The Good Housekeeping Research Institute tested a variety of frozen pizza brands and found the pies that are worth a slice (or two!).
That's amore: Americans spend a staggering $39.8 billion on fresh and frozen pizza each year. How does a store-bought frozen pie, popped in the oven or microwaved at home, stack up in terms of taste and texture? To find out, the culinary experts at the Good Housekeeping Research Institute conducted a taste test of 14 national brands of frozen vegetable and pepperoni pizzas — six veggie and eight pepperoni varieties. Check out our reviews of the good and not so good before taking a bite. They're available at grocery stores nationwide, unless noted.
365 Mediterranean Pizza ($5, 13.5 oz. serves 3; Whole Foods)
Our winner, this pizza "loaded" with feta cheese, spinach, and kalamata olives earned raves from tasters about the "perfect balance of sauce and toppings" and "great veggie combo."
Per serving: 300 calories; 12g, fat; 12g, 5g saturated fat
American Flatbread Sundried Tomato and Mushroom Pizza ($12, 16.2 oz. serves 3)
With a light, crunchy crust and a good blend of spices, this pizza was a close call for second place.
Per serving: 340 calories; 12g fat; 6g saturated fat
Amy's Spinach Pizza ($7, 14 oz. serves 3)
This pizza has fresh, garden flavor from the spinach and basil but lacked enough cheese to please our tasters.
Per serving: 310 calories; 12g fat; 4g saturated fat
DiGiorno Crispy Flatbread Pizza Mushroom Medley ($6.89, 13 oz. serves 3)
A cracker-thin crust with great, fresh mushroom taste — this one was a winner to mushroom lovers.
Per serving: 320 calories; 19g fat; 7g saturated fat
Kashi Mediterranean Pizza ($6.29, 12.7 oz. serves 3)
Tasters loved the generous topping of peppers, onions, and spinach but found the crust bland. But for those watching what they eat, this one has less fat than the other veggies selections.
Per serving: 290 calories; 9g fat; 3.5g saturated fat
Frontera Roasted Vegetable Monterey Jack and Poblano Pizza ($7, 12.5 oz. serves 3)
This one is spicy and has a crisp crust, but not having enough veggies caused it to rank last in our tests.
Per serving: 240 calories; 9g fat; 3.5g saturated fat