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A Classic Italian Pizza Recipe From Storecupboard Ingredients

When I questioned my son what was his favourite food, his immediate answer was “mums homemade pizza”. In fact, this was the meal that I most often used to “throw together” whenever my children had friends unexpectedly join us for a meal.

Whilst Elizabeth David was probably the one to popularise Italian cooking in the mid-1950′s, the person who really inspired me to try it for myself was Antonio Carluccio who wrote with real passion about the food of his homeland.

Here’s a simple pizza recipe that everyone will like – though few may associate it with the versions that you find in the freezer cabinet at the supermarket.

Traditional Italian Pizza (Neopolitan style)


500g Bread Mix (Ciabatta or Mixed Grain are my personal preferences)
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 clove garlic, finely chopped or crushed
1 can chopped tomatoes
Salt & freshly ground black pepper
2 teaspoons oregano
4 tablespoons olive oil (extra virgin if you have it)

Putting this pizza together takes around 20-25 minutes, including preparing the topping.

Preheat oven to 220C, GM8
Prepare the bread mix, as per packet instructions
Heat the oil in a saucepan
Add the crushed garlic and fry gently for just a few seconds (do not overcook or it can become bitter)
Add the can of chopped tomatoes, reserving some of the liquid
Cover & simmer for 15-20 minutes
If you make this topping ahead of time, the flavours get even better
Grease a baking tray with oil
Spread out the prepared dough, right to the edges of the tray
Spoon out the tomato mix over the dough, as close to the edges as you can
Sprinkle with the oregano and drizzle with the remaining oil
Bake in hot oven for 10-15 minutes
Serve hot!

If you like cheese or pepperoni you can add them on top, but it really isn’t necessary, the flavours in this are lovely and fresh all on their own.

This is a fantastic storecupboard recipe that can be quickly prepared with a minimum of ingredients – fantastic whenever you have unexpected guest join you for a meal.

About the Author

Jen regularly travels to France and enjoys the fantastic cuisine and cakes there.

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