If you are looking for an easy weeknight meal that feels like it’s completely homemade, this Trader Joe’s pizza dough is a great option.
I’m obsessed with Trader Joe’s. And because my boyfriend works there, we get 20% off each grocery trip. That being said, I’ve tried out almost every item in the store (with exception of most of the specialty cheeses).
One trip we decided to try out their pizza dough to see if it was worth the hype… and it most definitely was. Since then, we’ve been making a Trader Joe’s pizza at least once a month.
It’s easy to make, doesn’t take up too much time and always turns out great. It’s one of my all time favorite weeknight dinners. I love pairing it with a side salad for some extra micronutrients!
Does Trader Joe’s sell pizza dough?
Yes! Trader Joe’s sells three different kinds of premade pizza dough: plain, garlic & herb and gluten-free. Personally, the garlic & herb pizza dough is my favorite.
I have also tried the plain pizza dough, which is great, but I have not tried out the gluten-free pizza dough. Maybe someday!
You will find the pizza dough by the deli meats and cheeses. It’s usually on the bottom shelf and conveniently close to the pizza sauce and cheese. I like using Trader Joe’s Lite Mozzarella Cheese for the cheese, but they have a variety of other options.
How good is Trader Joe’s pizza dough?
It’s great! I will say making dough from scratch will probably get you the best pizza, but Trader Joe’s pizza dough is a close second.
It’s much better than a frozen pizza, and is a close second to pizza from scratch or pizza from a restaurant (depending on the restaurant of course).
I think what’s unique about Trader Joe’s pizza dough is that it comes in a garlic and herb variety. It’s rare to find a garlic and herb crust at a restaurant and more different to make it from scratch.
So considering how easy it is to make pizza with Trader Joe’s dough and how great the final product turns out, I would say it’s 100% worth trying.
Tip: I recommend getting the garlic and herb pizza dough.
How long does the pizza dough need to rise?
According to the instructions, Trader Joe’s pizza dough needs about 20 minutes to rise. They recommend leaving the dough at room temperature and keeping it in the bag.
After 20 minutes have passed, you can remove it from the bag and place it on a floured surface to stretch it out using your hands or a rolling pin.
How do you stretch the pizza dough
I use my hands to stretch out the dough, but you can also use a rolling pin. I usually divide the pizza in half to make two small personal pizzas.
Then, I use my hands to stretch the dough, starting in the middle and pressing towards the crust. I continue to gently stretch until I’ve reached my desired thinness.
Finally, I use the outside edge of my hand to press around the crust to make a distinct separation. After that, I add the pizza sauce, cheese and toppings!
What temperature do you cook Trader Joe’s pizza dough?
According to the instructions, you should bake your pizza at 425 degrees Fahrenheit for about 6-8 minutes, or until the cheese begins to bubble and the crust is golden brown.
I’ve tried out this method several times and I usually end up cooking it for 12 minutes or so. It really depends on how thin you make the crust and how many toppings you have.
You can also make the pizza on the barbeque if you have one. According to the instructions, you should place the pizza on a pizza stone and cook on medium heat for 6-8 minutes.
How long does it take to cook the pizza dough?
It should take about 6-12 minutes to cook in a 425 degrees Fahrenheit oven or a barbeque on medium heat.
When the cheese is bubbling and the crust is golden brown, the pizza is ready! If you prefer a crispy crust, you can add an even minute or two.
How long does the pizza dough last in the fridge?
Pizza dough should last about 5 days in the fridge, so I would try to make this within a few days of purchasing it. Just to be safe, check the expiration date to ensure your pizza dough is fresh.
If it stays too long in the fridge you may notice a strange odor or molding on the dough. These are both signs that you should throw out the dough.
How many servings are in Trader Joe’s pizza dough?
One serving is ⅛ of the pizza, so there are 8 servings per pizza dough. Remember, serving sizes are not well regulated so it’s ok to each more than one serving.
As a Registered Dietitian, I recommend balancing your plate with a source of carbohydrates, protein, fat and fiber. The pizza dough contains carbohydrates, while the cheese and toppings provide some fat and protein.
A great addition to a few slices of pizza is a salad or raw carrots or peppers since they will add some fiber and micronutrients to your meal. Ensuring you have a balance of carbohydrates, protein, fat and fiber will help you feel full and can even help reduce overeating.
What are the ingredients in Trader Joe’s pizza dough?
The ingredients is Trader Joe’s pizza dough includes:
- Enriched wheat flour (white flour with added vitamins and minerals)
- Soybean oil
- Dextrose monohydrate (a type of sugar)
- Basil leaves
- Mono & diglycerides (stops oils and water from separating)
- Yeast (to help to dough rise)
- Garlic powder
- Ascorbic acid (vitamin C, helps improve the rising of the dough)
What is the nutrient breakdown of Trader Joe’s pizza dough?
One serving of Trader Joe’s pizza dough (⅛ of the dough) contains 130 calories, 26 grams of carbohydrates, 1.5 grams of fat and 4 grams of protein.
The pizza dough also contains 180mg of sodium, 1 gram of fiber, 21mg of calcium, 2mg of iron (considered a good source) and 54mg of potassium.
Is Trader Joe’s pizza dough vegan?
Yes! Trader Joe’s pizza dough is vegan. That being said, when you assemble the pizza, ensure all of your ingredients are vegan as well. Trader Joe’s has a variety of vegan cheeses and pizza sauces to choose from.
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Homemade Pizza with Trader Joe's Pizza Dough
- 1 Trader Joe's pizza dough divided in two
- 1/3 cup pizza sauce
- 1/2 cup grated mozzarella
- 1/4 cup parmesan
- toppings of choice pepperoni, peppers, pineapple
- Leave dough in the bag at room temperature for 20 minutes.
- Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Remove from package and place on floured work surface.
- Divide into two sections.
- Use your hands to press dough thinner, pressing towards the crust. Repeat on the other section of dough.
- Once at a desired thickness, add pizza sauce, mozzarella cheese, toppings and parmesan cheese.
- Bake for 6-8 minutes or until crust is crispy.
- Remove from oven and let cook for several minutes. Enjoy!