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3 Simple Pizza Recipes for Under $12

It’s never a bad time for pizza, but some occasions are more pizza-friendly than others. October, also known as National Pizza Month, might be the most obvious example. Depending on how your budget looks, celebrating the month with a few pizza nights might mean anything from ordering in to baking something store-bought.

Making your own pizza is a nice compromise. It keeps your costs low, and you can enjoy your pizza while it’s hot and fresh from the oven. Here are three easy-to-make pizza recipes that will keep your grocery bill low.

1. The White Pie: Bacon and Mushroom Alfredo

This pizza is deceptively simple, but it’s rich, satisfying and a cheap meal to throw together for parties. There’s more than the usual amount of sauce on it, so it’s a bit messy to eat. Grab some extra napkins.

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Heat your oven to 450 F. Place the crust on your pizza pan, stretching it to fit if it’s not precooked.
  2. Cook the bacon in a large skillet over moderate heat. When it’s cooked but not completely crisp, remove it from the pan and drain it on paper towels.
  3. Slice the mushrooms thinly. Pour away any excess bacon fat from the skillet, then return it to heat and add the onions and mushrooms. Saute until the onions are translucent and the mushrooms are lightly browned. Drain the onions and mushrooms on a clean paper towel.
  4. Spread the Alfredo sauce across the crust. Scatter the onions and mushrooms evenly across the sauce, then cover them with the mozzarella cheese. Chop the bacon coarsely and scatter it across the top.
  5. Bake the pizza for approximately 15 to 20 minutes, depending on your oven, until the bacon is crisp and the cheese is bubbly and slightly browned. Let the pie cool for a few minutes before slicing and serving.

Total Cost: $10.23

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2. The Green Pie: Vegetarian With Pesto and Feta

Pesto sauce is seriously intense, so it doesn’t take much to give the whole pie a bold basil flavor. The earthy and sweet flavors of the vegetables, along with the pungent olives and feta, balance it nicely.

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Heat your oven to 450 F. Place the crust on your pizza pan, stretching it to fit if it’s not precooked.
  2. Spread the pesto sauce evenly across the crust, thinning it, if necessary, with a teaspoon of olive oil.
  3. Drain the jar of artichoke hearts. Arrange the hearts across the pizza crust. Scatter the slices of red pepper across the crust, then the black olives. Finally, scatter the crumbled feta.
  4. Bake for approximately 15 minutes, until the peppers begin to soften and the feta cheese begins to brown. Let the pie cool for a few minutes before slicing and serving.

Total Cost: $11.85

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3. The Red Pie: 2 Meats, 2 Cheeses, 2 Vegetables

This is a seriously hearty pie, suitable even for the largest of appetites. If you like a spicy pie, opt for hot Italian sausage and add a few sprinkles of crushed chilies to the sauce. Pair it with a bottle of top-rated red wine under $20, and you have the ultimate at-home date night.

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Heat your oven to 450 F. Place the crust on your pizza pan, stretching it to fit if it’s not precooked.
  2. Cook and crumble the sausage in a skillet over medium heat until it’s cooked through and lightly browned, approximately 7 to 8 minutes. Drain on a paper towel, and set aside to cool.
  3. Spread the pizza sauce evenly across the crust, then layer the baby spinach over it. Cut the meatballs in half and arrange them on top of the spinach. Distribute the sausage between the meatballs.
  4. Cut the stems out of the tomatoes. Cut one in half lengthwise, and then slice it thinly into half-moon shapes. Arrange these pieces between the meatballs and sausages.
  5. Top the pie with mozzarella. Slice the remaining tomato into thin rounds and arrange them over the mozzarella, then scatter the Parmesan over the tomatoes and mozzarella. Bake for approximately 15 to 18 minutes, until the cheese is bubbly and the toppings are heated through. Let the pie cool for a few minutes before slicing and serving.

Total Cost: $11.75

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Prices are accurate as of Sept. 29, 2017.