Remember how busy last Saturday was for me? It was a crazy morning filled with broccoli blanching and valentine pancake making, then basketball gaming the rest of the day. This is why cooking dinner when I got home at 6:45 didn’t sound fun. Plus, you should (not) have seen how messy my kitchen was after the morning insanity when I was running late to serve concessions at the games, so I had to decide between washing dishes and getting dressed in actual clothes that weren’t pajama pants. I chose the latter. Everyone was grateful. But this choice meant that I came home to an exploded kitchen.
If ever there was an excuse to want frozen pizza, this one was it. We all have those times, right? We talked about this just last week. Some of you mentioned wishing you knew how to make your own frozen pizza, then others chimed in about how to do it, and since this has been on my list to tell you about anyway – I decided there was no better time.
So frozen pizza everyone: You can make them yourself. With real ingredients and whole foods, keeping your very own people and their preferences in mind. With little effort.
And all the mothers everywhere shed a tear.
How to Make Your Own Frozen Pizza
1. Mix up your favorite pizza dough. I suggest this very easy Whole Wheat Pizza Crust recipe. I also suggest doubling or tripling or octupling (I was going for 8x there, how’d I do?) the recipe. It just makes sense to create only one mess in order to make several meals worth of pizza for your freezer.
2. Roll out the dough to your desired sizes, thickness, and shapes. Make personal sized crusts, make rectangle crusts to fit your pans, make circle crusts to fit your pans. Make whatever works best for your freezer, your oven, and your family.
Life is too short to roll dough perfectly.
3. Bake each crust in a 375° oven for 5 minutes (assuming you are using this crust recipe), then remove them from the oven. They will be only lightly baked at this point – just done enough to be perfect for preparing your pizza for the freezer.
4. Top each pizza crust with toppings of your choice – any sauce, meats, cheeses, and veggies you like. Make a variety to suit your family’s preferences.
I topped this one with sauce, spinach, colby jack cheese, hamburger meat, and red peppers.
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5. Wrap each unbaked pizza well with plastic wrap. (I like Natural Value Brand.) If it fits, you might also consider putting your wrapped pizzas into a 2-gallon size freezer bag for additional protection. (Be sure to reuse your freezer bags to get more bang for your buck!)
6. When you are ready to bake your frozen pizza, thaw it if you wish. Otherwise, just take it directly from the freezer, unwrap it, and put it on your baking pan. Bake in a 375° oven for 10-18 minutes or until the cheese is melty and perfect.
Aren’t you excited about how easy this is, about how much time this will save you, and how fun this will be to serve to your family?! It will be effortless to pull out some mixed greens and fruit to go with your pizza – so your meal prep on a homemade frozen pizza night will be nil!
I highly recommend making several pizzas for your freezer in one setting. If you’re going to mix up crust and make a little mess rolling it out, if you’re going to grate cheese, if you’re going to chop veggies, if you’re going to cook meat – you really might as well just hit it hard and get several pizzas stacked up in your freezer if you have the space.
In addition, consider prepping pizza ahead of time for a busy day and just keeping it in your fridge to bake at dinner time.
Now – go pin this time saving, money saving, health saving idea so that you won’t forget about it. :)
Ever tried making homemade frozen pizza? How excited are you to try this idea?!