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February 4th, 2017 at 01:22 pm

I have no idea why not, but I had never made pizza before. I don't know if that's entirely true since MH has some pizza recipes, but I guess I mean more traditional type pizza.

We are die hard Round Table Pizza fans. Between that and home cooking most our meals, we do NOT do cheap pizza. If the kids have a party we order Round Table. We've got comments about that over the years. I don't know what to say other than I am not going to buy my kids disgusting pizza on their special day. Wink

Round Table always has $5-off coupons that we use. So it's always been something we can squeeze into our budget if we want pizza. In addition, our grocery store had the BEST fresh take & bake pizzas. For something like $10. So we would often serve those pizzas for parties or if we had people over. They stopped carrying those 2-3 years ago. We've tried some others but they just aren't very good.

Every year I try to add at least one or two different dishes that I have never tried before (or different foods that I have never cooked before). For whatever reason I've been thinking about pizza recently and how we really just need to make our own. Since we've never found a suitable replacement for our take-and-bake.

& so that is what I did this weekend. I am happy to say that I nailed it! I choose a pizza sauce recipe that was 5 stars on the internet and everyone was raving about. Doesn't mean much, but I figured I'd start with that. In the end, I think it was very similar to Round Table's zesty red sauce. It's not exactly the same, but I think it's a suitable substitute. (That was a nice surprise!) I had enough for two pizzas and the second one came out kind of perfect. I cooked it for an extra minute so that it cooked more thoroughly.

I just bought pre-made dough. What is surprising to me is how *filling* it was. I only had a couple of small pieces and I was totally good. The kids otherwise finished off two small-ish pizzas, but they agreed that it seemed really filling.

I do want to make my own dough in the future. I just wanted to do it in steps. Get the sauce and everything else right, and then I can work on the dough in the future.

MH mostly can't stand pepperoni pizza, so next time I will ask him what kind of toppings he wants. I just wanted to start with something simple.

I am salivating just thinking about how it must taste with fresh dough. We will make future lunch and dinner guests VERY happy. Everyone always raved about the store-bought pizza. Since mostly no one cooks these days, everyone thinks we are like gourmet chefs. So I can only imagine their reaction to this pizza. & it was SO EASY!

P.S. I'd add the sauce recipe but the link doesn't seem to be working today. I will check it again later.

11 Responses to “Pizza”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    We make homemade pizza nearly once a week. I use the dough recipe that came with my Kitchen Aid stand mixer. I can divide it to make one medium and two small pizzas which suits our desire for different toppings between the four of us. We use tomato sauce with Italian seasoning as our sauce.

  2. ceejay74 Says:

    We make pizza about once a week too! AS makes the crust, so I don't know anything about that. The sauce we always just wing, but I should try a recipe sometime. Our sauce is serviceable; it's all about the toppings. But could you share your sauce recipe?

    We too tend toward gourmet vs. cheap pizza when we order in or eat out. Though once in a while I'll do Pizza Hut because their little personal pizzas are perfect size for kids and I like their spicy breadsticks. But the kids (and we) definitely prefer one of our two local pizza places.

  3. NJDebbie Says:

    Can you share the link to the pizza sauce?

  4. LuckyRobin Says:

    I can give you a link to a really good dough recipe that makes enough for 2 extra large pizzas equivalent to what RT's sizes are if you would like. She goes through the entire process start to finish in a youtube video. It also can be divided in half and do one pizza and one batch of garlic herb pull apart bread. Works for calzones as well. RT got too expensive for us a few years ago for the amount of times we like to have pizza, but we don't even miss them anymore.

  5. scfr Says:

    Looks delicious!

  6. monkeymama Says:

    @LuckyRobin - yes, please share your link!

    The pizza sauce link is not working, but I can type it out if it's still not working later. For now, I am hoping it is just a fluke.

  7. VS_ozgirl Says:

    It does look good! Not long ago we went to make our own pizza dough from scratch but when I went to buy the special flour (can't remember exactly what it was but it was recommended on a few internet recipes) and yeast, there was a packet with a pizza flour and yeast combo. For $5 we got four pizza bases and it was so good! See if there is anything in your flour section for pizzas.

  8. monkeymama Says:

  9. rob62521 Says:

    That looks scrumptious!

    I don't blame you...we don't do "cheap" pizzas either.

  10. LuckyRobin Says:


    The wife is teaching the husband how to do it and they are really goofy and giggly, but the dough recipe is what I do, only I use my Kitchen-Aid stand mixer with the dough hook to do the kneading for me. And when I do it, I start with just 3 cups of the flour and mix it and then add the flour a cup at a time until I get to the full amount. I also add 2 tsp of garlic powder to the recipe.

  11. frugaltexan75 Says:

    My DH only likes Chef Boy R Dee pizza dough and sauce for homemade pizzas. Once you add the cheese and various toppings, it works out to about $10.

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