The eco-recipe: Margherita pizza

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The eco-recipe: Margherita pizza

Taking a culinary trip to Italy while limiting your ecological impact: it’s possible! WiseFins shares with you a recipe to make the famous Margherita pizza, taken from the culinary books “Risotto” and “Lasagne” by Lucia Pantaleoni, a specialist in Italian cuisine.

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Why does WiseFins recommend this recipe?

The Margherita pizza is one of the pizzas with the lowest ecological impact. Composed mainly of tomato paste, mozzarella, and, of course, pizza dough, it has a moderate carbon footprint (and for those with a sweet tooth, it’s also the lowest-calorie pizza).

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Do you know the history of the Margherita pizza?

It is the most famous and popular pizza in the world. The story goes that in 1889 Raffaele Esposito, the best pizza maker in Naples, made three different pizza recipes for Queen Margherita who was visiting Naples with her husband, King Umberto I of Italy. For one of them, the chef imagined a pizza in the colors of the Italian flag, the country having just been unified. Thus, he used basil for the green color, cheese for the white and tomato for the red. The queen was particularly pleased of this creation, so Raffaele Esposito decided to give it its name: Margherita pizza. The recipe was quickly popularized in Italy and then in the rest of the world, especially because of its simplicity of preparation and its low cost.

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Margherita pizza recipe: get out your aprons!

The ingredients to make a low-impact Margherita pizza for 4 people

  • 400 grams of pizza dough
  • 6 spoonfuls of tomato paste
  • 250 grams of buffalo mozzarella
  • Few fresh basil leaves
  • 5 tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil
  • Salt & pepper

Preparation steps:

  1. Preheat your oven to 240 °C (thermostat 8).
  2. Season the tomato paste: add salt, 1 tablespoon of olive oil and pepper.
  3. Drain the mozzarella and cut it into small cubes.
  4. Using a rolling pin that you have previously floured, roll out the pizza dough on parchment paper. Place your dough in a pan with a diameter of about 30 centimeters. Don’t forget to make bumps all around to make it stick.
  5. Spread the tomato paste on the dough and place it in your preheated oven for 10 minutes.
  6. Take the pizza out of the oven, spread your mozzarella cubes and put it back in the oven for another 10 minutes.
  7. Remove the pizza from the oven, season with the remaining olive oil and add the basil leaves.

WiseFins wishes you a good tasting!
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Écrit par Sandra Bensoussan.

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