Pizza Amatriciana

What’s better than hot from the oven pizza - pizza that is loaded with prosciutto extra flavourful San Marzano tomato sauce. It’s perfect for dinner tonight!

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Homemade pizza, seriously does it get much better than that? Especially now that we have so many amazing ingredients available to us it’s so easy to get those flavours that you use to be only able to get in a pizzeria.

Now, this recipe has1 very important thing that makes it special - the sauce. Have you ever ordered pasta with Amatriciana Sauce? If you haven’t you are seriously missing out. It is often served with bucatini or spaghetti and consists of tomatoes, onions and cured pork, along with a few other things. It’s the perfect combination of flavours on pasta, and we all know that if it works on pasta, it will work on a pizza.

The other thing that brings this sauce to the next level is the San Marzano Tomatoes. If you’re not familiar with these tomatoes I highly recommend you check them out on your next trip to the grocery store. They come canned just like any other tomato but the difference in flavour makes it worth seeking them out.

For starters, they originated in a small town near Naples so I guess you could say they were destined to end up on pizza. They are similar to a Roma tomato but thinner and more pointy. The flesh is thicker and they have fewer seeds making them sweeter and less acidic - perfect for pizza sauce.

Because these tomatoes are so sought there are issues with fraudulent tomatoes, so you know if people are trying to fake these little beauties they must be something good right! So take a few extra minutes and whip up your own pasta sauce, though I warn you, you may never go back to store bought sauce again!

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prep time 25 minutes

cook time 55 minutes

total time 1 hour 20 minutes

servings 4 - 6

Ingredients

1 batch of your favourite pizza dough

4 tsp olive oil

Amatriciana pizza sauce

8 - 12 slices of prosciutto

1/4 cup white onions

3 - 4 cups mozzarella

fresh basil to garnish

Instructions

Preheat oven to 400. To assemble roll out your pizza dough into 4 small or 2 large circles and places on a pizza pan or cookie sheet. Brush each pizza with olive oil then cover with Amatriciana sauce, prosciutto and mozzarella. Top with thinly sliced onions and bake for 20 minutes or until crust is golden brown on the bottom and the cheese is caramelized.

Remove from the oven and garnish with fresh basil. Serve immediately.

Amatriciana Sauce

1 tsp olive oil

1/4 white onion

4 slices of prosciutto

14 oz can of San Marzano tomatoes (whole and peeled)

In a small saucepan add in olive oil and chopped onions. Cook over medium heat for 4-5 minutes or until onions are soft and translucent. To the saucepan add chopped prosciutto and sauté another 2 minutes of until prosciutto is slightly crisped. Add in tomatoes, reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes.

Remove from heat and allow to cook for 5 minutes before transferring to a food processor or blender then blend until smooth.

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