Life Hack Kitchen: Ridiculously Easy Homemade Pizza

10 Jul

Pizza 0

Okay… So most of the time this blog is about books, films, music and bad television, but if there’s something in this world I love more than books, films, music and bad television it’s food.

I won’t pretend to be a kitchen whizz. When flicking through most cookery books I’ll skim past anything that requires me to go hunting for some obscure spice I’m unlikely to use more than once every quarter century, and if the preparation time exceeds 15 minutes and the cooking part involves more than 2 pans, I’m not interested.

"Add the rosemary to your particle accelerator..." Fuck off, Heston.

“And simply add the rosemary to your particle accelerator…”

Now, granted, the easiest way to have pizza in the comfort of your own home is to order one online and have it delivered, but that can cost you anywhere between about £7 and £15. You could always buy one in the supermarket, but a decent supermarket pizza will still come to around £4 or £5. This recipe is for those of you who are on a bit of a budget but still want some of that calorific, doughy, cheesy goodness. I’ve worked out that for two vegetarian versions of this pizza, you won’t need to spend much more than £2.50. For two. And you can make them, from start to finish, in less than 30 minutes.

Seriously… If I’d come up with this when I was in university I may well have been crowned King of the Students.

For this you will need:

  • 2 x Plain Naan Breads
  • ½  tube of tomato puree
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Dried basil and oregano
  • 1 x ball of mozzarella
  • Your choice of toppings – Olives, sliced peppers, mushrooms, pepperoni, jalapenos etc
  • Grated cheddar

Here we go.

1) Pre-heat the oven to 200°C. (You can use steps 2-5 as your pre-heat time.) Before the oven has heated up, remove the shelf and place the naans on it, side by side.

Pizza 1

2) Squeeze the tomato puree into a bowl. Add a sprinkling of oregano and basil and a glug of extra virgin olive oil and mix well with a whisk. The aim is to turn this into your sauce, so add a little water (not too much) if necessary until you have the right consistency.

3) Spread the sauce on the naan breads using a dessert spoon, making sure to spread it evenly.

Pizza 2

4) Add your toppings. I’ve used sliced red peppers, mushrooms, jalapenos and sweetcorn, but feel free to improvise.

Pizza 3

5) Chop up the mozzarella ball into cubes or strips, and add these. A single ball won’t cover them both, so top this up with some grated cheddar to make sure your pizzas are covered.

Pizza 4

6) Place these in the oven for 15 minutes.

7) Take pizzas from the oven. Eat.

Pizza 5


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