The best part of making your own pizza at home is you can personalize each pizza. Get your kids involved in the menu planning and the grocery shopping. Things to consider: select veggies they love on pizza, decide if they want pre-made red pizza sauce or just a drizzle of oil, and select a combo of their favorite cheeses. Recipe below.
Before you head to the grocery, determine the amount of each ingredient based on how many people you are serving and their appetite!
- 1 - 3 refrigerator pizza crusts (I use Pillsbury® refrigerated thin pizza crust)
- Fresh spinach
- Sliced onions
- Sliced mushrooms
- Sliced bell peppers
- Fresh tomatoes or sun-dried tomatoes
- Cheese: Mozzarella, Provolone, Asagio, Fontina, Parmesan, Romano, Feta (A combo of 3-4 cheeses works best)
- Pre-made red pizza sauce or olive oil
- Fresh basil leaves (dried leaves in a spice cabinet work too)
- Options: cooked shredded chicken, pepperoni slices
- Wash and chop/slice the veggies and put each in a medium size bowl for pizza assembly
- Grate the cheese (or crumble the feta cheese) and put in separate bowls
- Roll out the refrigerated pre-made pizza dough with your fingers on a lightly greased cookie sheet
- Divide one large pizza crust into smaller sections with a food scissors or knife--one pizza divided in half or in fourths works great
- Bake the pizza at 400°F for 5 minutes on a cookie sheet before you add the toppings
- Add toppings, see directions below, and bake for 8-10 additional minutes
Personalize with toppings
Have each of your kids and guests add the toppings they want on their individual pizza.
- Red pizza sauce
- If you don't want the red sauce, drizzle of olive oil or use a pastry brush to spread a light layer of oil (be careful not use to much oil)
- Next, add a layer of veggies such as spinach leaves, sliced oninons, bell peppers, mushroom slices, fresh basil leaves (hand shred the basil leaves into smaller pieces)
- Add a layer of your favorite shredded cheeses such as mozzarella and feta.
- Top with thinly sliced tomatoes or sun-dried tomatoes
Bake individual pizzas for about 8-10 additional minutes.
(Photo by me, Chris Olson)