School Pizza Recipe

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.)

If you don’t know what I mean by Old School Pizza, you’re going to love it. As long as you like pizza, that’s enough. It’s a delicious and unique treat to your taste buds. However, if you know what I’ve been talking about, and you love and miss the old school rectangle pizza, I’ve got you covered with this wonderful recipe.

To keep track of your weight loss diet, the recipe has about 282kcal per slice, with 24g of carbohydrates, 15g of fat, 13g of protein, 514mg of sodium and 298IU of vitamin A.


Apart from all the usual pots, pans, bowls and spoons that always end up in the dishwasher after most cooking/baking experiences, there are a few more things you’ll need when you’re trying to recreate the Old School Cafeteria Pizza, like:

  • Half sheet pan
  • Parchment paper (which will be used to line the half sheet pan.)
  • An oven
  • A whisk and maybe
  • Oven mitts


The recipe for the Old School Pizza is divided into three parts; one for the delectable pourable crust, one for the delicious filling, and the last one for the amazingly fantastic sauce. The treat you’re about to make wouldn’t be the Old School Cafeteria Pizza we all know and love – okay, maybe not all of us – without any one of those three. So, we’ll be laying down everything you need for all three:


For the pourable crust, which is one of the most important parts of this recipe because it gives the Old School Pizza its distinctive texture and mouth-feel, what you need is:

  • 2 ⅔ flour
  • ¾ cup powdered milk
  • 2 T sugar
  • 1 packet of quick rise yeast
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 ⅔ cup warm water (105-110 degrees)
  • 2 T vegetable oil


The Old School Pizza filling is just as important as the crust, to give this treat the flavorful and delectable taste it deserves. You’ll need:

  • ½ pound ground chuck
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • 1 8oz block mozzarella cheese – grated yourself (To be authentic school pizza, you will have to use imitation mozzarella shreds.)

Sauce (I make sauce the day before):

Now, this is really important. Some people would prefer something meat based, but as this is a recreation of the Old School Cafeteria Pizza, we’re leaving the meat out and doubling down on the tomato paste and spices. Therefore, you’ll need:

  • 6oz can tomato paste
  • 1 cup water
  • ⅓ olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • ½ tbsp dried oregano
  • ½ tbsp dried basil
  • ½ tsp dried rosemary crushed

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