I am a sucker for homemade pizza. It is so simple, and the flavours are so worth it. It is so much better than take-away or those cardboard frozen pre-made pizzas. If you don't want to go to the trouble of making your own crust, many grocery stores sell pizza dough in the refrigerator section. Alternatively, you might be able to order some dough from your local pizzeria. Jamie Oliver's recipe is fairly fail safe, especially if you kneed it for the recommend amount (10 minutes or more). This is my version of a white pizza. I have played around with the cheeses over the years, chevre, fontina, pecorino and fior di latte all work well.
~ Serves 6 ~
one recipe Jamie Oliver's pizza dough
1 cup basil pesto
3 cloves garlic, sliced thin
425 g ricotta cheese
1 cup shredded asiago cheese
1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
4 cups baby arugula
1 oz parmesano-regiano cheese
good quality extra virgin olive oil
well aged balsamic vinegar
salt and pepper
Pre-heat a pizza stone at 500 degrees, for at least two hours prior to making the pizza.
Prepare dough according to recipe provided in link. Section dough into six equal balls. Roll out balls into roundish pizza form. Place 2 T of pesto on each pizza. Divide the ricotta among the pizzas, by the heaped spoonful. Divide the remaining cheese and tomatoes among the pizzas.
Bake pizzas for 7-8 minutes or until crust is bubbled and golden brown.
Toss arugula with olive oil, balsamic, salt and pepper. Divide among pizzas.