Feed the family for under a fiver – Pizza Night

Food is expensive and feeding a family can become a major stress for Mums, especially if you want to cook up something reasonably fresh and healthy that they will actually want to eat. Oh the battles that ensued over the kitchen table when I was growing up. It doesn’t bear thinking about. Over the next few weeks I shall be bringing you a few easy and cheap recipes that hopefully your family will enjoy scoffing. With a bit of luck, they may even find it fun giving you a hand in the kitchen. They’re never too young to do a bit of stirring, licking spoons and picking at the edges before it’s ready. Fun food is food at it’s best.

Homemade pizza

Depending on what topping you go for, you should be able to get all the ingredients you need for this from your local supermarket for less than a fiver. It’s quick and easy and no matter how healthy you sneakily make it, kids always love pizza. I remember guzzling mum’s homemade pizza and it always felt like a treat (she definitely didn’t use a mix from a sachet to make the base, but shhhhhh, I won’t tell if you don’t).

The shopping list

To make one 10 inch pizza…

For the base – 1 x sachet of pizza base mix, 100ml water (to add to the mix), a little flour (for when you’re rolling it out), optional extras if you fancy making it a bit more interesting– herbs (oregano or basil), finely chopped olives or sun-dried tomatoes, Parmesan cheese, seeds, whatever you like.

For the tomato sauce – 1 carton of tomato passata, a couple of cloves of finely chopped garlic, 1 small white onion, a squeeze of tomato puree, salt and pepper, optional – dried or fresh herbs (oregano or basil)

For the topping – whatever you like within the budget you’re working to! I’m going to make one ham and mushroom (cooked ham, sliced button mushrooms, buffalo mozzarella) and one Mabel Special (parma ham, goats cheese, balsamic red onion and rocket). If you want to keep your sat fat low, use less cheese and use buffalo mozzarella instead of fattier cheeses. Done.

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Make the base according to the packet instructions. Generally, 1 packet makes one pizza and requires 100ml of water to be added. If you’re adding a little eztra va va voom, add that in and mix it through brfore you add the water. I’ve gone for a couple of chopped sun-dried tomatoes.

Spinkle a little flour on your work top and roll out your dough into a large base. I’ve gone for a rustic oval. Not because I’m cool but because it was the only shape that would fit on my baking tray. Place it on a baking sheet and leave to rise for 15 minutes in a warm place.

Preheat the oven to 200°C

Whilst your base rises, heat a drizzle of olive oil in a pan and gently fry off the onion and garlic (both finely diced) for a few minutes until they are softened. Add the passata, tomato pruee and seasoning and simmer for 10 minutes until you have a thick and delicious sauce.

Spread a generous dollup of tomato sauce over your pizza base, leaving a small gap around the edge. You can now add your chosen toppings, drizzle with olive oil, then place in the oven for about 15-20 minutes or until the base is crisp and the topping is golden.

If you’re using a little rocket or fresh basil then add this on after it’s cooked as a wee garnish.

Delicious. Serve with salad, garlic bread (you can make it yourself using the same pizza base mix and then using homemade garlic butter) and a smile.