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DIY Pizzas

by Alison Wood

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Pizza delivery or frozen pizzas are conveniences that many families enjoy. If your family is on a tight budget, there may be times when ordering delivery or an $8 frozen pizza is just not financially feasible. Or, perhaps you just want to try something different, cheaper and homemade.

Pizza is a favorite of our large family. We have six kids and every single one of them is a pizza fan. But since we moved to the foreign mission field of Cambodia, frozen pizza wasn't an option and delivery is an over-priced, not-so-tasty option. I had to come up with something new!

Here are some of our family favorites we have created over the past five years. Many of them are quick, easy, and frugal friendly. We are a busy family that lives on a strict budget, so we try to make our meals fit our lifestyle!

Enjoy these recipes as you branch-out to create frugal, tasty twists to some classic pizza favorites!

Quick and Easy Pizza Dough

There is no pre-made pizza dough here. Most of the breads and pastries we eat here are homemade. Since I stay busy with my home duties, I love to try quick recipes. This one is definitely a winner with our crew. Less mess too as most of the kneading is done in the mixing bowl!


  • 1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon white sugar
  • 1 cup warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 8 cloves of garlic, crushed
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt


Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a large mixing bowl, dissolve yeast and sugar in warm water. Let stand until creamy, about 10 minutes. Meanwhile, lightly grease a large pizza pan. Then, dust with half parts of cornmeal and flour.

Next, saute crushed garlic in one tablespoon olive oil for five minutes on medium-high heat. Remove from heat and set aside.

Once yeast mixture is creamy, stir in flour, salt, oil and cooked garlic. Knead until dough is soft and elastic. Once dough is elastic, place it on the pizza pan and flatten out with hands until desired shape is reached. Spread with desired toppings and bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown. Let pizza cool slightly before serving. Yields: One large pizza crust. Enjoy!

Quick and Easy Pizza Sauce

Jarred pizza sauce is very convenient, but if you are trying to stretch your dollar, you will save a good bit making your own. This recipe is super easy, quick, and budget-friendly.


  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 6 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1/2 tablespoon chicken bouillon
  • 2 tablespoons oregano
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


In medium-sized saucepan, saute garlic until soft. Next, add water and tomato paste to garlic and whisk until smooth. Cook on medium-high heat until boiling, then cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer. While sauce is simmering, add additional spices. Simmer for five minutes for a quick sauce or 15 for a stronger flavor. If simmering longer, add additional water as needed. Yields: 2 cups pizza sauce.

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Pizza Tortillas

This dish can be made in just a few minutes. These pizza tortillas are also great for lunchbox meals for the kids! Pizza tortillas are also great snack pizzas that you can freeze and heat up whenever a pizza craving strikes!


  • 8 tortillas
  • Jarred pizza sauce or homemade
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Additional pizza toppings


Lay out tortillas on a flat surface. Next, place one tablespoon of pizza sauce on top of tortilla. Now, add 2 tablespoons of cheese and any additional toppings and fold tortillas burrito-style. Next, heat two tablespoons of oil in skillet on medium-low heat. Cook tortillas until lightly brown on both sides. Garnish with Parmesan cheese, if desired. Yields: 8 pizza tortillas.

Related: Make Your Own Tortillas and Other DIY Breads

French Bread Pizza

Cambodia is overflowing with loaves of French bread. We take advantage of this convenience and use it to feed a pizza craving quickly!


  • 1 14 oz. jar of pizza sauce or homemade pizza sauce
  • 1 large loaf of French bread or two medium-sized loaves
  • 4 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • pepperoni (optional)
  • dried mushrooms (optional)
  • diced onions (optional)
  • Parmesan cheese (optional, but highly recommended.)


Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Slice French bread in half, vertically. Then, spread on a thin layer of pizza sauce. Next, add cheese and any other desired toppings. Bake until golden brown and crunchy and cheese is melted. Yields: 4 French bread pizzas.

How does your family indulge your pizza cravings on a budget?

Reviewed March 2017

Alison Wood is a writer for several online parenting resources, a missionary in Southeast Asia, mom to six kiddos and blogs about parenting, pregnancy and frugal living at Pint-Sized Treasures. Visit Alison on Google+.

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