Thrifty Thursday: Homemade Pizza

I came with a new type of post that I hope y’all enjoy – It’s called Thrifty Thursday! I wanted to come up with stupid cheap recipes (read: Feed 4 people for less than $15).  The thought behind the Thrifty Thursday posts was not only to save money (who doesn’t like that), but to use up those leftover ingredients from other recipes you can find on this blog.  It’s a great idea if you plan your meals for the week ahead of time!  I personally eat out more on the weekends, so Thursday night is the perfect opportunity to clean out that fridge so you don’t have food go bad (or unused) over the weekend!

With that in mind… Below you’ll find simple instructions (i.e. go buy all the pre-made items for making pizza from a grocery story) as well as ingredients/instructions if you want to make things from scratch.  Mix and match when you can!  The goal is to save money and reuse ingredients, so keep that in mind!

Thrifty Thursdays Homemade Pizza: In theory, each pizza is 8 slices (depends on how you cut it, obviously).  Let’s start with the Pizza Basic Building Blocks: Crust, Sauce, and Cheese!

Homemade Pizza full recipe here!

Part 1: Pizza Crust (store bought: try to find thin crusts that sell 2 in one package, like these ones for $3.48!)

  • Homemade Version Ingredients: This is Iron Chef Bobby Flay’s recipe… Be excited!
    • 3 1/2 to 4 cups of flour
    • 1 teaspoon sugar
    • 1 envelope instant dry yeast
    • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
    • 1 1/2 cups water
    • 2 tablespoons olive oil, plus 2 teaspoons
  • Homemade Version Instructions:
    • Combine the bread flour, sugar, yeast and kosher salt in the bowl of a stand mixer and combine.
    • While the mixer is running, add the water and 2 tablespoons of the oil and beat until the dough forms into a ball.
    • If the dough is sticky, add additional flour, 1 tablespoon at a time, until the dough comes together in a solid ball.
    • If the dough is too dry, add additional water, 1 tablespoon at a time.
    • Scrape the dough onto a lightly floured surface and gently knead into a smooth, firm ball.
    • Grease a large bowl with the remaining 2 teaspoons olive oil, add the dough, cover the bowl with plastic wrap and put it in a warm area to let it double in size, about 1 hour.
    • Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and divide it into 2 equal pieces.
    • Cover each with a clean kitchen towel or plastic wrap and let them rest for 10 minutes.

Part 2: Pizza Sauce (store bought: one medium jar of pizza sauce will be more than sufficient, we have half a jar left over!)

  • Homemade Version: You know this recipe is damn good because it is from Cat Cora on Iron Chef America (noticing a pattern here? I live for the Food Network).
    • 1 (4-ounce) can tomato paste
    • 1 1/2 cups water
    • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
    • 2 cloves garlic, minced
    • Salt and pepper
    • 1/2 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano leaves
    • 1/2 tablespoon chopped fresh basil leaves
    • 1/2 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary leaves
  • Homemade Version Instructions:
    • Mix together the tomato paste, water, and olive oil. Mix well.
    • Add garlic, salt and pepper, to taste, oregano, basil, and rosemary.
    • Mix well and let stand several hours to let flavors blend.
    • No cooking necessary, just spread on dough.

Part 3: Shredded Cheese

  • Unless you have a cow and a lot of time on your hands… go buy a package of shredded cheese.  We purchased 3 bags of shredded pizza cheese and even had some left over (cheese omelets for breakfast?  Yup).
  • I recommend mozzarella OR the bag called “Pizza Cheese” which is a blend of mozzarella, romano, etc.

Meat Lovers Pizza Ingredients:

  • 1 package of Italian Sausage (I recommend buying ground sausage and then break it up into crumbles instead of buying linked sausage)
  • 1 small package of pepperoni
  • 1 small package of diced ham
  • 1 small bag of bacon bits (oddly found in the salad section?  Awesome!)


  • Preheat oven to 425F
  • Cook Italian sausage according to package instructions (cook in pan until browned essentially)
  • Spread pizza sauce onto crust
  • Spread cheese onto crust
  • Top generously with sausage, pepperoni, ham, and bacon bits (I say generously because this is my boyfriend’s favorite and he greatly appreciated the abundance of protein!)
  • Top lightly with extra cheese
  • Cook for 7-10 minutes or until crust is golden brown

Margherita Pizza Ingredients:

  • 1 medium tomato, sliced thinly
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • Fresh Basil, chopped
  • Instructions:
    • Preheat oven to 425F
    • Spread olive oil on pizza crust
    • Spread cheese on pizza crust
    • Layer tomato slices on top of cheese
    • Top with chopped fresh basil
    • Cook for 7-10 minutes or until crust is golden brown

We also made a half cheese/half pepperoni pizza… I’m not going to provide instructions because I think you’ve got the hang of it by this point.

Not only were these pizzas cheap… these pizzas were really freaking good.  My roommate and I had two of her high school friends over for dinner and they loved it!  And then, of course, our boyfriends came home and finished off any leftovers… human garbage disposals to the rescue!  The pizzas require minimal cooking skills and you can put anything you like on them, mix and match, have fun!

PS: For those of you who are interested in trying some recipes that use some of the same ingredients in order to have leftovers available to make the pizza, check these out!

  • Summertime Corn and Ham Salad: Basil and Diced Ham (I only used half of the bag for the salad, so the second half of the bag I used for the Meat Lovers Pizza)
  • Pasta with Alfredo Sauce: Bacon Bits (this pasta recipe used diced ham, but you could use bacon for both!) and Chicken (again, didn’t use this on our pizza, but you could!)
  • Paella Salad: Garlic and Olive Oil (you could also throw some chopped up bell peppers from this salad onto the pizza if you wanted!)

Good luck everybody! Happy eating – and saving!

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