Homemade pizza dough
First prepare the pizza dough. If you are using our recipe, simply click on the "pizza dough" ingredient on the left and follow the instructions. Preheat your oven to the highest temperature (in our case 250°C / 480°F). Remove all the racks, except for the rack on the lowest part of the oven. This is were you are going to bake your pizza. Place the baking stone or metal baking sheet on the lowest rack.
Kale pesto (optional)
Place a skillet with olive oil over medium-high heat. Chop the garlic and add it to the skillet. Cook for about a minute. Add the roughly chopped black kale (cavolo nero), stir and cook for about 15 seconds, then add water (1/2 cup) and freshly squeezed lemon juice. Cook for about 2 minutes. Transfer the mixture to a blender, add freshly grated parmesan cheese and blend into a smooth pesto. Transfer to a bowl.
Add the toppings
Transfer the stretched pizza dough to a parchment paper. In a small bowl combine tomato sauce and pinch of freshly ground black pepper and half a teaspoon of olive oil. Spread half of the tomato sauce over the base of your first pizza dough. Sprinkle with half of the shredded Gouda cheese and tear over half mozzarella. Add half dozen slices of pepperoni and Italian sausage. Add some thinly sliced onion, beans, half of the black olives and fresh sage leaves. Repeat the process with remaining dough.TipAlways use whole mozzarella and not the one that’s stored in water. The latter releases water during baking which results in a soggy pizza, which we don’t like. Also, be careful not to add too many ingredient or the pizza will be super heavy. Don’t add additional salt and oil.
Bake and serve
Transfer the first pizza to a pizza peel paddle (or a large flat plate). Place on a baking stone (or metal baking sheet) in the oven. Bake for about 5 - 8 minutes at the highest oven temperature. After about 2 minutes remove the parchment paper if you want your pizza extra crusty and delicious. Remove the pizza from the oven and serve. Enjoy.TipBefore you add the second pizza to the oven, let the oven to reheat for about 15 minutes to reach the highest temperature again. If you want you can use a blow torch to make the edges of your baked pizza even crustier.