Homemade Pizzas!

So I decided it would be a good idea to have some simple meals on hand in the freezer, for those nights when we’re too busy to cook. We both love pizza, so I thought that might make for a fun Sunday afternoon. Last week I got all the necessary ingredients and made myself some pizzas, and stuck them in the freezer. I would consider this experiment a success, so here is my recipe and method! Enjoy!

Basic Pizza Dough
Prep time: 15 min
Rise: 1 hour
Cook time: 5 minutes, 425F
Yields two 14″ pizza crusts 

3 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp quick-rising (instant) dry yeast
1 tsp salt
1 & 1/4 cup hot water
1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil

Combine 2 & 3/4 cups flour, yeast and salt in a bowl. Using a wooden spoon, gradually stir in water to form ragged dough, using hands when necessary. Turn out onto floured surface, knead until smooth. Add flour 1 tbsp at a time up to 1/4 cup more if needed.

Place in bowl and grease with olive oil. Wrap dough and let rise in warm draft-free place for 1 hour. (Alternatively, place dough into fridge and let rise for 24 hours.)

NOTE: Yes, you do really need to wrap the dough. I did not and the top that was exposed to the air got all hard and crusty. I recommend using saran wrap.

Once dough is risen, turn out onto floured surface and roll into a flat circle, approx. 14″ across. Roll the doughly really thin. And when you think it’s thin enough, keep rolling. The dough will rise to 2 to 3 times it’s thickness in the oven – THINNER IS BETTER. Bake for 5 minutes at 425F, remove to cooling rack and let cool. Add pizza sauce and toppings, and place in freezer in freezer-safe bag until you want to eat it!

When you are ready to eat your pizza, cook from frozen for 15-20 minutes (longer for thicker dough) at 425F.


Pizza Sauce

Tomato sauce
Garlic salt

Combine to taste. Spoon over cooled pizza dough.


You can then top your pizza with your preferred toppings. Some recommended combinations are below. A note about the cheese: you need LOTS. Way more than you think.

– All meat: pizza sauce, pepperoni, hungarian salami, bacon (pre-cooked), italian sausage (pre-cooked), cheese.

– Basil ricotta: fresh basil leaves (chopped), ricotta cheese, fresh tomatoes (diced).

– Stacey’s favorite: pizza sauce, mushrooms, onion, green pepper, pepperoni, cheese.

– Onion & Gorgonzola with Arugula: onions (saute for 5 minutes), gorgonzola cheese, arugula (add to pizza after baking).

– Send your own topping combinations!


The pizza dough recipe comes from The Vegetarian Collection by Canadian Living. The onion & gorgonzola pizza also comes from this cookbook.

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