Pizza problem: solved

You’re in the mood for pizza, but don’t have time (or energy) to make it yourself, and don’t want to order because of the whole lack of income thing, plus it’s not very good for you.  Sound familiar?  I’m betting it does, which is why I’m sharing a fool-proof way to enjoy pizza the cheap, healthy way.  It’s an english muffin pizza, and it’s just as delicious as the real stuff (okay, that’s a little bit of a stretch… but it works!) and it’s way easier to make.

You’ve got some options here.  I prefer whole wheat english muffins (healthier and just as tasty), but we made a couple of each tonight.  You can use whatever you’d like as far as ingredients go.  All we had in stock was cheese, sauce and spices, but pepperoni, fresh tomatoes, chicken, etc. are great additions.  Another option is using a bagel instead of an english muffin, which tastes great, but forewarning, it’s far less nutritious.  

You’ll need:

  • English muffins: usually 1-2 per person is sufficient
  • Tomato sauce: about 1 1/2 cups
  • Mozzarella cheese: about half a block/ball, grated; or 2 cups of a bag of shredded cheese
  • Garlic powder
  • Oregano
  • Basil
  • Crushed red pepper (if you like it on the spicy side)
  • Black pepper


  1. Pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Slice the english muffins into halves, and place them all on a baking sheet.
  3. Put a spoonful of sauce on each muffin half and spread out evenly.
  4. On top of the sauce, sprinkle garlic powder on each muffin.
  5. Layer on the cheese generously and evenly.  Make sure you cover most of the sauce with cheese.
  6. Sprinkle oregano, black pepper, basil (and crushed red pepper) over the cheese.
  7. Stick the pan in the oven for 12-13 minutes, until the cheese is fully melted and the tops are golden brown (see picture).

Easiest. Recipe. Ever.

Check out the picture step-by-step:

Spread sauce over each muffin half evenly


Add the garlic powder and top each half with mozzarella


On top of the cheese, sprinkle the rest of the spices


Throw the pan in the oven at 400 for 12-14 minutes


Here’s another english muffin breakfast pizza recipe with Canadian Bacon from The Food Network’s Ellie Krieger

Want to go the bagel route?  Check out this recipe from

Here’s a video from that goes through similar steps that I did, and shares a couple unique ideas for english muffin pizza toppings:


2 Responses so far »

  1. 1

    Michael Ryan said,

    pizza problem NOT solved. You haven’t brought any over to your best friends in Celeron square yet.


  2. 2

    KathleenShannon said,

    Great recipe for a busy college student on a budget.
    Healthy, delicious. & cheap!! Good for anyone else too!!
    I’m going to make these tomorrow,

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