Onion & Anchovy Pizza

This is a very simple pizza but undoubtedly one of the most delicious I have eaten... you'd hardly notice it doesn't feature any cheese. The base is thin, crispy and perfect; while the tomato sauce and sliced onions are super sweet; brilliantly contrasting the saltiness of the anchovies. Hard (almost?!) to imagine that you are eating at home and not in an actual pizza joint.... (??!). These healthy low fat pizzas are especially delicious, cold, the next day too.

Pizza Base

  • 250g Strong White Bread Flour
  • 175ml Warm Water
  • 3 or 4 g Salt
  • Half an Allinsons Yeast Sachet


  • Tin Tomatoes
  • 1 Clove Garlic
  • 1 Tin Water
  • Tomato Puree
  • Red Wine Vinegar (1 tbsp)
  • 1 Onion
  • Anchovies
  • Dried Oregano

Make the base for the Pizzas…to make 3 (each one would feed one person, maybe, not if they were super hungry!) use 250g Strong White Bread Flour (or ’00′ Flour),  3 or 4g Salt, 175ml Warm Water, half a sachet Allinsons yeast.  Mix all the ingredients together and knead for 5 or 10 minutes.  Leave somewhere covered and warm to rise for 1 hour.  Knock back and leave again to rise for 1 hour.  Then roll out your 3 pizzas…

[I am no baker - but if you've been at work all day and are a bit pushed for time, I reckon that 45 mins per 'rise' will do - you don't really need the pizzas to rise much anyway; they're flat]

While the dough is rising – make your sauce.  Chop a clove of Garlic very finely and fry in Olive Oil gently for a moment or two.  When it starts to go golden – add a tin of Tomatoes and a further tin of Water.  Add a squeeze of Tomato Puree and some Salt & Pepper and simmer for 30 minutes or until the sauce has thickened a lot and there’s not much liquid left.  Stir throughout cooking.  Just before you are done – add a tablespoon of Red Wine Vinegar – and cook off a little.  This adds a good amount of sweetness against the Anchovies…

For the topping; finely (very finely) slice some Onion and drain some Anchovies

Pre-heat the oven to 220˚c

When you are ready to eat – spread some Tomato Sauce over each base – but don’t use too much as the Pizza will go soggy when cooked.  Sprinkle some dried Oregano on each Pizza.  Scatter some sliced Onion and a few Anchovies onto the Pizzas and finish with a drizzle of Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Cook for 11 minutes at 220˚c

Eat immediately! Great served with a salad

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