The ultimate WW guide to making pizza at home
Plus, 40 SmartPoints-friendly recipes to try!
If you’ve ever wanted to have a pizza party in your own kitchen, look no further than these WW-friendly tips and recipes for everything pizza-related.
Tips for making delicious pizza at home
- Pizza dough is easy to make, it just needs to be handled carefully. Overworked dough becomes overly crisp and cracker-like, use your hands to gently stretch the dough rather than a rolling pin. This WW recipe for pizza dough uses only two ingredients, fat free Greek yogurt and self-rising flour.
- When it comes to pizza toppings, a light touch is best, especially if the crust is made from flatbread like naan or tortillas.
- Fresh herbs and bitter salad greens like arugula and radicchio add robust flavour and colour to even the most basic pizza recipes.
- Strong cheeses, like parmesan, pecorino, feta, and blue cheese, add big flavour in even very small amounts.
- Worried about wasting leftover pizza? Wrapping two pieces together at a time, cover the pizza tightly with plastic wrap and store in the freezer for up to three months. To reheat from frozen, warm up in the microwave or in a 350 C oven for 8 to 10 minutes.
- No pizza stone? No problem! Warm a baking sheet in a hot oven, assemble the pizza ingredients on the back of the heated sheet and bake as directed.
You’ll never order delivery again once you realize how easy it is to make your favourite classic pizzas at home. If you plan on buying cheese from a cheese counter, ask if they can grate up the firm cheese for you (either separately, or combined.)
Calling all veggie fans! Whether you’re a fan of a basic margarita pizza or you prefer experimenting with more unusual toppings like figs or eggplant, there’s a recipe for each and every vegetarian pizza preference. Use any ZeroPoint veggie you like, but to prevent a soggy crust, drain wet ingredients (such as tomatoes or canned artichokes) on a paper towel before adding to the pizza.
Alternative pizza bases
Made from ingredients like cauliflower, zucchini, butternut squash, and chickpeas, these pizza bases are just as delicious as traditional wheat-based pies. To prevent a tough or dried out crust, handle the “dough” as little as possible when forming the pizza.
Make portion control even easier by baking a tray of mini pizzas rather than one large pie. If you have English muffins in the pantry you’re only 15 minutes away from a personal-size pizza you can customize any way you’d like.
What do you get when you fold a pizza in half? A calzone, an Italian-style pizza pocket filled with savoury pizza toppings. Err on the side of under-stuffing when making calzone, too much sauce or filling results in leaks or splits in the dough.