Homemade pizza is cheaper than takeout and easy to make. And of course, one way to save money by making your pizza at home is to buy your ingredients in bulk. I often buy my yeast, flour, sauce and cheese in bulk from from Sam's Club.
First thing you need to make pizza is the crust. My favorite pizza crust recipe can be found here.
One of the secrets to making a good pizza dough is to let the dough rise slowly in the refrigerator overnight. This time of slow yeast activation allows the dough to develop a much better flavor than it would if you just used the dough directly after mixing.
Sometimes, in order to save money by using what I have on hand, I use other items for the pizza crust. These items include...
French or Italian Bread
Flour or CornTortillas
Flat Out Wraps
Again, using what I have on hand or have bought on sale saves me more money over buying a ready made pizza crust or takeout pizza.
The next thing you will need for your pizza is the sauce. I have used many different things for the sauce on our pizzas.
I have used tomato paste, tomato sauce, ketchup, crushed tomatoes, spaghetti sauce, canned and jarred pizza sauce, Amy Dacyczyn's homemade pizza sauce (which I found to be very bitter), etc. Again, using whatever I have on hand to save money.
Another thing I sometimes do for pizza sauce, is to buy the number ten can of crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce, or pizza sauce from Sam's Club, although I did not see any pizza sauce on my last trip to Sam's this past week.
One way to save money with the number ten can is to figure out how much sauce you like on your pizzas and freeze portions in that quantity. I like my pizza with very little sauce, so I use a mini muffin pan to freeze correct pizza size portions and then store these in my freezer.
Homemade Taco Pizza
Here are some other posts from me about pizza you may enjoy reading:
Saturday Night Pizza
And of course, last week I shared how I make pizza kits for the freezer.
What is your favorite way to save money on pizza?