5 Pizza Recipes for Family Fun

Check out these 5 easy and affordable pizza recipes that will turn cooking into a family activity

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Pizza night is about to get even more exciting. One of the great things about pizza is its incredible versatility. Even the most selective eaters and people with dietary restrictions can usually find a tasty option to enjoy. And if you’re looking for a fun family time, making your own pizza is a great way to make some great memories and try something new. 

Even if this is your first time making homemade pizza, there’s likely an easy homemade pizza recipe that’s just right for you and your family.

From gluten-free and cauliflower to whole-wheat flour, the options are endless for creating your own tasty pizza on a golden-brown crust. Over the years, pizza lovers have taken the Italian pie into delicious new territories. Of course, some still prefer traditional tomato sauce while others change things up with alfredo or BBQ sauce

Pizza topping options are only limited by your imagination, ranging from common choices like pepperoni, mushrooms and fresh mozzarella cheese to breakfast items like fried eggs

Make the crust crispy, crunchy or chewy. Make thin crust, flatbread or deep-dish in a cast-iron skillet. Once you learn how to make your own homemade pizza dough and homemade pizza sauce, all that’s left to do is experiment and enjoy your creation.

With the recipes below, you’ll be making the best homemade pizza in your own at-home pizzeria in no time.

Easy Pizza Crust Recipes

Pizza crust is kind of an important part of the pizza. Okay, it’s really important. But there are many ways to make your dough. Most recipes call for instant yeast or active dry yeast in warm water while others are yeast-free. We’ve got a few options to share with you.

First, we’ll start with a traditional pizza dough made with all-purpose flour or whole-wheat flour. Then we’ll take a look at a phenomenal gluten-free pizza dough that’s easy and tasty. And one step further, we’ll share a vegan pizza crust recipe made with cauliflower. 

Some basic tools and considerations that aren’t required but can help the process are a stand mixer, a rolling pin, a sheet pan, a pizza pan, a baking sheet or a pizza stone and a large flat work surface that you can flour for kneading your pizza dough.

Let’s get started.

Quick and Easy Pizza Dough Recipe

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 20 minutes

Total time: 30 minutes

Source: allrecipes

The name says it all. We know you want to get it done as quickly as possible without having to solve riddles and go to culinary school. It’s pizza, not sending people into space. We got you.

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Deep-Dish Pan Pizza Dough

Prep time: 1 hr 50 min

Cook time: 15 minutes

Instructions for making pizza dough in a cast iron pan
Source: A Couple Cooks

This includes a fun supreme pizza recipe, but the deep-dish pan pizza for a cast-iron skillet can be topped however you want, of course.

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Easy Thin-Crust Pizza Dough

Prep time: 1 hour

Cook time: 7 minutes

Thin crust pizza on a serving tray
Source: A Couple Cooks

There’s that wonderful word again: easy. Thin, delicious and crispy, too. 

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Easy Gluten-Free Pizza Dough Recipe

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 50 minutes

Source: Minimalist Baker

The flavor and texture of gluten-free pizza crust has come a long way. The best gluten-free pizza doughs are right up there with traditional crusts as another excellent option.

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Vegan Cauliflower Pizza Crust

Prep time: 25 minutes

Cook time: 1 hour 5 minutes

Source: Minimalist Baker

A much healthier and vegan version of pizza crust made with a cauliflower-rich dough mixture.

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Easy Pizza Sauce Recipe

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cook time: 0 minutes

Red pizza sauce in a small bowl
Source: A Couple Cooks

Yeah, it’s that easy to make your own pizza sauce that’s full of flavor.

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5 of the Best Pizza Recipes to Make with Friends and Family

Okay, now that you’ve gotten a taste of some pizza dough basics—mix the ingredients, knead the dough, put the dough in a large bowl, cover it with plastic wrap and let the dough rise before kneading it again on a floured surface—it’s time to explore a few surprising recipes from across the wide world of pizza.

BBQ Chicken Grilled Pizza

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 10 minutes

Additional: 5 minutes

Close up of BBQ chicken grilled pizza
Source: allrecipes, Francine Lizotte Club Foody

Tangy BBQ, colby jack cheese and chicken breast on a crust with the crispy exterior and soft, chewy interior—all with the flavor and aroma only a good grilling can provide. It’s gonna get really quiet once this masterpiece meets your tastebuds. Everyone will be too busy eating.

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Mediterranean Pesto Pizza

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 6 minutes

Close up of Mediterranean Pesto pizza
Source: allrecipes, ChefV

Savor the Eighth Wonder of the World: tangy green olives, savory feta cheese and the perfect balance of acidity and the comfort of warm doughy goodness. 

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Four Cheese Margherita Pizza

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 10 minutes

Additional: 15 minutes

Close up of four-cheese Margherita pizza
Source: allrecipes, footballgrl16

It’s an Italian classic with the complex flavor profile of a four-cheese blend with the fresh green basil for balance. The challenge here, more than making an entire pizza with your own hands, will be controlling yourself and leaving some for other people. 

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Contest-Winning Pesto Veggie Pizza

Prep time: 30 minutes

Cook time: 10 minutes

Close up of pesto veggie pizza on a cutting board
Source: Taste of Home

Move over green eggs and ham, this green vegan pizza will be eaten with glee in the park and in the dark. But mostly in the kitchen since it won’t make it that far.

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