Totino’s pizza has grown to become a household name for party snacks and quick meals for events. And the packaged menu offers a taste that matches its fame, making it a highly sought option for many. But you may worry about not getting the same results every time you prepare this menu, especially since the pizza is pre-packaged. No need to worry, as you can properly set the cooking time for Totino’s pizza and alternate from crispy to melty results every time.
The Perfect Oven Temperature
To start the recipe, the first thing is to mark the best temperature for Totino’s pizza. And while a lower temperature may turn the dough soggy, a higher temperature will scald the surface faster than the insides will cook. Even if you escape cooking at a higher temperature, you may have a tougher chew, as the pizza would lose moisture.
So, the sweet spot for cooking Totino’s pizza is 450F! At this temperature, the toppings will cook faster without browning too soon, the dough will turn a perfect crisp, and the pizza will come out with just enough moisture for a juicy bite.
Prepping the Pizza
Totino’s pizza is pre-packaged and sold in frozen sections so the dough and ingredients can keep. And it’s normal to consider thawing it before cooking since you’ve dubbed it frozen food. But this step is unnecessary and even considered wrong so cook the pizza frozen for the best result.
Take the plastic film off the pizza before cooking, or it’ll melt and render it inedible. And note that Totino’s pizza must stay frozen until cooking time. So, if you have any pre-cooking steps to fulfill, leave the packaged pizza in the freezer until you’re about to put it in the oven- this includes during the preheating time.
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Totino’s Pizza Doneness Time
You can bake the pizza on the oven rack or a cookie sheet, depending on what you have. But note that both methods will result in a significant crust difference. While the rack will expose the dough to more heat and develop a deeper crisp, the cookie sheet won’t be as impressive. However, you can help the process by preheating the cookie sheet in the oven before adding the pizza.
You’ll want the pizza to cook until the rim turns golden brown and the cheesy center fully melts. And the cooking time depends on various factors, including the oven’s speed, the pizza variety, and whether it’s cooked on a rack or sheet. To make it easier, here are the numerous cooking durations for Totino’s pizza;
Cheese or Pepperoni Pizzas
- 11 to 12 minutes (oven rack)
- 13 to 14 minutes (oven cookie sheet)
- 17 to 18 minutes (toaster oven)
- 14 to 16 minutes (oven rack)
- 17 to 19 minutes (oven cookie sheet)
- 17 to 19 minutes (toaster oven)
However, don’t forget to watch the pizza as it cooks, so you can take them out at the sign of visual doneness. Totino’s pizzas are quite thin and are privy to overcooking, so keep an eye out.
Once the pizza is done, lift and pull it forward with a spatula from the rack, then place a plate to collect it. This is where the cookie sheet becomes advantageous, as you can simply pull the tray out and transfer the pizza to a plate. Don’t forget your mittens for both cases; the pizza and oven surrounding would be quite hot.
And voila! Your Totino’s pizza is ready to eat. You can devour this tasty serving whole or cut it into slices if willing to share.
One great thing about Totino’s pizza is you can jazz up the toppings as desired. Pick a plain cheese pizza and top it with any collection of cheeses, cooked meats, or sautéed vegetables and aromatics. But ensure this before baking, and spread the toppings, so the layer isn’t too heavy. Plus, choose cheese varieties that’ll safely cook when it takes the pizza to bake, like mozzarella.Print
- One Totino’s Classic Pepperoni Pizza package
Prepare the oven to heat to 450F, then take the pizza package out of the freezer. Remove the frozen pizza from the plastic film and place it on the oven rack.
Bake the pizza for 10 to 12 minutes, until the rim is golden crisp and the cheesy center has melted. If you prefer a soft crust, cook the pizza on a cookie sheet for 13 to 15 minutes or until the cheesy center has melted. Keep an eye on the pizza throughout the cooking time for visual tells.
Lift the pizza from the oven rack with a spatula and place a plate underneath. Then, transfer the pizza to the plate and serve. If you used a cookie sheet, simply take the tray out (with oven mitts) and slide the baked pizza onto a plate.
You can also watch this video for more tips.