Cacio e pepe, a classic Italian pasta dish literally translating to cheese and pepper, is the very definition of simple eating. Made with seasonal spring ramps, pecorino romano and buffalo mozzarella, we have done our take of cacio e pepe by turning it into a simple and delicious pizza. Adding notes of onion and garlic that complements the butter, pepper and cheese, our Cacio e Pepe Pizza resembles buttery garlic bread with stringy mozzarella and salty pecorino. The addition of basil oil brightens the pizza and is sure to impress your partner or guests.
For the Dough
For the Toppings
No.1 | In a small bowl, mix together warm water, yeast and honey. Allow to sit for 10 minutes until yeast rises to the surface and becomes foamy. Meanwhile, measure or weigh out your flour in a large bowl and stir in the salt.
No.2 | Form a well in the centre of the flour and pour in the yeast mixture. Stir until a shaggy dough forms and turn out onto a floured surface. Knead the dough until it becomes smooth and elastic, adding a dusting of flour as required, about 3-5 minutes. Lightly oil a clean bowl, and place the dough ball inside. Cover tightly with plastic wrap or a clean towel and place in a warm draft-free area. Allow to rise for at least one hour, until doubled in size.
No. 3 | After the dough has risen for 30 minutes, preheat your oven to 500°, or higher, if your oven allows. If you have a pizza stone, place it in the oven at this time to preheat. * see notes
No. 4 | Heat a skillet on medium high heat with 1 tbsp of butter. Place the ramps in the pan and season with salt and pepper. Saute until wilted and tender, about 2-3 minutes. Remove and set aside.
No. 5 | Make a basil oil, by mixing together the chopped basil and olive oil.
No. 6 | Once dough has finished rising, turn out into a lightly floured surface. Divide into two equal pieces, then flatten and shape your dough using your fingers. Roll it out to about ¼” thickness. Place the dough on a cornmeal dusted baking sheet.
No. 7 | To top the pizza, brush the dough liberally with melted butter. Season heavily with fresh ground black pepper and sprinkle with half the pecorino romano cheese. Tear the buffalo mozzarella into small pieces and place sporadically on the pizza. Lay the ramps in and around the mozzarella then season again with pepper.
No. 8 | Place the pizza in the oven and bake for 10-12 minutes, until the crust is golden brown. Remove the pizza and top with remaining pecorino romano and drizzle with basil oil. Slice and enjoy!
Using a pizza stone will ensure a crisp crust. Allow the stone to preheat with the oven. Before topping the pizza, place the dough on a non-porous surface that is dusted with cornmeal or semolina flour. This will allow the dough to easily slide onto the baking stone. Sprinkle additional cornmeal or semolina on the pizza stone before transferring the pizza for baking.
Keywords: Real Food, Pizza, Ramps