Simple to make and an amazingly tasty, classic homemade thin crust Tomato Mozzarella Pizza. The basil leaves and freshly ground pepper take the pizza to another dimension. Try a variant with different toppings, taking you to Pizza Heaven! With homemade tomato basil sauce, the pizza is so easy to put together.
Here are the links to the recipes for the home made Pizza Dough and for the home made Tomato Basil sauce in this blog:
Link to the Recipe for Easy Pizza Dough: http://www.pepperonpizza.com/easy-homemade-pizza-dough-recipe
Link to the Recipe for Tomato Basil Sauce: http://www.pepperonpizza.com/tomato-basil-sauce-pasta-pizza-recipe
Link to the recipe for Kale and Onion Pizza: Easy Kale and Onion Pizza – Healthy and Delicious
I make pizza dough once every 2-3 weeks and freeze whatever I don’t use immediately. Similarly with the tomato basil sauce – I always have some of it in the freezer. Weekends, I like to make pizza, and it takes just a few minutes to roll out the base (after the dough has come to room temperature), spread some sauce, top with tomatoes, peppers, mushroom, olives, depending on the combination of toppings I decide on, sprinkle cheese on top. In my oven when I bake the pizza at 250 deg C, it takes 10 -12 minutes for the thin crust pizza to be ready.
The Tomato Mozzarella Pizza is a near variant of the Pizza Margherita. The only reason I have not used the latter name is because after baking, the cheese looks more orange/ yellow than white, perhaps because it took a longer time to bake, than usual. A typical Pizza Margherita would have 3 colours – Red from the Tomato, White from the Mozzarella and Green from the Basil, together forming the colours of the Italian Flag. The story goes, according to Wikipedia, that pizza Margherita, was invented in 1889, when the Royal Palace of Capodimonte commissioned the Neapolitan pizza maker Raffaele Esposito to create a pizza in honour of the visiting Queen Margherita. Of the three different pizzas he created, the Queen preferred the pizza swathed in the colours of the Italian flag.
The Tomato Mozzarella Pizza does have all the 3 components of a Pizza Margherita, viz, Basil, Mozzarella and Tomato. In the original Neapolitan Pizza (the name is now protected in the European Union as a Traditional Speciality Guaranteed dish), the tomatoes used were the San Marzano Tomatoes. I do get San Marzano tomatoes for my Tomato Mozzarella Pizza as well as the Tomato Basil Sauce, when at Bangalore, from First Agro Farms, who supply households in Bangalore with their fresh zero pesticide, non GMO produce.
Ingredients below are for one large thin crust pizza.