7 Pizza Topping Ideas: choose your favorite!

pizza topping ideas

In the previous article of this category we’ve talked about how easily you can make original Italian Pizza dough but once you’ve made your dough you need to have some Pizza topping ideas to prepare delicious fragrant pizza recipes.

In addition to the most traditional Italian pizzas like Margherita, Marinara and Calzone there are literally tons of pizza topping ideas that will help you make a pizza, one for each taste. You can choose to season your pizza with veggies, sea food, salami, ham, sausage. It’s nice to have different pizza topping combinations to keep things interesting.

You can even make what here in Italy we call “white pizzas” which is pizza without tomato sauce but with lots of different cheeses to make it “white”.

My Italian Grandma, who loves more traditional pizza recipes, simply can’t accept the idea of a pizza without tomato sauce but I told her some people like to eat their pizza without the sauce and that’s OK. There is no way she’ll get over Hawaiian pizza (the one with pineapple on top) or pizza without the sauce.

Besides having good pizza topping ideas please keep in mind that the quality of the ingredients, the kneading and the rising of the dough, as well as the baking, will make the difference between a so-so and a delicious, mouth-watering homemade Italian pizza.

Here in Italy each region has its own typical ingredients consequently there are different traditional pizza topping combinations according to the local products.

Here are some of my favorite traditional pizza topping ideas for you to choose from.

To make the following pizza recipes you can follow directions to make the dough as explained in this article and then choose from the following Pizza topping combinations that I suggest here.

  • Caprese

This is one of the most basic, yet delicious, traditional pizza topping ideas.

To make this pizza you’ll need:

– tomato sauce
– Mozzarella cheese
– Parmesan cheese, cut in flakes
– fresh basil leaves
– extra virgin olive oil
– salt

pizza topping ideas

  1. After you followed the procedure to make the dough, preheat oven at 425°F.
  2. Spread tomato sauce on your pizza, add salt and extra virgin olive oil.
  3. Spread diced Mozzarella cheese on top of tomato sauce.
  4. Bake for about 25 minutes.
  5. Take your pizza out of the oven, add Parmesan flakes.
  6. Bake for another 5 minutes or until thoroughly cooked.
  7. Serve with fresh basil leaves on top.
  • All Veggies Pizza

If you are looking for healthy pizza topping ideas here is one just for you to try.

To make this all veggies white pizza you’ll need:

– Mozzarella cheese
– zucchini
– eggplants
– yellow, green or red peppers
– black olives
– extra virgin olive oil
– salt
– pepper

  1. Thin slice zucchini, eggplants and peppers.
  2. Grill all veggies on both sides until cooked and fragrant.
  3. After you followed the procedure to make the dough, preheat oven at 425°F.
  4. Spread extra virgin olive oil on top of your pizza dough, add salt.
  5. Lay grilled veggies on your pizza.
  6. Add black olives and bake in preheated oven for about 20 minutes.
  7. Take your pizza out of the oven, add diced Mozzarella cheese on top. Add salt and pepper to taste and a little extra virgin olive oil again.
  8. Bake for another 10 minutes, until thoroughly cooked and serve.
  • Shepherd’s  pizza

This is one of the most traditional pizza topping ideas.

I call it the Shepherd’s pizza because it is not uncommon for shepherds to go out in the woods, pick mushrooms and then cook them!

You’ll need:

– tomato sauce
– Mozzarella cheese
– Asiago cheese
– your favorite choice of mushrooms
– fresh parsley
– 1 garlic clove
– extra virgin olive oil
– salt

pizza topping ideas

  1. Finely chop fresh parsley leaves and garlic.
  2. Sauté thin sliced mushrooms in extra virgin olive oil with garlic. When all water from the mushrooms is reduced, add finely chopped parsley and garlic. Keep some of this aromatic mixture for the pizza topping.
  3. After you followed the procedure to make the dough, preheat oven at 425°F.
  4. Dice Mozzarella and Asiago cheese.
  5. Spread extra virgin olive oil on top of your pizza dough, add salt.
  6. Spread diced cheeses, add sautéed mushrooms. Add more salt to taste and extra virgin olive oil drizzle.
  7. Bake in preheated oven for about 25 minutes, until thoroughly cooked.
  8. Before you serve this mushroom pizza, sprinkle with the aromatic mixture of garlic and parsley.
  • Taste of the fall

This pizza toppings is called “Taste of the fall” because the main ingredient is figs and we know that fig season is the fall!

Here is what you’ll need to make this yummy white pizza:

– figs
– Mozzarella cheese
– Provolone cheese
– Parma ham, thin sliced
– extra virgin olive oil
– salt
– pepper

  1. After you followed the procedure to make the dough, preheat oven at 425°F.
  2. Cut figs in for halves and set them aside.
  3. Dice Mozzarella cheese and Provolone cheese.
  4. Spread extra virgin olive oil on top of your pizza dough, add salt.
  5. Arrange both cheeses on your pizza and bake for about 20 minutes.
  6. Take your pizza out of the oven, add some slices of Parma ham and the four figs pieces in the center.
  7. Bake for another 10 minutes.
  8. Serve with another drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and freshly ground black pepper on top.
  • Tuna fish

This is also a very traditional pizza topping ideas.

To make Tuna fish pizza you will need the following ingredients:

– cherry tomatoes
– tuna fish
– 1 onion
– Mozzarella cheese
– extra virgin olive oil
– fresh basil leaves
– salt
– pepper

  1. Cut cherry tomatoes in halves and let excess water drain.
  2. Thin slice onion and dice Mozzarella cheese.
  3. After you followed the procedure to make the dough, preheat oven at 425°F.
  4. Spread extra virgin olive oil on top of your pizza dough, add salt.
  5. Arrange cherry tomatoes and diced Mozzarella cheese on top of your dough. Add tuna fish and thin sliced onion.
  6. Bake in preheated oven for about 25/30 minutes. Just make sure that your baking pan is low enough so that the onion doesn’t get dark: it’s supposed to be cooked but not over cooked otherwise it becomes bitter.
  7. Serve with freshly ground black pepper on top.
  • Arugula and Buffalo Mozzarella

This is another of my healthy pizza topping ideas for you to try. I love arugula, I use it simply to make salad, I blend it with Ricotta cheese to make sauce for Pasta or croutons and I like this pizza topping with Buffalo Mozzarella cheese.

Make sure you have the following ingredients:

– tomato sauce
– fresh arugula
– Buffalo milk Mozzarella cheese
– extra virgin olive oil
– salt
– cayenne pepper

pizza topping ideas

  1. After you followed the procedure to make the dough, preheat oven at 425°F.
  2. Dice Mozzarella cheese.
  3. Spread extra virgin olive oil on top of your pizza dough, add salt and extra virgin olive oil.
  4. Spread tomato sauce and bake in preheated oven for about 20 minutes.
  5. Take your pizza out of the oven, arrange diced Buffalo milk Mozzarella cheese on top, add fresh arugula and salt to taste.
  6. Bake for another 10/15 minutes.
  7. Serve with some cayenne pepper on top and if you’d like another extra virgin olive oil drizzle on top.
  • Pear and blue cheese

I love this one I define it the real gourmet pizza!

This is an easy “white” pizza to make, you just need to have:

– Blue cheese
– Provolone cheese
– Parmesan cheese, flakes
– Mozzarella cheese
– 1 small pear
– 1 glass of wine (like Pinot Grigio)
– extra virgin olive oil
– salt
– pepper

  1. Dice all cheeses and set them aside.
  2. Put your pear in a pot with a glass of wine and let it cook for about 20 minutes.
  3. Drain your pear, let it cool off then peal it, cut it in thin slices and set it aside.
  4. After you followed the procedure to make the dough, preheat oven at 425°F.
  5. Spread extra virgin olive oil on top of your pizza dough, add salt, bake for about 15 minutes.
  6. Take your pizza out of the oven, arrange all cheeses and bake for another 20 minutes, until thoroughly cooked. Add more salt to taste.
  7. Lay pear slices on top of your pizza and serve with freshly ground black pepper.
  • Bottom line

I love pizza, I don’t think there is anything that satisfies hunger as much as a hot and fragrant homemade pizza. I find it also fun to make and I like the fact that the whole house has the scent of the dough baking in the oven.

These were 7 of my favorite Pizza topping ideas, I hope you will try them and then let me know which one was your favorite. Or you can tell me in the comments section which kind of Pizza you usually make and I will try it!

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