Pizza at a restaurant (or even take-and-bake) can be pricey, especially if you have a bunch of kids to feed. While it’s fun to splurge once in a while, doing so on a regular basis wastes money that is better spent elsewhere. But you can make delicious pizza at home on the cheap! Really – you can! All you need are a few simple ingredients for the dough and sauce, and then the toppings you prefer. Here’s how to make cheap homemade pizza!
Steps To Making Cheap Homemade Pizza
Homemade yeast dough is easy and inexpensive but takes some time and work. If you have a bread machine, put it to use. If not, you can knead the dough yourself. Either way, for a 14-inch or 16-inch pizza, you need:
- 2 tablespoons oil
- 1 cup water
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 3 cups flour
- 1½ teaspoons yeast
If you’re using a bread machine, dump in the ingredients in the order they’re listed.
If kneading by hand:
- Dissolve the yeast in the water (use warm).
- Add the oil and salt.
- Stir in the flour to form the dough.
- Knead the dough on a lightly floured surface for 10-15 minutes.
- Let the dough rise under a towel for about 30 minutes.
- Punch down the dough and let it rise an additional 45 minutes.
If you don’t have the time or energy to make yeast dough, you can use biscuit dough instead.
- Mix together 2 cups flour, 4 teaspoons baking powder and 1 teaspoon salt.
- Cut 2 tablespoons butter into the dry ingredients with a pastry blender or two knives.
- Stir in 1 cup milk to form the dough.
- Spread the dough on a greased 12-inch pizza pan.
For bigger pizza pans, double the recipe.
Easy Pizza Sauce
Stir until blended 1 small can tomato paste, Italian seasoning, granulated garlic and ½ cup water. Add more water to get the consistency you want. Spread on top of your pizza dough.
Once you’ve covered your sauce with grated cheese, get creative! Use leftover (cooked) meat and fresh produce from you garden. Top half your pizza with one group of toppings and the other half with something else. Or leave half plain. Experiment with various combinations to find which you and your family like best.
Crystal Marie lives by the philosophy that needing less rather than earning more is the key to happiness and financial serenity, which allowed her to “retire” from formal employment in health education at the age of 44. She can be found making the most of the second half on her blog, The Best 50 Years.