Fast & Frugal Recipe: Super Easy Pizza

We often use this “recipe” (it is so simple it might not qualify as an actual recipe) when we’re busy and don’t have time to cook. And no, this is not one for making your own pizza crust. Prep time is less than 3 minutes and 20 minutes in the oven. There is hardly any clean-up and the fresh toppings give the pizza a fresher, more homemade taste.


  • Any frozen cheese pizza (store brand or name brand on sale) from the grocery store. Frozen cheese pizzas can be had for as little as $2.00 per pizza when on sale. And we have found store brand pizzas (Stater Bros in our case) to be quite good.
  • Any toppings you desire – olives, mushrooms, pineapple, mandarin oranges, ham or Canadian bacon, spinach, garlic, onion, etc. One can or package of toppings can make you several pizzas, so the cost per meal is divided into the number of meals.


    1. Open frozen pizza and preheat oven as directed
    2. Put your desired toppings on the pizza. We recommend moderation with toppings.
    3. Bake in oven

      Homemade Pizza Tips:

      • If using fresh vegetables, do not over-dress, as they can produce excess moisture and cause the crust to not fully bake.
      • Mushrooms are very moist toppings and are best sliced thin and used in moderation.
      • Always drain canned vegetables and fruits, and squeeze juice out of pineapple chunks.
      • Garlic is best if added first on top of the cheese and under the other toppings. This allows the garlic flavor to seep into the cheese while baking and prevent burning.
      • A little sprinkle of oregano, basil or cilantro on the cheese and under the toppings also adds a nice subtle flavor.
      • A little Parmesan cheese sprinkled on top in the last few minutes can add a desirable flavor.
      • If everyone likes different toppings, each person can top his/her own section of pizza.

      This method is less expensive than buying a frozen pizza with toppings, as cheese pizzas are often much cheaper, and your own purchased toppings will last you through several more pizzas. It may or may not be less expensive than making your own crust (I haven’t calculated), but it is definitely faster, easier, tastes good and shouldn’t cost you more than $3-4 for one pizza.

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