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RomanceTable_0This recipe is a replica of the first pizza I ate when I was in Italy last year. It brings back wonderful memories of relaxing in a beautiful city, with great company, and a carafe of wine! So delicious…I hope you enjoy this one as much as I do!

Ingredients:

Store bought pizza dough purchased from your favorite pizza shop or Italian market (I buy mine from Corrados)

Basic Tomato Basil Sauce (recipe below)

1 ball fresh mozzarella (patted dry and sliced thin)

1 handful fresh basil

Arugula

Proscuitto

Part Skim Ricotta

olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt, pepper

Preheat the oven to 450. Stretch out the dough until it forms a circle (depending on the consistency of the dough you may need to use a little flour). Brush with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake until the crust starts to get crispy. If any bubbles start to form prick them with a fork.

After the dough starts to brown (about 10 minutes) pull out of the oven and a few ladles of sauce on top. Cook for a few more minutes until the sauce starts to bake into the crust. Take out of the oven and top with the thinly sliced fresh mozzarella, prosciutto and dollops of ricotta . Bake for a few more minutes until the cheese melts.

Remove from oven and top with fresh basil, arugula and a drizzle of olive oil…just like they do in Italy!

For Basic Tomato Basil Sauce:

2 large shallots sliced

1 35 oz can of whole tomatoes (preferably San Marzano)

splash of white wine

2 tbsp tomato paste

dried oregano

handful of fresh basil

In a medium pot heat a few tablespoons of olive oil on medium heat. Add in shallots and saute until tender but not brown. Add in the tomato paste, oregano, salt and pepper cook for a minute. Add in white wine, cook for 3 more minutes. Add in can of tomatos, more salt and pepper. Cover and let boil. Scrape the bottom of the pot every once in a while to prevent burning. Tomatos should break up on their own, if they don’t, squish them with a wooden spoon. Cook until it has reduced a bit…about 20 minutes.

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I made homemade pizza tonight (which by the way was just delicious) for less money then it would cost to order in a pie and tip the delivery guy. I had a few things already in the fridge / pantry, but bought the majority of the ingredients. Making a whole pie chock full of yummy healthy toppings only cost $11! By making it at home I saved about $8 and I bet a lot of calories too! Here’s how to do it…

 

 

 

 

Ingredients:

Store bought pizza dough purchased from your favorite pizza shop or Italian market (I buy mine from Corrados) – this time I used whole wheat

2 vine ripe tomatoes sliced thin

1/2 zucchini, 1/2 yellow squash, 1/2 eggplant (sliced a quarter inch thick)

1 jarred roasted red pepper (sliced into thin strips)

1/2 red onion (sliced)

1 ball fresh mozzarella (patted dry and sliced thin)

1 handful fresh basil

olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt, pepper

 

Preheat the oven to 450. Stretch out the dough until it forms a circle (depending on the consistency of the dough you may need to use a little flour). Brush with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake until the crust starts to get crispy. If any bubbles start to form prick them with a fork.

In the mean time, drizzle a little olive oil in a saute pan over medium high heat. Saute the sliced onions until they are caramelized (about 10 minutes).

Toss the sliced zucchini, squash and eggplant with a little olive oil, salt and pepper. Grill in a grill pan until the are almost cooked through.

After the dough starts to brown (about 10 minutes) pull out of the oven and add sliced tomatoes on top. Cook for a few more minutes until the tomatoes start to “melt”. Take out of the oven and put all of the veggies on top (zucchini, squash, eggplant, roasted peppers, onion) then sprinkle with the thinly sliced fresh mozzarella. Bake for a few more minutes until the cheese melts.

Remove from oven and top with fresh basil and a drizzle of olive oil…just like the do in Italy! I topped mine with a little grated pecorino romano cheese and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar. Healthy…delicious…inexpensive! ENJOY!

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