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Cheap & Easy College Recipes: Pizza!

April 21st, 2009 admin

With spring beginning to shine down on us and lovely new fruits and veggies popping up at the local farmer’s markets, I am thinking more and more about making good food with fresh ingredients. I found an amazing recipe for a margherita pizza (no, it doesn’t involve alcohol) and have adapted it to be more new-chef friendly. Give it a try! It’s easy and YUMMY!

Pizza Dough

You can always by a pre-made or ready-to-cook dough at the store, but those are pricey and honestly, never taste as good as home made. This dough, adapted from a Martha recipe , is easy and yummy.

  • 1 1/2 c warm water
  • 2 packets active dry yeast
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 c olive or canola oil (olive oil is expensive so canola can substitute!)
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 4 cups flour (leveled off)

1. Pour the warm water into a bowl, and pour the yeast on top of it (you don’t need to stir). Let it sit for about 5 minutes. The yeast should “activate” meaning it will bubble slightly, and begin to smell very… well… yeast-y. 🙂

2. Whisk in sugar, oil, and salt.

3. With a wooden spoon, stir in flour 1 cup at a time until a sticky dough forms. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap, and let it sit in a warm place for an hour. Dough should “rise” meaning it will about double in size.

4. Turn dough onto a well-floured surface (a countertop is fine). Flour your hands and knead dough for about 15 seconds. Split dough in half. This is enough dough to make two large pizzas! 🙂

Margherita Pizza (adapted from a Cooking Light recipe )

  • Fresh pizza dough or 1  (10-ounce) can refrigerated pizza crust dough
  • Cooking spray
  • 1  teaspoon  olive oil
  • 5  tomatoes, thinly sliced (Roma or on-the-vine tomatoes work great)
  • 1  cup  shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1  teaspoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2  cup  thinly sliced fresh basil
  • 1/8  teaspoon  salt
  • 1/8  teaspoon  black pepper

1. Preheat oven to 450°.

2. Coat cookie sheet with cooking spray, and spread and pat dough into a 13 x 11-inch rectangle. Bake at 450° for 10 minutes.

3. Remove crust from oven, and brush with 1/2 teaspoon oil. Arrange tomato slices on crust, leaving a 1/2-inch border; sprinkle evenly with cheese.

4. Bake at 450° for an additional 8-10 minutes, or until cheese melts and crust is golden.

5. Sprinkle pizza evenly with sliced basil, salt, and pepper.

6. Whisk together 1/2 teaspoon oil and vinegar. Drizzle the vinegar mixture evenly over the pizza.

Voila! You’re done! Enjoy!

Have a recipe to share? Feel free to leave it in the comments! 🙂

Photo: Cooking Light Magazine

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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Candy Dish: What Does a S&hellip  |  April 24th, 2009 at 3:02 pm

    […] Cheap and easy pizza recipe for college students. […]

  • 2. Valleri  |  May 4th, 2009 at 7:42 am

    This sounds easy enough will for sure try it…Thanks!

  • 3. Salad Recipes  |  May 22nd, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    Umm…that looks so yummy!!!
    I am so very fond of pizzas…but pity we don’t have the pizza culture so common in this part of the world where I stay…
    I’ll surely try this one…you’ve taken so much pain to put it down here after all…
    Keep ’em coming…I’ll be watchin!

  • 4. Toaster Oven Recipes  |  May 22nd, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    I’m gonna try it out this weekend for sure…
    Lovely recipe…thanks

  • 5. Foodista Blog - Back to C&hellip  |  August 25th, 2009 at 4:09 pm

    […] Yum […]

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