Pizza

One of the most famous Italian dishes: pizza. Here’s how to prepare it.

pizza - passione italiana

Ingredients

For the base

  • 300g strong bread flour
  • 1 tsp instant yeast (from a sachet or a tub)
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tbsp olive oil, plus extra for drizzling

For the tomato sauce

  • 100ml passata
  • handful fresh basil or 1 tsp dried
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed

For the topping

  • 125g ball mozzarella, sliced
  • handful grated or shaved parmesan
  • handful cherry tomatoes, halved

Preparation

Put the flour into a large bowl, then stir in the yeast and salt. Make a well, pour in 200ml warm water and the olive oil and bring together until you have a soft, fairly wet dough. Turn onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 5 mins until smooth. Cover with a tea towel and set aside. You can leave the dough to rise if you like, but it’s not essential for a thin crust.

Mix the passata, basil and crushed garlic together, then season to taste. Leave to stand at room temperature while you get on with shaping the base.

If you’ve let the dough rise, give it a quick knead, then split into two balls. On a floured surface, roll out the dough into a large circle, about 25cm across. The dough needs to be very thin as it will rise in the oven.

Heat oven to 240C/fan 220C /gas 8. Smooth sauce over base with the back of a spoon. Scatter with cheese and tomatoes, drizzle with olive oil and season. Put one pizza, still on its baking sheet, on top of the preheated sheet or tray. Bake for 8-10 mins until crisp. Serve with a little more olive oil, and basil leaves. Repeat step for remaining pizza.

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