Healthier Chicago Style Pizza|Craving Something Healthy
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Healthier Chicago Style Pizza

Servings 8 servings
Author Craving Something Healthy

Ingredients

  • 2- one pound packages pre-made whole wheat dough
  • 1/2 pound shredded mozzarella cheese
  • optional fillings: 1 medium onion sliced thin, 1 medium pepper, sliced thin, sliced mushrooms, baby spinach, broccoli, lean italian turkey sausage
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1-14 oz can Muir Glen chopped or crushed tomatoes with juice
  • 2-3 large cloves fresh garlic minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • optional: grated parmesan cheese

Instructions

  • Adjust your oven rack to the lowest position, and preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
  • Prepare a 12-inch deep dish pizza pan by spraying well with cooking spray, and lightly dusting the bottom with cornmeal.
  • Stretch or roll out one pound of the dough to cover the bottom or the pan, and press up the sides a bit.
  • Lay shredded cheese over dough in an even layer.
  • Layer cooked sausage, or any flat filling like spinach over the cheese.
  • Layer any large toppings over the first layer.
  • Add any thin, or small toppings like sautéed onions, mushrooms, etc in the last layer.
  • Sprinkle with basil and oregano
  • Stretch or roll out the second pound of dough, and gently place it on top of the pizza, pressing the sides into the bottom layer of dough, so that they are well sealed.
  • Bake pizza for 20 minutes or until top dough is hard and just starting to turn light golden on the sides, and bottom dough is firm and starting to crisp.
  • While pizza is baking, sauté minced garlic in olive oil in a small saucepan for about 30 seconds. Remove the pan from the heat and add canned tomatoes. Stir to combine, and let simmer for 15 minutes to thicken.
  • Season with salt to taste.
  • Remove pizza from the oven, and reduce oven temperature to 375 degrees.
  • Spoon tomato-garlic mixture over the top of the pizza evenly, and return to oven for another 15-20 minutes, or until bottom crust is crispy and light brown.
  • Let pizza stand for 15 minutes before cutting. If desired, sprinkle grated parmesan cheese on top before serving.