Happy World Pizza Day! Celebrate with 15 delicious topping ideas

From the classics to innovative toppings there’s something for everyone.

When it comes to whipping up your favourite pizza at home getting the right topping flavour and combination is essential.

The choices are endless really from Margherita to pepperoni, vegetarian or even sweet toppings, the list goes on.

In celebration of World Pizza Day, we’ve rounded up all of the inspiration you need with fifteen of our easiest and most popular pizza toppings.

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History of pizza

The Romans actually made “pizza” first as focaccia, before the people of Naples transformed the bread into what it is today with the word pizza being first recorded in 997 A.D. It first hit American shores in the early 1900s and wasn’t popular in Canada until 1950.

Pizza dough

Making your own pizzas at home is an easy way to get the family involved in cooking and also works out to be both healthier and cheaper. Making your own pizza base boasts the most authentic flavour but if you’re in a rush you can buy premade dough from your local supermarket or for a quick and healthy option use pita bread and wholemeal wraps.


  • 150 ml water, at room temperature
  • 7 g sachet (1 tsp) active dried yeast
  • ½ tsp caster sugar
  • 1¾ cups (260 g) strong plain “00” flour
  • 1½ tsp sea-salt flakes
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • Extra strong plain flour, to dust
  • Extra 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
For the full method, click here.

1. Pork, Gorgonzola & garlic butter

The fragrant toppings in this combination will send your senses into overdrive. The bittiness of gorgonzola paired with garlic butter and topped off with pork will soon become one of your faves.


  • 500g pork mince
  • 125g Gorgonzola, broken into small chunks
  • 1 red onion, finely sliced
  • 2 green chillies, sliced
  • 50g of rocket
  • 20 pitted green olives, sliced
  • finely grated zest 1 lemon

For the full method, click here.

2. Chicken, sweet potato, semi-dried tomato 
and ricotta

A light pizza with chicken and ricotta cheese, and plenty of fresh veggies to keep your heart happy.

Features: healthy


  • ⅓ cup tomato sauce
  • 40 g mozzarella, torn into bite-size pieces
  • 100 g sweet potato, peeled, sliced very thinly into rounds
  • 1 chicken sausage
  • 40 g fresh ricotta
  • ¼ cup small mint leaves
  • ¼ cup small flat-leaf parsley leaves
  • ¼ cup small basil leaves
  • 1 green shallot, thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup micro herbs
  • 12 semi-dried tomatoes in oil, drained

For the full method, click here.

3. Tiramisu

Craving Tiramisu but don’t have anyone to share with? Try this lighter individual version. Who needs friends when you have Tiramisu? Features: sweet, kid-friendly


  • 2 Tbsp icing sugar mixture
  • 2 tsp instant coffee granules
  • ⅓ cup boiling water
  • ¼ cup mascarpone
  • 4 sponge fingers, broken into thirds
  • ¼ cup chopped hazelnuts, to serve
  • ¼ cup dark chocolate shavings
For the full method, click here.

4. Margherita with rustic tomato sauce

Welcome to the dress circle. Make it for a 
meat-free Monday and savour the flavour!

Features: vegetarian


  • ½ tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 60 ml (¼ cup) salt-reduced vegetable stock
  • 250 g (1 punnet) cherry tomatoes, chopped
  • 80 g bocconcini, torn into pieces
  • 8 small basil leaves, to serve
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to serve
  • 25 g (1 cup) rocket leaves, to serve
  • 1 small carrot, peeled into ribbons, to serve
  • 1 drizzle balsamic glaze, to serve
For the full method, click here.

5. Mozzarella stuffed pizza crust

If you’re a cheese enthusiast try adding an extra dose of gooey deliciousness to your pizza with a mozzarella filled crust. Keep your toppings simple and let the base speak for itself.Features: vegetarian


  • 200ml milk
  • 300g strong white bread flour
  • 1 tsp fast-action dried yeast
  • 1/2 tsp golden caster sugar, plus a pinch
  • 3 tbsp olive oil, plus a drizzle
  • 250ml passata
  • 2 garlic cloves, squashed
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1-2 tbsp polenta
  • 250g mozzarella, grated toppings of your choice (we used pepperoni, chorizo and basil)
For the full method, click here.

6. Spinach & blue cheese

This vegetarian spinach & blue cheese pizza recipe is an interesting take on traditional pizza toppings to liven up your weekly meals.Features: vegetarian


  • 1 tsp rapeseed oil
  • 2 large flat mushrooms, halved and sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 160g spinach, thoroughly dried after washing
  • 1 red onion, halved and thinly sliced
  • 40g vegetarian blue cheese, crumbled
  • 4 walnut halves, broken
For the full method, click here.

7. Margherita

This Margherita pizza recipe was formulated by Enzo Coccia from Naples, who is an encyclopaedia of pizza knowledge. He has perfected the art of pizza making and turned it into a science.

Features: vegetarian, kid-friendly


  • 1 x 400g tin of cherry tomatoes
  • 1 clove of garlic, crushed
  • ½ teaspoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • buffalo mozzarella
  • grated Parmesan cheese
  • olive oil
  • fresh basil leaves
For the full method, click here.

8. Chicken Caesar

Take your pizza to the next level with this chicken Caesar twist!Features: quick, easy


  • 1/3 cup barbecue-style pizza sauce
  • 1½ cups grated mozzarella
  • 300g shredded roast chicken meat
  • 2 green spring onions, thinly sliced
  • 175g packet shortcut bacon rashers, chopped
  • 1 cup shredded parmesan
  • 1 baby cos lettuce, trimmed, shredded
  • ½ cup bottled creamy Caesar salad dressing
For the full method, click here.

9. Peking duck

For an interesting twist on Peking duck pancakes, give these duck pizzas a try. They’ll be great as a main, or make an interesting canape at a dinner party!Features: entertaining


  • ½ cup hoisin sauce
  • 1¼ cups grated mozzarella
  • 420 g packet ready-roasted Peking duck breasts
  • 5 green spring onions, thinly sliced diagonally
  • cucumber, peeled into ribbons, to serve
For the full method, click here.

10. Egg & rocket

For a quick and healthy lunch – crack an egg in the centre and bake to boost protein intake.

Features: healthy, vegetarian


  • olive oil, for brushing
  • 1 canned roasted red capsicum
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp tomato purée
  • 1 tbsp chopped dill
  • 2 tbsp chopped parsley
  • 2 eggs
  • 65 g pack rocket
  • ½ red onion, very thinly sliced
For the full method, click here.

11. Brussels & blue cheese

A white-style pizza with melting blue cheese and mascarpone. Make these fast with pre-made pizza bases or take the long route and cook your own dough!

Features: vegetarian


  • 1 tbsp semolina, or plain or strong flour
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 140 g Brussels sprouts, shredded
  • 3 tbsp mascarpone
  • 75 g soft blue cheese, such as Gorgonzola
For the full method, click here.

12. Eggplant and chilli pide

Pide is a Turkish flatbread which can be topped like pizza for a quick, easy meal. Make your dough, then top with eggplant, chilli and spices for a vegetarian lunch or dinner.

Features: vegetarian


  • 2 tbsp Greek yoghurt, plus extra to serve
  • olive oil
  • 2 medium eggplants, sliced
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 pinch saffron
  • 1 large pinch cinnamon
  • 1 tsp sesame seeds
  • 2 red chillies, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • bunch coriander, chopped
For the full method, click here.

13. Cauliflower crust pizza

Cauliflower works as an alternative to flour in this on-trend pizza base, which is great if you’re gluten-free.Features:healthy, vegetarian


  • ½ cauliflower, broken into florets
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 50 g parmesan (or veggie alternative), grated
  • spray olive oil
  • ½ garlic clove
  • pinch of chilli flakes (optional)
  • 250 ml passata
  • handful torn basil
  • ½ ball light mozzarella, thinly sliced
  • handful of rocket leaves or baby kale leaves
For the full method, click here.

14. Four cheese with walnuts and fried sage

Impress your friends and family with this 5 star gourmet pizza featuring a cheese blend and fried sage.

Features: vegetarian


  • 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 12 sage leaves
  • 50 g gorgonzola, at room temperature
  • 30 g mozzarella, torn into bite-size pieces
  • 10 g parmesan, finely grated
  • 50 g fior di latte cheese, torn into bite-size pieces
  • ¼ cup walnuts, toasted, chopped
  • Extra 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to season
For the full method, click here.

15. Vegetarian extravaganza

Vegetarians rejoice! This simple pizza is perfect for everyday meat-free cooking

Features: vegetarian


  • 100 g peeled and seeded pumpkin, diced into 1 cm cubes
  • 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • Sea-salt flakes and freshly ground black pepper, 
to season
  • 1 ball pizza dough
  • ⅓ cup tomato sauce
  • ¼ eggplant, thinly sliced into 5 rounds
  • ½ small zucchini, sliced lengthways into ribbons
  • 1 button mushroom, sliced
  • ¼ red capsicum, thinly sliced
  • 4 pitted kalamata olives, thinly sliced
  • 30 g mozzarella, torn into bite-sized pieces
  • 12 baby spinach leaves
  • 50 g Greek-style feta, crumbled
  • 1 Tbsp pine nuts, toasted
  • 1 bottle caramelised balsamic vinegar, to drizzle
For the full method, click here.For the full collection of New Idea Food’s pizza recipes, click here.

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