Perfect Homemade Pizzas – 50p Budget Meals

No-knead pizzas are a fun, low-energy way to make one of your favourite foods, and at 37p per portion (assuming 2 pizzas are made from this recipe), they’re very cost-effective!

  1. You will need:
  2. Recipe Video
  3. Optional Extras:
  4. And the how to:
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You will need:
  • 150ml lukewarm water
  • 3.5g yeast (4.5p)
  • 10g sugar (1.5p)
  • 250g plain flour (11p)
  • 1tsp salt
  • 20g oil (4p)
  • 20g tomato puree (4p)
  • 50g grated mozzarella (50p) OR 1 ball (40p)
Optional Extras:
  • 50g onion (3p)
  • 20g mushroom (8p)
  • 25g olives (10p)
  • 30g sweetcorn (3p)
  • 40g pineapple (7p)
  • 25g pepperoni (18p)
  • 30g anchovies (36p)
  • 20g ham/leftover gammon (7p)
  • 40g chicken, leftover if possible (10p)
And the how to:
  1. Mix the water, sugar, and yeast together in a bowl. Leave to stand for around 10 minutes, until the mixture is frothy. If it doesn’t froth, it is either too cold, the water was too hot (if unsure, use water below lukewarm), or the yeast is dead and will not give you a good rise. Either wait a little longer or discard and start from scratch.
  2. Now add the flour and salt to the bowl, and mix until a dough just starts to come together.
  3. Cover the bowl and put your dough in the fridge. It will be ready to use in 24 hours, but I like to leave it for 48-72 to let the flavours develop further.
  4. Divide your dough. You should be able to get 2 pizzas around 9-inches across out of this recipe, though it is worth noting that you could make one large pizza, or 3-4 smaller ones if you like.
  5. Mix tomato puree with a pinch of salt and sugar, and a dash of water and oil to thin it. You can add herbs, garlic, chilli flakes, or any number of things to this sauce to suit your taste. The possibilities are endless. I’ve only detailed the most basic sauce, but experiment – have fun!
  6. Cook in your preferred way. The quickest method is the one I have shown in the video, but you can also cook on a lightly oiled tray in the oven, a pan dusted with semolina, or, if you have one, a pizza oven.
  7. For those following the video’s method: Heat a pan on high heat with no oil, flour, or anything else. Lay the pizza base in there and wait for around a minute, after which you can add your sauce and toppings. Once the base has started to brown, put the pan under the grill for a further minute or so, just until the cheese has melted and the crust has browned nicely (or, if you’re like me, leave it a little longer and let those beautiful black spots appear!).
  8. This is the easiest one… Serve up and enjoy!

That’s it! Simple as that. Tell me what you think – have you made this recipe? Will you? Let me know in the comments!

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Published by cbpowellwrites

I'm a writer of science-fiction, fantasy epics, and other speculative fiction works and have a little blog focused on writing and how to become a better writer. Hopefully it is helpful to others, and I'd love to hear more feedback and have more in-depth discussions on all thing creativity. Before turning to writing I worked for a number of years as a chef, following on from my time as a writing and performing guitarist in the South West of England. Perhaps I will upload some music from these days at some point...

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