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Sometimes, you need to be able to make a quick meal without the hassle. Whether you're a parent constantly on the run or a college student with very little time to eat between classes and studying, it's nice to have a little help with your meals. Chef Boyardee makes tons of products that make meal prep super easy.

One of these products is the Chef Boyardee Pizza Kit or the Chef Boyardee Pizza Maker. This is essentially pizza in a box. If you have the box in your house, but you need some help breaking down how to make this, it's helpful to have some additional instructions.

What You'll Need for Chef Boyardee Pizza

To make Chef Boyardee pizza, you'll need to gather a few things. There's a good chance you'll already have a majority of this stuff in your kitchen or pantry, but it's helpful to check that you have everything you need before starting to cook.

  • Chef Boyardee Pizza Maker

  • Oven or a toaster oven

  • Measuring cups

  • 2/3 cup warm water

  • A small mixing bowl

  • A fork for mixing

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil (or nonstick cooking spray for the thick-crust kit)

  • A 12-inch nonstick baking pan or cookie sheet (does not necessarily need to be round)

  • A spoon for spreading the sauce

  • Any other ingredients you'd like to add to the pizza, like vegetables or pepperoni

Heat the Oven

Before you put anything in the oven, you'll need to heat it. Heating it allows the oven time to get to the right temperature. To make the pizza kit, heat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Allow the oven 10 minutes to heat. In the meantime, you can prepare the pizza.

Mix the Ingredients With Water

Take your mixing bowl and pour the pizza kit mix into it. Get the hot water going and with your measuring cup, measure 2/3 cup of warm water right before it's about to get hot. Add the water to the mixing bowl with the mix. Use a fork to mix all of it together until you have dough that's very moist and forms into what looks close to a ball.

Use Oil and Let the Dough Set

Take 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil and drizzle it over the dough ball. You can do this by making a "z" shape or doing a zigzag. Then, place the bowl in a warm area of the kitchen, perhaps near the window, for five to 10 minutes.

Spread the Pizza Dough on the Baking Sheet

When the dough feels a little easier to work with (not as sticky), get your nonstick baking pan or cookie sheet. If you are using the thick-crust version, spray nonstick cooking spray over the pan first. Then, pick up the dough and place it in the center of the pan. Using your fingertips, press on the dough and spread it out evenly until it touches the edge of the pan on all sides exactly like a pizza. This is the crust.

Decorate the Pizza

Now, it's time to decorate your pizza. Using the sauce and cheese provided in the kit, add the sauce. To spread the sauce, use a spoon and spread the sauce in a circular motion. Leave about 1/2 inch between the perimeter of the sauce and the edge around the pizza (like a pizza crust).

Once the sauce is covering the dough, sprinkle the cheese gently on top. If you're wondering how to make Chef Boyardee pizza even better, add any other ingredient over the cheese, like vegetables or pepperoni.

Bake the Pizza

When you're finished adding the toppings, put the pizza on the lowest rack in your oven. You may want to use oven mitts so you don't accidentally burn yourself. Set a timer for 16 minutes and check the pizza.

Check if the Pizza is Ready

If after 16 minutes the crust is golden brown and the sauce and cheese are bubbling, then it's ready. Otherwise, cook it for no longer than 20 minutes and check at the 18-minute mark again. If you are cooking the thick-crust version, then cook for between 22 and 24 minutes.

Serve and Eat

When you've determined the pizza is ready, shut off the oven. Using oven mitts and two hands, slowly take out the pizza. Leave it on the stove top to cool. After about five minutes, the pizza should be cool enough to eat. Use a pizza cutter or a fork and knife to cut the pizza and a pie cutter to lift it off the pan if it's still too hot. Then, enjoy!

Chef Boyardee pizza contains milk and wheat. If you are allergic, avoid eating this at all costs.

About the Author

Hana LaRock

Hana LaRock is a freelance content writer from New York, currently living in Mexico. When she's not writing, she enjoys traveling, reading, scrapbooking, and cooking new recipes as well as recipes from places that she has traveled. Visit her website at www.hanalarockwriting.com.