These 16 Pizza Recipes Are So Good, You'll Never Order In Again

Detroit-Style Pizza With Sausage and Peppers
Photo: GREG DUPREE

Pizza is the ultimate crowd pleaser. Sauce plus cheese spread on a delicious crispy-carby crust equals comfort food at its finest—add a comfy couch and a glass of Chianti and we're in heaven. Kids like pizza just as much as adults, plus there's endless opportunity to dress it up with meat, cooked (or raw vegetables), unique types of cheese, herbs, and more.

Here, we've included homemade pizza recipe ideas for every type of pie-loving palate: there's the classic Chicago-style deep-dish, a thin Neapolitan-style Margherita recipe, a Detroit-style pie with peppers, and even a pizza you can make in a slow cooker. We promise you'll find one to satisfy your pizza craving. Really, why call Dominos when you can easily whip up one of these delicious homemade renditions?

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Grandma Pie With Pepperoni and Pink Sauce

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Greg DuPree

Grandma pies, said to have originated in New York, have one attribute that is highly likable (beyond all the ingredients): it's the fact that it can be made in a standard baking sheet. The toppings here are mostly classic: melted mozzarella and crispy coins of pepperoni, but the red sauce has a twist: a couple of tablespoons of heavy cream, which makes this even richer than normal. Top it off with rounds of red onion and it becomes an unforgettable pie. Before serving, sprinkle some crushed red pepper and dried oregano, or serve both on the side and have everyone sprinkle their own.

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Brussels Sprout Pizza With Lemon and Pecorino

Brussels Sprouts Flatbread
Brie Passano

This seasonal flatbread feeds a crowd, making it perfect for a weeknight holiday party (or any party, really). Store-bought pizza dough saves you time, and the Brussels sprouts cook entirely on the flatbread—so it comes together faster than you think. For even faster prep, use the slicing disk of a food processor to create thin shavings of Brussels sprouts, or buy pre-packed shredded sprouts. Each bite has a kick from the crushed red pepper, and Pecorino provides just the right amount of saltiness. It's just as delicious warm as it is at room temperature, so no need to worry about serving it straight from the oven. Pair it with a dry white wine.

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Neapolitan-Style Margherita Pizza

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Greg DuPree

Do you remember that scene in the movie Eat, Pray, Love, when Julia Roberts takes her first bite of pizza? She almost passes out from the bliss of tasting a slice. It's that level of delicious that we're going for here, with this classic rendition of the famous Naples pie. There are just a few toppings: crushed tomatoes, olive oil, fresh mozzarella cheese, and basil leaves, which means quality counts even more than normal. Cue Italian music and la bella vita can be yours. And there's no need for a pizza stone or any other fancy pizza equipment to replicate a restaurant Neopolitan-style pizza right in your own kitchen. The combo of the dough, the technique, and the high heat of the oven will yield incredible results.

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Green and White Pizza

Green and White Pizza Recipe
Caitlin Bensel

This sophisticated vegetarian pizza is topped with pleasantly bitter broccoli rabe sautéd with garlic, mozzarella, Parmesan, and a dollop of crème fraîche. Once the pizza is baked, you'll add a sprinkle of walnuts and crushed red pepper flakes to the pie, which bring richness and heat to each bite. To take this pizza to the next level, drizzle it with good quality olive oil, flaky sea salt, and freshly ground black pepper.

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Mushroom White Pizza

Mushroom White Pizza
Greg DuPree

White pizza is the kind of thing that feels totally restaurant-fancy, but is actually quite easy to make at home. To make the base, simply stir together ricotta and shredded mozzarella with garlic and oil. Top with sautéed mushrooms and you've got something worthy of date night at home. This pizza is cooked grandma-style, stretched out into one family-style serving on a baking sheet. Serve with an arugula or romaine salad on the side.

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Basic Pizza

Once you've mastered this recipe for Basic Pizza, you can go all out with the toppings.
Anna Williams

For a tasty yet classic pizza that's ready in just 40 minutes, use this recipe. You'll start with store-bought refrigerated pizza dough and top it with canned tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, and torn basil leaves. Feel free to add your own toppings, such as pepperoni, sliced mushrooms, or olives.

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Tapenade and Red Onion Pizza

Tapenade and Red Onion Pizza
Victor Protasio

This one's topped with sautéed onions, salty olive tapenade, and enough melted cheese to make each slice the best part of the pie. Round out dinner with a peppery arugula side salad or roasted vegetables. All that's left to do is cue up Netflix, grab a slice, and dig in.

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French Onion Soup Pizza

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Victor Protasio

If you've never tried French onion soup pizza, you're in for a really tasty treat. Here, you'll top store-bought pizza dough with jammy caramelized shallots mixed with balsamic vinegar, nutty Gruyère and creamy ricotta cheese, fresh parsley, and thyme. The result is all the deliciousness of French onion soup in pizza form.

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Salami and Fennel Pizza

Salami and Fennel Pizza
Caitlin Bensel

Since this pizza is ready in just 35 minutes, it's an ideal weeknight meal. You'll start with a familiar base of tomato sauce and shredded mozzarella, then take things up a notch with thinly sliced fennel, spicy cherry peppers, and salty salami. Lastly, you'll top the piping-hot pie fresh out of the oven with lemon-spiked ricotta for irresistible creaminess.

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Sheet Tray Pizza

Sheet-Tray Pizzas
Christopher Testani

Using a sheet tray to prepare a pizza is a great way to make a perfectly rectangular pie with a slightly thicker crust. Per this recipe, top your DIY pizza with marinara sauce, hot Italian sausage, fresh mozzarella, Parmesan, fennel, and sliced serrano peppers. If you're lucky enough to have leftovers, simply slide the covered sheet pan directly into your freezer and freeze the pizza for up to one month.

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White Pizza With Artichokes, Rosemary, and Olives

Quick Dinner Ideas: White Pizza With Artichokes, Rosemary, and Olives
Raymond Hom

You won't miss tomato sauce on this pizza, which is adorned with ricotta, marinated artichoke hearts, red onion, and olives. Serve it with a mixed greens salad topped with lemon juice and olive oil and you're good to go.

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Eggplant and Chicken Caponata Pizza

Eggplant and Chicken Caponata Pizza
Jen Causey

Sautéed eggplant, shredded rotisserie chicken, and briny capers combine to create a unique and flavorful topping for pizza. Look for "nonpareil" capers, which are the smallest, most tender variety.

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Honey-Drizzled Soppressata Pizza

Honey-Drizzled Soppressata Pizza Recipe
Caitlin Bensel

If you've ever drizzled some honey on a pizza, you know that it takes the Italian staple to a completely different level. Here, the sweetener is paired with peppery arugula, spicy soppressata, and funky fontina for a sweet and savory combination you won't be able to resist.

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Chicago-Style Deep-Dish Pizza With Smoked Mozzarella

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Greg DuPree

While you may think deep-dish pizza is tricky to replicate at home, this recipe proves otherwise. To achieve the thick, lofty crust you'll use a butter-coated cast-iron skillet dusted with cornmeal. The filling consists of seasoned diced tomatoes, while smoked mozzarella, pecorino Romano, and garlic top the decadent pie.

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Detroit-Style Pizza With Sausage and Peppers

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Greg DuPree

Detroit-style pizza is known for its extra-crispy crust and thick dough. This pie, which you can whip up in an hour, is topped with tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, crispy sausage, Cheddar cheese, and pickled banana peppers. Just make sure to get some cheese in contact with the pan so you get that classic, cheese-laced edge that sets Detroit-style pizza apart from other pies.

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Slow-Cooker Deep Dish Pizza

SLow Cooker Deep Dish Pizza
Victor Protasio

Believe it or not, you can make deep-dish pizza in the slow cooker. Using the appliance not only paves the way for an easy cleanup, but it also keeps your kitchen from getting too hot—a crucial perk in the summer. All you need to do is stretch the dough to fill a large slow cooker insert, then top it as you like. This recipe calls for the classic combination of marinara and mozzarella cheese, along with add-ons such as crumbled cooked Italian sausage, sliced pepperoni, sliced olives, or sliced bell peppers.

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