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How to Turn a $20 Aldi Trip into the Ultimate Pizza Night

updated May 11, 2022
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Food for ultimate pizza night.
Credit: Sarah Crowley

At its core, pizza night always sounds like a quick, easy, inexpensive way to feed and entertain people. In reality, it can be a quick and easy way to drop close to 40 bucks! Which is where Aldi comes in. Aldi is a one-stop shop for great grocery deals, surprising new products, and quirky home goods. It could also stand in as your go-to pizzeria. In fact, Aldi’s take-and-bake pizzas are so popular, they often sell out on Friday nights. Pick up a pizza and a few other things (I’ve got some suggestions!), and you’ll have the ultimate pizza night. The best part? This plan only costs $20!

Credit: Sarah Crowley

The 4 Aldi Essentials for the Ultimate Pizza Night

  • Pizza: You can’t host a pizza night without pizza! Aldi is known for the Mama Cozzi brand of frozen and take-and-bake pizzas. Mama C offers specialty and traditional pizzas, but I vote for starting with the five cheese variety and upgrading it however you’d like.
  • Extra toppings: Here’s the customizing part I was talking about! Add fresh mozzarella sliced into rounds (more cheese is always a good thing!) and consider either some meats or a drizzle of herby pesto. Or both!
  • Side salad: Fulfill that pizza parlor vibe with a fresh green salad — and let Aldi do the chopping. Crisp Caesar salad is the perfect complement to a hot and gooey pizza.
  • Dessert: If you’re looking for a sweet to end the meal, Aldi has you covered with a bakery aisle filled with scrumptious sweets. If you’re willing to put in a little bit of effort, though, I recommend making brownies from a mix. They’re simple enough to whip up; the hardest part is just choosing between the salted caramel and double chocolate varieties.

What I Got at Aldi for a $20 Pizza Night

I went shopping with the above formula in mind. Here’s what I picked up this time, but I’m excited because I know that I could get all sorts of different toppings and desserts and plan a very different menu for another week. Also, it’s very easy to scale this menu up if you have a few people coming over. Let’s take a look at what I bought and how much I spent.

  • Mama Cozzi’s Take & Bake Five Cheese Pizza, $4.99
  • Emporium Selection Fresh Mozzarella, $2.39 (look for the ball or the pre-sliced log)
  • Priano Pesto, $1.69
  • Priano Prosciutto, $3.99
  • Little Salad Bar Caesar Salad Kit, $2.59
  • Specially Selected Brownies, $1.69

Total: $17.34