So this recipe came about after years of tweaking various other recipes found in cookbooks and on the internet.
My husband, (who was not my husband at the time) took me to Bertuccis one night prior to heading out for drinks with friends.Â And he suggested we order the Margherita Pizza; at the time I thought that unless the “margarita” came frozen in a glass with salt that it couldn’t possibly be worth consuming.
Needless to say, I was wrong and thus began my instant love affair with Margherita Pizzas.
So I’ll admit it… I cheat on the pizza dough. I have made pizza dough from scratch a few times but on a Monday night after a full day’s work it just seems so much easier to just take out the frozen pizza dough that you can find in your local grocery store. I purchase mine from the local Whole Foods. (Just remember that you’ll need to thaw it and let it rise prior to using – cover with olive oil and leave on the counter for a few hours -Â it’s easier to work with at room temperature).Â Then you just roll it out and place it on your pizza stone or baking sheet
2 large garlic cloves, crushed
2 tablespoons olive oil
8 fresh basil leaves
1/4 teaspoon sugar
6 ounces fresh mozzarellaÂ (I use BelGioiosio which is mozzarella balls packed in water)
- Puree the organic whole tomatoes (including theirÂ juice) in a blender.
- Cook crushed garlic in oil in a small pan over medium-low heat for about 2 minutes.
- Chop 4-5Â fresh basil leaves into small pieces.
- Add tomato puree, chopped basil, sugar, and a pinch of salt and simmer, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until thickened and reduced to about 3/4 cup, about 40 minutes.Â Let the sauce cool slightly.
- Spread the tomato sauce onto your pizza dough.
- Slice your mozzarella into about 1/4 inch thick slices and place over top of your tomato sauce.
Bake at 350 until dough isÂ browned and cheese starts to bubble , approximately 15 – 18Â minutes.
Slice remaining basil into slivers and sprinkleÂ over pizza once it is out of the oven (to your taste).