Cuisinart Food Processor Pizza Dough

Our favorite pizza has been made with a KitchenAid mixer, homemade from scratch for the last few years. With one batch recipe, I can get three crusts that are 14′ across. For each meal, we typically make six pizzas, because leftovers are the best! This post is all about how to make pizza dough using a Cuisinart Food Processor.

Since making homemade pizza these last few years, we have come up with more than a dozen different varieties. Some are basic like sausage while others are more complex like crab Rangoon. We use BBQ, Alfredo, Marinara and Ranch for sauces. Shredding mozzarella, parmesan and asiago cheeses make a fantastic blend without making the pizza greasy. Cheddar cheese has a tendency to add grease to the pizza when the cheese melts. If we do add it, it is in a very sporadic and limited amount.

two pizza doughs on baking pans

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Say hello to my new friend

So far, I have really enjoyed my Cuisinart Food Processor. My mother-in-law Christina gifted me this beauty for a joint Christmas & Birthday gift. Do you name your gadgets? I typically do not, but I feel she needs a name! Let me know some names you think my chrome food processor needs!

It took me a few months to bust it out and read the manual. In July I had a major surgery and took a few months off for recovery. Before that, I just didn’t have the initiative to get her out and practice. But for the dozen times I have used my Cuisinart, it has been an epic success. Just today, as I am writing this blog, I am engulfed in the smell of a lasagna cooking in the oven made with homemade pasta; prepped in the Cuisinart Food Processor. I cannot wait to taste it! After years of trying to make “the best pasta”, I think I have nailed the perfect one, thanks to my Cuisinart!

making pizza dough in Cuisinart food processor

Cost Breakdown to Make This Pizza Dough

Making dinner to feed a family of six is a weekly battle. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE to cook! But it seems like every six months our food consumption doubles. Well, maybe not doubles… but it has increased by $20! $150 to $170 is a big increase on one income. With a husband who is 6’4″ and three boys, two of which are almost as tall as my 5’6″, I am sure that our food budget will blow up in the next decade. So, to combat this ever-growing conundrum, I look for recipes that get the most bang for our buck. I can make six pizzas, from scratch, for half the price of buying them. And let me be clear, I am cheap. I do not buy the $10 pizzas either. This thrifty momma of four buys the “el-cheapo” $2 pizzas if we are in a pinch.

If we would buy pizzas at our local takeout, we would still need six pizzas and at a whopping $16.99 each. That is a grand total of $101.94 for six pizzas. WITHOUT delivery charge. Y’all, that is 3/4 of our food budget for a week. So, I make dinners from scratch.

6 2/3 cups flour $0.80
4 1/2 teaspoon yeast $0.10
2 teaspoon sugar $0.04
2 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt $0.01
6 teaspoons oil $0.06

This was a doubled recipe and I made four pizzas out of the two doughs this time.
The total cost to make four pizzas, for dough alone, was $1.01.
$1.01 is a price I can get behind! That is $0.17 a pizza for crust.
With all of the rest of the ingredients, pepperoni, sausage, mushrooms, alfredo ingredients, tomatoes… The total cost to make four pizzas for this meal, using my Cuisinart Food Processor to make a double batch of pizza dough, was under $10.00.
Not bad for an hour of work!

Had I bought the regular pizzas at the grocery store at $2.85 each, we would have needed 6-8. Literally.
Eight pizzas, bought from ALDI, would be $22.80. And those are just sausage, pepperoni, or cheese with marinara on a thin crust.
To be a true comparison, my pizzas in size and ingredients, would be more like the Take & Bake style pizza that ALDI sells for $6.59 each. They are fresh, not frozen and really delicious. But still, that is around $39.54 for six pizzas like I would make. I love saving our family money!

In comparison, a take n’ bake pizza from Papa Murphy’s Pizza would be $12-$15 each. For example, had we bought four like we needed, it would have cost well over $60.00 for just sausage pizzas.
*ALDI and INSTACART are not sponsors for this post*

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Cuisinart Food Processor Pizza Dough Recipe

Ingredients

2 1/4 teaspoon yeast
1 teaspoon sugar
1 1/3 cups water
3 1/3 cup flour
1 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
3 teaspoons oil

all ingredients to make pizza dough in Cuisinart
Ingredients

Directions

1. In a measuring cup, mix 1 1/3 cup water into 1 teaspoon sugar and then add 2 1/4 teaspoon yeast.
**Pro-Tip** I buy yeast in a bulk amount. A 2-pound container at a local grocery store is $7.29. That is 700 times I can use a recipe calling for 2 1/4 tsp, or 243 times with a serving size of 3 tsp or 1 Tablespoon. As a result, yeast comes to a cost of $0.03 per Tablespoon!

yeast added to warm water in Pyrex measuring cup
Add yeast to warm water and a pinch of sugar

2. Let the mixture rest for 3-10 minutes or until frothy.

yeast blooming in Pyrex measuring cup with water
Let the yeast activate!

3. Insert the metal blade into the base of the Cuisinart Food Processor, then plug it in.
4. Measure 3 1/3 cup flour and then put it into the processor bowl.

flour in bowl of Cuisinart to make pizza dough
Put flour into the food processor bowl

5. Measure and add the 1 1/4 teaspoon salt and then add it to the flour in the food processor bowl.

add salt to pizza dough in Cuisinart
Add the salt to the flour

6. Then cover and turn on the machine and pour the frothy yeast mixture in the tube and process for 45 seconds.

slowly add water and yeast mixture to make pizza dough in Cuisinart
Add the yeast mixture into the flour

7. Add the 3 teaspoons oil one at a time and then process for an additional 60 seconds.

slowly add oil to pizza dough in Cuisinart
Add the oil 1 tsp at a time

8. If dough sticks to the sides of the bowl add more flour, 1 Tbsp at a time, until the dough leaves the sides of the bowl.

9. Roll the dough on a clean and floured surface into a circle, rotating the dough often so the circle is even. I made this dough into two pizza crusts so it was initially cut in half. Use a rolling pin, roll the dough to a 14-inch circle; making sure to rotate the dough often so it stays even.

10. Oil baking sheet slightly and sprinkle with cornmeal so the dough does not stick, then lay the rolled-out crust onto a baking sheet. I feel the cornmeal on the baking sheet adds to the overall flavor and gives the pizza a more “authentic” texture like it was fresh from an Italian Pizzeria.

two cuisinart pizza doughs on pans ready to be topped

11. Prepare your pizza and then bake each pizza at 400 degrees for 17-19 minutes. Below is a mushroom alfredo pizza with green onions. You guys, it was SOOOOOO good! Alfredo is always homemade in our house and be sure to keep reading for my recipe for homemade Alfredo sauce to then use with the Cuisinart Pizza Dough.

Making pizza dough from scratch is so easy to do with the right tools. I have in the past used just a spoon to make dough and let me tell you… it is not fun, and additionally quite messy. Making pizza dough in a KitchenAid mixer was a life saver compared to by hand, however with a Cuisinart Food Processor, my life just got easier. Just add the ingredients, turn on the processor, let it do its thing, and voila… pizza dough! Cuisinart Pizza Dough is my new favorite, even better than using my KitchenAid.
~Monica

alfredo mushroom pizza on cuisinart pizza dough

Cuisinart Pizza Dough Recipe

Ingredients

4 Tbsp butter
1/4 cup flour
1 1/2 cups stock
1/3 cup of each asiago, parmesan and mozzarella cheeses

Directions for Alfredo Sauce

1. Firstly, melt 4 Tablespoons butter in a medium saucepan.
2. Secondly, add 1/4 cup flour and whisk into the melted butter, then cook for 1-2 minutes.
3. SLOWLY add stock and whisk into the flour and butter until smooth.
4. Add cheese by the handful and whisk until smooth.
5. Finally, season your alfredo with salt, pepper or any other seasonings you prefer.
Lately ours has had dried dill! It is super delicious.

Cuisinart Pizza Dough Recipe

Ingredients

2 1/4 teaspoon yeast
1 teaspoon sugar
1 1/3 cups water
3 1/3 cup flour
1 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
3 teaspoons oil

Cuisinart Pizza Dough Directions

1. In a measuring cup, mix 1 1/3 cup water into 1 teaspoon sugar and then add 2 1/4 teaspoon yeast.
2. Let the mixture rest for 3-10 minutes or until frothy.
3. Insert the metal blade into the base of the Cuisinart Food Processor.
4. Measure 3 1/3 cup flour and then put it into the processor bowl.
5. Measure and add the 1 1/4 teaspoon salt and then add it to the flour.
6. Cover and turn on the machine and then pour the frothy yeast mixture in the tube and process for 45 seconds.
7. Add the 3 teaspoons oil one at a time and then process for an additional 60 seconds.
8. If dough sticks to the sides of the bowl add more flour, 1 Tbsp at a time, until the dough leaves the sides of the bowl.
9. Roll the dough on a clean and floured surface into a circle, rotating the dough often so the circle is even.
10. Oil baking sheet slightly and sprinkle with cornmeal so the dough does not stick.
11. Prepare your pizza and then bake each at 400 degrees for 17-19 minutes.

Published by Monica's Scratch Kitchen

I have not always had the skills to cook and bake from scratch. As a young wife, I bought every meal frozen or boxed and presented it to my husband with a flourish, believing myself a decadent cook. As our budget shrunk, and our family grew, I looked for ways to stretch our money to nourish our kids with the best for their hungry appetites. Hoping to find recipes and meals that they would love to eat. Through the last 5 years, I have learned so many cooking and baking lessons, and experienced many wins and failures. Come along with me on this journey as I share my recipes that work, how to make them on the cheap, and my tips and tricks to get my kids to eat homemade deliciousness! I will also share updates to our house that we have done in the last year since our move. With one income, we do most of the work ourselves and with amazing family and friends to help out, cutting costs but keeping style and money in the bank! I am a wife and mother of 3 boys and 1 princess. When I was a kid, I remember being asked what I wanted to be or do when I grew up. My response was, "a mom", and I am proud to grow up and be a mom to 4 amazing kids! Samuel is 11, Matthew is 8, Levi is 4, and Elliana is almost 2. We have been blessed to have kids who love to explore foods, to try new recipes, and enjoy helping us around the house. With 4 kids, you better believe they help clean! My husband Tyler and I have been married almost 13 years. We love our kids, we love outdoors, camping, canoeing, grilling, watching movies, and just hanging out making memories. A few years ago I gifted Tyler with his own "menu" book, where we write meals and foods we have loved to eat. Weekly our family decides what our meals will be and I make up a grocery list with what we need. It literally is my favorite chore! I love to shop, so shopping for food on a budget is my biggest win! Thank you for taking the time and visiting my site, Subscribe so you do not miss a post! Keep coming back to hear about new recipes, updates on our home, fun times with our kids, and how to make homemade deliciousness! ~Monica

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