8 Easy Semi-Homemade Pizza Recipes

Put down the phone, and don’t fill out the online order form — today, you’ll be making your own pizza pie with one of these eight recipes. The ease of ordering in is, of course, one of the biggest draws to phoning it in, and we’ve kept the factor of simplicity in mind. There is no need to fear time-consuming steps, because there is no kneading in any of the recipes. All use a pre-made pizza crust or dough, minimizing the time so you can get your pizza on the table and into hungry mouths quickly.

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1. Strawberry, Basil, and Balsamic Pizza

People have been piling veggies on pizza for ages, so why not try adding a bit of fresh fruit instead? Cookie and Kate did just that, with a pizza that blends the flavors of strawberries, balsamic, basil, and two types of cheeses. The goat cheese can be substituted for more mozzarella, or feta, if desired. You’ll have leftover balsamic, and that can be stored in the fridge.



  • 16 ounces prepared whole-wheat pizza dough
  • 1½ cups (6 ounces) shredded mozzarella
  • 5 ounces goat cheese
  • 1½ cups (about ½ pound) chopped strawberries, leafy ends removed and sliced into ¼-inch thick rounds
  • 1 tablespoon fresh basil; chiffonade into short little strips
  • freshly ground black pepper

Balsamic reduction

  • ½ cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons honey

Directions: Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Roll out your pizza dough into a 12- to 14-inch round on a floured surface. Top the pizza dough with the shredded mozzarella, big crumbles of goat cheese, and strawberries. Bake on a lightly oiled baking sheet (or on a pizza stone, if you have one) until the cheese is bubbling and golden, and the crust is crisp underneath, about 35-40 minutes.

Meanwhile, make the balsamic reduction. In a small saucepan, combine the vinegar and honey. Gently simmer the mixture on medium-low heat until it is reduced in volume by half (this should take about 10-15 minutes) and set aside.

Once the pizza is done baking, top it with a sprinkle of basil and freshly ground black pepper. Slice it and use a spoon to lightly drizzle balsamic vinegar on top. Serve!