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Homemade Pizza

I actually first made this homemade pizza when visiting my boyfriend. He was complaining because I left a few packets of yeast in his pantry and he didn’t know what to do with them! Naturally, I suggested we bake something and the rest is history.

Regardless of if you are a baker or not, if you have time to make dough then this dish is a great, sturdy, go-to meal when you are broke and need some comfort.

While I made this for my Week 6 Meal Prep, I actually also took some of the dough and put it into muffin tins to make little pizza muffins like in the photo above. I hope to add a separate post later explaining why this wasn’t such a good idea but how it (kind of) worked out anyways.

Click here to read my review about how the Pizza held up throughout the week.

The ingredients I used include:

75% Carbs
9% Fat

Ingredients Amount Cost (USD) Protein (g) Carbs (g) Fat (g) Calories (kcal)
Flour 1.8 cup $0.17 22g 158g 0g 792 cal
Olive Oil 1 tbsp $0.10 0g 0g 14g 120 cal
Salt 4 tsp $0.05 0g 0g 0g 0 cal
Active Dry Yeast 1 packet $0.33 3g 3g 0g 21 cal
Water 1.5 cup $- 0g 0g 0g 0 cal
Pasta Sauce 0.4 cup $0.80 2g 11g 2g 56 cal
Light Shredded Cheese 2 oz $0.67 10g 0g 6g 90 cal
Oregano 2 tsp $0.15 0g 2g 0g 12 cal
Rosemary 2 leafs $0.23 0g 0g 0g 1 cal
Thyme 2 tsp $0.10 0g 0g 0g 2 cal
Garlic Powder 2 tsp $0.21 1g 4g 0g 18 cal
Total - - $2.80 38g 179g 23g 1112 cal
Total/Meal — — $0.56 8g 36g 5g 222 cal

This produced 5 servings of 2 slices of pizza each, costing about $.56 per serving or $2.80 overall.

Step 1

Firstly, as with every week where I bake something, I had to rise the yeast. I added about .5 cups of warm water to 1 packet of yeast and sprinkled in a few pinches of sugar to help it activate.

Once the yeast activated (let it sit for about 5 minutes and get fluffy), I added the oil and salt then stirred the whole mixture.

Activated yeast, after adding oil, and after stirring

Step 2

Once the oil is added, I added flour, .5 cups at a time, to the mixture.

After about 1.5 cups of flour the mixture was too dense to stir in the bowl so I rolled it out on the counter top and kneaded it until it was sticky but held its shape.

Dough after adding 1 cup of flour, 1.5 cups of flour, and on the counter unrolled

Let the rolled flour rise for about 1 hour in a oiled bowl until doubled in size.

Dough kneading and fully risen

Step 3

Once the dough has finished rising, use the palms of your hands to flatten it out onto an oiled baking sheet until it makes a thin layer of dough across the sheet. Do your best to flatten out as many air bubbles as possible- this may require you to knead the dough a second time.

If you like your pizza fluffy, feel free to let it rise again at this point for another half hour before baking.

Step 4

Once you are ready to bake, cover the pizza in sauce and your favorite toppings (except the cheese), and stick in a preheated oven at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes (until the crust begins to turn golden and can hold it’s own shape).

Pizza after flattening the dough out and adding the sauce

At this point, I took out my pizza and sprinkled my cheese on top before fully baking it for another 10 minutes.

Pizza half baked, after adding cheese, and fully baked

I really enjoyed this pizza as an addition to my Week 6 meal prep! It was time consuming for the dough to rise, but otherwise it was a relatively easy meal to cook and lasted a long time in the fridge.