Not only is pizza the most amazing food on the planet (who’s with me?), but it’s also quite cheap. It’s quite possible to feed a family of four for less than $5 by serving pizza.
I like experimenting with homemade pizzas that are on the healthier side, using whole wheat crust, lots of fresh vegetables, and a smaller amount of cheese. I also like to make pizza when I’m looking to clean out the fridge. It’s a good opportunity to use up leftover ingredients like tomatoes, onions, olives, and meat.
For this recipe, I made a trip to the grocery store salad bar to pick out toppings. I purchased a sizable amount of red and green peppers, banana peppers, and bacon for about $1.90. As a bonus, they were pre-prepped and ready to go straight off the salad bar. Additionally, I used whole wheat pizza dough from Trader Joe’s ($1.29 for a large bag). Add in the cost of shredded cheese (about $1.40) and barbecue sauce ($.35) and the whole pizza ended up costing right around $5.
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Barbecue Bacon Pizza Recipe
Yield: 4 servings
Cook Time: 12 to 15 minutes
A good way to save money on cheese in cooking is to use a very flavorful cheese. You can use less because it has more flavor. As a bonus, you'll also save fat and calories. Try Parmesan, Fontina, or a smoked cheese. For this recipe, I used smoked gouda.
One package whole wheat pizza dough (or one large ready-made pizza crust)
2/3 cup barbecue sauce
1 1/2 cups shredded cheese (see note above)
1/2 cup chopped red and/or green pepper
1/4 cup chopped banana peppers
1/2 cup crumbled bacon
Preheat oven to 400F. On a floured surface, roll out pizza dough into one large round or two smaller ones. Place on a round pizza pan. Spread barbecue sauce evenly over pizza crust. Top evenly with cheese, red and green peppers, banana peppers, and bacon. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, or until crust is fully cooked and center of the pizza is hot.