No cheese Basil and Asparagus pizza with a wheat base:
I was completely flattered by how the wheat base didn’t disappoint me, neither in taste wise nor in looks.
For the base:
2 Cups - Durum wheat flour
Dry yeast - 1/2 packet
Sugar - 1 Tspn
Salt - 1 pinch
Warm water - 1n 1/2 Cup or just enough to make tight dough
Olive Oil - 1 Tbspn. You might need some aside to brush the dough surface to keep it from drying.
A sprinkle or two of italian seasoning(optional) I like my pizza base to have some flavour. You can replace this with thyme if you like.
Mix the above ingredients to form a tight dough and brush the surface with oil and keep it in a warm place for rising. I just waited an hour and was pretty happy with the result. It doubled in size and I was all set to make the pizza. The place I normally use to let the dough rise is the oven with the light on(for the warmth).
Basil - Chopped 1 Cup
Prego Italian Sauce - 1 Cup
Onion - 1/2 sliced thin
Tomato Ketchup - 1/4 Cup
Asparagus - 4 chopped to 1” size
Garlic - 3 pods chopped fine
Mix the above ingredients and keep aside while waiting for the dough to rise. Once the dough has doubled take it out of the oven and preheat the oven to 500 F.
Now divide the dough into equal parts and roll it out in any shape you like. I simply used my knuckles. I then placed it on a well-greased aluminium foil. Now spread the topping evenly on the pizza base and leave about 1” space at the circumference. Since the topping was raw it took about 10 minutes in the oven at 500 F. I had to turn my baking dish after 5 minutes to make sure I baked it evenly all over. But like I’ve said before – only you know your oven. Normally I use sautéed ingredients and so the pizza is ready in 5.
That’s it - take out and serve hot… It’s obviously very low on calories and pretty high on taste so I definitely recommend this dish. Obviously if you like yours with a lot of cheese you can use parmesan cheese mixed in the topping and then top it off with mozzarella but I didn’t and I’d advise you not to either. This was meant to be a health conscious snack so instead of all the cheese let’s think of ways to add more pizza friendly veggies – like zucchini or mushroom or green/red/yellow peppers, eggplant.
I’m assuming this is almost vegan since the only ingredient that I didn’t make myself is the Prego Italian sauce. Every other ingredient is vegan and vegelicious!
P.S: Enjoy this song as you take a bite…