Easy Traditional Pizza with Ricotta Cheese

Here’s a quick and easy idea for making pizza.  I like to use Boboli thin pizza crust and a quick homemade sauce.  There’s also a whole wheat crust available if you prefer that.

You can use any type of toppings you like.  In this recipe I used some traditional toppings that included turkey pepperoni which is actually 70% less fat than regular pepperoni.

Maybe you want to make a veggie pizza…or maybe an all-meat pizza.  Or even a breakfast pizza!

The best part is that you can customize this recipe to include your favorite ingredients.

This pizza is also great for an appetizer.  Just cut the pizza into small pieces and it’s a perfect finger food.

Let’s check out the ingredients.

For the Pizza – Boboli bread, pepperoni, cooked Italian sausage, sliced mushrooms, sliced black olives, sliced ham, shredded mozzarella cheese, and grated parmesan cheese.

For the Sauce – canned tomato sauce, dried oregano, dried basil, dried parsley, garlic powder, pepper, dried red chili flakes

And, ricotta cheese.

Here’s how to make it.

For the Pizza Sauce:

In a medium size bowl, add the tomato sauce, oregano, basil, garlic powder, parsley, and red pepper flakes.

Stir together and set aside.  That’s it, you’re done with the sauce.

For the Pizza:

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.

Sprinkle the cornmeal on a baking sheet or pizza pie pan. I like to use cornmeal so the crust doesn’t stick to the pan.

Lay the Boboli pizza crust on top of the corn meal.

With a medium to large size spoon, add about half of the pizza sauce over the top of the Boboli crust (add more if you like a lot of sauce).

Spread the sauce over the crust with the back of the spoon.

The remaining sauce can be used for making small size pizzas on English muffins or slices of sourdough bread.  Or it can be frozen for future use.

For something different, and because there was less fat in the pepperoni….

…next comes the ricotta cheese.

Add the ricotta cheese in small pieces around the entire pizza.

Then add the mozzarella cheese evenly over the top of the pizza.

Next, add the pepperoni.

Then tear the ham into medium to large size pieces and spread it around the entire pizza.

I like to use black forest ham which has the pretty dark edges around it (tastes so good too).

Then add the sausage.

Next,

add the mushrooms….

…and the black olives.

and…

…top the pizza with parmesan cheese.

Bake in a preheated oven until the cheese is melted and the edges of the crust are slightly golden (about 15 minutes).

Next, slice the pizza while it’s hot…

…pick the biggest piece and enjoy.

If you’re really hungry,

there is always a double-decker pizza sandwich.

Or how about a triple decker pizza sandwich.

Or even better, a quadruple decker pizza sandwich.

Easy Traditional Pizza with Ricotta Cheese

Yield: Serves 3

Ingredients:

For the Sauce:
1 can (15 ounces) tomato sauce
¼ teaspoon garlic powder
¼ teaspoon dried oregano
¼ teaspoon dried parsley
¼ teaspoon dried basil
¼ teaspoon dried red pepper flakes
¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

For the Pizza:
1 whole Boboli thin pizza crust (10 ounce package)
1 tablespoon corn meal
Pizza sauce
4 tablespoons Ricotta cheese
1 ½ cups shredded Mozzarella cheese
3 ounces turkey Pepperoni
5 slices of thin deli cut ham
½ cup pieces of cooked Italian turkey sausage (about 1 whole sausage)
1 small can sliced mushrooms (4 ounces)
½ cup sliced black olives
¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese

Directions:

For the pizza sauce: Add the tomato sauce to a medium size bowl. Next, add the spices and herbs. Stir together. Set aside.

For the pizza: Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Sprinkle the cornmeal on a baking sheet or pizza pie pan. Lay the Boboli pizza crust on top of the corn meal. With a medium to large size spoon, add about half of the pizza sauce over the top of the Boboli crust (add more if you like a lot of sauce).

The remaining sauce can be used for making small size pizzas on english muffins or slices of sourdough bread. Or it can be frozen for future use. Spread the sauce over the crust with the back of the spoon. Add the ricotta cheese in small pieces around the entire pizza. Then add the mozzarella cheese evenly over the top of the pizza.

Next, lay the pepperoni around the entire pizza. Then add pieces of the ham, sausage, mushrooms, and black olives over the entire pizza. Top with the parmesan cheese.

Bake the pizza in the middle of a preheated oven for about 15 minutes or until the cheese is melted and the edges of the crust are slightly golden.

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5 Responses to “Easy Traditional Pizza with Ricotta Cheese”

  1. CuteEverything — October 11, 2011 @ 8:48 am (#
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    I love the addition of ricotta. That does look pretty simple!

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  2. Ann — October 11, 2011 @ 8:01 pm (#
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    This looks delicious! What a great pizza using pantry items – very, very clever!

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    • CouponClippingCook — October 11th, 2011 @ 9:40 pm

      Hi Ann, thank you. These are definitely great pantry items to have on hand.

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  3. Christin — October 14, 2011 @ 10:38 am (#
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    Oh my gosh! I was going to order some delivery pizza for my kids tonight so the hubby and I could go out for drinks, but this looks so good I’m thinking about heading straight out to the grocery store instead. Love the idea of putting ricotta on the pizza. Have never tried that. Thanks for the inspiration!
    Christin

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    • CouponClippingCook — October 14th, 2011 @ 11:01 am

      Hi Christin, thank you for stopping by and I’m glad you liked this recipe. Have a fun time tonight and a great weekend.

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