What Are The Best Pizza Ingredients?

It’s a topic that can cause heated debate. What are the best pizza ingredients and pizza toppings?  In this guide, we’ll show you a few Sous Chef favourites. With expert selections from our team of pizza-obsessives.

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What is the best flour to use when making pizza dough?

For an excellent homemade pizza dough, consider Caputo Red Cuoco Flour. This versatile '00' flour, crafted from a blend of wheats, boasts high protein levels and strong hydration. Ideal for recipes requiring a lengthy leavening process, it brings a unique flavour and aroma to your crust. Elevate your pizza game with this tried-and-true ingredient.

What sauce should you use for your pizza?

For a sauce full of rich, sweet flavour consider Mutti Pizza Sauce. This stunning tomato sauce, made solely from tomatoes and salt, is the secret ingredient in many chef-made pizza bases. 

With a robust tomato flavour and a subtle bitterness, it's the ideal companion for all types of dough, from crusty sourdough to thin, crisp flatbreads. Just spread it on fresh dough straight from the can, add fresh mozzarella, and your favourite toppings for a taste of pizza perfection.

What is the best cheese to use when making pizza?

Start with the classic choice – mozzarella. Renowned for its melt-in-your-mouth texture and mild flavour, mozzarella is the quintessential pizza cheese. Now, let's broaden our horizons:

Mozzarella

Its creamy goodness and ability to achieve that perfect stretch make mozzarella the go-to for pizza perfection.

Other cheese options

Venture beyond the classics. Cheddar adds a sharp kick, while provolone brings a smoky depth. Embrace feta for a tangy twist or go bold with blue cheese.

Remember, the beauty of pizza lies in its versatility, and the right cheese can take your pizza experience to new heights. Whether you stick with the classic or venture into flavorful variations, the cheesy goodness is what makes each bite unforgettable.

Which toppings should I add to my pizza?

Choosing pizza toppings is a personal journey, and it all boils down to your taste buds. Start with the basics – pepperoni, sausage, mushrooms – and let your preferences guide you. The magic lies in balancing flavours and textures for the ultimate topping combo. 

If you love a meaty kick, go for spicy pepperoni and savoury sausage. Mushroom lovers can opt for earthy goodness. 

Experiment with contrasting textures, like the crispness of bacon against the gooey cheese. Whether you keep it simple or choose a topping adventure, the key is finding the combination that makes each bite a burst of flavour. It's your pizza canvas; paint it with what you love!

Top 10 toppings for homemade pizza

Here are 10 easy toppings you can add to your pizza base of tomato and cheese. Pick your favourites, or mix and match a few.

  1. Basil leaves
  2. Prosciutto
  3. Capers
  4. Anchovies
  5. Olives
  6. Potato
  7. Broccoli
  8. An egg
  9. Rocket leaves
  10. Aubergine

Sous Chef favourite pizza toppings

Truffles & mushrooms

Truffle Mushroom Pizza

Top your pizzas with sliced mushrooms and truffle oil for an earthy, umami flavour!

’Nduja

’Nduja Pizza

Try fiery 'nduja and enjoy the meaty, spicy, umami flavours.

Friarielli broccoli

Friarielli Broccoli Pizza

This slender variety of broccoli is fantastic served with sausage on a creamy pizza base, or served simply with a squeeze of lemon and grating of Parmesan cheese.

Tomatoes, mozzarella and basil (a Margherita)

Margherita Pizza

If you want to stick with the classic, try San Marzano tomato sauce, torn mozzarella and basil leaves!

Olive oil and fresh herbs for your pizza

A subtle drizzle of olive oil adds a layer of richness to your pizza, turning each bite into a flavour experience. While basil and other herbs give freshness. These aromatic additions don't just look good; they elevate the aroma, turning your pizza into a sensory delight.

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