Homemade Pizza

After my last post, a few people commented on the price of my homemade pizza. In my opinion, homemade pizza tastes better and costs significantly less than carry out pizza.

I have a few tips for keeping the cost of my homemade pizza low.

First we usually have pizza on Friday or Saturday night. This allows me to “collect” leftovers throughout the week. I then use my leftovers for toppings. If we had tacos during the week then we will have a taco pizza, if we had pineapple I will set some aside along with some ham for a ham and pineapple pizza. If we have leftover chicken we will have a chicken pizza, it is fun to get creative and involve the kids.

I also do not buy special pizza sauce for our pizzas. I purchase whatever spaghetti sauce I can find on sale and then add some seasonings to spice it up a bit. I also make my crust from scratch using freshly milled wheat and a few other ingredients. Below I have figured out the approximate cost of my homemade pizzas. I would love to find the actual cost, but I am still on vacation so that will have to wait until next week.

Cost of 4 to 5 pizzas-

Crust – $1.50 to $2.00

Sauce- $1.50

Cheese – $5 ( I stock up on cheese when it is on sale and I have a coupon) I like to pay about $2.50 a pound. For 4 or 5 pizzas I would use 2 pounds of cheese.

Toppings- $1 I usually purchase pepperoni and then use my leftovers for the rest of the toppings. Most of my kids would be happy to just eat cheese pizza, but a few like to try the “leftover” pizza creations.

This brings my total to $9.50 which is just under 10 dollars. This is also for 4 pizzas, which would give us leftovers for a few days.

I hope to post the recipe once I return home to my cookbook. Homemade “leftover pizza” works for us, what works for you? Check out Rocks in My Dryer for more WFMW.


  1. Thanks for sharing!

  2. I think it’s great that you make your own pizza’s and homemade is always better than store bought or delivery. Now I like to cheat so I get my pizza’s at Aldi’s for $1.99 each and sometimes I add some extra stuff, but hands down homemade is always better!

  3. We love homemade pizza. It is unfortunately one of our most expensive meals I can make ( would you believe it is right up there with grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup? ), but we do it every couple of weeks or so. It is still loads cheaper than ording pizza and much better too.

    It is the cheese that kills us and tomato sauce. I guess I should not be so lazy and try making my own tomato sauce because we can get the tomatoe fairly cheaply.

    Love the idea of using the leftovers for different pizza ideas.


  4. I can’t remember the last time we had pizza out or ordered it to be delivered. I buy a large package of either pepperoni, Canadian bacon or Italian sausage at Sam’s Club, as well as a 5 lb. bag of mozzarella, then package it all up into pizza size portions. For sauce, I either get whatever pasta sauce is least expensive or I make a huge batch of my own from the institutional size can of tomato sauce. When it’s time to make the pizza, I add on whatever other toppings we have handy (I don’t buy anything special).

    Like you, I can make a really good large pizza for just about $2.50. Hard to beat that price!

  5. we love homemade pizza here, and part of it is the sauce i use. most sauces are sweet, and this one is not, plus it’s a bit chunky (yum!)

    no-cook tomato sauce:

    2 28oz can tomatoes, drained
    1 6 oz can tomato paste
    chopped garlic (to taste)
    1 t salt
    1 t sugar
    black pepper (to taste)
    seasonings (basil, oregano, whatever you like)

    process in a food processor until desired consistency. i freeze it in pint jars.

  6. I am REALLY hungry for homemade pizza now… 🙂

  7. I’ve been making homemade pizza almost every Friday for a while now. I still get ‘takeout’ on occasion (mostly, if I’m out of yeast) but we are starting to like the homemade kind better!
    One trick I find is to make sure you ‘stock up’ on mozzarella when it is on sale for a good price. Just check the date to be sure you’ll use it up before it expires. I know you can freeze it, but I just don’t like it that way.
    Even at full price for the cheese, it is still cheaper than takeout. My next step will be to get a pizza stone. I hear they really make the pizza better!

  8. Hi,
    I make homemade pizza all the time and the way I make sauce might be cheaper for you, provided you like it! I mix a small(6 oz.) can of tomato paste with a can of hot water, a teaspoon of minced garlic, a teaspoon of oregano, 1/2 teaspoon of basil and some salt & pepper. This covers 2 pizzas generously.

  9. This is a great idea! We have just started making pizza here. I like the idea of using what you have leftover in the week., Less waste and more money saved!

  10. YES, I make home made pizze EVERYSINGLE Friday nite for my family. I make the dough from scratch but use bought flour! 🙂 Love your idea to use leftover to create a theme pizza. You are SO right, making it is SO much cheaper! Thanks for a great tip! 🙂

  11. Great idea to use the leftovers… We should do that too – way cheaper than getting take out all the time… Now if we can just figure out how to get home from work a little earlier! LOL 🙂

  12. MMMMM, all this pizza talk is making me drool. I love homemade pizza. I like the leftover ideas, too. Although, we don’t often have leftovers…

  13. I make bread, I make biscuits. I will not make pizza. It takes most of the afternoon to make it for the 9 of us.

    I totally cheat and get Little Caesars for $5 each. It takes 4 for us (we have teens!) for one meal. I estimate it takes $12 to make the same amount – plus about 3 hours. And I don’t have to stand by the oven cooking pizza while everyone else eats.

  14. We love homemade pizza. I have recipe with pics on my blog. We make it every week. I think it is one of our cheaper meals!

    I stock up on sauce and cheese when it is on sale, as well as any toppings.

    I also purchase flour and yeast from a co op to save money.

    To order 2 large pizzas in our area, it would cost $20 or more. We have bought some from the store but they are so small and they don’t taste nearly as good!

  15. Hi Toni,
    I like the leftover pizza idea! Very frugal.

  16. I had never thought of using leftovers for the pizza. What a great idea. Wish I had thought of it myself long ago! : )

  17. Gerry Schipper says:

    I have two questions…in your homemade pizza recipe you stated “If you have a bread machine you can start this recipe in the morning, and then spend about 30 minutes before dinner making the pizza and baking it. I think this is a very convenient meal.” If you make the crust in bread machine ahead of time, how do you keep it until you are ready to roll out and put together at dinner time?

    Second question if you make them frozen like you said…what temp and length would you cook the pizza straight from the freezer? Or would you thaw and bake first? Thanks.

    • TheHappyHousewife says:

      I have a timer feature on my machine (most machines have this) so I load the ingredients in the morning, but the machine doesn’t actually start working until the afternoon.
      I would thaw first, but remember to par bake your crust before adding toppings and freezing.


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