A few weeks ago my mom and I were discussing meal ideas for the Lenten season. She remembered this recipe that her mom used to make on Fridays for her family of six. It makes two thin-crust sheet pizzas. You may also make one thick-crust pizza, which is what I plan to do.

My Grammie has a wonderful personality. She’s always pleasant, friendly, and loves to talk and joke with everyone. Her easy-going attitude is reflected in several of her children. Even as a child I noticed it seemed very easy for her to take things in stride. Not all of us have the personality to allow things to just wash over us and accept things come what may. I believe it’s part personality traits and part religious convictions. Whatever it is, it makes her one of the friendliest, easy-going people I know.

Homemade Pizza – Grammie style

Box of hot roll mix, using the pizza crust recipe (I used Pillsbury and it called for 1 1/4 c water & 2 Tbsp olive oil)

28 oz can plum tomatoes

4 c shredded sharp cheese, or less to taste

Italian seasoning blend, to taste

Garlic powder, to taste

Make your pizza crust with the hot roll mix. For one thick-crust pizza: Generously grease a 14 inch pizza pan or large cookie sheet and pat dough in pan using greased hands after mixing and kneading for 5 minutes. For two thin-crust pizzas: Use two 12-inch pizza pans or cookie sheets. After patting the dough in the pan(s), pricking the dough with a fork and letting it rise for 15 minutes, crush the tomatoes with your hands and distribute them evenly over the dough. Make sure to squeeze the excess juice out of the tomatoes. You can either puree or blend the tomatoes to have enough for two pizzas, or use another can for a chunkier effect. Sprinkle with seasonings and herbs. Sprinkle cheese evenly over tomatoes. Bake at 425 degrees F for 15 to 25 minutes or until edges are deep golden brown. For one thick crust pizza bake at lowest oven rack position. For two thin crust pizzas, switch pans on oven racks halfway through bake time. Makes 6 servings.

The cost of this meal was less than $1 per person, using canned tomatoes and cheese on sale combined with coupons.

You could dress this up any way you like with tons of other veggie toppings and/or serve with a salad.

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