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Margherita Pizza

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A simple Caprese salad is one of my default dinners in August, so naturally, when I start craving more substantial meals in September, I turn to its heartier cousin: the Margherita pizza. Like Caprese salad, Margherita pizza stars fresh basil, mozzarella, and the best tomatoes you can find. It’s still a delicious, simple showcase of good quality produce, but the addition of crisp, chewy pizza crust, melty cheese, and warm sauce makes it a cozier, heartier meal.

I don’t know about you, but I’m not ready to go into full pumpkin and soup mode yet. Our farmers markets are still boasting juicy tomatoes, and our backyard basil plant is still chugging along, so we might as well enjoy them while we can! This homemade Margherita pizza recipe uses only 7 basic components, so good tomatoes are a must. It’ll be on repeat around here for the next few weeks, while we can still get our hands on A+ tomatoes.

We really love this one; I hope you do too!


Margherita pizza recipe ingredients


My Margherita Pizza Recipe Ingredients

With only 7 components, my homemade Margherita pizza recipe is fresh, comforting, and easy to toss together any night of the week. Here’s what you’ll need to make it:

  • Homemade pizza dough. I use my go-to homemade pizza dough recipe. The chewy/crisp crust is delicious under the juicy tomatoes and melty cheese.
  • Homemade pizza sauce. I use a food processor to blend together a 5-ingredient tomato sauce with San Marzano tomatoes, and I don’t cook it before spreading it on the pizza. As a result, it has a delicious, sweet flavor that complements the fresh tomatoes perfectly.
  • Cherry tomatoes. Rather than use large tomatoes here, I opt for cherry tomatoes. They’re less watery and have a more concentrated flavor than bigger varieties would, so they give this pizza a great taste and texture.
  • Fresh mozzarella cheese. I seek out fresh bocconcini mozzarella for my Margherita pizza. You can use any fresh mozzarella in a pinch, but bocconcini mozzarella comes in nice, medium-sized balls. When you slice it, it matches the size of the cherry tomato slices, which makes for a pretty pizza.
  • Fresh basil. Sprinkle it over the pizza after it comes out of the oven, so it doesn’t burn or brown! For more basil goodness, a few dollops of pesto would also be delicious.
  • Extra-virgin olive oil and red pepper flakes. The perfect finishing touches!



Stretch your dough, spread on the sauce, and layer it with the thinly sliced mozzarella and tomatoes. Bake until the cheese is melted and the crust is golden, and add the remaining pizza toppings: a shower of fresh basil leaves, a pinch of red pepper flakes, and a generous drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil.

Slice, and enjoy!

Margherita Pizza

Author: Jeanine Donofrio

Recipe type: Main dish

  • 1 recipe Pizza Dough
  • ½ heaping cup Pizza Sauce
  • 8 ounces fresh bocconcini mozzarella, sliced
  • ½ cup sliced cherry tomatoes
  • 10 basil leaves
  • Pinch red pepper flakes
  • Extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling
  1. Preheat the oven to 500°F
  2. Spread the pizza sauce onto the dough. Top with the fresh mozzarella and tomatoes and bake 10 to 12 minutes, or until the crust is browned. Remove from the oven and top with fresh basil leaves and a pinch of red pepper flakes. Drizzle with olive oil and serve.

 

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CAULIFLOWER BOLOGNESE

“I want you to come watch the movie with us ON the couch, not be in the kitchen!”

I’ve been filling out this one-question-a-day journals for moms that I received for Christmas. It records a little thought or memory over the last year, and then starts again, so you can see how your answers change over a few years. One of the recent ones, prompted me to jot notes about what I am learning as a mom, and I found the question so general I was basically annoyed. I am a romantic, and also wildly pragmatic. In the span of a day I can tear up over the depths of love I feel for my kids, and also wish for them to have a mute button. We all have worlds within us; mothering pushing me into the corners of myself I am sometimes proud of or other corners ashamed of, but am I learning? Yes, every single day. Sometimes in the moment and other times after a particular season. But in 2021, my answer in the bullet journal was that I see my kids are wanting me to play with them. They aren’t registering all the service and shuttling and laundry and what it takes to pull off a week, they just want to play WITH me. It’s natural for me to move within lists and tasks and responsibilities and hustling, but playing is something I have to pay attention to. For them and for me. We usually do a family movie on Friday nights and my son (6.5), see quote above, pointed out that I don’t actually watch the movie, I tinker in the kitchen and he wants me in the couch cuddle. Flattered, and found out that I’d rather make granola than watch The Croods 🙂 So from annoyed, to passing on the question to fellow parents, what are you learning? Try not to be annoyed. Maybe circle back to it.

I published this recipe over on SKCC a few weeks ago and wanted it to live here. We’re trying to find more family-friendly vegetarian recipes (it’s easy for me to fill up on roasted veggies and big salads, not so much for the kids). This batch lasts us two meals – once with noodles, maybe half zoodles, and the second round on toast or english muffins with cheese melted on top, like a pizza sort of thing? It freezes well and is great to deliver to new parents.

CAULIFLOWER BOLOGNESE

Serves 6

Ingredients

2 Tbsp. of extra virgin olive oil
1 small yellow onion – roughly chopped
3 cloves of garlic
sea salt to taste
pepper to taste
1 head of cauliflower (about ¾ lb. or 12 oz. riced)
1/2 cup of raw walnuts pieces
1/2 tsp. of Italian seasoning
1/2 tsp. of fennel seeds – crushed
2 Tbsp. of tomato paste
2 Tbsp. of balsamic vinegar
1/2 cup of red wine (or broth of any sort, and double the vinegar to mimic the wine’s acidity)
28 oz. of canned, crushed tomatoes
1/2 cup of red lentils
red pepper flake to taste

For serving

12 oz. of pasta or choice, zoodles, etc.
parmesan
fresh, torn basil

Directions

In a large Dutch-oven or stockpot, heat the olive oil over medium low heat.

In a food processor, pulse the onion and garlic into smaller bits. Add them to the pot with a big pinch of salt and pepper. Sauté to soften, about 3 minutes.

Pulse up the cauliflower florets to get a rice-like texture. Add the riced-cauliflower to the pot and sauté to soften, about 5 minutes.

Pulse the walnuts in the processor and add those to the pot along with the Italian seasoning, fennel seed, another few generous pinches of salt and pepper, tomato paste and balsamic vinegar. Sauté until fragrant.

Add the red wine, cook about 3 minutes, then add the crushed tomatoes, ½ cup water, lentils, pinch of pepper flakes and stir to combine. Turn the heat to low, put the cover ajar and let it simmer gently for 30-35 minutes. Turn off the heat, taste for seasoning and adjust.

Cook your pasta or zoodles according to instructions. Top with cauli Bolognese, grated cheese, fresh basil and enjoy!

The Bolognese will keep in the fridge for a week and can be frozen for a few months.

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