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Makes :
1 large pizza

Preparation Time :
40 minutes

Cooking Time :
35 minutes

Preparation Method :

  • Sift the flour into a mixing bowl and add the yeast and salt, making a small well in the top. Mix the water and oil together into the bowl and gradually combine to a sticky dough.
  • Lightly flour the work surface and knead the dough for about 10 - 12 minutes, until it is smooth and elastic.
  • Cover the dough with some lightly oiled clingfilm and leave to rise for about an hour or until it has doubled in size.
  • Knock back the dough by gently kneading for about a minute, then divide into two balls.
  • To roll out the dough, flatten each ball, roll out on a lightly floured work surface, giving a quarter turn between each roll.
  • Preheat the oven to 220°C / 425°F / Gas Mark 7. Place the pizza bases on two baking trays, using a rolling pin to transfer them from the work surface.
  • Heat the oil in a medium-size saucepan over a medium heat, then add the onion and garlic and gently saute for 5 minutes, until starting to soften.
  • Add the chillies and red pepper and cook for a further 2 minutes.
  • Add the beef mince and continue to saute over a medium-high heat for 5 minutes or until lightly browned all over.
  • Add the tomato puree and cook for 1 minute, stirring all the time.
  • Stir in the water and season to taste with salt and pepper, then cover and simmer for 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the meat is thoroughly cooked.
  • Remove from the heat and leave to cool.
  • Preheat the oven to 230°C / 450°F / Gas Mark 8. Place the pizza base on a rectangular baking tray, using a rolling pin to transfer it from the work surface.
  • Spread the pizza sauce over the pizza base then top with the beef mixture and scatter over the cheeses.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for about 20 minutes or until the cheese is melting and turning golden and the base is crisp. Serve immediately.


Basic Pizza Dough

  • 250 grams strong white flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 150 ml hand-hot water
  • 2 tablespoon cooking oil, plus extra for kneading
  • 1 teaspoon easy-blend dried yeast
  • Salt, to taste


  • 250 grams ready-prepared tomato pizza sauce
  • 100 grams Cheddar cheese, grated
  • 100 grams mozzarella cheese in brine, drained and roughly torn
  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 red chillies, deseeded and finely chopped
  • 1 red pepper, deseeded and chopped
  • 500 grams lean beef mince
  • 2 tablespoon tomato puree
  • 200 ml cold water
  • Salt and pepper

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