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16 Recipes to Make Tonight a Pizza Party

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Sometimes you want to eat dinner with your hands—and what better way to do it than with pizza, on a Friday night, with a group of friends reaching in for a slice of the good stuff?

Make a batch of dough before your friends arrive so that it has time to rise (or pick up some premade dough from the grocery store), prep your sauces, and lay out the toppings so that when the oven is hot, everyone can pick and choose what they want on their side of the pizza.


Tonight, we're channeling our inner pizzaiolos (with a big glass of red in hand). Here are 16 recipes to help you get your homemade pies just right:

Start with the dough:

Jim Lahey's No-Knead Pizza Dough + Margherita Pizza by Genius Recipes (if you have 18 hours—that is, if you're planning ahead)

Jim Lahey



Homemade Pizza Dough by amber wilson | for the love of the south

Pizza dough

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Lots and lots of sauce, please:

White Pizza with Ricotta, Yogurt, Tomatoes, and Basil by Posie Harwood

White Pizza


Pesto alla Genovese by Emiko



Marcella Hazan's Tomato Sauce with Onion and Butter by Genius Recipes

Marcella Hazan


Major toppings inspiration (for borrowing or adapting):

Asparagus and Arugula Pizza with Vegan Pesto by Gena Hamshaw



Glazed Shallot, Walnut, Sage, and Goat Cheese Pizza by creamtea


More: Nothing's better than pizza for breakfast. Here's how to reheat it tomorrow morning.


Roberta's Pizza with Guanciale and Egg by fiveandspice



Zucchini Pizza with Olive Vinaigrette by CarolineWright



Barbecue Chicken Pizza by thirschfeld

Barbecue chicken 


Za'atar Carrot and Leek Flatbread with Almonds and Fennel Salad by Laura Wright | The First Mess



Speck + Arugula Pizza by CarolineWright

Speck and Arugula


Broccoli Rabe, Potato, and Rosemary Pizza by TasteFood



Pantry Pissaladière by Nicholas Day



Cacio e Pepe Pizza with Roasted Radishes by fiveandspice

Cacio e Pepe


White Clam Pizza by mrslarkin

White Clam

What's your pizza night speciality? Tell us your best topping combinations (or tricks for crispy, crispy crusts) in the comments.

Tags: pizza, pizza party, friday night