Pantry Pizza

Hello! We almost didn’t post today (yikes) but we thought we’d put out some content especially for our 4 faithful readers! Hi mom! It’s me, your daughter! Anyways… Corynn and I have been kicking booty at writing papers and are thrilled to be LIVING TOGETHER next year along with each of our current roommates! Obviously that means producing content will be easier (might need to bite my tongue, we’ll see how this goes haha)!

This week was probably the most draining week I’ve ever had in my entire educational career. I pulled two all-nighters trying to write papers and get them submitted in time… two too many if you ask me. Four papers, two presentations, and one artistic interpretation down, one paper, one presentation and two exams to go. 

While I learned a lot about a bunch of different subjects, I definitely would’ve appreciated a few extra hours of sleep here and there. I had so much caffeine pumping wildly through my body, it’s ridiculous. Ask me about anxiety disorders in adolescents with autism spectrum disorder, or Psalm 63, or even the inherent value that This is Us has on our culture and I’ll drop some knowledge. Actually please don’t, this entire week is a blur and all I remember is frustration and hopelessness.

Yikes that was as deep as corn and quiche will probably ever go. 

Anyways… When I went grocery shopping at Trader Joe’s for this week’s groceries—which I nearly inhaled completely by day 3 but that’s not the point— I saw a bag of pizza dough. I thought to myself, “why the heck not?!” I bought that thing AND my favorite mini San Marzano tomatoes (which I wrote about in the pasta sauce article!) along with a bunch of other pizza fixings. Except when I think about it, I only bought mozzarella and garlic… 

Okay, look I know I didn’t buy sauce because I had every intention to make it myself, but it would’ve added another 25 minutes to my already busy pizza to-do list. I had to pull out the dough from the fridge and let it rest for 30 minutes, prep all the toppings, stretch the dough, and assemble. On top of that, I was getting a little cranky because I hadn’t eaten much that day. 

Over a period of 30 minutes, not including the 30 minutes the dough needed to rest, I spent time stretching the dough to fit a big ol’ sheet pan bc I didn’t want a big clean up… not lazy, just practical. Turns out the tomatoes spewed out a bunch of juices, so clean-up was still a bit time-consuming, which in hindsight makes a lot of sense… duh.

You might’ve noticed that I didn’t buy any sauce. I had every intention in the world of making the sauce I posted about a month or so ago. BUT, as I stated earlier, I was so so hungry and cranky I needed to consume some sort of edible material STAT. With that being said, I didn’t put any sauce on my pizza, so can it really be called a pizza? Let me know at

This flatbread is super easy to make. I find that the Trader Joe’s pizza dough doesn’t cook quite all the way if you leave it pretty thick and you don’t blind bake before you add the toppings. So, before I added the toppings, I oiled it up with a little olive oil and baked for 10 minutes. 

After 10 minutes, I pulled it out and topped it with slices of garlic, salt, pepper, fresh mozza, red pepper flakes, and mini San Marzano tomato halves. I stuck it back in the oven for about 25 minutes or until everything was a beautiful toasty brown color and the cheese was bubbling. Of course you can get creative with it, but that’s all I had in my pantry, readily available. As a poor college student, I just gathered up whatever was in my pantry and threw it on the dough. Not the chocolate chips and sprinkles though… Enjoy!

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