Homemade Thin Crust Pizza | Tuscan-style Pizza Recipe

You don’t need a fancy restaurant to make an upscale pizza with this amazing Thin Crust Pizza recipe! This fabulous pizza features sauteed vegetables, delectable Italian cheeses, and mouthwatering Canadian bacon for a pie that’s as visually appealing as it is delicious!

Homemade Thin Crust Pizza Recipe

Ingredients you will need:

  • 1 package pre-made pizza crusts
  • 1 jar pizza or pasta sauce of your choice
  • 1 sweet onion, cut into rings
  • 1 green bell pepper, cut into rings
  • 1 red bell pepper, cut into rings
  • 1 large tomato, cut into slices
  • 1 ball mozzarella cheese, sliced
  • 8 oz Italian blend cheese
  • 1/2 lb butter
  • 1 package Canadian bacon
  • 1 package fresh basil
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons salt or preferred seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons Italian seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

Slice 1 sweet onion into rings.

Chef Ted slicing onion.

Slice 1 green bell pepper into rings.

Chef Ted slicing green peppers.

Slice 1 red bell pepper into rings.

Chef Ted slicing red peppers.

In a saucepan, melt 1/2 lb butter with a drizzle of olive oil, 2 tablespoons salt or preferred seasoning, and 1/2 cup sugar.

Putting olive oil on butter in pan.

Add sliced onions and peppers to pan.

Placing vegetables in pan

Slice 1 large tomato.

Cutting tomatoes

Layer tomato slices in pan. Add olive oil, a sprinkling of your seasoning of choice, and a bit of sugar.

Adding seasoning to tomatoes

Add another layer to the top of the previous layer and repeat the seasoning as before.

Adding additional layers of tomato

Continue to saute the vegetables, adding more butter if necessary.

Mixing vegetables

On a pre-made thin crust, line with pizza or pasta sauce. Add Italian seasoning to sauce.

Seasoning marinara

Add shredded Italian cheese.

Adding cheese to pizza

Add fresh basil and Canadian bacon.

Adding Canadian bacon to pizza

Cut 1 ball mozzarella cheese.

Cutting mozzarella cheese

Add mozzarella cheese slices to top of pizza.

Adding mozzarella

When vegetables are done sauteing, add to top of pizza.

Adding vegetables

Bake in pre-heated 350 degree oven until crust and cheese start turning golden brown.

Placing pizza in oven

Remove from oven. Serve and find out why this is the best thin crust pizza recipe!

Chef Ted with completed Thin Crust Pizza

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Homemade Thin Crust Pizza Video Recipe


Thin Crust Pizza Video Transcript

Hi, I’m Chef Ted, coming to you from the Rada Cutlery kitchen, and today I’m going to show you how to make one of my signature pizzas.

What I’m going to do first is cut some onion rings. My pizzas are kind of an upscale pizza. They’re great for entertaining or if you just like cooking. What I’m going to do is cut some rings out of a green pepper. It holds together a lot better than if you start at the top. If you start at the top it will collapse in on you. I’m going to take the Rada Peeling Paring knife and cut out all the white membrane that’s in there. Get some perfect rings. Remove all the seeds connected. Get rid of the white membrane, which has a bitter flavor to it. The best thing about a pizza like this is you’re using a lot of fresh vegetables, it really makes the flavor pop and livens the pizza. Plus the presentation is out of this world.

I’m going to cut some rings out of a couple of red peppers. Now we’re going to take the onions and the peppers to the stove and sauté them down a caramelize them a little bit. What I’m going to do is put olive oil on 1 stick of butter, bring the smoke temp up. Some season salt, you can use salt and pepper or whatever seasonings you prefer. And add just a little bit of garlic to it. Add a little sugar to speed the caramelization. I’m melting down the butter here and I’m using a Rada Spoon. Now I’m going to add the onions and peppers.

Now I’m going to take the Rada Tomato Slicer and cut the core out of this tomato real quick. I’m going to find a good spot for good slices and make some medium, eight to a quarter inch cuts. Then I’m going to drizzle with olive oil, spread evenly over the top which starts to marinate it a little bit. Then we season it with whatever you season with. I use season salt. I sprinkle a little sugar over the top because sometimes the tomatoes don’t have a lot of flavor depending on the season. I’m going to put another layer of tomatoes over that one and put some olive oil on.

Back at the stove I’m checking out on the other vegetables and flipping them around so they all get a sauté. I added another stick of butter because I want all the vegetables to get softened up. Be careful with them because you want them to be in complete rings if possible.

I am using a Tuscan-style, thin, premade crust. Just a little bit of premade marinara. Take a little bit of Italian seasoning and oregano and basil and spice it up. I’m using an Italian blend of cheese which is mozzarella, provolone, and Parmesan, asiago, fontina, and Romano.

Now I am going to layer in a little bit of some fresh basil. The flavor of basil sets things on fire. Gives it totally authentic flavor. I’m going to come in with some sliced Canadian bacon.

What I’ve got here is some fresh mozzarella and I’m using the Rada Cheese Knife. Mozzarella is notoriously sticky when fresh but this knife is just slicing it perfectly for me. I’m going to shred my fresh moz just a little bit to give it an even spread. For me the pizza is about the cheese. Now I’m going to take these tomatoes that we basically marinated and place them. Now I’m going to grab some of the onion rings and lay it on here. This is probably 90 percent about the presentation.

You got it ready to go in the oven on a Rada Stoneware Baker. We’re going to put it in at 350 degrees. There you have it, one of my signature pizzas with sautéed vegetables, Canadian bacon, and fresh herbs.

End of Video Transcript

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