Italian Pizza Recipes
and Gluten Free Pizza Crusts

Italian pizza recipes should be made with tasty pizza sauce recipes that go on a really good pizza crust.

A good pizza crust is usually made with flour that contains gluten.

Fortunately, there are "better" gluten free pizza crusts that you can make these days with a variety of gluten free flours and other gluten free ingredients.

You'll never miss that good ol' pizza crust again!

To make the best tasting Italian pizza recipes, be sure to make your pizza sauce recipes with the best tasting tomatoes.

San Marzano Tomatoes

This tomato is known as the world's sauciest tomato and is an heirloom variety of the plum tomato.

San Marzano tomatoes are more oblong than they are round. They have a thicker flesh and fewer seeds than the standard plum tomato.

This makes them less acidic and a better tasting tomato for your Italian pizza recipes.

These tomatoes have a somewhat longer growing season and are very suitable for warmer climates. They are grown in San Marzano a small town near Naples Italy as well as in the United States.

Homemade Pizza Sauce Recipes

Instructions:

Pull off stems and score tomatoes.

Par-boil for 30 seconds to 1 minute and then put tomatoes into ice water.

Peel and remove tomato skins.

Gently squeeze out seeds and then crush tomatoes by hand.

Put crushed tomatoes in pan with sauteed garlic, freshly chopped basil, and the seasoning.

Bring to a boil and then lower heat - simmer for 5 or so minutes.

If you want to make the best tasting Italian pizza recipes, you'll want to use San Marzano tomatoes. 


Ingredients:

  • 2 quarts Fresh San Marzano Tomatoes
  • 2 to 3 Organic Garlic Cloves
  • Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Handful of Fresh Organic Basil Leaves
  • Sea Salt & Pepper (to taste)

Another reason to use the San Marzano to make your pizza sauce recipes is that your sauce will be fine without any additional sweeteners.  Because San Marzano's have an intense and sweet flavor.

Anchovy Pizza Sauce Recipe

Instructions:

Add olive oil to a pan and set to medium-low heat. 

Throw in the anchovy and when it starts to sizzle - stir in garlic for 1 minute.

Then add fresh oregano and turn the heat to low - stir for a couple of minutes. 

Next, stir in the red pepper flakes and the dried oregano.

Then add the crushed tomatoes and raise the heat to medium - quick stir.

Bring sauce up to a simmer while stirring in the seasoning and sugar.

Simmer for 35 to 40 minutes - stirring occasionally. 

Finally, stir in a pinch of baking soda to reduce acidity level.

Ingredients:

  • 3 Tbsp. Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 Anchovy Fillets
  • 4 Organic Cloves Garlic (minced)
  • 2 Tbsp. Organic Fresh Oregano (chopped)
  • 1/4 tsp. Organic Dried Oregano
  • 1/4 tsp. Organic Red Pepper Flakes
  • 28 oz. Whole Peeled San Marzano Tomatoes (from Italy & crushed by hand)
  • 1/2 tsp. Organic Sugar
  • Sea Salt & Black Pepper (to taste)
  • Optional:  Pinch Baking Soda

Toppings for Your Italian Pizza Recipes

Sliced Tomatoes

Sweet Peppers

Onions & Mushrooms

Black or Ripe Olives

Basil

Bacon

Canadian Bacon & Ham

Sausage & Pepperoni

Chicken

Anchovies

Parmesan Cheese

Pecorino Romano Cheese

Mozzarella Cheese

Goat Cheese

Use one or more of these toppings to make your Italian pizza recipes taste delicious. 

To make one of the most famous Italian pizza recipes - The Margherita - top your pizza with fresh mozzarella, slices of fresh tomato, and fresh basil leaves.

Gluten Free Pizza Crust - Rising Dough Recipe

Instructions:

Activate yeast with warm water and sugar - then add salt and olive oil.

Mix activated yeast with a "fine" gluten free flour mix until a dough forms. 

Knead dough a few times and put dough into a glass bowl - cover with plastic wrap and a towel.

Proof (or let it rise before baking) your gluten free pizza dough.

Oil a cookie tray lined with parchment paper and press on proofed dough to form a pizza with your oiled fingers.

Crust Ingredients:

  • 500 grams of "Fine" Gluten Free Flour Mix
  • 400 to 450 ml of Warm Water
  • 7 grams of Instant Active Dry Yeast
  • 1/2 tsp. of Organic Sugar
  • 1 tsp. of Sea Salt
  • 2 tsp. of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 4 tbsp. of Olive Oil (for hands and baking sheet)

Add toppings and bake your pizza at 200 degrees C or 400 degrees F for 35 to 40 minutes - total bake time.

Gluten Free Pizza Crust - Quick Recipe

Crust Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp. Active Dry Yeast
  • 2 1/2 tsp. of Organic Sugar
  • 2/3 cup of Milk (cow, almond, coconut, etc.)
  • 2/3 cup Potato Starch
  • 1/2 cup of a Gluten Free Flour Blend
  • 2 tsp. Xanthan Gum
  • Optional:  2 tsp. Expandex (modified tapioca starch)
  • 1 tsp. Italian Seasoning
  • 1 tsp. Onion Powder
  • 3/4 tsp. Sea Salt
  • 2 tsp. Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil

A Gluten Free Flour Blend:

  • 1 1/2 cups Sorghum Flour
  • 1 1/2 cups Potato Starch
  • 1 cup Tapioca Flour

Instructions:

  1. In a small bowl, mix yeast, sugar, and warm milk together.  Let sit for a few minutes.
  2. Put the remaining ingredients in a mixing bowl.
  3. Stir in the yeast mixture and blend until combined.
  4. Press dough evenly onto a greased 12 inch pizza pan.
  5. Bake for 10 minutes at 425 degrees F.
  6. Take out of oven and top with your favorite pizza toppings. 

Then bake pizza for another 15 minutes.

Gluten Free & Low Carb Pizza Crust - Paleo

Not only is this recipe gluten free, but it's also a grain free pizza crust recipe.

Dry Crust Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup of Almond Meal or Flour
  • 1 tbsp. of Organic Flax Meal
  • 1/8 tsp. of Sea Salt
  • Fragrant Herbs

Wet Crust Ingredients:

  • 1 large Organic Egg & 1 tbsp. of Water (whisked together)

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Mix wet and dry ingredients together until you form a dough.

Spread some olive oil on parchment paper and roll out your dough to form a pizza.

Then put onto a warmed pizza stone.

Bake for approx. 9 to 10 minutes and remove from oven.

Add your favorite pizza toppings.

Put pizza back into the oven under a broiler for a few more minutes - then remove.

Gluten Free & Low Carb Pizza Crust - Keto

This is a great recipe for making a single serving of deep-dish Chicago style pizza.

Crust Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup of Almond Flour or Almond Meal
  • 1/4 cup of Shredded Mozzarella Cheese (melted)
  • 1 large Free Range Egg
  • 1 tbsp. Pan Drippings
  • 1 tbsp. of Dried Oregano

Filling Ingredients:

  • Few slices of Pepperoni
  • 1/2 Thick Bacon (cooked)
  • 1/2 Italian Sausage (cooked)
  • 1/3 cup of Mozzarella Cheese (shredded)
  • 1/2 cup of Pizza Sauce
  • 2 tbsp. of Parmesan Cheese (grated)

Instructions:

First cook 1/2 of a thick slice of bacon with 1/2 of an Italian sausage - set aside in a bowl.

In another bowl combine melted mozzarella cheese with the almond flour and egg.  Then add the pan drippings and oregano - blend to form dough.

Press dough into a 6 inch cast iron skillet and bake at 350 degrees F for 17 minutes - remove from oven.

When slightly cooled - layer in the filling ingredients and bake at 350 degrees F for another 25 to 30 minutes.


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