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White Pizza with Roasted Tomatoes Recipe

White Pizza with Roasted Tomatoes Recipe

Like my grandmother taught me, I love using fresh, simple ingredients. In this low-cost recipe, creamy ricotta brings out the sweetness of the tomatoes, all on an onion and herb crust. —Debbie Roppolo, San Marcos, Texas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 45 min. + roasting Bake: 25 min. YIELD:8 servings

Ingredients

  • 4 plum tomatoes (about 1 pound), cut lengthwise into 1/2-inch slices and seeded
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • CRUST:
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 1 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 5 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 3-1/4 to 3-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • TOPPING:
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese

Directions

  • 1. Preheat oven to 250°. In a bowl, toss tomatoes with oil, sugar and salt. Transfer to a greased 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Roast 2 hours or until tomatoes are soft and slightly shriveled.
  • 2. For crust, in a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add onion; cook and stir 3-4 minutes or until tender. Stir in herbs. Cool slightly.
  • 3. In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. In a large bowl, combine sugar, oil, salt, yeast mixture and 1 cup flour; beat on medium speed until smooth. Stir in onion mixture and enough remaining flour to form a soft dough (dough will be sticky).
  • 4. Turn dough onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease the top. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place until almost doubled, about 1-1/2 hours.
  • 5. Preheat oven to 400°. Grease a 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Punch down dough; roll to fit bottom and 1/2-in. up sides of pan. Cover; let rest 10 minutes. Bake 10-12 minutes or until edges are lightly browned.
  • 6. In a small bowl, mix ricotta cheese, garlic, salt and Italian seasoning. Spread over crust; top with roasted tomatoes and mozzarella cheese. Bake 12-15 minutes or until crust is golden and cheese is melted. Yield: 8 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 piece equals 503 calories, 25 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 29 mg cholesterol, 911 mg sodium, 54 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 17 g protein.

Wine Pairings

Sweet Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sweet red wine.