How To Make A Frugal Bolognese Pizza On The Tightest Of Budgets

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Welcome to how to make a frugal bolognese pizza on the tightest of budgets.

I love pizza. I mean I really LOVE pizza. Most people grow out of it when they hit a certain age but I never did.

When Dominic would ring up a takeaway and order a double cheeseburger and fries, I would always get a cheese and tomato pizza.

Now living in Portugal we have two favourite pizza places.

Pizza Hut (I know they are a bit fast food style) but here in Portugal the way they add olive oil to the base and the different local cheeses they use are delicious.

Not to mention their recent addition of Philadelphia to their pizza toppings. But the thing is that we are not big eaters so one pizza and no sides between four of us, is enough to fill us up.

A meal there costs us about 32€

Our local pizza buffet comes second on the list. By the seafront at one of our favourite beaches we try to stay away as I am sure we gain half a stone on each visit.

You get unlimited slices of pizza served directly at your table with loads of different pizzas on offer.

I especially love their garlic bread with cheese as it amazing, You also have a big buffet with a lot of Italian classics such as meatballs, lasagne, stuffed mushrooms and lots of salads and fruits on offer.

A meal there costs us about 28€

But this month is all about going frugal and I thought it would be great fun to make our own from scratch and to see how much it would end up costing us.

We love making our own pizza dough and waiting for it to prove. Then best of all (with the kids in tow) filling it with lots of our favourite toppings.

So read on for our recipe for homemade pizza dough with a delicious bolognese topping.

How Frugal Is Bolognese Pizza?

Our bolognese pizza recipe works out at 2,88€ for a family of four or 0,72€ each. Or if you are based in America then this is just $0.83 per mouth that you have to feed!

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How To Make A Frugal Bolognese Pizza On The Tightest Of Budgets

Prep Time3 hrs 20 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time3 hrs 50 mins
Servings: 4
Calories: 931kcal


Pizza Dough

Pizza Topping


  • Start by making the dough – mix the flour, yeast and salt together in a large mixing bowl and stir in the olive oil and milk. Gradually add the water, mixing well to form a soft dough. Turn the dough onto a floured workspace and knead for about five minutes, until smooth and elastic. Transfer to a clean bowl, cover with a damp tea towel and leave to rise for 90 minutes or until it has doubled in size. Knead it and repeat the process again so that it has doubled in size again. Roll out your dough and it is ready for its toppings!
  • Make the topping – for a bolognese pizza start by adding a thin layer of your tomato sauce around the base. Now in a large pan sauté your onion with the olive oil and garlic on a medium heat until the onion is nice and tender. Add the mince and cook for 10 minutes or until the mince is well cooked. Add the rest of your tomato sauce and mix well. Reduce the heat and allow to simmer for a further 5 minutes. When the tomato sauce has reduced, add a layer of cheese followed by your mince.
  • Cook in the oven for 30 minutes on 180c.
  • Serve!


We use our own tomato sauce because we like the mix of flavours and it tastes much better than just using tinned tomatoes and tomato puree. You can get our tomato sauce recipe by clicking here.


Calories: 931kcal | Carbohydrates: 125g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 63mg | Sodium: 438mg | Potassium: 593mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 645IU | Vitamin C: 5.4mg | Calcium: 252mg | Iron: 8.5mg
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