Alternative pizza base recipes

Save time by swapping your regular pizza dough for simple substitutes. Our alternative bases include pitta bread, naan, puff pastry, wraps and polenta.

Prosciutto pizza flatbread halves on a board with pizza slice

Whether you're short of flour or don't have time to make a pizza base, we've compiled 10 simple shortcuts using shop-bought substitutes. From fluffy flatbreads to light wraps or crispy baguettes, these can be transformed with a handful of tasty toppings. Who needs a takeaway? 
 

1. Hot salami & courgette flatbread

Round sliced pizza topped with hot salami, cheese and courgettes

This hot salami & courgette flatbread may look like your typical pizza, but don't be fooled! We've used a plain wrap for the base, topped with a delicious spread of Italian sausage, veggies and emmental. The recipe makes enough for one but can easily be multiplied. 
 

2. Egg rocket pizzas

Two tortilla breads topped with tomatoes, rocket salad and poached egg

Score two of your five-a-day with these vibrant veggie egg rocket pizzas. Top seeded tortillas with tomatoes, peppers and herbs, then break on an egg. Ten minutes in the oven and you'll have perfectly cooked eggs with runny yolks. Serve with fresh rocket leaves for a quick and healthy lunch.

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3. Pitta pizzas

Several pitta bread pittas topped with cheese, tomato and salami

Pitta breads are perfect for making individual pizzas. Using only six ingredients, kids will love making these budget-friendly salami pitta pockets, which can be on the table in 25 minutes. If you want to make your own base, see our quick pitta bread recipe.
 

4. Naan bread pizza

Two naan bread pizzas topped with caramelised onions, feta and coriander

Naan bread can be used to form a soft and pillowy pizza base – perfect for fans of a thicker crust. Rustle up a homemade naan bread or use a shop-bought version (we're fans of herby varieties). This easy naan bread pizza is topped with a mouthwatering combination of caramelised onions, feta and coriander.
 

5. Polenta pizza 

Sliced polenta bread topped with vegetables and cheese

Combine polenta with boiling water, salt and cheese for a delicious pizza dough alternative. This light, low in calorie veggie polenta pizza is topped with melting mozzarella, parmesan and colourful veg, such as purple sprouting broccoli, cherry tomatoes and sweet peppers. 
 

6. Pizzadillas

Wedges of quesadillas with pizza filling

We've combined quesadillas and pizzas for the ultimate Friday night mash-up. Sandwich tomatoes, cheese and salami between flour tortillas to make the perfect 'pizzadilla'. Make them veggie by swapping the salami for green olives or mushrooms. 


7. Puff pizza tart

Puff pastry pizza on a board topped with salami, cheese and rocket leaves

Puff pastry could be the most underrated pizza base out there. It creates a gorgeously crispy golden base for this simple salami and pesto pizza, which only has four ingredients. Simply cover a sheet of ready-rolled puff pastry with the toppings and bake – absolutely no chopping required!


8. Chicken tikka masala pizzas

Chicken tikka sauce, coriander and yogurt on naan breads

Spice up your pizzas with these fragrant chicken tikka masala naans. It's just like the curry you know and love – complete with condiments like yogurt, mango chutney, onions and fresh coriander. Only 10 minutes in the oven and this mouthwatering medley is ready to devour. 


9. Sloppy Joe pizza breads

Four pizza baguettes with Sloppy Joe mince, cheese and basil topping

Who says pizzas have to be round? Substitute for a baguette and you'll have one super speedy meal. Our scrumptious American-style Sloppy Joe pizza breads can be made using a jar of tomato sauce, beef mince, and mozzarella cheese. They're brilliant for a kids' cooking project.


10. Prosciutto & pepper pizzas

Flatbread halves topped with mozzarella, prosciutto ham and red peppers

Flavoured flatbreads are another handy pizza hack. We've used garlic and tomato breads to create a pair of simple yet sophisticated prosciutto and pepper pizzas. Top with shredded mozzarella, tomato sauce, roasted red peppers and prosciutto for an impressive date night dinner.
 

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