Satisfy Your Cravings with This Mouth-Watering Pizza Recipe

Welcome, fellow seekers of culinary delights, to my guide on how to make the ultimate, budget-friendly pizza – the Poor Man’s Pizza! As someone who loves good food but doesn’t always have a lot of funds to spare, I know just how frustrating it can be to crave something like pizza when you think you can’t afford it.

But fear not! With the Poor Man’s Pizza recipe, you can truly have your pizza and eat it too – all without breaking the bank. This recipe is simple yet delicious, and I promise that even if you’re new to cooking or don’t consider yourself a master chef, you’ll be able to whip up a pizza that will satisfy your cravings and impress your taste buds.

So why should you give this recipe a try? For starters, it’s incredibly easy and quick to make. Unlike traditional pizza recipes that require hours of preparation and multiple ingredients, this one can be done in just 15-20 minutes with ingredients that you likely already have in your kitchen.

Additionally, this pizza is versatile in terms of customization – so whether you prefer pepperoni or vegetables as toppings, feel free to get creative and make the pizza exactly the way you like it!

I guarantee that this Poor Man’s Pizza will become a new staple in your meal repertoire – not only is it a great way to save money, but also a delicious way to satisfy those cheese and tomato cravings. So let’s get started on making what “poor people” call “man’s pizza,” shall we?

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Poor Man's Pizza
Poor Man’s Pizza

Listen up, folks. I’m not here to bore you with just any recipe. Oh no. I’m here to share with you a pizza recipe that’s sure to make you drool – the Poor Man’s Pizza Recipe.

Now, I know what you’re thinking. Why would anyone want a poor man’s version of pizza when we can just order in or make a fancy homemade pie? But let me tell you, this pizza is something special.

First of all, it’s quick and delicious. None of that waiting for hours for your dough to rise or fussing over the perfect toppings. With this recipe, you’ll have a piping hot pizza in no time.

But it’s not just about speed. This pizza is packed full of flavor. From the tangy ketchup-based sauce to the three different types of cheese (Cheddar, Provolone, and Mozzarella), every bite is a heavenly flavor explosion.

And let’s not forget about the versatility of this recipe. You can use French bread, Texas toast, or even pizza dough for your crust. And as for toppings? Let your imagination run wild! Add pepperoni or sliced tomatoes or whatever else tickles your fancy.

But most importantly, this recipe holds a special place in my heart because it’s called “Poor Man’s Pizza.” And let me tell you, as someone who comes from humble beginnings, food like this means everything to me. It’s a reminder that even if times are tough and money is tight, we can still indulge in the simple things that bring us joy.

So give this Poor Man’s Pizza Recipe a try. Not only will your taste buds thank you, but your heart will too.

Ingredient List

Here’s what you’ll need for the Poor Man’s Pizza Recipe:

For the Pizza Dough:

  • 1 loaf of french bread or 4 pieces of Texas toast
  • Olive oil, for brushing

For the Pizza Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup of ketchup
  • 1/4 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

For the Toppings:

  • Cheddar cheese, grated
  • Provolone cheese, grated
  • Mozzarella cheese, grated
  • Sliced tomato (optional)
  • Pepperoni (optional)

Note that these ingredients can be easily found in your nearest grocery store. If you prefer a different type of cheese, go ahead and mix it up! The beauty of the Poor Man’s Pizza Recipe is you can experiment and create your own versions.

The Recipe How-To

Ready to start cooking? Here’s how to make this quick and easy Poor Man’s Pizza Recipe.


  • 1 loaf of French bread or Texas Toast
  • ½ cup of ketchup
  • 1 cup of mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup of provolone cheese
  • ¼ cup of grated cheddar cheese
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 sliced tomato
  • Garlic powder
  • Salt and black pepper


  1. Preheat your oven to 375°F.
  2. Cut your French bread or Texas toast in half, lengthwise.
  3. Spread ketchup generously over the bread.
  4. Add sliced tomato to the ketchup.
  5. Sprinkle Mozzarella, Provolone and cheddar cheese over the tomato slices.
  6. Drizzle olive oil over the top layer of cheese, then shake garlic powder over everything with liberal abandon.
  7. Season with salt and black pepper, if desired.
  8. Place your bread pizza shells in the oven and bake for 15 minutes at 375°F or until the cheese is melted and bubbly
  9. Once finished cooking, remove from oven and let it cool for a minute or two before cutting.

Tip: Alternatively, you can fry the bread in shallow oil before you add on toppings (fondly called ‘Katlama Poor Man Pizza’). This gives you a slightly crispier version that still works perfectly well when you’re taking food on-the-go.

Enjoy your poor man’s pizza!

Substitutions and Variations

When it comes to making pizza, the possibilities are endless. One of the great things about this recipe is that it’s easy to mix up the toppings or swap out some of the ingredients for others. Here are some ideas to help you get creative with your poor man’s pizza:

– Cheese variations: Instead of cheddar cheese, provolone cheese and mozzarella cheese, try experimenting with different types of cheeses such as Gouda or feta to give your pizza a different flavor profile.

– Sauce substitutions: While ketchup can be an easy sauce to use, consider other options like marinara sauce or pesto sauce with some garlic bread spread on top.

– Toppings: Add a thinly sliced zucchini, spinach leaves, or peppers as they much more suggestible about pizza toppings than meat toppings. Vegetarian lovers can opt for sliced tomatoes which have the same richness as pepperoni or sausage.

– Bread options: French bread, texas toast or pizza crust all work well as bases for this recipe. If you don’t have any of these options available, you could just stick with traditional sliced bread by cutting them into small squares.

– Protein swaps: Instead of pepperoni, try swapping it out for diced ham or Canadian bacon. For a healthier option try adding grilled chicken.

No matter what changes you make, rest assured that these won’t affect either the taste or texture of your poor man’s pizza. So go ahead and experiment – who knows what kind of delicious combinations you might come up with!

Serving and Pairing

Pair your Poor Man’s Pizza with a glass of chilled beer, and you’ll experience an unforgettable taste sensation. The combination of the crispy, fried bread topped with savory cheese and tangy ketchup pairs perfectly with the refreshing taste of an ice-cold brew.

To achieve the ultimate pizza experience, I recommend pairing this recipe with a nice green salad or fresh veggie skewers. The fresh crunch and acidity of the salad contrast beautifully with the warm, cheesy goodness of the pizza. Plus, it adds a healthy element to your meal, so you can still indulge in your cheese dreams while giving your body the nutrients it needs.

If you want to bring a bit of heat to your dish, add some sliced jalapenos or crushed red pepper flakes as a topping. These additions will not only add a spicy kick but also bring out the flavors of the cheese and the ketchup even more.

Alternatively, you could serve this pizza as a starter or appetizer at your next party. Cut it into small bite-size pieces and garnish it with freshly chopped herbs like basil or parsley for a pop of color.

Whether served as an appetizer or main course, you can trust that this Poor Man’s Pizza recipe will be a crowd-pleaser every time.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

Let’s face it, as much as we love pizza, we don’t always have the time (or energy) to make it from scratch every day. That’s where the magic of make-ahead meals comes in! With the Poor Man’s Pizza Recipe, you can easily prepare your pizza ahead of time and store it for later.

To make this recipe ahead of time, I recommend preparing the pizza as directed and then either storing it in the refrigerator for up to three days or freezing it for up to three months. Simply wrap individual slices or the entire pizza in plastic wrap and place them in an airtight container before stashing them in the fridge or freezer. Trust me, you’ll thank yourself later when you’re craving a hot slice of pizza but don’t feel like cooking!

When it comes time to reheat your pizza, I suggest preheating your oven to 425°F (218°C) and placing your slices on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for approximately 10-12 minutes or until heated through.

If you prefer to reheat your pizza in the microwave, that’s an option too! Simply place a slice on a microwave-safe plate and heat it for around 30 seconds. Just be aware that while microwaving is quick and easy, it often results in a soggy crust, so if crispy crust is important to you, stick to reheating your pizza in the oven.

Finally, if you find yourself with leftover pizza that you aren’t planning on reheating right away, consider repurposing it into another dish! Some people enjoy cold pizza straight from the fridge as a quick snack (I won’t judge), but you could also chop up your leftover slices and use them as toppings for salads or omelettes. The possibilities are endless!

Tips for Perfect Results

When it comes to making “poor man’s pizza,” there are a few things that can make or break the dish. As someone who has made and eaten my fair share of this beloved recipe, I have some tips that will help you make the perfect poor man’s pizza every time.

Firstly, take care when mixing your cheeses. A blend of cheddar, provolone, and mozzarella cheese is typically used in this recipe. However, it’s important to not blend them too much as they may melt unevenly when cooked.

Secondly, experiment with your pizza toppings. While ketchup is a primary ingredient in this recipe, don’t be afraid to add extra ingredients like sliced tomato or pepperoni. These toppings can elevate your poor man’s pizza to a new level and make it feel more like a traditional pizza.

Thirdly, use fresh ingredients whenever possible. While canned sauce and pre-shredded cheese can be used in a pinch, using fresh sauce and freshly grated cheese always produces a better flavor.

Fourthly, do not overcrowd the pan. It may be tempting to add as much cheese and toppings as possible, but this will only result in a soggy crust.

Lastly, if you want a less oily version of this recipe, try shallow frying instead of deep frying the bread. This method will create less oil absorption while still giving you the crunch you desire.

Follow these tips and your poor man’s pizza will be a hit at any party or gathering – just like it was for poor folks looking for an affordable treat!


Now that you have all the information you need to make a delicious Poor Man’s Pizza, let’s go over some frequently asked questions that might come up while preparing this dish. Whether it’s about which cheese to use or how to store leftovers, read on for helpful tips and tricks.

Was pizza made for poor mans food?

Throughout the Mediterranean region, there is a long-standing tradition of enjoying flatbread seasoned with flavors that are specific to each region’s artisanal style. Pizza, which originated as a simple and affordable meal, has a rich history of satisfying the palates of people from all walks of life. Despite its humble beginnings, it took some time for pizza to be embraced by society as a whole.

Bottom Line


In conclusion, the Poor Man’s Pizza Recipe is not only a budget-friendly option but it also results in a delicious and convenient meal. With simple yet quality ingredients such as mozzarella cheese, ketchup and french bread or pizza dough, anyone can create this mouthwatering dish in no time. Not to mention the versatility of the recipe, which allows for substitutions and variations depending on personal preferences.

It is important to remember that just because a recipe is called “poor man’s” pizza does not make it any less worthy of attention. In fact, it highlights the resourcefulness and creativity of people who make the most out of what they have. The Poor Man’s Pizza Recipe has stood the test of time for a reason and it is definitely worth trying out.

So whether you are a college student on a tight budget or simply looking for a quick and easy meal to feed your family, this recipe has got you covered. It may not be Italian-style pizza sold by the kilos, but it sure suffices as a tasty alternative. So go ahead and enjoy some cheese dreams snacking manna – this recipe would not disappoint!

Poor Man's Pizza

Poor Man’s Pizza Recipe

This seems really CORNY but its good! Use as an appetizer if you like or just a great snack for yourself.
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Prep Time 1 min
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4 pizza's
Calories 128.2 kcal


  • 4 Ritz crackers
  • 1/2 teaspoon ketchup (or more)
  • 1 1 slice mozzarella cheese or 1 slice provolone cheese
  • 4 pepperoni slices (optional)


  • Place Ritz cracker salt side down and top with a little ketchup.
  • Add cheese and pepperoni.
  • Heat in microwave until cheese melts. (usually less than 30 seconds)!

Your Own Notes


Serving: 51gCalories: 128.2kcalCarbohydrates: 2.6gProtein: 7.2gFat: 9.9gSaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 29.4mgSodium: 224.6mgFiber: 0.1gSugar: 0.9g
Keyword < 15 Mins, Beginner Cook, Brunch, Easy, High In..., High Protein, Inexpensive, Kid-Friendly, Lunch, Meat, Pork, Toddler-Friendly
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