Chorizo and Cheddar Pizza

Chorizo and Cheddar Pizza

Bread, when made at home, can be one of the most frugal foods out there and what a lot of people don’t seem to realise is that includes pizza. So, when you’re spending £5-6 on a “top-notch” pizza from a supermarket you’re spending far more than necessary. Even pre-made pizza bases are extortionately priced – particularly since they tend to be insipid, uninspiring imitations of what is, in reality, a very basic product. The best approach to take is to make a large amount of dough in advance, portion it out and freeze it for later use.

Chorizo is one of those luxury ingredients that can easily be made to be frightfully cost effective, particularly where pizza is concerned. Each segment needs only a thin covering in order for the full flavour of chorizo to be conveyed in full. Frugality needn’t come at the cost of flavour. Remember, a little cheddar, though delicious, is unlikely to mask the flavour of a decent spicy sausage. Instead, it backs it up with a luxurious creaminess and underlying tang which is, as you know, incredibly satisfying and a cracking addition to any pizza.

Chorizo and Cheddar Pizza

I feel I must apologise for what I have come to refer to as ‘e-mailgate’. A few days ago I accidentally sent out around 45,000 emails by republishing around 40 posts, an action I assumed wouldn’t resend notifications. How wrong I was. It wasn’t a demonic form of marketing (though it did work in that respect), simply a teething problem associated with this self-hosting business. Do forgive me!

Local connection: In this case, we picked our chorizo up from a local deli – eight slices set us back a mere 30p. It’s difficult to say no to an offer like that, particularly when the ingredient is so flavourful. Indeed, try and pick up an ‘artisan’ sausage or something similar – the supermarket “equivalent” will likely have been made in a controlled environment and taste of very little.

Chorizo and Cheddar Pizza {recipe}

Serves 2-3


• 1 ball of dough, preferably homemade

• 1 portion of tomato sauce

• 8 large slices of chorizo sausage

• 6-7 cherry tomatoes, halved

• A handful of fresh basil, ripped

• 60g mature cheddar, grated

• Olive oil

• Salt and pepper


1. Pre-heat the oven to 220C. Stretch the dough out into a pizza base and spread it with the premade tomato sauce.

2. Add the chorizo, cherry tomatoes, basil and then cheddar, followed by a drizzle of oil and seasoning.

3. Cook in the oven for around 10-15 minutes, until golden and crispy. Enjoy with a side salad – I recommend rocket and watercress.

Cost: As previously stated, dough is exceedingly cheap and chorizo, when bought cleverly, can be had for less than 50p! As such, this pizza, despite having a touch of decadence, should set one back no more than around £1.70 – impressive!


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55 comments on “Chorizo and Cheddar Pizza

  1. narf77
    March 14, 2013 at 7:43 pm

    Now thats a great looking “Pi”…I bet you weren’t even aware that its International Pi Day were you? ;). Whether you were or not, pizza is the food of the masses and making it yourself gives you an amazing customisable product that anyone can eat no matter what their dietary restrictions, there is a pizza (of sorts) out there for you to sink your teeth into. I can make vegan pizza and regular “Make-Steve-Happy” pizza or calzones any day of the week and every single time it will be different and usually better because you learn something new every time you make your own dough, sauce and pair delicious produce with your offerings. We have a local butcher called Nige (a coincidence? I think not! 😉 ) who makes amazing salami and sausages from locally sourced grain fed organic beasts and whenever Steve wants a fix of pizza we head to Nige first. Love this recipe, love the ethos and am feeling left out because I didn’t get 40 posts 🙁

    • frugalfeeding
      March 21, 2013 at 10:32 am

      how little faith you have! Of course I was… 3.14…. and all that…. I have a pasty recipe coming, I’m sure he’ll like that too! It’s becuase you’re not subscribed via email 😀

      • narf77
        March 21, 2013 at 4:41 pm

        I read you through RSS feed reader, I subscribe to 504 blogs and can’t even IMAGINE how clogged my email would be if I subscribed that way! 😉

        • frugalfeeding
          March 28, 2013 at 9:16 pm

          Indeed – good move! that’s a lot of blogs!

  2. Sasha
    March 14, 2013 at 8:00 pm

    Wow this is gorgeous. Of all the things I’ve made, pizza is not of them and this I regret. Oh I wonder if the day will ever come!

  3. Sasha
    March 14, 2013 at 8:01 pm

    P.S: I too am planning to go self-hosted. Are there any other problems besides too many emails I should foresee?

    • frugalfeeding
      March 21, 2013 at 10:31 am

      A few things… look up some of the guides on the internet or send me an email!

      • Sasha
        March 22, 2013 at 12:24 am

        Okay thank you!

  4. kelleychisholm
    March 14, 2013 at 8:14 pm

    This pizza looks awesome. I make my own dough in my bread and have been experimenting with different herbs and seasoning. So much better than store-bought dough!

    BTW – I am getting ready to go self-hosted as well. Any advice? Am switching to and using GoDaddy as my hosting site. Hoping it all goes smoothly!

    • frugalfeeding
      March 21, 2013 at 10:30 am

      Definitely better, though I haven’t the luxury of a machine :D. If you need any help send me an email – that’s the best thing.

  5. kelleychisholm
    March 14, 2013 at 8:15 pm

    That would be “bread machine”

  6. cookinginsens
    March 14, 2013 at 8:19 pm

    Frugal! Where you been?

    • frugalfeeding
      March 21, 2013 at 10:30 am

      Doing blog work behind the scenes! I’m back, baby!

  7. Anastasia
    March 14, 2013 at 8:26 pm

    Hah! I just turned to self-hosting too, but instead of connecting with “all my people”, I lost most of them! Beautiful pizza!

    • frugalfeeding
      March 21, 2013 at 10:29 am

      OH no – have you tried using the jetpack plug in?

      • Anastasia
        March 21, 2013 at 9:48 pm

        That’s what I’m using! I think it’s slowly getting better though!

  8. neharmorarjigerroy1922
    March 14, 2013 at 8:55 pm

    This looks divine! I have to make it soon!

  9. Misky
    March 14, 2013 at 9:24 pm

    It’s hard to beat the flavours of a homemade pizza! Yummy.

  10. ohlidia
    March 15, 2013 at 1:34 am

    Delicious looking pizza! We love to make our own as well. The girls roll out their own dough and everyone puts on their favourite toppings. I wondered about those e-mails… I thought I had done something but couldn’t figure out what it was!! Glad it was you!

    • frugalfeeding
      March 21, 2013 at 10:29 am

      Thanks! Sounds like a lovely family thing to do. No, entirely my fault!

  11. Bam's Kitchen (@bamskitchen)
    March 15, 2013 at 2:09 am

    Very clean and simple looking new theme. Its Friday in Hong Kong and a pizza pie is just the perfect way to celebrate. Love your toppings as well.

    • frugalfeeding
      March 21, 2013 at 10:28 am

      Thanks – there is another I intent to switch to eventually… Thanks, Bam!

  12. Barb Bamber
    March 15, 2013 at 3:10 am

    Yay!! You’ve made the transition to the other side! I did the same, admittedly without sending out any emails whatsoever, so I’m sure no one knows where in the $@#$ I’ve gone. Ah, well, such is life. I’ll just eat pizza and not dwell on it. xx

    • frugalfeeding
      March 21, 2013 at 10:43 am

      Indeed! Haha – install jetpack and transfer your followers!

  13. Sophia
    March 15, 2013 at 9:05 am

    And here I was thinking I was special to receive all these posts overnight … lol.

    Love the recipe – one of my best friends is all for spicy sausages on pizza (have you tried nduja?). And yes to homemade dough! Even here in Rome good pizza is not that easy to track down and usually involves a car ride and a long wait so I often make my own pizza on Friday nights (admittedly I also love how easily you can go from a bag of flour, some olive oil, salt and yeast to a beautiful pizza). Besides, some of my favourite toppings don’t feature on the menus here, like grilled fennel and pecorino, goat gouda and fresh basil, Tuscan fennel sausage, garlicky spinach …

    Good luck with the self-hosting, sounds like a challenge (and one I am not yet brave enough to face!).

    • frugalfeeding
      March 21, 2013 at 10:28 am

      Sorry, Sophia! 😀 I’ve not tried it in my own cooking, but I shall! Those sound like amazing combinations! It’s not that bad, really!

  14. Somer
    March 15, 2013 at 4:06 pm

    Haha! 45,000 emails! Oh man, that must have been a bit stressful. It’s good to see you back! This pizza looks utterly fantastic! 🙂

  15. Yahobahne
    March 15, 2013 at 11:42 pm


  16. daisy |
    March 16, 2013 at 12:34 am

    Beautiful looking pizza! Really good.


  17. Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe
    March 16, 2013 at 2:16 am

    There is nothing as tasty as homemade pizza – all it took was one time making my own dough and I was sold on never buying premade crusts again. Love the simple ingredients too – a little goes a long way when you pick tasty options!

    • frugalfeeding
      March 21, 2013 at 10:26 am

      There really isn’t! Premade are simply awful, Amanda!

  18. Georgina
    March 16, 2013 at 9:58 pm

    This looks really lovely – a perfect base and some delightful toppings. It must have tasted wonderful!

    • frugalfeeding
      March 21, 2013 at 10:26 am

      Thanks! I always keep a supply of dough in my freezer.

  19. Carolyn Chan
    March 17, 2013 at 3:17 am

    NOTHING beats homemade pizza! You can put all the ingredients you want on a pizza and in the quantities you want as well !

  20. Tim
    March 19, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    Yes! Hurrah for homemade pizza! I am with you on this. Cheaper, tastier and healthier than shop bought, we have it most weeks. Like your version here.

  21. Veronica Sheppard
    March 19, 2013 at 8:58 pm

    The photos for this are awesome, I want pizza now!

  22. LewesFoodie
    March 20, 2013 at 10:44 am

    good idea for a pizza and the photos are great too. Maybe i will try it but using sobrasada, which is a meltable form of chorizo!

  23. Kim Bultman
    March 20, 2013 at 8:51 pm

    You balance flavors as well as you balance budgets! Sorry to hear about e-mailgate though… actually, I’m glad you mentioned it — have been thinking of going self-hosted. So which button did you push? 🙂

    • frugalfeeding
      March 21, 2013 at 10:16 am

      Haha – how poetic. Do it, it’s not hard. I just re-published loads of posts without realising the emails would be sent!

  24. Lazy Suzan
    March 21, 2013 at 4:39 pm

    This sounds delicious!!! Beautiful photos, too.

  25. alidaniel
    March 22, 2013 at 5:57 pm

    this looks so good! do you have your own dough recipe? =]

  26. Rosie @ Blueberry Kitchen
    March 23, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    Your pizza looks so delicious!

  27. baconbiscuit212
    March 25, 2013 at 9:47 pm

    No worries about emailgate! It was a nice opportunity to revisit some Frugal Feeding favorites, of which this will be joining the list. Looks great, Nick!

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