5 easy pizza toppings

Contains pork – recipe is for non-Muslims only
Knock up a quick dough base then choose one of these exciting toppings for an easy homemade Italian feast

  • Prep:15 mins
    Cook:20 mins
  • Serves 2
  • Easy

Nutrition per serving

  • kcal 0
  • fat 0g
  • saturates 0g
  • carbs 0g
  • sugars 0g
  • fibre 0g
  • protein 0g
  • salt 0g


  • 1 pizza base, ready-made or from 300g bread mix
  • 75g basil pesto
  • 75g mushrooms, sliced
  • handful cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 100g ham, chopped
  • handful rocket
  • 75g passata
  • 1 green pepper, deseeded and sliced
  • handful parsley, roughly chopped
  • 100g mozzarella, torn
  • 1 red chilli, sliced
  • 40g pepperoni, sliced
  • 2 big handfuls spinach
  • 75g basil pesto
  • 50g green olives, halved
  • 50g sundried tomatoes, sliced
  • 100g soft goat's cheese
  • 200g ricotta
  • 400g can artichoke hearts, drained
  • 50g black olives, halved
  • 6 rashers streaky bacon
  • 200g lean beef mince
  • 1 red onion, sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 75g passata
  • handful cherry tomato, halved
  • 100g mozzarella, torn
  • basil leaves, to serve (optional)


  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.

  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.

  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.

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

  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.

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

  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.

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