Square Pizza

Everyone loves pizza. Whether you are 8 years old or 80 years old, you probably have a craving for pizza every often. As a vegan, people probably look at you sideways when you ask for no cheese or ask what is in their dough, do they use butter? The easiest way to know what is in your food is to make it. Making pizza is actually a lot easier and quicker than you think. If you know you are about to have a night out on the town, you can make it before so you can have your "greasy" snack when you come back home.

I am bias, I am team square pizza, but with this recipe you can make round and thin crust. This recipe is customizable but these are my favorite go to toppings. Whatever toppings you have in your house, you can put on our pizza. This is a fun recipe to make with kids because they can get hands on with their dough and make their pizza how they want.

Total time: 30-40 mins

Total cost: $10

Serving: 4 servings of 1 cup


Pizza Dough

1 ¾ to 2 ¼ cups unbleached or multigrain flour <$1/AP

1 package of Fleischmann's® Pizza Crust Yeast $0.25 ($1.25 for 3 pack)

1 ½ tsp sugar <$1/AP

¾ tsp salt <$1/AP

2 Tsp garlic powder <$1/AP

2 Tsp Italian seasoning (rosemary, marjoram, thyme, sage, oregano, basil) <$1/AP

⅔ cup very warm water (120° to 130°F) $0

3 Tsp olive oil <$1/AP

Optional butter crust:

2 Tsp melted vegan butter <$1/AP ($2-4 for container)

1 Tsp garlic powder <$1/AP

1 Tsp parsley <$1/AP

Pizza Sauce

2 large whole tomatoes $1 ($0.50 per tomato)

2 garlic cloves, chopped $0.10 ($0.50 for whole garlic bulb)

2 Tsp fresh basil, chopped $0.25 ($2 for bushel)

½ cup white onion, chopped $0.10 ($0.50 for whole onion)

1 tsp of salt <$1/AP

1 tsp pepper <$1/AP

1 tsp garlic powder <$1/AP

1 tsp onion powder <$1/AP

1 tsp Italian seasoning (rosemary, marjoram, thyme, sage, oregano, basil) <$1/AP

1 Tsp olive oil <$1/AP

Bowl of ice water $0

Optional: 2 Tsp of nutritional yeast


any topping of your choosing

1 cup green peppers, chopped $0.50 ($1 for whole onion)

1 cup yellow onions, chopped $0.25 ($0.50 for whole onion)

1 cup mushrooms, chopped $1

1 cup spinach, chopped $1 ($3 for bag/container)

¼ cup fresh basil chopped $0.50 ($2 for bushel)


Pizza Sauce

  1. In a pot, boil 6 cups of water. 

  2. Score the bottom of the tomatoes (cut a shallow X on the bottom) and place into boiling water for about 1- 1 ½ minutes, until skin starts to peel back where the X was placed. 

  3. Remove tomatoes and place immediately into bowl of ice water. 

  4. Remove from ice bath after 1 minute. Peel the tomatoes and roughly chopped them and removing the core. 

  5. Discard the water from pot and add olive oil over medium heat. 

  6. Add chopped garlic cloves and onion to pot. Cook for 3 mins while stirring every 30 seconds, until the garlic and onion are golden brown.

  7. Add chopped tomato, salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, Italian seasoning and basil in pot. Cook for 5 minutes, while stirring every 30 seconds. 

  8. Place sauce into a food processor or blender (can use immersion blender), blend until smooth (this step can be skipped if you want chunky sauce). 

  9. Place sauce back into pot with lid and place on low heat until needed.

Pizza Crust

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees 

  2. Combine 1 cup flour, yeast, sugar and salt in a large bowl.

  3. Add warm water and oil and mix until well blended, about 1 minute.

  4. Gradually add flour to make a slightly sticky, soft dough ball. Dough should form a ball and will be slightly sticky. Knead the dough on a floured surface, adding more flour if needed. Knead until the dough is smooth and elastic about 4 minutes.

  5. Spray 9 x 9 x 2 inches baking pan with non-stick spray. Place dough in pan. Using your hands, push and spread dough in the pan while making the edges higher than the middle. 

  6. Add pizza sauce to the dough and spread a thick layer. Do not put sauce to the edges 

  7. OPTIONAL: sprinkle nutritional yeast evenly over sauce 

  8. Add green peppers, yellow onions, mushrooms, spinach, basil (and other desired toppings) to pizza. 

  9. Place pizza in oven for 10-15 minutes until the crust is golden brown. 

  10. OPTIONAL: For butter crust, mix melted butter with garlic powder and parsley. Pour mixture

  11. Cut and serve! Enjoy!