Pizza is one of my favorite foods. I’ve been trying to create a great homemade pizza for years-from making my own dough to throwing pizzas on the grill. I think I figured out what I was doing wrong all these years. I wasn’t using tomato paste in the sauce. So here is what I came up with:
- Frozen wheat crust from Whole Foods-thawed
- Tomato paste
- Canned tomatoes
- olive oil
- dried oregano
- fresh basil
- Di Stefano Burrata Mozzarella
This cheese is around $10 at Whole Foods but it is so worth it. It has a mozzarella outer shell and a creamy delicious inside. You can taste the creaminess on the pizza.
Pre-heat the oven to 450 degrees.
Take 3 diced shallots and saute them in olive oil for a couple of minutes (if you have some red wine around you can add some here for more flavor). Then mix in about 6 tablespoons of tomato paste and saute a couple of minutes. Then add canned tomatoes, fresh oregano, basil, pepper & little salt. Bring to a boil & letter simmer for 20 min. The tomato paste makes the sauce thicker for the pizza.
Then roll out the dough as thin as possible & stretch it as far as you can without breaking the dough. The thinner the better.
Brush the bottom of the dough with a little olive oil and put on a cookie sheet. Spread the tomato sauce on top & pop it in on the top rack for about 4 minutes. Slice the mozzarella thin and after the 4 min. top the pizza with the mozzarella and cook another 5-6 minutes. And you are done! Top with dried oregano, cracked pepper & fresh basil. This was so delicious that I ate too much of it.
I’ve heard if you have a pizza stone you can cook the pizza faster. I’ll keep my eye out for one on sale. For my husband’s pizza I got a small piece of italian sausage and sautéed it then topped his pizza. He loved it!
The key to keeping this healthy is to make the dough & cheese very thin and with every bite you mostly get the sauce. Also, portion control is key.