Tuesday 25 June 2019

Pizza with peas pesto, culatello ham and ricotta cheese

15 minutes to prepare  Serves 4


That’s basically my favorite way to cook.
What’s in the fridge, how can I make this into a pizza. Boom!!

I could live off pizza and this new pizza with peas pesto and culatello ham is right up at the top of epic pizza recipes to come out of my kitchen! It’s screaming to be made and enjoyed with a glass of white wine..
And in order not to overcome the taste of culatello ham, just ricotta cheese is added on top, to enhance the overall creaminess! Perfection!!

Here are ingredients for a 4-serving recipe (4 pizzas):

1 kg pizza dough divided into 4 balls (you may find here my pizza dough recipe and here my recipe for sourdough pizza)
400 g ricotta cheese
500 g frozen peas
1 sprig parsley - washed and chopped
200 g Culatello ham
EVO oil
salt and pepper

  1. When you are ready to bake the pizzas, take the dough out of the fridge, leaving at least 1 hour and half for it to warm up and get pliable
  2. Meanwhile, heat 4 tablespoons of EVO oil in a saucepan. When it is hot, add the peas and let them cook for 15 minutes
  3. In a blender pour other 4 tablespoons of EVO oil, add the peas, a pinch of salt, freshly ground pepper, the parsley and blend for few seconds until coarsely pureed
  4. Preheat oven to 270°C (or, better, as far as oven temperatures go)
  5. Generously dust the counter with semolina flour. Make the pizzas one at a time. Dip your hands in flour and lift a ball of dough. Very gently lay the dough across your fists and carefully stretch it by bouncing the dough in a circular motion on your hands, carefully giving it a little stretch with each bounce. Once the dough has expanded outward, move to a full toss. When the dough is stretched out to your satisfaction (about 25 cm in diameter), lay it on the baking tray covered by baking paper
  6. Spread some peas' puree over each pizza and distribute culatello ham and ricotta cheese on top. Pour some EVO oil, too
  7. Bake the pizza for about 10 minutes. If the top gets done before the bottom, you will need to move the baking tray to a lower self before the next round
  8. Remove the pizza from the oven and transfer it to a wooden cutting board. Serve and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts are detailed in the table below. Data is provided per serving.

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