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Homemade Pizza

This homemade pizza recipe makes 12 individual ones. Eat 4, freeze 8 for later
Or make 3 larger pizzas and divide at the table
All kinds of bits and pieces from the fridge can be popped onto a pizza. What have you got in there?

close up of a slice of home made pizza on a plate with coloured rings of red, blue, yellow and green

homemade pizza

makes 12 individual pizzas, 8 to freeze
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Prep Time: 2 hrs 30 mins
Cook Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 2 hrs 40 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: batch cooking, budget meals, cheap family recipes
Dietary Requirements: Freezes Well, Vegetarian
Servings: 12 servings
Cost per portion 37p a serving
Calories: 588.99kcal
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For the dough

  • 20 g dried yeast
  • 3 tsp salt
  • dessertspoon sugar
  • 1500 g bread flour
  • drizzle oil plus extra for greasing
  • 1 litre lukewarm water

For the tomato sauce

  • 300 g onions sliced into rings
  • 3 tsps garlic powder
  • 6 cans chopped tomatoes
  • 30 g tomato puree
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 250 g cheese to sprinkle


  • Put yeast in approx. 300ml hand hot water with sugar, leave to stand in a warm place until a frothy head has formed.
  • Meanwhile warm flour on top of your oven while it cooks something else! Add the salt to the flour, then a drizzle of oil, then begin to add the warm yeasty water.
  • When that’s combined, add more hand hot water until you have a dough which comes away cleanly from the sides of the bowl.
  • Divide this dough into 12 equal portions and stretch them into thin discs approx 9 ins in diameter, on baking sheets.
  • If you would prefer, you can make 1/3rd of the dough into a large square pizza, and serve a quarter of this per person, as shown in the image above
  • Put these in a warm place for approx 45 minutes to 1 hr until fat and puffy.

Tomato Sauce

  • While this is happening, prepare your sauce: fry the onions and seasonings in the oil, add tomatoes and reduce down until it is a thick glossy sauce

Baking your pizzas

  • When the pizza bases are puffed, pop them in the oven at gas 6 for 2 minutes, remove, ladle on 1/12th of the sauce spreading thinly, bake for 4 more minutes, then sprinkle with cheese (1/12th) and bake again til cheese melts.
  • Just after sprinkling with the cheese, but before the last baking is the best time to freeze these.


oven: 200C/180C fan/gas 6
The salt value excludes any you have added yourself, as each family's tastes will differ
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Nutrition Facts
homemade pizza
Amount Per Serving
Calories 588.99 Calories from Fat 85
% Daily Value*
Fat 9.41g14%
Saturated Fat 4.77g30%
Cholesterol 21.88mg7%
Sodium 1010.11mg44%
Potassium 604.1mg17%
Carbohydrates 102.94g34%
Fiber 6.04g25%
Sugar 6.59g7%
Protein 22.88g46%
Vitamin A 461.93IU9%
Vitamin C 21.23mg26%
Calcium 238.41mg24%
Iron 3.44mg19%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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