Italian Style Pizza

I know, I know, I know I did a pizza recipe not too long ago. But honestly, how could I possibly do Italian week without making pizza? It had to be done!

So the pizza dough recipe I shared previously will make two of these thin crust pizzas. And one is enough for 2 people if you serve it with an amazing side salad. Perhaps, this one? IMG_7082-2

Ingredients:
1/2 of the dough

Sauce:
1 tablespoon of ketchup*
1 tablespoon of tomato paste
2 tablespoons of water
1 pinch of oregano, dried
1 pinch of basil, dried
salt & pepper to taste

Topping:
75-100 grams of mozzarella
7 leafs of fresh basil
1 handful of arugula
A few shavings of parmesan

While your pizza dough rests, get all your prep done. First, turn the oven up to 250 degrees celsius. Then rip apart your mozzarella into nice manageable piece. If your mozzarella will not rip apart, just cut it into thin slices. Make them different in size and shape, this purely for cosmetic reasons, it looks more “rustic”. Shave off a couple of piece of parmesan using a vegetable peeler.

* Here comes the controversial part.
I know you read ketchup in the ingredients list and thought “You must be CRAZY!? You can’t use ketchup in Italian food!!” Well… I told you it would be a swedish-italian blend, didn’t I? And also, feel free to make a tomato sauce from scratch if you prefer. If you have the energy for it, I would certainly never stop you. But! This sauce mixture really does taste great, and it doesn’t read as ketchup on your palate when it’s cooked. So I urge you to try it, even if it goes against your better judgement.
Ok, so once you’ve come to terms with using ketchup you can just go ahead and stir together all the sauce ingredients. If it seems like it wont be enough to cover the pizza, an easy fix is just to add a bit more water.

Roll out the dough, when it’s done rising, on a sheet of baking paper. Make it as big as you want and as thin as you want. If you make it super thin, just be careful in the oven as the crusts tend to get a bit hard and easy to burn when cooking.
Don’t worry if you can’t get the perfectly shaped pizza. I don’t, and I definitely did not get a nice even shape on mine, as you can see. But, I kind of like the look of warped and misshapen pizzas, it makes it look more homemade and cosy.

Get your pizza bottom onto a baking tray and spread the tomato sauce on top of your pizza. Add the mozzarella and put the entire thing in the oven for 5-7 minutes.IMG_7076-2

When the pizza comes out of the oven, quickly add the rest of the topping ingredients and drizzle 1 teaspoon of good olive oil on top.
Done!

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6 Responses to Italian Style Pizza

  1. myninjanaan says:

    This is such a gorgeous pizza! I love how rustic and fresh it looks! I bet the taste was amazing :)

  2. Adam says:

    We all love pizza. Bread, toms, cheese. A glass of beer or vino. ‘Tis love, ’tis love.

  3. CateyLou says:

    Never too many pizza recipes! Especially when it looks as delicious as this one does!

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