About a month ago, during a grocery shopping trip I discovered some packaged artisan breads that are ready to finish off in the oven. Not the frozen kind. I’m not kidding…they turn out like a fresh loaf from the bakery! One of my favorites is the Tuscan loaf. I like to rip it into pieces and spread some fresh goat cheese, extra virgin olive oil and fresh minced herbs…so delicious!
One night I was in the mood for pizza and I don’t really care for delivery pizza. I picked up a ciabatta loaf to use as pizza crust and topped it with what I had on hand. It turned out really, really, good and it hit the spot.
For the pizza sauce:
1/2 yellow onion, diced
3 cloves of garlic, diced
1 Tsp dried oregano
1 Tsp parsley (dried or fresh)
1/2 Tsp dried rosemary
6 Oz can tomato paste
A pinch of chili pepper flakes
Salt and freshly ground pepper
Heat up a sauce pan on medium heat and add olive oil. Saute the minced onion and garlic until they are soft (about 2 mins). Add the tomato paste, ground herbs and stir. Next, add 1 1/2 cup of water, season with salt, pepper, and chili flakes. Turn down the heat to low, and allow a gentle simmer for about 20 mins while the bread bakes.
Once bread is ready, slice open in half. Spread desired amount of sauce on each half of the bread. Add toppings of your choice and bake at about 400 degrees for about 5 mins. This will make two very generous personal pizzas.
Keep an eye to prevent the sides from burning. If cheese isn’t completely melted, finish off under the broiler for about 1-3 more minutes to wilt the veggies and melt the cheeses. Before slicing, drizzle with a little extra virgin olive oil. Serve immediately.