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Gen's Arugula Pizza

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Serves 2-3 large pizza (2 with a thicker crust or 3 with a very thin crust) | Prep Time 15 min + 35 min waiting | Cook Time 12-15 min

Why I Love This Recipe

FEATURING: Tomatoes, sweet peppers, onion, arugula (or leafy green).

A lovely pizza that is also good the next day!

Ingredients You'll Need

3 cups warm water
3 teaspoons instant yeast
3 teaspoons sugar
6 cups (900 g) all-purpose flour
3 teaspoons salt

A bit of olive oil
500 ml of tomato sauce (you'll need a bit less) - you can also make your own, ex:
1 onion, chopped
1-2 sweet peppers, chopped
1 jar of chopped kalamata olives (or other olives of your choice)
Crumbled tofu (just crumble rinsed firm tofu over the pizza) or feta (optional)
Salt & pepper, to taste

A few handfuls of fresh arugula
Fresh basil, chopped (optional) - for garnish


MAKE THE DOUGH: In a bowl, combine the water, yeast and sugar. Let stand until the mixture foams on top, about 5 minutes.
In a metal bowl, combine the flour and salt. Mix well. Add the yeast mixture gradually and mix with a wooden spoon or your hands. You can also use a food processor (if so, work with the dough hook) on medium speed. Mix until a soft ball forms. Don't overwork the dough.
Remove the dough from the bowl and knead for a few minutes on a floured surface to prevent sticking.
Place in a lightly oiled bowl and cover with a clean cloth. Let the dough rise for about 30 minutes in warm and draft-free area. Cut the dough in two or in 3 (depending on how thick you want your crust - it will be thinner if you cut it in 3).
Use the pizza dough immediately or refrigerate it (less than 48 hours), otherwise place it in an airtight bag and freeze.
PREPARE THE TOPPINGS: Chop the onions, sweet peppers and basil and set aside. Crumble the tofu (if using) or open your feta. Open your jar of olives and tomato sauce and set aside.

ASSEMBLE THE PIZZA: Heat the stove to 450F. While it heats up, assemble the pizza. Take out the dough pieces (2 or 3) and punch them down. Roll each piece with a rolling pin and place the dough on a lightly oiled pizza pan. Drizzle 1-2 tbsp of olive oil on top of the pizza dough and spread evenly. Add a few spoonfuls of your favourite tomato sauce and spread evenly. Distribute the toppings evenly. Add salt and pepper to taste. Cook the pizza for 12-15 minutes until the crust is slightly golden.

FINAL GARNISH: As the pizza comes out of the oven, add arugula and a few chopped basil leaves (optional). Enjoy!

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