Old School Cafeteria Pizza Recipe | The Good Hearted Woman
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Old School Cafeteria Pizza

This Old School Cafeteria Pizza recipe captures the essence of all that was good in the school cafeterias of our youth. (Cafeteria ladies not included.)
Prep Time45 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time1 hr
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Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cafeteria Pizza, Pizza
Servings: 16
Calories: 330kcal
Author: Renée ♥ The Good Hearted Woman



Pourable Pizza Crust

  • 1 package quick rise yeast or 2 teaspoons active dry yeast*
  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup instant dry milk
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 2 1/4 cups hot water 110-115° F | 55° C
  • 2 tablespoons corn meal

Pizza Topping

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 pound mild Italian sausage
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 cup water
  • 6-8 ounces tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried marjoram

Cheese Blend

  • 4 ounces American cheese grated
  • 4 ounces Tillamook medium cheddar cheese grated
  • 4 ounces mozzarella cheese grated


Pizza Crust

  • Preheat oven to 475°F [245°C].
  • Line a half-sheet pan with parchment paper. [Half Sheet Pan = approx. 20" x 13.5".] Spray with cooking spray and sprinkle lightly with cornmeal. Tilt the pan back and forth to distribute corn meal evenly. Set aside.
  • Combine yeast, flour, dry milk, sugar, and salt in a medium mixing bowl. 
  • Combine oil and warm water, and then pour into flour mixture and stir thoroughly for about 5 minutes. Mixture will be very sticky. 
  • Pour mixture from bowl onto prepared pan and spread evenly using a spatula. Set dough in pan aside to rest for 20-30 minutes. 
  • Pre-bake crust at 475°F for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside until Pizza Topping has cooled slightly. 

Pizza Topping

  • Prepare the pizza topping while the pizza crust is "resting." In large skillet, combine chopped onion, mild Italian sausage, and ground beef and cooked over medium-high heat until meat is thoroughly browned and onion is soft and translucent. 
  • Add tomato paste, water, brown sugar, and dried herbs. Reduce heat and simmer uncovered for 15-20 minutes. The mixture is done when it is no longer runny. 
  • Allow topping to cool slightly before spreading it on pizza.

Cheese Blend

  • Combine three grated cheeses in a medium bowl. 

Assemble Pizza

  • Carefully spread the Pizza Topping over the pre-baked Pizza Crust. 
  • Top evenly with Cheese Blend.
  • Return pizza to hot oven and bake an additional 15-20 minutes.  


* While quick rise yeast will result in a slightly puffier crust, regular active dry yeast works just fine, too. 


Serving: 1slice | Calories: 330kcal | Carbohydrates: 30.7g | Protein: 21.6g | Fat: 13.3g | Saturated Fat: 5.6g | Cholesterol: 55mg | Sodium: 340mg | Potassium: 448mg | Fiber: 1.6g | Sugar: 7.3g | Calcium: 164mg | Iron: 7mg
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