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Student Recipes: Homemade Pizza

University student Ellie loves food and is always looking for ways to eat healthy while sticking to the budget that is living as an undergrad. She believes there is life beyond beans on toast and wants to raise awareness that take-away and ready-made meals are more expensive than buying ingredients fresh.

Homemade Pizza

What has always astounded me is how many students, supposedly penniless students, will fork out for a Domino’s after a night out, or when they just can’t be bothered to cook. Sure, they’re delicious. But what you’ll often hear me shout in bewilderment is “you can buy a pizza from the shop for a pound!” My mum laughs at my frugal ways but, if I can get it for cheaper, I know it’s not worth the money I’m spending.

So, alternatively, you can meet somewhere in the middle and make a tasty homemade pizza; it may cost more than a pound but it’s still a fraction of the price of many popular take-out places. I know from experience that you can be waiting an age for a pizza to be delivered and, surprisingly, this takes about half the time to make from scratch – remind me why you’re paying so much for a take-out again? A little known fact is that pizza boxes often can’t even be recycled because of all the grease – the paper fibers can’t be separated from the oils during the pulping process – so, again, it’s another item for the landfill. So, it’s cheaper, quicker, healthier and better for the environment; what’s not to love?!

1-2 people
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
10-15 mins


  • 1 pizza base
  • 100 ml tomato and basil pizza topping
  • 150 grams cheese
  • 100 grams sweetcorn
  • 0.5 onion
  • 4 mushrooms
  • 60 grams pineapple
  • 25 grams pine nuts


  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees.

  2. Place the pizza base on an oven tray.

  3. Spread the pizza topping sauce over the base to form an even covering, leaving 1-2cm around the edge.

  4. Sprinkle a thin layer of cheese on top – 50-75g

  5. Drain the sweetcorn and sprinkle over the pizza.

  6. Dice the onions and do the same.

  7. Chop the mushrooms into slices and place on top.

  8. Cut the pineapple into 2cm chunks and add.

  9. Add an even sprinkling of pine nuts.

  10. Add the rest of the cheese to the top.

Ellie Gowrie

Ellie Gowrie

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Ellie is a student at the University of Exeter, studying English literature and Spanish. She loves music, travelling and, as a vegetarian, has developed an interest in cooking, especially simple, tasty recipes for students.