Other than Ramen Noodles, Pizza is probably the second most stereotypical meal a college kid can eat. It’s cheap, easy, and kind of well balanced (that’s still debatable). Even though we love to cook, we still crave pizza every once and awhile. But, we try our best not to order delivery, instead we make our own…well, sort of. We usually have most of the ingredients for pizza on hand in case we need to make a quick dinner.
Remember how we said that we like to make our own pasta sauce and don’t use jarred sauce? Well, we fibbed a little. We usually keep on hand a jar of marinara sauce in case of emergencies. We like to buy the good stuff that doesn’t have any corn syrup or anything we’ve never heard before (try finding it at a local Italian market or Trader Joe’s like we did!). Anyway, if you have a jar of sauce, you’re almost there.
Our grocery store has a little bakery inside, and most likely your’s does too. They often have pizza crusts for only $0.99. We snag a couple of these and put them in the freezer. If not we just buy a pre-made crust (you’ll find them near the pasta or Italian section) and freeze that instead.
Cheese, well we always have cheese on hand. You can buy shredded pizza cheese in the dairy aisle, or buy a block of your favorite and shred it yourself. Either way works for us.
Straightforward. Easier than answering your door for delivery. And of course, healthier (just as long as you don’t eat it everyday!).
- Servings – 4 (2 slices a serving)
- Prep time – 5 minutes
- Cook time – 10 minutes
- Pizza crust (10-12 inch)
- 1/2 cup marinara sauce
- 1 cup shredded cheese (pizza blend, mozzarella, etc.)
- Your favorite pizza toppings
1. Preheat your oven to 425°F.
2. If you have a pizza stone prepare the pizza on that. If not, prepare on a large cutting board or an upside-down baking sheet so you can slide it directly onto the oven rack.
3. We hope you know the rest of the way…if not, follow these pictures.
4. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until the cheese is bubbly. If you aren’t using a pizza stone, carefully slide pizza onto oven rack. You’ll get an extra crispy crust this way. To remove, carefully use a spatula to slide off onto a flat surface.
5. Wait for pizza to cool, about 2 minutes, serve and enjoy!