Make pizza at home

Low-Salt Pizza from the Pantry

May 26, 2022 at 8:20 a.m. | Updated May 26, 2022 at 8:20 a.m.
Making pizza from scratch at home is not only easy, but it's heart- and kidney-healthy as well.
Making pizza from scratch at home is not only easy, but it's heart- and kidney-healthy as well. Katy G. Wilkens


Pizza is high on the list of the top 10 saltiest foods Americans eat. As with all things salty, the best approach is to make your own.

You may be thinking that the big reason you order pizza is because you are short on time to cook. But homemade doesn’t have to mean slow.

You can make this recipe in less than 30 minutes and have it on the table before a pizza delivery could get to your door. Your local pizza parlor isn’t doing anything you wouldn’t. Pizza takes the same amount of time whether someone else makes it or you do.

Homemade pizza could become a family favorite, so be sure you’re stocked up with low-salt toppings. You’ll save money and know that you’re being kind to your heart and kidneys by maximizing flavor and minimizing salt.

Low-salt Pizza Ingredients 

  • Packaged rapid rise yeast (keeps in refrigerator for a year)
  • Olive oil
  • Flour, white or whole-wheat
  • Canned pineapple (buy small cans, one per recipe)
  • Pesto (choose lowest salt option; buy small jars, one per recipe, or make your own ahead and freeze)
  • Canned tomato paste
  • Sun-dried tomatoes
  • Fresh green or red peppers
  • Canned roasted red peppers (choose lowest salt option)
  • Ricotta cheese
  • Mozzarella cheese (keep frozen)
  • Goat cheese
  • Garlic
  • Onions
  • Mushrooms
  • Any fresh vegetables or herbs
  • Dried oregano and parsley

Quick Homemade Pizza Dough:

This is a foolproof recipe even if you have never made crust before!

2 envelopes fast-acting yeast

Pinch of sugar

¼ cup lukewarm water (for yeast)

1 cup lukewarm water (for flour)

3 ½ cups all-purpose flour

¼ cup olive oil


¼ cup tomato paste

¼ teaspoon garlic powder

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 teaspoon dried oregano

1 teaspoon dried basil or 2 tablespoons fresh

1 teaspoon dried parsley

Sprinkle yeast and sugar into ¼ cup of lukewarm water. Let stand 2 to 3 minutes and then stir until dissolved. Cover with towel 3 to5 minutes or until yeast bubbles up and doubles in volume.

Preheat oven to 500 degrees. Measure flour and make a well in center. Add yeast mixture, 1 cup lukewarm water and oil. Mix dough with fork until a rough ball forms. Knead on floured board for about 5 minutes, adding more flour if dough remains sticky. Dust lightly with flour, place in large clean bowl and cover. Set in a warm spot for 10 minutes.

Prepare toppings. Fold dough over and divide into 3 balls. Use a rolling pin to roll balls to ¼ inch thick. Spread with sauce and add your choice of toppings from above list. Bake for 8 to 12 minutes. Remove and serve. You also can make about 8 to 10 mini pizzas and let everyone top their own!

Nutritional Information (serving size: 2 large pieces): 

Calories: 176, Carbohydrates: 18 grams, Protein: 7 grams, Fat: 8 grams, Sodium: 70 milligrams

[Contributor Katy G. Wilkens recently retired as registered dietitian and department head at Northwest Kidney Centers. The National Kidney Foundation Council on Renal Nutrition has honored her with its highest awards for excellence in education and for significant contributions in renal nutrition. She has also been awarded the Medal of Excellence in kidney nutrition from the American Association of Kidney Patients.]

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