Do-It-Yourself Pizza Factory


  • Makes6 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.

This article was originally published on Mar 01, 2003

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