BY Kate Hudson

Pizza is one of my absolute favourite foods, so I need no convincing to have a slice. Pizza is also a really great meal to have as a family, and it can be a lot of fun to make together at home. At my house, we have a delicious recipe for gluten-free pizza – the kids can’t even taste the difference. Their topping of choice is (of course) pepperoni while mine is arugula and prosciutto. But no matter what you top yours with, I think you’ll agree that the crispy, thin crust is satisfying without being too heavy.
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Margherita Pizza

For 1 medium pizza, you’ll need:

Thin Crust Pizza Dough (previous slide)
220g fresh mozzarella cheese, thinly sliced
1 to 2 tomatoes, thinly sliced
5 to 6 fresh basil leaves
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 garlic clove, minced
Dried basil
Dried oregano

1. Begin with the par-baked thin crust pizza dough on wooden pizza paddle. (Or cookie sheet.) Your oven should already be preheated to 205 degrees C from baking the crust.
2. Arrange the mozzarella slices on the par-baked crust. Arrange the tomato slices on top of the cheese. Sprinkle with the fresh basil.
3. Mix the olive oil and garlic in a small bowl or cup. Drizzle over the pizza using a spoon. Top with a sprinkling of dried basil and oregano.
4. Bake on the pizza stone for 10 to 15 minutes, until the cheese is melted and slightly browned. Remove from the oven and let set for 5 minutes. Slice and serve.

Two essential tools for making thin crust pizza are the pizza stone and the pizza paddle. A stone transfers heat to the crust differently than a metal pan, resulting in a crust more like those at good pizzerias. Always preheat your oven with the stone inside on a middle oven rack, allowing at least 30 minutes for the stone to reach temperature. A wooden pizza paddle is equally important–it allows you to easily and effectively get the pizza in and out of the oven.

Courtesy of Kate Hudson’s recipe files

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About Kate Hudson
Kate Hudson first captured the hearts of filmgoers with her Academy Award-nominated performance in Almost Famous and is known around the world for such films as How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, Fool’s Gold, Nine and Bride Wars, which she also produced. She was seen most recently in The Reluctant Fundamentalist and guest-starring on Glee and stars in the upcoming feature films Good People and Wish I Was Here. As Co-Founder of Fabletics, Kate works closely with the design team to create lifestyle athletic wear for every woman and every body type.

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