Quick Weeknight Meal: 5 Pizzas for Late Summer

Pizza is one of the quickest, most fun, and most rewarding weeknight meals we know. If you make up a batch of dough in the morning and then have a few toppings sitting in the fridge and pantry, dinner can be ready in about half an hour after coming in the door. Here are five recent pizzas, perhaps with toppings that will get you thinking.

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1 Beet pizza! I thinly sliced one baby beet from the garden, and then topped a pizza with these and the chopped beet greens. It was perfect with some goat cheese and Parmesan too.

2 A basic summer pizza with tomato, mozzarella, and basil. It's the classic.

3 Eggplant pizza, inspired by a local pizza place, and including goat cheese and reduced balsamic vinegar.

4 Potatoes with mascarpone, ground hazelnuts, and basil. Oh, and a touch of red pepper for some unexpected spiciness.

5 Fig and prosciutto — an unexpected yet classic combo. Sweet and savory!

Want to make pizza tonight or tomorrow? Here are some recipes and tips.

Recipe: Homemade Thin Crust Pizza
http://www.thekitchn.com/thekitchn/italian/recipe-stovetopbroiler-pizza-with-asparagus-shiitake-and-fresh-mozzarella-083037
Recipe: Spinach, White Bean, and Taleggio Pizza
Recipe: Breakfast Pizza

Related: Weekend Cooking Report: Homemade Pizza

(Images: Faith Durand)

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Faith is the executive editor of The Kitchn and the author of three cookbooks. They include Bakeless Sweets (Spring 2013) as well as The Kitchn's first cookbook, which will be published in Fall 2014. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband Mike.

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