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5 Easy Pizza Recipes

5 Easy Pizza Recipes

Warmer days are a great excuse to throw a pizza party, and these versions are fun to make, quick to put together, and bursting with wonderfully zesty, international, and seasonal flavors. You can even make pizzas on your backyard grill: we include an easy how-to.

Use these five taste-tempting ideas as jumping-off places for your own creativity. And using premade crust saves so much time!

Basic Pizza Recipe:

1 12-to 14-inch pizza crust (thawed, if frozen)
Olive oil
Vegetables (see suggestions)
Sauce (optional)
Cheeses (see suggestions)
Fresh or dried herbs (see suggestions)

1. If using oven: Place thawed pizza crust on a round baking pan, and prebake at 450F for 3-4 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside to cool slightly.

2. Heat 1-2 tablespoons olive oil in a skillet. Add vegetables that are marked as “precook” and saute, stirring frequently, until softened.

3. Brush crust with more olive oil and spread sauce evenly over crust, if using, then sprinkle vegetables over that. Add cheeses and fresh herbs.

4. Bake pizza at 450F for 12 to 15 minutes, until cheese melts and pizza is heated through.

5. For Grilled Pizza: Prepare charcoal grill and allow coals to reach medium-high heat. Pat and stretch dough into 1/4-inch thick shape and brush bottom with olive oil. Place oiled side down on grill-rack and cook 2-5 minutes, until crust holds its shape. Flip over, brush with oil, cover with sauce, pre-cooked vegetables, cheeses, and fresh herbs and continue cooking another several minutes until cheese melts.

Pizza Primavera
1 cup asparagus, cut in 1/2-inch diagonal pieces (precook)
1 cup chopped broccoli (precook)
1 small zucchini, sliced thinly (precook)
1 cup fresh spinach, sliced into thin ribbons
1/2 cup sliced scallions, white and green parts
1/2 cup pesto sauce
8 ounces shredded soy or regular mozzarella
1/4 cup grated Parmesan or soy-Parmesan cheese

Parisian Pizza
2 cups sliced Portobello or other mushrooms (precook)
1 cup arugula, coarsely chopped
2 cups gruyere cheese, shredded
2 tablespoons each fresh parsley and fresh thyme, finely minced

Tuscan Pizza
1 cup tomato-based pizza sauce
1 small eggplant, skin removed, sliced thinly (precook)
2 cloves garlic, minced (precook)
1 small onion, sliced thinly in rings
1 cup sun-dried tomatoes, reconstituted in hot water and drained
1 cup black oil-cured olives, sliced
2 tablespoons capers
1 teaspoon dried rosemary
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1 1/2 cups shredded regular or soy mozzarella
1/2 cup goat cheese or feta, crumbled

Alamo Pizza
1 cup salsa
1/4 cup canned green chiles, diced
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 cup canned or cooked black beans
1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

Garnish (sprinkle on after pizza is finished baking):
1 avocado, peeled and thinly sliced
1/3 cup fresh cilantro leaves
Squeeze of lime

Neapolitan Pizza
1 cup tomato-based pizza sauce
1 clove garlic, minced
4 fresh plum tomatoes, cored and diced
1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, cut into fine ribbons
2 cups fresh mozzarella balls, cut into thin slices

Garnish: a few fresh basil leaves

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By Cait Johnson, author of Witch In the Kitchen, (inner Traditions, 2001).

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Cait Johnson, MFA, is the author of six books, including Earth, Water, Fire, and Air: Essential Ways of Connecting to Spirit, Witch in the Kitchen, Celebrating the Great Mother and Tarot Games. She has been a counselor for more than 20 years, and teaches workshops on seasonal elemental approaches to self-healing, conscious eating, and soul-nurturing creativity.

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10:59AM PDT on Mar 11, 2013

These sound delicious and original, thanks.

3:22PM PST on Dec 2, 2012

Thank you for sharing.

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8:31AM PST on Mar 1, 2012

Thanks for posting.

5:18PM PDT on Jun 6, 2011

I love all these yummy recipes. Thanks!

5:47PM PDT on May 5, 2010

These all sound good - thanks for the post!

3:43PM PDT on Apr 9, 2010

Great recipes, thanks!

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