Quick and Cheap Student Pizzas

This easy recipe leaves your wallet full and your tummy fuller.

Being back at my university house for just a week has left me with minimal ingredients and to be honest, minimal enthusiasm about cooking! Que, this student pizza, it’s cheaper than dominoes (although this doesn’t come with the garlic sauce which is so worth it!)

Quick student pizza

You will need:

For the base

  • Your favourite wraps

For the toppings

  • Cream cheese
  • Pasata
  • chopped onions/ spring onions
  • Mozzarella
  • Cheddar
  • Your favourite toppings

This is the laziest recipe ever, but I guess it’s short and simple

1) Set the oven to 180 C grill

2) Spread the cream cheese on the wrap, followed by the pasata and chopped onion

3) Add the mozzarella and grated cheddar cheese

4) Top with your favourite toppings- I used mushrooms, pesto and rocket!

5) Grill for 5-10 mins, keep an eye on them! One is great for lunch, or have 2 for dinner. You could even sandwich together the wraps with cheese to make a stuffed base

I ate mine with a pot of garlic mayo… not quite the same as dominoes sauce but it did the job. If you have any other quick, cheap recipes feel free to share.

Quick student pizza

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Polenta Pizza with Mushroom, Leek and Mascapone

A polenta base pizza with fresh creamy pesto, soft leeks, mushrooms and mascapone cheese.

What cheese do you use to hide a horse? Mask-a-Pony. (Wheyy)

I have been extremely intrigued by polenta lately, so I thought I would try it in something which I love; Pizza.

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Polenta is gluten free, so this pizza is a lot less bloating. It is also so easy and cheap to make. So next time you reach to ring up dominos, think twice and make this instead! Unless you wan’t stuffed crust, I admit that stuffed crust is hard to beat.

I was a bit scared making this base from scratch because I had never cooked with it. I have experienced some horrid kitchen disasters and I had a gut feeling that this could be an addition to the list… but it went surprisingly well so clearly anyone can do it.

You will need:

For the base

  • 500 ml veg stock
  • 300 g dried polenta
  • pinch garlic salt
  • tsp oregano
  • tsp dried basil

For the topping

  • 1 leek
  • 4 mushrooms
  • 2 tbs mascapone
  • 1 tbs fresh pesto (or the jar stuff)
  • 1 clove crushed garlic
  • 50g grated cheese

1) Bring your stock to boil before adding the polenta, herbs and salt. As you add your polenta keep stirring the mix untill it forms a sort of bright yellow dough

2) Find a saucepan or large round tin and press the doughey mix into it, then leave it in the fridge. Mine looked like this, but don’t use foil like me! It made the bottom of the base soggy not crispy:

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3) Pop it in the fridge for 30 mins. When its cooled you can begin to make your topping. All you need to do is fry the leek, garlic and mushrooms in a pan until they have softened. Then spoon your pesto on to the base and spread it around. Next chuck on your garlic, leeks and mushrooms, before finally spooning on the mascapone and grated cheese.

4) Put it in the oven in the pan you used at 200 degrees for 30 minutes. Serve and enjoy.

You can pretty much top this with anything you like! But I loved this combo. You could also add toasted pinenuts, or avocado like me when it is cooked. Let me know if you have ever tried polenta and know any great dishes, it is still so alien to me! And let me know if you try it, I would love to see what you think.

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