The Best Frozen Pizzas, According to Food Network Staffers
Here's what we keep stocked in our freezers!
There is nothing as universal yet simultaneously polarizing as pizza. Whether it's topped with pineapple, served deep-dish style or folded in half, everyone has a preference that they love — and we found that preference extends beyond pizza delivery. Most people feel just as strongly about their preferred frozen pizzas, so we reached out to Food Network staffers to see which pies they keep their freezer stocked with.
After a lot of taste testing over the years, I’ve found that the best frozen pizza is Newman’s Own Uncured Pepperoni Thin and Crispy Pizza. The crust bakes up quickly and perfectly crisp. The pepperoni is also made from real beef and pork with no added nitrites (plus, there’s a generous portion on each slice). And, to top it all off, Newman’s Own is a brand that everyone can get behind, as 100% of net profits are donated to charities and nonprofits.
-Amanda Neal, Recipe Developer
This brand is (without a doubt!) my favorite for cauliflower crusts. While the vegetable is actually listed as the first ingredient (not flour like other brands), these gluten-free crusts are still sturdy enough to pick up and eat with your hands. Typically, I’ll stock up on their plain crusts so I can pile on my own toppings. But, their Margherita Cauliflower Pizza is great to keep in the freezer for those nights where you don’t want to do a single bit of prep work.
-Trish Clasen, Digital Programming Manager
This pizza is amazing! Trust me — it has a thin and crispy crust infused with creme fraiche, chopped organic spinach, a creamy beetroot sauce (that does NOT taste like dirt!), tangy rounds of goat cheese and soft and flavorful cubes of butternut squash on top. I love a good veggie-filled pizza, and this one tastes like a restaurant-quality treat — my house is never stocked with goat cheese, and I’m not about to make a beetroot sauce for what should be an pizza night. I love that I can pull this mouthwatering pie straight from the freezer. No, my kids won’t eat it, but that just means there’s more for me!
-Meghan Hynes Cole, Associate Editor
I’d have to say this is a tie for me between Newman’s Own and Amy’s. I love the super thin crust on a Newman’s frozen pizza, they have a good selection of different toppings and the profits go to charity which is always a plus. Amy’s I love because it always has the perfect amount of cheese and the rice crust gets extra crispy if you leave it in the oven for a minute or two longer than the box suggests.
-Joel Raneri, Digital Editor
To me, the crust is the most important part of the pizza, which made me apprehensive to try out a gluten-free dough made from chickpeas. This new product from Banza surprised me on many levels — I ended up loving the crisp, thin crust and the topping options of Margherita, Roasted Veggie and Four Cheese were all equally delicious. Just like Banza's pasta, these frozen pizzas have become a staple in my kitchen.
-Rachel Trujillo, Associate Content Editor
I love a good pan pizza, and this frozen one from DiGiorno really hits the spot on nights when I just don’t feel like cooking and can’t wait for delivery. It’s a buttery crust that’s crispy on the outside and soft and pillowy on the inside. The sweetness of the sauce works well with the spicy pepperoni, and, if I have them, I sometimes add some black olives for additional salty goodness. If you love Detroit-style or Pizza Hut pan pizza, this frozen box is a pretty solid weeknight dinner option.
-T.K. Brady, Senior Editor