Do-It-Yourself Pizza Factory

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6 to 6 servings


  • enough homemade or store-bought pizza dough , for 1 large pizza, or 6 ready-made, pre-baked individual pizza shells
  • spaghetti sauce
  • pesto sauce
  • salsa
  • shredded mozzarella , or Monterey jack
  • cooked ground beef
  • cooked chicken breast , cut in chunks
  • pepperoni , sliced
  • cooked bacon , crumbled
  • mushrooms , sliced
  • olives , (green and/or black), sliced
  • onion , chopped
  • fresh tomato , chopped
  • pineapple chunks
  • hot pepper rings


  • First, arrange all the toppings (choose as many as you like) in individual bowls. The younger your sleepover guests are, the fewer choices you will have to offer – don’t worry, they’ll be happy with whatever you give them.
  • Preheat the oven to 425°F (220°C). Grease a cookie sheet or two (depending on how many pizzas you’ll be making).
  • Next, if you’re using ready-made, pre-baked pizza shells, simply hand one to each child and turn them loose with the toppings. If you’re using homemade or store-bought pizza dough, divide it into 6 pieces and let everyone roll out her own dough on a floured surface to about 6 in. (15 cm) in diameter. This can be a messy process, so if you’d prefer to avoid the chaos, roll the dough out yourself ahead of time and just let the kids put on the toppings. Words of advice: sauce first (not too much), cheese next, veggies and other lumpy bits on top.
  • Place the finished masterpieces on a well-greased cookie sheet and, if you’re using dough as a base, leave room between them for expansion (pre-baked crusts won’t spread out). Place pans on the lowest oven rack and bake for 10 (for pre-baked crusts) to 20 minutes (raw dough), or until the crusts are lightly browned underneath, the toppings are heated and cheese is bubbling.