In this lesson, participants learn to activate yeast, roll out and bake pizza dough, plus make a very simple mac and cheese with roasted red peppers — all using pantry items.



Mac and Cheese Pizza

Yields two 10-inch pizzas



1/2 box Elbow pasta

8 oz Velveeta

Roasted red peppers

Extra oil for greasing pans

1 pack (0.25 oz) Active dry yeast

1 tsp Sugar

1 c warm water

2.5 c bread flour + .5 c for kneading

2T olive oil

Plus oil for brushing on dough (and possibly for greasing pans)

1 tsp salt

1 tsp garlic powder

1/4 c pizza sauce

1 tsp Oregano 



Pastry brush for oil (included in kit)

Thermometer (optional)


Whisk or spatula



2 Flat sheet trays or pizza rounds

Large bowl

Measuring spoons

Clean counter or pastry board (to roll dough on)

Silpats or oil for sheet tray surface

Rolling pin

Pastry cutter (optional)


Before we start: 

Boil water for pasta

Preheat oven to 450 degrees

Get two sheet pans with Silpats or lightly greased.



Heat 1 cup drinking/filtered water to 100-110 degrees. (Boil 1/2 cup and add 1/2 cup cold, wait 5 minutes. Do not exceed 140 degrees.)

Chop roasted bell peppers

Heat 1 cup drinking/filtered water to 100-110 degrees.


Pizza dough: 

In bowl, dissolve sugar in warm water. Then sprinkle in yeast, stir, and let stand until creamy (5-10 min). (Activating yeast)


Mac & cheese:

Once water boils, cook pasta according to box instructions. 


To yeast: 

Add flour, salt, and 2T olive oil. Knead until smooth, but not sticky. 

Cover, rest for 5-10 min.


When pasta is done cooking: 

Drain pasta.

In pot, add cooked pasta, velveeta, and chopped roasted bell peppers. 



Pre-bake dough: 

Roll to 1/4 inch and place on cooking sheet/tray

Brush with oil and sprinkle with garlic powder. 

Bake 5-10 min

Watch out for browning on edges.

Adjust time for different cooking surfaces.


Finish pizza:

Remove pre-baked dough from oven

Stir Mac with cheese to combine.

Top pizza with sauce and Mac

Bake 10 min


When pizza is done: 

Sprinkle oregano garnish


Please recycle!

Compost produce scraps.

Wash out the cans and recycle.

Recycle cardboard boxes.

Pizza dough adapted from:

This lesson was created for Pasadena Public Library by Jane Gov, Youth Services Librarian. Any reference or adaptations to this recipe can be credited to Pasadena Public Library.

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