Make-Ahead Meals: Pizza!

Do you love homemade pizza but hate the time, effort and mess required to make it?

Me too.

Early last year, I made up my mind to find a way to make homemade pizza that can be frozen.  I figured hey, if the frozen food aisle is full of them there must be a way for me to make a fresher version at home.

After a bit of searching, I came across THIS recipe for Par Baked Pizza Crust.  And all I can say is Ohhh Mama! With five ingredients and very little effort, I have been able to keep my freezer stocked with the makings for the best pizza pie this side of Italy.  And it is perfect for adding to my Gradual Make-Ahead™ recipe collection

Ingredients:

  • 2 pkg Active Dry Yeast
  • 4 c. Unbleached Flour (bread flour is best)
  • 1/8 c. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 1/2 tsp. Kosher Salt
  • 1 1/2 c. Warm Water

Add water, olive oil and yeast to bowl and let sit for a minute or two.

Combine dry ingredients and knead for five minutes.  If you have a KitchenAid mixer, you can use the dough paddle and mix on low for the same amount of time.  Turn dough into a warm, oiled bowl and cover.

Let sit until doubled in size (around 45 minutes).

Divide dough and form six balls.  Cover and let sit for 10 minutes or so.  Then form into 10-12″ pizza crusts.
Bake at 500 for 2-4 minutes, or until they are just able to firmly hold their shape.

Sweet carbohydrates…

Store in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Tip: If you plan to store these in gallon-size freezer bags, just be sure you don’t make your crust larger than your bag.

*Ahem*

To serve:

  • Preheat oven to 425.
  • Take crust directly from freezer and add toppings.
  • Bake for 7-9 minutes or until cheese is melted.

Now, onto the sauce.
The.  Best.  Sauce.  Ever.

Yes, that’s what it shall be called.

Ingredients:

  • 2 (14.5 oz) cans Stewed Tomatoes
  • 1 (6 oz) can Tomato Paste
  • 1/2 c. Chicken Broth
  • 4 T Chopped Fresh Parsley
  • 1 clove Garlic, finely minced
  • 1 tsp Dried Oregano
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Fresh Ground Black Pepper
  • 6 T Olive Oil

Directions:
Process all ingredients in a food processor.  No cooking needed!  Freeze in 5-10 individual bags for up to 3 months.  Thaw as needed!

Now you have everything you need to make a homemade pizza in under ten minutes!

Comments

  1. Thank you so much!!!! I have been looking for a recipe like this for months! This will work wonders!

  2. Thanks so much for sharing!

  3. Rhinestone Beagle says:

    Love this! Gonna have to make a bunch for our garage freezer!

  4. I like this idea of putting the sauce with the pizza. I promote freezer cooking for ministry at my site, You might like my stromboli idea, you could use your same crust or use the artisan dough I make for easy lunches.http://momonamission.me/?p=941. Thanks for posting this great idea.

  5. Bianca @ Walnut Avenue says:

    This is definitely happening in my kitchen sometime soon! :)

    This recipe would be PERFECT for my new weekly linky party, Foodie Friday. Please stop on over and link up!

    I found you on Someday Crafts!!

  6. Sounds yummy! I'm going to try it.

  7. Oh goodness, I will definitely have to try this! Thanks so much for sharing and linking it up!

  8. I’m definetly going to have to try this. My husband could literally eat pizza every night!

  9. I have been looking for a freezer pizza crust recipe forever. Mine doesn’t do so well after frozen. I will be trying this one. Thanks for sharing.

  10. THANK YOU FOR THIS RECIPE MY BUSY FAMILY OF 6 WILL PUT IT TO GOOD USE ;)

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