Paper Plate Gourmet – Semi Homemade Pizza

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Here is another Sunday tradition in our household – semi-homemade pizza.


The best part?


The total cost is usually $6.50 and under for the whole family to eat.


And boy, do we eat.  The 4 of us polish off the pie.


You can make your own dough, but my persnickety husband prefers we purchase the dough from the local Pizza place.  At $3.50 a pop, it is worth it to me.  Add in a little tomato sauce (we usually buy a can of the store-brand tomato sauce) and some shredded mozzarella cheese (which I usually buy for around $2.00 a bag) and we are good to go.


The only caveat – we use a pizza stone we bought years ago from the Pampered Chef.  We are big fans… but you can make this on whatever floats your boat.




Pizza Dough (preferably from the Pizza Place)

Can of tomato sauce

Shredded Mozzarella Cheese

Sprinkle of Pecorino Romano Cheese (if you have it)

Garlic Powder, to taste

Any other topping you want!



  1. Preheat the oven to 425.  If you have a pizza stone, put it in the oven now.
  2. While the oven is preheating, spread out your dough into a circle.
  3. After the oven finishes preheating, wait another 2 or 3 minutes before pulling your stone out and putting your dough on the stone
  4. Put a thin layer of sauce on the dough and put it in the oven for 2-3 minutes
  5. After this pre-cooking period, top the pizza like you normally would, with sauce, garlic and cheese
  6. Bake until the crust is done and bubbly.  Yum!


Notes from Chef Craig:

  1. He wanted to reiterate the need for pizza store bought dough.
  2. Since this dough is very thick, he recommends adding the layer of sauce and baking it for a few minutes before going all out with toppings
  3. Our pizza stone is approximately 15-16” wide – this can apparently effect the overall baking time.


My absolute favorite part is this is a Craig meal – I am off duty!

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