Barbecue Chicken Pizza, helps you ditch delivery by keeping it simple. This one features premade dough topped with barbecued chicken, sliced red onions and a duo of cheeses.
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Get the recipe: Food Network Magazine’s Barbecue Chicken Pizza
Ditch the delivery drama and slice up a pizza of your very own. We’re not talking about taking a box from the freezer. With the help of store-bought dough (available at most grocery stores or pizzerias), these pizza recipes are as quick as ordering in. Simply stretch out the dough, don with your favorite toppings and pop it in the oven.
Sometimes a good pizza comes down to the trilogy: mozzarella, tomato and basil. Giada De Laurentiis creates the classic slice with her Pizza With Fresh Tomatoes and Basil recipe.
Rachael Ray makes a Wingless Buffalo Chicken Pizza (pictured above) that packs all of the heat of the finger-licking favorite. Her Mega Meatball Pizza, on the other hand, has more of that Italian flair.
Sandra Lee’s BBQ Chicken Pizza puts store-bought chicken tenders, shredded Gouda and barbecue sauce to use. On a smaller note, Pizza Pockets come loaded with turkey sausage and arugula and trade the usual large triangle for a dish perfect for parties.
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Keep pocketless pitas on hand to use for quick weeknight pizzas, like Food Network Magazine did for these Philly Cheesesteak Pizzas (pictured above). They’re easy to customize, so everyone will be happy. Just arrange the pitas on a baking sheet, cover with toppings and cheese, and broil until the cheese melts. You can keep leftover pitas in the freezer — just warm them under the broiler before adding toppings.
A no-fail meal that is guaranteed to please even the pickiest eater, pizza is a family-favorite dinner choice. This weekend, instead of ordering expensive and greasy delivery, bake up a pizza at home with your family. Once the easy-to-prepare dough is made, most pies take just minutes to assemble and bake, and can be customized to everyone’s tastes. And don’t worry if you don’t have a fancy pizza paddle or stone — everyday baking sheets work perfectly. Check out our roundup of basic, non-traditional and sweet slices below then tell us what is your favorite pizza topping.
Just the Basics:
You can’t have pizza without a crust to support it and you can’t have a deliciously chewy, slightly crispy crust without making the right dough. If you’ve never attempted from-scratch pizza dough, making Food Network Kitchens’ Basic Pizza Dough is a great place to start. It’s a no-fuss, easy-to-follow recipe that uses just a handful of ingredients. Plus, one batch of dough yields two pizzas, so you can freeze one to have ready for later.
Spice up classic pies by dressing them with the Ultimate Pizza Sauce from Food.com. Made with concentrated tomato paste, fresh aromatics — garlic, celery and onion — dried herbs and just a bit of butter, this smooth, flavor-packed sauce is the ideal canvas on which to showcase your favorite toppings, like crumbled Italian sausage, creamy mozzarella cheese, salty kalamata olives and more.
A go-to pizza that is as traditional as it is tasty, Food Network Magazine’s Pizza Margherita (pictured above) boasts a light, simple sauce and classic cheese and basil toppings. Kids and grownups alike will enjoy slices of this tried-and-true pie.
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Question: “How do I get my pizza crust to have that slightly chewy texture and hollow bubbles to obtain that authentic pizzeria-style crust?” — Stephanie.
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The ultimate family-friendly meal, pizza is inexpensive, incredibly versatile and can feed a crowd. Though homemade pizza dough comes together in a flash, store-bought dough works well, too. Top your pie with sweet caramelized onions, creamy ricotta cheese, bright corn and fresh basil for a satisfying dinner that will be ready in just 15 short minutes.
For a simple side, serve Rachael’s in-season Root Veggie Salad With Horseradish Dressing, featuring crunchy carrots and radishes.
Get the recipe: #31. Onion-Ricotta Pizza from Food Network Magazine’s 50 Easy Pizzas
Meatless Monday, an international movement, encourages people everywhere to cut meat one day a week for personal and planetary health. Browse more Meatless Monday recipes.
Cheese, pepperoni and pineapple, oh my. Food Network asked Facebook fans: “In your opinion, what is the best topping for pizza?” Not only did 3,843 of you answer, but you also shared extremely detailed choices.
Spinach, bacon, ham, mushrooms, olives, garlic — you guys want it all — as long as it’s covered with gooey cheese. Extra cheese was the number one topping of choice, with pepperoni and pineapple following close behind. Fans love pineapple classically paired with ham, but don’t mind if it’s mixed with chicken or bacon.
Every veggie possible made the list, but you’ll heap your slice high with mushrooms, olives and onions. Sprinkle a bit of garlic on top and you’ve got yourself a dream pie. Now that you’re probably craving pizza, make some at home instead of ordering in.
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Before you click through these pizzas, let’s be clear: In regard to pizza, we, the editors and writers of this story, do not discriminate. When we set out six months ago to find the greatest pizzas in America, we did not insist on thin crust over thick or red sauce over white. We didn’t even care if the pizzas were round. We just needed them to be awesome.
Inevitably, some of you will be alarmed by our choices, shocked that so-and-so was snubbed because their crust has the perfect crunch or their cheese oozes just so. But passionate disagreements about pizza reveal one great truth: There is no single best way to make it. In the bellow gallery, you will see by-the-book classics right next to brash pies that break every rule.
But all of them have one important thing in common: They’re well worth the trip.
View the gallery: 50 States, 50 Pizzas
Just six simple ingredients are all you need for this garden-fresh pizza that’s made directly on the grill and ready in just 20 minutes. Bobby uses fresh mozzarella, Roma tomatoes and fresh basil on top of store-bought pizza dough to save some time.
Editor’s Note: In addition to buying dough at your supermarket, you can also visit your favorite local pizzeria and ask them for a round of their pizza dough.
Get the recipe: Bobby Flay’s Margherita Pizza
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