Pizza night gets a whole lot easier with this frozen pizza meal prep. You can make these pizzas in advance, and have them ready to pull out for weekday lazy nights or when you need something quick and convenient.
I portion these out to 8sp personal pizzas, but, like all pizza, the combinations and possibilities are endless.
Frozen pizza perfect for a busy weeknight
On Fridays after a long week of teaching, my wife and I are exhausted, and usually, we relax at home with our girls during a movie night--frozen pizza, popcorn, pajamas, and typically a Disney movie we’ve seen a hundred times already.
It is a special tradition that started after our youngest was born, but it is something I did with my family growing up. It was always so fun eating on blankets on the floor, ceremoniously bringing out big bowls of popcorn, and having a feast of different pizzas.
Frozen pizza is key for these nights in because the exhaustion teachers have Friday nights + the energy small children have when they sense their parents are exhausted leaves little time or energy for anything else.
Some ambitious Fridays, I’ll make the dough from scratch with my kids, and (although cute) I spend my Friday family movie night cleaning up flour, sauce, and cheese from every surface of my kitchen.
Key Steps to Better Frozen Pizza at Home
Par-bake the crust.
This step is something you already do if you follow my step-by-step tutorial for a perfect three ingredient dough pizza. What par-baking simply means is that you are partially cooking the dough; cook your dough for 5 minutes at 500°, and let the dough cool to room temperature before topping and storing the pizza.
The size of the crust is completely up to you--you can make smaller personal pizzas out of ¼ of the dough recipe for a smaller 4sp pizza, or go half a dough recipe for an 8sp pizza.
I like making an 8sp thin crust pizza for myself, so I rolled half of a portion of my 3 ingredient dough into an individual portion the size of a gallon ziplock freezer bag.
I used the bag as a guide for size because I freeze my pizza in the bags at the end. When rolling the dough, keep in mind you’ll need to fit it in a freezer bag.
Looking for ideas for toppings? Try my 0sp Italian Sausage!
Need the perfect 0sp sauce? Check out my awesome Slow Cooker Sauce.
Freeze the pizzas uncovered to keep everything in place.
When the par-baked crusts are cooled, top them with your choice of toppings and freeze uncovered in your freezer for 1-2 hours. This keeps the cheese, sauce, and toppings in place.
What you’ll want to use is a baking sheet with parchment paper or wax paper on it. Place the pizzas on the parchment paper-lined baking sheet, and put the whole baking sheet in the freezer as level as possible.
Freeze the pizzas for at least 1 hour, but preferably 2+ hours. Once the pizza is fully frozen, you should be able to pick the pizza up and turn it upside down without anything falling--just like Dairy Queen does with their ice cream.
Double-wrap the pizzas before freezing.
You can chance it by simply putting the pizza in a freezer bag, but if I’m going to go through all the trouble of making these delicious pizzas, I’m going to store them properly.
Wrap the pizza in plastic wrap before putting the pizza in a ziplock freezer bag. You’ll want to get as much of the air out as possible to ensure freshness.
If you prefer aluminum foil, freezer paper, etc, knock yourself out. Your kitchen and everyone has their preferred way to store frozen food.
Bake the pizzas from frozen.
The night has come when you actually want to eat these pizzas! Preheat your oven at 500, unwrap your pizza, and place your frozen pizzas on a cast iron, baking sheet, or pizza stone.
You’re going to cook these for about 10-15 minutes. This really all depends on how reliable your oven is and how thick your crust is. While I typically encourage people to keep their oven door closed as much as possible, you should try to keep your eye on this until you’ve done it a few times.
You’re ready to serve once the cheese is fully melted and it begins to bubble and get golden.
And, that’s it! Delicious, hot, cheesy pizza with the convenience of frozen pizza with a healthier twist.