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5 easy pizza toppings

5 easy pizza toppings

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  • Preparation and cooking time
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    • Cook:
  • Easy
  • Serves 2

Knock up a quick dough base then choose one of these exciting toppings for an easy homemade Italian feast

  • Freezable
low insalt0g


  • 1 pizza base, ready-made or from 300g bread mix

Ham, mushroom & rocket

  • 75g basil pesto
  • 75g mushroom, sliced
  • handful cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 100g ham, chopped
  • handful rocket

Spicy pepperoni & pepper

  • 75g passata
  • 1 green pepper, deseeded and sliced
  • handful parsley, roughly chopped
  • 100g mozzarella, torn
  • 1 red chilli, sliced
  • 40g pepperoni, sliced

Italian goat's cheese & veggie special

  • 2 big handfuls spinach
  • 75g basil pesto
  • 50g green olives, halved
  • 50g sundried tomatoes, sliced
  • 100g soft goat's cheese

Crispy bacon, artichoke & ricotta

  • 200g ricotta
  • 400g can artichoke heart, drained
  • 50g black olives, halved
  • 6 rashers streaky bacon

Beef, basil, tomato & mozzarella

  • 200g lean beef mince
  • 1 red onion, sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 75g passata
  • handful cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 100g mozzarella, torn
  • basil leaves, to serve (optional)


  • STEP 1

    To make your own base: Make up 300g bread mix following pack instructions. Don’t rise or knead – just roll into a rough 30cm circle on a baking sheet. Or you can buy a ready-made pizza base from the supermarket. Top using suggestions below.

  • STEP 2

    To bake your pizza: Heat oven to 240C/220C fan/gas 8, add one of the toppings suggested below then bake for 15-20 mins until crisp.

  • STEP 3

    Ham, mushroom & rocket with pesto: Spread your base with the pesto. Top with ham, mushrooms, tomatoes and some seasoning. Bake as above then top with a handful of rocket.

  • STEP 4

    Spicy pepperoni & pepper: Spread your base with passata. Top with pepperoni, chilli, green pepper and mozzarella. Season, bake as above. Sprinkle with parsley.

  • STEP 5

    Italian goat's cheese & veggie special: Put spinach into a colander, pour over a kettle of boiling water to wilt, then squeeze out any excess. Spread base with pesto. Top with the spinach, cheese, olives and tomatoes. Season, then bake as above.

  • STEP 6

    Crispy bacon, artichoke & ricotta: Spread your base with ricotta. Scatter over artichokes, olives and bacon. Season and bake as above.

  • STEP 7

    Beef, basil, tomato & mozzarella: Fry mince with onion and garlic in olive oil over a high heat for 5 mins until browned. Spread passata over your base. Top with mince mixture, tomatoes and mozzarella. Season and bake as per above. Sprinkle with some basil leaves and serve.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, May 2012

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