Millennial Grocery Guide

Garlic Herb Crust Margherita Pizza Recipe


 How this guide works: Ingredients are broken down into approximate location in the grocery store, by order that you'd usually purchase them (start in produce & deli, then head over to dry goods). There is also a cost of ingredients scale ranging from $ (very cheap) to $$$$ (extremely expensive - I'm not sure any of my recipes even have an ingredient like this yet). 

I recommend you buy all the ingredients for this recipe at Trader Joe's. I wish I was getting paid to say this. If you subscribe to the blog, you'll gain access to my 10 Trader Joe's Favorites for Millennials post! 

About Millennial Staples: These are items you should always keep stocked in your fridge, freezer, or pantry. It will make throwing together a quick dinner easy and simplify grocery shopping. It allows you to purchase food on sale, and all these items are extremely unlikely to go bad before you use them!


  • 1 bunch basil $ It's not a margherita pizza without fresh basil on top. My local Stop & Shop carries basil in smaller, $1 bunches, so look around for the smallest portion you can find.


  • Mozzarella cheese $$ I LOVE fresh mozzarella, so I strongly recommend getting the "wetter" version of this cheese in the deli section, rather than the shredded versions in the dairy section. You can get a log, ball, or the mini mozzarella balls depending on your personal taste or what's on sale. Trader Joe's has a ball of fresh mozzarella that will be just about enough for this pizza for around $3. Substitute: Trader Joe's makes a vegan mozzarella cheese if you are vegan or lactose intolerant!
  • 1 bag of Trader Joe's Garlic & Herb Pizza Dough $ I love the flavor that the garlic and herb crusts add to the pizza here. I also can't get over how cheap this dough is - $1.19! What! It makes me feel so fancy for less than $2. Love it. Read more about it here. Substitute: You can always substitute plain pizza dough. But...that's boring!

Dry Goods

  • 1 jar or can of tomato sauce $$ Millennial Pantry Staple Any brand of tomato sauce will work here, depending on what you're going for. I would recommend a simple can of tomato sauce to simplify the flavors and let the crust and fresh mozzarella and basil shine through. If you want pizza sauce, get pizza sauce, like this option from Trader Joe's. You can also use a pasta sauce (my favorite is Rao's, I rave about it in this recipe post).

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