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Spanish Sofrito Pizza

Spread a pizza crust (homemade or store-bought) with sofrito, the classic, olive oil-rich Spanish sauce of tomatoes, sweet peppers, onions and garlic. Then layer on more of the vibrant flavors of sunny Spain—lives, cured sausage and peas—and top it off with Organic Valley’s savory provolone.

The recipe calls for the use of a baking stone; if you don’t have one, use a heavy pizza pan instead and preheat it for 10–15 minutes instead of a half-hour.

Servings: 6


3 tablespoon   olive oil
1     small onion, chopped (about 1/2 cup)
1     large sweet red pepper, chopped (about 1 cup)
1 tablespoon   minced fresh garlic
20     slices Organic Prairie Pepperoni, divided
1/2 teaspoon   saffron threads
1     large or 2 small tomatoes, seeded and chopped (about 1 cup)
    salt and freshly ground pepper
1     12-inch thin pizza crust
1/2 cup   oil-cured black olives
4 ounce   Organic Prairie Provlone, cubed (about 1 cup)
1/4 cup   frozen green peas (do not thaw)

1. Place a baking stone on the bottom shelf in the oven. Heat at 425 degrees for at least 30 minutes.

2. Meanwhile, to make the sofrito: Heat a large, heavy skillet over medium flame for a few minutes. Add the oil and swirl pan to coat the bottom. Stir in onions, sweet peppers and garlic. Cook, stirring occasionally until onions begin to soften, 4-5 minutes. While the mixture is cooking, cut six of the pepperoni slices into quarters. Use a mortar and pestle or sharp knife to pulverize the saffron threads. Add quartered pepperoni and saffron bits to the mixture in the pan; cook another minute or two. Stir in the tomatoes, raise heat to medium-high and cook the mixture until tomato juices have evaporated and sofrito is thick, 10–12 minutes. Season with a bit of salt and lots of freshly grated black pepper.

3. Quarter the remaining pepperoni slices (if they stick together, separate the pieces). Spread sofrito over pizza crust. Distribute pepperoni pieces over the sofrito. Scatter olives, provolone cubes and peas over pepperoni. Transfer pizza to hot baking stone and bake 15–17 minutes. Let stand 3–4 minutes before serving.

Copyright by Terese Allen