I love spending time in the kitchen, but realistically, I don’t have the time to spend hours on a given meal unless it is for a special occasion. In addition, I’m not great at long-term meal planning and prep– I always forget to leave the meat out to thaw, and I don’t always feel like eating what I planned to make for dinner anyway. I also like to make dishes that are versatile– this generally allows me to save money by putting a meal together using whatever ingredients I have on hand or whatever I find on sale at the grocery store for the week.
This week I made a trip out to Dollar Tree where I found a few great grocery finds that I was able to turn into a yummy, quick, easy, and thrifty pizza:
These items cost me a total of $2.50– the Alfredo Sauce and Pizza Crust were $1.00 each, and the can of Organic Tomatoes was $0.50. At home, I had a few other ingredients on hand from Kroger such as shredded cheese (I buy in bulk when on sale for about a $1.00 /cup) and pesto sauce (on sale for about $3.79 for 10 Oz).
*Just a quick side note– I love pesto sauce and always keep a few jars in my pantry to add 1-2 tbs to certain dishes for an extra kick of flavor and color!
With about 5 minutes of prep time, this was the final product– it was so good and ridiculously easy to make:
Ingredients (Yields about 2 Servings):
- 1 ready-made 12-inch thin-crust Pizza Crust;
- 1/2 cup of Alfredo Sauce (feel free to be more generous with your sauce if you prefer, or if using a thicker crust, but I would suggest no more than 1/4 cup more);
- 1/2 – 1 cup of Shredded Cheese, per your preference (I would suggest mozzarella or mixed cheddar);
- 1/4 cup of canned diced tomatoes, gently strained;
- 2 tbs of Pesto Sauce;
- Optional Toppings:
- dried/crushed basil leaves for garnish
- Mushrooms (fresh, sauteed, or canned)
- Spinach (fresh, sauteed, or canned)
- Sliced Salami
- Bacon (pre-made)
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit;
- While the oven is preheating, place the pizza crust directly onto an ungreased baking sheet;
- Take the Alfredo Sauce and spoon it generously onto the surface of the Pizza Crust (i like to spoon my sauce all the way to the ends, but feel free to leave a half-inch circumference without sauce if you prefer);
- Top generously with shredded cheese;
- Further top the pizza with the diced tomatoes, and finish off with tiny dollops of pesto sauce.
- Bake in the oven at 425 degrees Fahrenheit for 12 minutes.
Out of the Optional Toppings as listed above, I used only dried/crushed basil that I sprinkled over top of the pizza; however, I do make other variations of this pizza using one or more of the items in the Optional Toppings list and they are delicious!
This pizza took me less than 20 minutes total to put together, and it was a hit! I actually served this pizza with a salad on the side that I was able to toss together while the pizza was in the oven. My bug liked this pizza so much that he has even requested it again for dinner!
I hope this recipe has shown you that with a little creativity, even dollar store groceries can be turned into something tasty and indulgent!