Part of spending less and living well is learning to cook well and for me acquiring wonderful recipes. If you can really cook great fried chicken, burgers, Italian or Asian food then when you won’t need to go out to eat. At least that was my motivation to learn to cook. At the same time, you don’t want to break the bank even when cooking at home.
So our kids absolutely love to eat pizza and it is the self proclaimed favorite of two of our five children. None the less at $17.99 per pizza (my kids like the works pizzas) and since our family of 7 needs at least 2 pizzas it is simply too much for our budget to handle on any kind of regular basis. So we make pizza at home 2-4x per month for pennies! So I thought I’d share the frugal pizza dough recipe we most often use in our kitchen.
Frugal Pizza Dough Ingredients
(we normally make 3x this amount for our family)
- 1/4-3/4 cups warm water
- 1 package of yeast (2 1/2 teaspoons buy yeast in bulk it’s much cheaper!!)
- 1 teaspoon of sugar
- 2 cups of flour
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon of basil & oregano (optional we try to use dried herbs that we grow)
Frugal Pizza Dough Instructions
- Combine 1/4 cup of water with the yeast and sugar, let stand for 5 minutes until it is bubbly
- Add the flour, oil, and salt into the mixer and mix to combine
- Add the yeast,sugar & water mixture and mix until blended.
- Form a ball, cover and let stand 10 minutes
- Roll or pat dough out until it covers your pizza pan
- Spread with pizza sauce add cheese and toppings.
- Bake at 425 degrees for 15-20 minutes or until the crust is Golden Brown
We buy yeast, sugar, flour, oil and salt in bulk. Although we try to stock up on sugar in the winter (But our house is on sale and stockpiles don’t sell houses!). By buying these items in bulk from Sam’s Club we save a considerable amount of money. For instance I can buy a pound of yeast at Sam’s Club for $4.68 or 25# (that’s 90-95 cups) sack of flour for $7.59.
More practical & frugal tips:
modified from Tightwad Gazette’s pizza dough
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