Making homemade pizza can certainly save you some cash. Plus, you get the fun of actually making the pizza in the convenience of your own home. I had never tried making a pizza from scratch(I call it scratch) until 2 weeks ago. We made the Chef Boyardee kind when I was very young but this was my first attempt at doing a homemade pizza in my adult years.
So how did it turn out? Great. I saved money and feasted on a very large pizza. Here’s how I made my own homemade pizza. First, I stumbled upon the ingredients at the store. I wasn’t really aiming to make the pizza until I found an incredible deal on a pound of Italian sausage in the meat section. I picked up the pound for $1.50.
So that made me start thinking? What can I do with a pound of Italian sausage. My normal brain process would have told me to instead make homemade lasagna. Lasagna is my absolute favorite food in the world-but I get kind of bored making the same dinner on a regular basis.
I decided I wanted to attempt making a pizza at home. So my search began through various aisles to find ingredients. It didn’t take long before I found a crust you could make just by adding water. The brand name I forget–but it was just $1.00 a bag. I picked up two bags in case I wanted to make a large pizza or two homemade pizzas. Making two pizzas is always a delicious thought even for a family of three. That way you have extras. I am a big believer in eating cold pizza in the morning! It’s so nutritional-okay, not really.
My next step was to find some sauce for making my homemade pizza. I found there are a variety of small cans that can be purchased for very cheap. These are labeled pizza sauce(and not to be confused with spaghetti sauce). I am not saying spaghetti sauce wouldn’t work–in my case, I chose specifically named pizza sauce.
I bought two cans of this pizza sauce for $1.00 dollar each.
So what was next? I love pepperoni. There are pre-packaged pepperoni slices that can be used for making a homemade pizza. I bought one pack that looked to have about 50 slices or so. The package was just $1.49 and on sale. The way I look at it, having a few extra slices of pepperoni around isn’t a bad deal for when I want to snack a bit.
What’s left? Cheese is obviously a major ingredient in making homemade pizza for many people. What kind of cheese do you use? I found an interesting bag of cheese on special. It was a mix of cheeses that included Parmesan, provolone and mozzarella. Yumm! The price of the bag was $1.90. So that was the final ingredient I needed from the store that I didn’t already have at home. So off I went-to make the homemade pizza of my dreams.
So here’s what happened next on my big homemade pizza making adventure. I got home and prepared the crust first. The crust was from a package that advertised only adding water. I can’t remember if it was a 1/4 cup or not–but that of course varies by individual package and specific instructions. I added the water and I decided to go big. I did both of the crusts to make a deeper dish and thicker crust. To make the crust, you just pour the ingredients in the bowl and stir. I stirred and stirred for quite some time until the water mixed in. I don’t know if it’s a pizza thing or what but I decided to roll the dough into a ball. Sure your hands are going to get dirty–but you feel as if you are actually accomplishing something cool by creating this masterpiece.
Next I buttered my 10X12 pan. I usually put some butter in one spot and then spread it around with the use of a paper towel. I made absolute sure I buttered the edges of the pan so nothing would stick if I made this deep dish. Next, I move the ball of dough(or crust) onto the 10×12 pan. With my fingers, I slowly began pushing firmly down on the ball until it expanded. I pushed, pulled and did whatever I needed to do to stretch the dough to fit. Since I utilized two packages, there was plenty to coat the entire pan and the edges. I also had enough to make it look kind of like a deep dish.
Once that was done and there were no holes left vacant-I picked up the cans of sauce. I wasn’t sure whether to use one small can of sauce or two–I opted for one after the first can I opened seemed to spread very well over every part of the crust.
Next, I put a layer of cheese on top of the sauce. I didn’t put a huge layer-about 1/3 of the entire bag of cheese.
I then moved on to the meat. I had already cooked about 1/2 pound of Italian Sausage on the stove in a pan. Since pizzas do not cook very long, I assumed that I would need to get the Italian Sausage completely done.
I took the Italian Sausage and poured it across the top of the crust, sauce and cheese. I could tell the pizza was beginning to form. There is just something about originating your own pizza nearly from scratch that makes you feel like a master chef–even if that couldn’t be further from the truth.
I had already started my over and pre-heated it to 350 degrees. With that in mind, I layered the pepperonis much like you would see on a store bought pizza. The good thing about making a homemade pizza is that it doesn’t have to look perfect-as long as it tastes good and meat is in the appropriate places. After I place the pepperonis, I moved on to more cheese. Before I used the bag cheese, I opted to throw a little extra Parmesan on the sauce that was unexposed by the meat. Parmesan cheese is always a great option for anything marinara in our house.
I then added most of the remaining cheese in the bag on top to finish my homemade pre-cooked pizza.
Next, I tossed it in the oven for about 15 minutes. If the meat is already done, most of the cooking involved only relates to the crust browning and the cheese melting. Both of these were accomplished in my oven in about 15-20 minutes. When the crust is brown-the pizza is typically done.
The final reward was taking a bite of the homemade pizza experiment. Was it good? Absolutely. So much so that our leftover sausage was used for an additional homemade pizza two nights later. I hope this recipe and story helps you find your way to an exciting in the home pizza making experiment of your own. I know I’ll be doing it again sometime soon. So how much cash did my homemade pizza cost? I figured out it was made for less than 8 total dollars. Unlike many store bought or restaurant pizza, I had plenty of leftovers!