It’s never a pizza without cheese, right? You can eat any pizza, but if there’s one common denominator, that must be cheese. Imagine your favorite pizza slowly made with pizza sauce poured into the pizza dough, topped with your preferred ingredients, and of course, pizza cheese. That creamy, melts-in-your-mouth sensation is the best way to eat a slice of this go-to food.
But have you ever wondered just how much cheese a pizza needs to taste perfect? Now you do. With the wide variety of pizza types worldwide, there’s only an ideal amount of pizza to achieve the right flavor. With a 12-inch pizza in mind, here’s a rundown of your pizza favorites and how much cheese you need to indulge in every bite:
Of course, we start with the classic cheese pizza. This pizza variety allows you to be extra with the cheese, just because you deserve it. For this recipe, you can either choose mozzarella, prepared different ways, or put in more than one kind of cheese. If you only prefer having mozzarella cheese for your pizza, you can put 4 ounces of sliced fresh mozzarella cheese and 4 ounces (1 cup) of shredded mozzarella cheese on it. To make that a little extra, you can add another cheese variety, parmesan (2-3 tablespoons).
If you like putting together different cheeses on your pizza, that’s okay, too. For a 4-cheese pizza recipe, you can put 6 ounces each of shredded mozzarella cheese, shredded parmesan cheese, shredded Monterey Jack, and shredded Asiago.
Margherita is a fresher take on pizza, especially with those fresh basil on top. This cheese is best known to have fresh mozzarella, basil leaves, and mozzarella cheese, therefore completing the Italian flag’s colors, where it originated. To achieve the perfect cheesy goodness in a Margherita, you should put 8 ounces of mozzarella cheese, sliced into half an inch-thick pieces. This amount lets you savor the rest of the ingredients, with the cheese combining all the flavors.
This type of pizza puts together different tastes in one. The sweetness of the pineapple, the ham’s saltiness, and the mozzarella’s cheesiness make this pizza just one of a kind. When making Hawaiian pizza, you can put 6 ounces (one and a half cups) of shredded mozzarella cheese. This measurement blends well with the pineapple chunks and the chopped ham.
And if you’re wondering where this pizza came from, it’s not Hawaii. It’s from Canada.
BBQ Chicken Pizza
If you want to shy away from the usual tomato sauce in pizza, here’s a good option for you. Aside from having to put your choice of BBQ sauce, this pizza recipe adds more protein with shredded cooked chicken on top. You can put 2/3 cup of mozzarella cheese and 2/3 cup of smoked gouda cheese for this type of pizza. Gouda cheese gives this pizza the extra smoky flavor, complementing the BBQ sauce and giving it justice.
As the name suggests, almost everything you want in a pizza is in a supreme pizza. It typically consists of bacon, pepperoni, onions, olives, bell peppers, basil, and cheese. Considering this pizza should be “supreme,” you can go ahead and put two cups of shredded mozzarella cheese on it. The volume of ingredients on this pizza balances with the creamy and cheesy flavors of the mozzarella. This amount also sticks the different elements in the pizza together. A perfect slice of heaven, indeed. Learn more about cheese on pizza.
Although cheese is always good in pizza, knowing just how much you need will give you that satisfying bite. A lot of cheese or little cheese is not the only standard for making a good pizza. It should always complement the other ingredients in the recipe, allowing you to taste every dish component. So the next time you make your pizza, you know there’s a right “cheesy” flavor to achieve.