Hey, we’re not knocking frozen pizza. It’s delicious in its own right—especially for how convenient it is to “make.” But with a few fresh toppings, you can take your humble pie from good to gourmet. Here, seven upgrades to try now.

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Add Fresh Toppings

Try chunks of chorizo. Or capers. Or tomatoes and a pinch of fresh herbs. The world is your oyster. (Ooh, you could also add oysters.)

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Add More Cheese

Or actually, add better cheese. Try slices of fresh mozzarella or burrata to get the melty, gooey strings that are the hallmark of a gourmet pizza.

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Cook It Directly On the Oven Rack

Before popping your pie in the oven, carefully lift it up and poke a few holes in the bottom of the crust with your fork. This will let steam escape and prevent soggy crust. Then, instead of putting it on a baking sheet, stick the pizza directly on the lowest rack for crust you’ll swear was cooked in a wood-burning oven.

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Brush the Crust with Garlic Butter

Whisk together a little melted butter and minced garlic in a bowl, then use a pastry brush to coat the crust a few minutes before it’s finished cooking. It adds extra flavor and gives the crust a golden brown color. (A generous coat of olive oil works, too.)

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Add a Bunch of Greens

Craving pizza and salad? Toss some fresh arugula or a mesclun mix in olive oil, then pile it high on the pie after it comes out of the oven.

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Finish with a Drizzle of Something

Like (surprise) olive oil. Even if you do nothing but add olive oil to your pizza, you’ll still make it infinitely better. You could also add a touch of honey to a spicy pie or a squeeze of lemon if you decide to load on those aforementioned greens.

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But Whatever You Do, Don’t Add Salt

As is the case with many pre-packaged foods, there’s already plenty of sodium in your frozen pizza. If for some reason your pie tastes a bit bland, try grating some fresh Parmigiano-Reggiano on top to add a bit of that saltiness you’re craving.

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