Mama Cozzi’s Ready to Bake Pizza Dough

My family loves homemade pizza. A couple of years ago when home baking was having a moment, I tried making the recipes on the backs of the yeast packets Aldi sells. One of those recipes is for a homemade pizza crust. My family was instantly hooked. They declared the homemade pizza to be better than any frozen pizza and stated it rivals many takeout pizzas we’ve had.

Now, homemade pizza is on our regular rotation of meals. I mix up the ingredients for the pizza dough, and the kids enjoy helping to knead the dough and roll it out on a baking sheet. I top it with pizza sauce (My local Aldi stores don’t typically sell pizza sauce, so I usually purchase the Classico brand from a traditional grocery store, or I use Trader Joe’s pizza sauce). Then I add shredded mozzarella, and I put pepperoni on half as a nod to family members who prefer just cheese on their pizza.

We’ve been making pizza this way for a couple of years now. Then recently my sister-in law — who lives several hours away — asked me if we’d tried the ready to bake pizza dough at Aldi. She spoke highly of it, so I kept an eye out for it at my local stores. She said she always found it in the refrigerated section near the take and bake pizzas, while other people on Aldi Facebook fan groups said they sometimes find it in the freezer section.

At first, it looked like my area stores weren’t selling it yet. Then, after a few weeks, I finally spotted it. I grabbed a package to see how it compares to our homemade pizza dough.

Mama Cozzi's Ready to Bake Pizza Dough

Mama Cozzi’s Ready to Bake Pizza Dough cost $1.39 for a 16-ounce package at the time of publication.

This appears to be a Regular Buy, which means you should be able to find it at Aldi any time of year.

The package states this dough can be used to “create pizza, breads, calzones or rolls!”

Ingredients include enriched flour, water, and less than 2% of salt, sodium acid pyrophosphate, baking soda, wheat flour, cellulose gum, yeast, soybean oil, ascorbic acid (dough conditioner), enzymes, and dextrose.

If you’re looking out for allergens, this contains wheat.

Mama Cozzi's Ready to Bake Pizza Dough

Nutrition information, ingredients, and preparation instructions. (Click to enlarge.)

One package contains 8 servings, and one serving has 120 calories, 0.5 grams of total fat (1% DV), no saturated fat or cholesterol, 450 mg of sodium (19% DV), 26 grams of total carbohydrates (9% DV), and no added sugars.

Preparation is easy. If your dough ball is frozen, place it in the refrigerator overnight to thaw.

Once thawed, preheat the oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. Stretch the dough by hand or with a rolling pin and place it onto a pan, screen, or pizza stone. Spread sauce, cheese, or any other desired toppings evenly over the dough. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until the crust is golden brown and the cheese is melted. Wait 2-3 minutes after removing the pizza from the oven before cutting. This will allow the cheese and sauce to settle.

Mama Cozzi's Ready to Bake Pizza Dough

Pizza dough rolled out, about 11 inches by 12.5 inches. 

I purchased my dough frozen, so I thawed my pizza dough overnight in the fridge. I recommend using a rolling pin to make it easier to roll it out on a baking sheet. This dough makes one regular-sized pizza (I rolled my dough ball out to form a slightly rectangular pizza that was about 11 inches by 12.5 inches). For comparison, our homemade pizza crust recipe using the Aldi yeast packets makes two regular-sized pizzas.

I topped the pizza dough with sauce (Classico brand, purchased at a regular grocery store), and shredded mozzarella and pepperoni from Aldi. It took about 13-14 minutes to bake. While baking, large bubbles kept rising in the pizza dough, so I’d occasionally poke them down with a fork.

Mama Cozzi's Ready to Bake Pizza Dough

The finished pizza. Half cheese and half pepperoni. 

While the directions don’t indicate you need to grease or spray the baking sheet with cooking spray, I highly recommend doing so. I followed the instructions and didn’t spray my baking sheet, and the pizza stuck to it. It took a few minutes scraping with a spatula to loosen the pizza.

Mama Cozzi's Ready to Bake Pizza Dough

Sliced pizza, served alongside some Trader Joe’s mozzarella sticks for an ultimate indulgent dinner. (Don’t worry. We also had some veggies.) 

This is a slightly thicker and softer dough compared to our Aldi yeast packet pizza crusts. My family liked it fine, although they generally agreed the dough made with Aldi yeast packets is superior. Considering how much less work is involved in making pizza with this ready to bake dough, this dough is still a solid choice if you want pizza that is a step above the frozen variety. This dough does contain more processed ingredients compared to the homemade dough, so that may be a consideration as well.

In terms of ease of preparation and taste, though, this dough can’t be beat. If you’re a pizza fan, this is well worth trying … and perhaps worth keeping a few packages stashed in your freezer for easy dinner nights. While my family still likes their pizza dough made from scratch, you can bet I’ll be stocking a few of these ready made dough packages in my deep freeze.

The Verdict:

Mama Cozzi’s Ready to Bake Pizza Dough is ready to roll out so you can bake pizza, calzones, or whatever pizza-themed meals you want to make. One package makes one regular-sized pizza. You add your own sauce (my local Aldi stores generally don’t sell pizza sauce, so you may have to buy this elsewhere), cheese, and toppings. Then bake and serve. This makes pizza that is several steps above your typical frozen pizza and rivals Aldi take and bake pizzas or even some takeout pizzas. If you’re a pizza aficionado, you’ll want to give this ready to bake pizza dough a try.

About Rachael

Rachael is the Co-founder of Aldi Reviewer. When she isn't busy shopping at Aldi, she enjoys cooking, gardening, writing gothic romance, and collecting more houseplants than she probably should. You can learn more about her at rachaelsjohnston.com.

5 Comments

  1. I’ll have to try Mama Cozzi’s pizza dough. Actually, Authentic pizza dough only needs 4 ingredients: Flour, water, yeast, and salt in the correct proportions. I have no idea why they need to add all that other stuff to their dough. As for authentic Neopolitan pizza sauce, try a can of San Marzano tomatoes, sugar, salt, olive oil, and basil to taste. Crush the tomatoes by hand or with an immersion blender. No need to ‘cook’ the sauce… the best ever. Thanks for your write-up. For pizza dough addicts, go here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/pizzaaddict

    • Because 4 ingredient pizza dough would be fuzzy and green after about day 3 in the packaging. If you are too lazy to make your own dough, like 98% of this planet, you will need to compromise somewhere.

  2. Actually, one doesn’t normally spray/oil the surface of whatever you’re baking your pizza on – one sprinkles it somewhat generously with cornmeal to keep the pie from sticking.

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