Southern Mom Loves: School Lunch Pizza Recipe!

School Lunch Pizza Recipe!

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Hey! Today's post is a fun recipe that's a blast from the past: school lunch pizza! I have fond memories of this pizza from high school in the '90s and when someone posted the recipe on Facebook (thanks, Gannie!) I decided it was a must-try. There are a few watch-outs and I made a little change from the original, but eating it brings back so many memories, and the kids loved it! Keep reading for the full recipe with instructions!

I had to do some thrift store searching for a lunch tray, but I thought it was a must for the photos. How cute is that?! My daughter promptly stole it from me after the photos for her meals. 😂

What I remember most from the school lunch pizza was that it was very flavorful and this hits the mark. 

I did a pepperoni, but the recipe that was shared online was for a hamburger/sausage pizza; I'll give you those ingredients/instructions, too, but the pepperoni always was, and is, my favorite. I couldn't find the little cubed pepperoni so I had to settle for little mini pepperoni rounds.

A note about pan sizes: The recipe calls for a half sheet pan, which is 18" x 13". My biggest sheet pan is 11" x 17" and it worked okay, but your pizza will be slightly thicker than the original school pizza. If your pan is also a little smaller than a half-sheet, you'll use about 2/3 of the sauce and cheese, maybe even less. You could even divide the ingredients between 2 quarter-sheet pans to use it all up!

A note about the crust: I've added in a sprinkle of flour or cornmeal to the bottom of the pan before adding the dough. It will help soak up some moisture. You might also want to prick the baked dough before putting on the sauce.

Gannie's School Lunch Pizza Recipe


  • 2 2/3 c. flour + more for dusting the pan
  • 3/4 c. powdered milk
  • 2 T. sugar
  • 1 packet of quick rise yeast
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1-2/3 c. warm water (105-110 deg)
  • 2 T. veg oil


  • 1/2 lb. Italian sausage + 1/2 lb. ground chuck + 1/2 tsp. salt + 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • OR diced pepperoni
  • 16 oz. block mozzarella (grated)


  • 6 oz. can tomato paste
  • 1-1/2 c. water
  • 1/3 c. olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. pepper
  • 1/2 T. dried oregano
  • 1/2 T. dried basil
  • 1/2 tsp. dried rosemary, crushed


1. Preheat oven to 475° F. Spray a half-sheet pan with oil, then line with parchment paper. Sprinkle the paper lightly with flour or cornmeal.

2. In a large bowl, add the flour, powdered milk, sugar, yeast, and salt. Whisk to blend.

3. Add the oil to the hot water & pour into the flour mixture.

4. Stir with a wooden spoon until batter forms - don’t worry about lumps - you just want no dry spots.

5. Spread the dough into pan using fingertips or the back of the wooden spoon until it’s even. If dought doesn’t want to cooperate, let rest 5 minutes & try again.

6. Bake crust 8-10 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside.

7. If using sausage/meat: Brown and crumble, adding salt & pepper. Drain.

8. Mix all of the sauce ingredients together. It will be very thin.

9. Assemble: Sauce over crust, sprinkle meats, sprinkle cheese, bake 8-10 minutes until cheese melts and begins to brown.

Remove from oven, let stand 5 minutes, cut into slices.

When the pizza comes out of the oven, slide it off of the pan by the paper and let it cool that way.

When it's time, it cuts perfectly into 9 slices.


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Were you a fan of the school lunch pizzas? Will you be making this one? I love to read your comments!

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