Who doesn’t think of pizza every time they think of Italy? Pizza is one of the most popular foods around the globe! In fact, pizza can be found in almost every country in the world. However, the Italians are still the inventors of this much-loved delight. Authentic Italian pizza is made of very few simple ingredients, but it tastes amazing because everything used is fresh and the pizza is always made with love.
Today we propose a simple yet healthy alternative to the traditional pizza. A couscous pizza topped with all the Mediterranean flavors like oregano, tomato sauce, olive oil, and fresh olives. This recipe is ideal for all those who want to enjoy a warm piece of pizza alongside a glass of wine without having to worry about the gluten and calories in the dough. Grab the ingredients and let’s start.
- Preparation: 15 minutes
- Cooking: 30 – 35 minutes
- Difficulty: Low
- Portions: 4 – 6 people
Here is how to prepare the simplest yet delicious couscous pizza today:
Recipe by Sara Bonaccorsi
- 200 grams of Martino’s Couscous (I use Martino’s)
- 200 ml of water
- 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- 2 tablespoons of Ricotta
- 1 egg
- 300 ml of tomato sauce
- 1 pinch of salt
- Dried oregano as needed
- Extra virgin olive oil as needed
- 1 Mozzarella ball
- black olives as needed
1. Hydrate the Couscous:
In a medium, heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium heat, pour 2010 ml of water add a pinch of salt and one teaspoon of Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Bring it to a simmer.
Turn off the heat and pour evenly 200 grams of Martino Couscous. Cover with a lid and let the couscous absorb all the water slowly for about 4-5 minutes. After the necessary time, fluff the couscous with the help of a fork.
2. Season the tomato sauce
In a small mixing bowl add 300 ml of tomato sauce add the oregano, salt, extra virgin olive oil and mix well so that the ingredients are equally distributed. Leave the sauce aside to absorb all the Mediterranean smells.
3. Prepare the couscous pizza dough
In a large mixing bowl add the hydrated couscous, add 2 tablespoons of Ricotta and 1 egg and mix well until a homogeneous mixture is obtained.
4. Preparing the pizza
Grab a medium-sized pizza pan and drizzle it with olive oil to avoid the “dough” from sticking. Pour the couscous ricotta mixture and spread it evenly with the help of a wooden spoon. On top of the couscous, dough pours the seasoned tomato sauce. Spread the mozzarella slices on top and toss a few black olives.
Finally season with fresh oregano and some extra virgin olive oil.
5. Baking the couscous pizza
After you have added all your ingredients on top of the couscous dough you should place the pan in a preheated oven at 180 ° C and bake for about 30 – 35 minutes
Your healthy, low calorie Mediterranean pizza is ready to serve!
Everybody loves pizza. It is probably the most delicious and convenient food in the world. The melting mozzarella, the smell of the oregano and the fresh tomato sauce not are the perfect dinner for the whole family but they so much remind us of all that is Italy and Mediterranean cuisine. If however, you are looking to a lighter and healthier alternative to the traditional pizza this couscous version of it will definitely delight you.
Just with a few simple ingredients like Martino couscous, tomato sauce, mozzarella, olives and oregano you can have great light and delicious dinner! But as you already know pizza comes in all shapes and flavors. There are not enough toppings you can add to your pizza: from meat to fish, ham, all sorts of cheeses and even sweet alternatives. All you need is a big appetite and some imagination to make a great pizza. What are your favorite pizza toppings? Leave us a comment to tell us!