65+ Homemade Pizza Recipes That Beat Greasy Takeout Slices

Pizza night is part of meal plans across the country every week. Sure, ordering a pie loaded with your favorite toppings is easy when you're exhausted, but these pizza recipes will show you how creating your own can be fun and just as satisfying!

When it comes to making homemade pizza, it's a great way to use up whatever ingredients you have on hand. Have a ton of leftover veggies? Garden salad pizza to the rescue! Made BBQ chicken or pork over the weekend? Throw it on top! In need of a genius brunch recipe and tired of the same old fare? Breakfast pizzas are sure to please.

Related: 25 Best Breakfast Pizza Recipes

Why should I make homemade pizza?

Making pizza from scratch is a great way to control fat and calories—and save money at the same time. Ordering big pies week after week gets costly and making pizza dough at home is as cheap as it is effortless. Even if you're not exactly sure how to make pizza dough (or are too lazy to attempt it), plenty of pizza crust hacks are included here. Pillsbury crust, pita, garlic bread, naan flatbread and store-bought cauliflower crusts all make an appearance in this list of easy pizza recipes for fuss-free dough alternatives.

Related: 15 Fantastic Flatbread Pizza Ideas

How can I make a healthy pizza?

No matter which diet or healthy eating lifestyle you're abiding by, there are plenty of vegan, gluten-free, vegetarian and keto-friendly pizza recipes included here to try as well. You don't have to miss out on a fantastic pie any longer!

Even if you aren't watching your calories or carbs, sometimes a lighter pizza is a nice alternative to heavy-loaded ones. Plus it means you can enjoy a second, or third, slice with less guilt!

Related: 25 Easy Sheet Pan Pizza Recipes

This list has some of the best pizza inspiration you could ever want, so be sure to pin your favorites and add the ingredients to your grocery list ASAP.

65+ Best Pizza Recipes

Detroit-Style Classic Red Stripe Pan Pizza

<p>Mark Boughton</p>

Mark Boughton

This recipe might take a little extra time, but it's simple and yields deliciously addictive homemade pizza.

Get the recipe: Detroit-Style Classic Red Stripe Pan Pizza

Related: 30 Best White Pizza Recipes

Pear and Goat Cheese Flatbread Pizza

<p>Nisa Burns</p>

Nisa Burns

This flatbread-style pizza with pear and goat cheese is delicious! It's quite easy to make, especially if you buy pre-made dough. Plus, you can get as creative and fancy as you want with the toppings.

Get the recipe: Pear and Goat Cheese Flatbread Pizza

Pepperoni Pizza with Chile-Infused Hot Honey Drizzle

<p>Mark Boughton</p>

Mark Boughton

Pepperoni is one of the most popular pizza toppings. Adding a drizzle of chile-infused honey makes for a deliciously spicy-sweet-savory pie. To keep your pizza wheel or knife from becoming a sticky mess, slice the pie before drizzling it with honey.

Get the recipe: Pepperoni Pizza with Chile-Infused Hot Honey Drizzle

Bacon Ranch Flatbread Pizza

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Mittera Creative Services

In this recipe from NBC’s The Biggest Loser Chef Devin Alexander uses lavash, a Middle Eastern flatbread that contains fewer carbs than traditional crust. Find it near hummus and pita in the deli section of the grocery store.

Get the recipe: Bacon Ranch Flatbread Pizza

Northeastern-Style White Sicilian

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Two Hungry Dudes

Southern New England, New York, and New Jersey host some of the country's most beloved pizzerias, known for pies with a Neapolitan flavor: thin crust with a puffy collar and oven-charred zest. This white pie recipe is another typical pizza found in the Northeast.

Get the recipe: Northeastern-Style White Sicilian

Keto Portobello Mushroom Pizza

<p>Helene Dujardin</p>

Helene Dujardin

A keto diet requires some creativity when trying to re-create classic comfort foods. Portobello mushrooms are a perfect replacement for dishes in which bread is used, like this pizza. Top with low-carb veggies, full-fat ricotta and grated Parmesan cheese.

Get the recipe: Keto Portobello Mushroom Pizza

Barbecued Chicken Pizza

<p>Andrew McCaul</p>

Andrew McCaul

This cheesy barbecued chicken pizza makes for a quick and easy weeknight meal.

Get the recipe: Barbecued Chicken Pizza

Chicken Fajita Pizza

<p>Clare Barboza/Bonnie Matthews</p>

Clare Barboza/Bonnie Matthews

It's time to bring together two of your favorite foods: fajitas and pizza. This chicken fajita pizza recipe is the perfect dinner treat for kids and adults alike who are tired of the same-old, same-old.

Get the recipe: Chicken Fajita Pizza

Gjelina Restuarant's Famous Mushroom and Goat Cheese Pizza

<p>Mark Boughton</p>

Mark Boughton

Be sure to keep mushrooms thinly sliced to avoid a soggy pie.

Get the recipe: Mushroom and Goat Cheese Pizza

Buffalo Cauliflower Pizza

<p>Carina Wolff</p>

Carina Wolff

If you are watching your carbs, no need to miss out on a tasty pizza with this low-carb solution.

Get the recipe: Buffalo Cauliflower Pizza

Related: 21 Best Keto Pizza Recipes

Delicioso Enchilada Pizza

<p>Mark Boughton</p>

Mark Boughton

When you can't decide between pizza night and Mexican night!

Get the recipe: Delicioso Enchilada Pizza

Mini Mummy Pizzas

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Cali'flour Foods

Kids will love these when Halloween rolls around. You will love that they only take five minutes to make!

Get the recipe: Mini Mummy Pizzas

Pesto Caprese Matzo Pizza

<p>Jennifer May</p>

Jennifer May

Sheets of matzo make the perfect canvas for these individual thin-crust pizzas.

Get the recipe: Pesto Caprese Matzo Pizza

Chicken and Artichoke Pizza

<p>Rita Maas</p>

Rita Maas

Always a crowd-pleaser, this pizza packs protein and plenty of cheesy goodness.

Get the recipe: Chicken and Artichoke Pizza

Grilled Cheeseburger Pizza

<p>Mark Boughton</p>

Mark Boughton

With only seven ingredients that combine kid-favorite pizza and burger flavors, it’s a family-pleasing pick.

Get the recipe: Grilled Cheeseburger Pizza

Pizza Flag

<p>Eric Staudenmaier</p>

Eric Staudenmaier

This star-spangled pizza is equal parts fun and delicious, plus it's super simple to make. If you're short on time, feel free to use your favorite low-fat string cheese in place of the mozzarella cheese slices.

Get the recipe: Pizza Flag

Garlicky White Clam 'Apizza'

<p>Mark Boughton</p>

Mark Boughton

This is a home-style version of the classic thin-crust "apizza" created at Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana in New Haven, Connecticut. They use fresh hard-shell littleneck clams, which you can ask your fishmonger to shuck for you, or substitute a soft-shell variety, such as Manila, which are easy to shuck at home.

Get the recipe: Garlicky White Clam 'Apizza'

Two-Cheese Pesto Pizza

<p>Catherine McCord</p>

Catherine McCord

This quick and easy 15-minute pizza uses a type of flat bread known as naan, available in most supermarkets.

Get the recipe: Two-Cheese Pesto Pizza

Veggie Pizza

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This quick-baked tortilla pizza is topped with two cheeses, asparagus and arugula.

Get the recipe: Veggie Pizza

Creamy Chicken, Chard and Fennel Pizza

<p>Alison Ashton</p>

Alison Ashton

If pizza doesn't always agree with you, this version might be the answer.

Get the recipe: Creamy Chicken, Chard and Fennel Pizza

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Waffle Pepperoni Pizza

<p>Mark Boughton</p>

Mark Boughton

These will remind you of bagel-bite pizzas, but better!

Get the recipe: Waffle Pepperoni Pizza

Plant-Based Pizza With Pumpkin, Sausage and Kale

<p>Mark Boughton</p>

Mark Boughton

This pie welcomes your vegan and vegetarian guests to the table.

Get the recipe: Plant-Based Pizza with Pumpkin, Sausage and Kale

California-Style Smoked Salmon Caviar Pizza

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iStock

No single feature defines California-style pizza aside from the willingness to break the rules and try something new like caviar on pizza!

Get the recipe: California-Style Smoked Salmon Caviar Pizza

Taco Salad Pizza

<p>Mark Boughton</p>

Mark Boughton

This beefy dinner is loaded with Tex-Mex flavor. If you want a punch of heat, add ¼ tsp crushed red pepper to this taco salad pizza!

Get the recipe: Taco Salad Pizza

Barbecued Chicken Pizza with Tomato Salsa

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CIA

This is a perfect way to use up the last bit of those leftovers from the night before, so if you have grilled or barbecued chicken, turkey or other meats, use them instead.

Get the recipe: Barbecued Chicken Pizza with Tomato Salsa

Super Bowl 100-Calorie Pizza

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Partners in Publishing

Who said game day food has to involve mega calories? Add this to your party table and you just might kick a few of those big calorie competitors to the curb.

Get the recipe: Super Bowl 100-Calorie Pizza

Thai Shrimp Flatbread Pizza

<p>Devin Alexander</p>

Devin Alexander

This recipe uses lavash, a Middle Eastern flatbread that contains fewer carbs than traditional crust. Find it near hummus and pita in the deli section of the grocery store.

Get the recipe: Thai Shrimp Flatbread Pizza

Southwestern-Style Grilled Pizza with Chicken

<p>Chad A Elick</p>

Chad A Elick

Topped with enchilada sauce, green chiles, southwestern cheeses and fresh vegetables, this pizza will be a home run in your house. Whether cooked on the grill to achieve that incredible charred flavor or baked in the oven, your family is going to love this pizza.

Get the recipe: Southwestern-Style Grilled Pizza with Chicken

Southwestern Pizza

<p>Andrew McCaul</p>

Andrew McCaul

Chorizo provides a spicy kick to this Southwestern-style pizza.

Get the recipe: Southwestern Pizza

Grilled Mini Pesto Pizzas with Bell Peppers and Tomatoes

<p>Lucy Schaeffer</p>

Lucy Schaeffer

These kid-sized pesto pizzas are cooked to crispy perfection on the grill.

Get the recipe: Grilled Mini Pesto Pizzas with Bell Peppers and Tomatoes

Pizza Margherita

<p>Marcus Nilsson</p>

Marcus Nilsson

A simple pizza with the flavors of tomato, mozzarella and basil.

Get the recipe: Pizza Margherita

Related: 20 Of The Best Basil Recipes For Summer

Greek Salad Pizza

<p>Mark Boughton</p>

Mark Boughton

Drizzle this pizza with a store-bought dressing, or make your own tangy tzatziki.

Get the recipe: Greek Salad Pizza

Cobb Salad Pizza

<p>Mark Boughton</p>

Mark Boughton

This super fast supper delivers standard Cobb flavors—chicken, hard-boiled egg and bacon—on a crunchy crust.

Get the recipe: Cobb Salad Pizza

Bacon Ranch White Pizza

<p>Deanna Samaan</p>

Deanna Samaan

We all have a serious love affair with pizza, ranch dressing, and bacon...why not have all three at once?

Get the recipe: Bacon Ranch White Pizza

Justice League Superfood Pizza

<p>Mark Boughton</p>

Mark Boughton

Fuel your favorite pint-size superhero with this veggie-packed pie. The nutrient-rich toppings will make him or her ready to join the Justice League team made up of Wonder Woman, Superman, Batman and The Flash.

Get the recipe: Justice League Superfood Pizza

Pesto Pizza

<p>Andrew McCaul</p>

Andrew McCaul

You only need four ingredients and 20 minutes to whip together this pesto pizza.

Get the recipe: Pesto Pizza

Peach Pizza

<p>Rosemary Black</p>

Rosemary Black

When peaches are plentiful and juicy, do a riff on the basic salad pizza for more, shall we say, sophisticated diners in the family. This lightened-up summery pie is delicious and easy to make if you pick up a pre-made crust.

Get the recipe: Peach Pizza

Todd English's Kielbasa, Sauerkraut, and Potato

<p>Todd English</p>

Todd English

You’re putting what on a pizza? Somehow kielbasa, sauerkraut, and potato just work together. Don’t be surprised if you and your family end up agreeing.

Get the recipe: Todd English's Kielbasa, Sauerkraut and Potato Pizza

Green Pea Pesto Pizza

<p>Jim Franco</p>

Jim Franco

This pizza conveniently cooks well on a cookie sheet, no pizza stone is needed.

Get the recipe: Green Pea Pesto Pizza

New Orleans-Style Pizza

<p>Andrew McCaul</p>

Andrew McCaul

The whole family will appreciate the flavors of the South with this quick, NOLA-inspired pizza.

Get the recipe: New Orleans-Style Pizza

Puff Pastry Tomato-Basil Pizza

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iStock

This tomato-basil pizza is made with puff pastry, rather than the usual dough, for a lighter, crispier crust.

Get the recipe: Puff Pastry Tomato-Basil Pizza

Related: 36 Best Sweet and Savory Puff Pastry Recipes

Grilled Barbecued Chicken Pizza

<p>Mark Boughton</p>

Mark Boughton

This rustic pizza, adapted from grilling guru Elizabeth Karmel, is a great way to make a pizzeria-quality pie during the dog days of summer. Use your favorite style of homemade or bottled barbecue sauce.

Get the recipe: Grilled Barbecued Chicken Pizza

Mighty Aphrodite Pizza with Grilled Chicken

<p>Sonoma Gourmet</p>

Sonoma Gourmet

Topped with Sonoma Heirloom Tomato Pizza Sauce, chopped chicken breast, kalamata olives and feta, this is basically a Greek salad, but in pizza form.

Get the recipe: Mighty Aphrodite Pizza with Grilled Chicken

California-Style Barbecue Chicken Pizza

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iStock

California-style pizza is all about trying non-traditional toppings, which leads to unique and tasty pies!

Get the recipe: California-Style Barbecue Chicken Pizza

Taco-Inspired Mexican Pizza

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This Mexican pizza uses refrigerated crescent rolls as the base, so you can save time without having to make fresh pizza dough, and swaps tomato sauce for cream cheese and sour cream.

Get the recipe: Taco-Inspired Mexican Pizza

Roast Sweet Pepper Pizza

<p>Sanura Weathers</p>

Sanura Weathers

This pizza has a mild spicy cornmeal crust that most kids will love. It’s topped with homemade roast peppers, with a smoky and candy-sweet taste sans the spice.

Get the recipe: Roast Sweet Pepper Pizza

Peach and Gorgonzola Pizza

<p>Mark Boughton</p>

Mark Boughton

This simple pizza is a delicious way to showcase summer peaches and is perfect for a light supper.

Get the recipe: Peach and Gorgonzola Pizza

Buffalo Chicken Pizza

<p>Tyson</p>

Tyson

Whip together a quick 15-minute meal with precooked chicken and a pre-baked pizza crust.

Get the recipe: Buffalo Chicken Pizza

Thin Crust Mini Pepperoni Pizzas

<p>Marcus Nilsson</p>

Marcus Nilsson

These bite-sized pizzas are perfect for kids or your next party.

Get the recipe: Thin Crust Mini Pepperoni Pizzas

The Great Greek Pizza

<p>Paul Johnson</p>

Paul Johnson

This personal pizza is a breeze to prepare. Savory spinach, feta cheese, and tomatoes sit atop a pita.

Get the recipe: The Great Greek Pizza

Ree Drummond's Cheeseburger Pizza

<p>Mark Boughton</p>

Mark Boughton

Burger night and pizza night meet in the most delicious way.

Get the recipe: Ree Drummond's Cheeseburger Pizza

Related: 21 Best Stuffed Burger Recipes

Ayesha Curry's Fig, Prosciutto and Taleggio Pizza

<p>Mark Boughton</p>

Mark Boughton

This upscale pizza uses a variety of figs (or a combo) to make a classic savory-sweet combo. If fresh figs are available, use them; otherwise, dried are fine. You can use Brie instead of Taleggio.

Get the recipe: Ayesha Curry's Fig, Prosciutto and Taleggio Pizza

Mediterranean Vegetable Pizza

<p>Andrew McCaul</p>

Andrew McCaul

This veggie pizza bursts with Mediterranean flavors.

Get the recipe: Mediterranean Vegetable Pizza

Old Forge-Style Victory Pig Pizza

<p>Jane and Michael Stern</p>

Jane and Michael Stern

Eateries in and around Old Forge, a suburb of Scranton, Pa. specialize in pies that sport a thick crust topped with red sauce and mild cheese.

Get the recipe: Old Forge-Style Victory Pig Pizza

Chicago-Style Deep Dish

<p>Jane and Michael Stern</p>

Jane and Michael Stern

Chicago's deep-dish pizza, invented at Pizzeria Uno, features cheese and chunked tomatoes surrounded by a biscuit-rich crust. Chicago deep-dish pizza requires a pan that is 2-3 inches deep and 10-12 inches across.

Get the recipe: Chicago-Style Deep Dish

Rhino Pizzeria's Famous Dill Pickle Pizza

<p>Alison Ashton</p>

Alison Ashton

Rhino’s Pizzeria in Rochester, New York, created a dill pickle pizza a few years back, and let’s just say that it has its lovers and haters.

Get the recipe: Rhino Pizzeria's Dill Pickle Pizza

Spinach Artichoke Pizza

<p>Good Food Baddie</p>

Good Food Baddie

This perfect slice is basically spinach artichoke dip on a pizza and it's pretty mind-blowing, hence the need to have it over and over. One bite in and you'll be craving it 24/7.

Get the recipe: Spinach Artichoke Pizza

Chicken Fajita Pizza

<p>Holly Clegg</p>

Holly Clegg

With convenience items like rotisserie chicken for a shortcut and bell peppers for added nutrition, this pizza is both easy and better for you.

Get the recipe: Chicken Fajita Pizza

St. Louis-Style Pizza

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Thin crust and creamy Provel cheese (a blend of cheddar, Swiss and provolone) define this city's signature pizza.

Get the recipe: St. Louis-Style Pizza

Maine Lobster Pesto Pizza

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Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative

From classy tailgate parties to intimate dinners for two, lobster options are plentiful. Try this lobster pesto pizza and add a little pizzaz to your next meal.

Get the recipe: Maine Lobster Pesto Pizza

Chicken Florentine Flatbread Pizza

<p>Kimberly A. Morales</p>

Kimberly A. Morales

The dough for the crust is extremely simple to make, and there's no need to worry about fiddling around with yeast and rising times. Just add a creamy herb sauce and top with tomatoes and spinach—a decidedly un-boring way to use those leftovers!

Get the recipe: Chicken Florentine Flatbread Pizza

Meatball Pizza

<p>Andrew McCaul</p>

Andrew McCaul

This scrumptious—and filling—meatball pizza will put those hunger pangs at bay.

Get the recipe: Meatball Pizza

Related: 25 Best Crock Pot Meatballs Recipes

Garlic Bread Pizzas

<p>Krista Marshall</p>

Krista Marshall

These hands-friendly, budget-friendly pizzas are great for the littles to help with. You can even make it a "bar" style meal and let them build their own individual pizza. Perfect for when their friends come for a sleepover or party.

Get the recipe: Garlic Bread Pizzas

Grilled West Coast IPA Style Pulled Pork Flatbread Pizza

<p>Bobbi Burleson</p>

Bobbi Burleson

Naan bread, grated cheese, sliced red onion and some pulled pork makes for one amazing flatbread.

Get the recipe: Grilled West Coast IPA Style Pulled Pork Flatbread Pizza

Meatball Veggie Pizza

<p>Mark Boughton</p>

Mark Boughton

Upgrade an unassuming frozen cheese pizza with a perfectly savory combo of toppings. This meatball pizza might be the best-frozen pizza ever, with fresh red onion and arugula, pepperoncini peppers and Italian seasoning.

Get the recipe: Meatball Veggie Pizza

The Meltiest Slice of Pizza

<p>Callie Blount</p>

Callie Blount

Food stylist Callie Blount shares her method for getting a melty, mouthwatering "cheese pull" (when the cheese stretches out as you pull a slice from the pizza).

Get the recipe: The Meltiest Slice of Pizza

Easy Sausage Pizza

<p>Johnsonville Sausage</p>

Johnsonville Sausage

A quick (and customizable!) sausage pizza that's topped with green peppers and mozzarella.

Get the recipe: Easy Sausage Pizza

Wolfgang Puck's Whole Wheat Mini Pizzas

<p>Wolfgang Puck</p>

Wolfgang Puck

Make a square with whole-wheat dough, lots of fresh vegetables and a little cheese, then cut it into small squares. Cook it the night before at home, and then the kids can eat it cold at school like focaccia.

Get the recipe: Wolfgang Puck’s Whole Wheat Mini Pizzas

Easy Pizza Margherita

<p>Patter Talk</p>

Patter Talk

An easy-to-make, homemade, colorful and mouthwatering pizza, ready to eat from start to finish in about 20 minutes.

Get the recipe: Easy Pizza Margherita

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