Aglio E Olio
Aglio e Olio is a direct italian translation for garlic and Oil.
Aglio e Olio Pizza is a simple pizza bread that can be eaten and torn up like garlic bread.
You may also load up your Pizza with lots of toppings, some pizzerias put Chicken, insalata, caprese, Mozzarella and Tomatoes in their Aglio e Olio.
If you enjoy a tasty Vegetarian pizzas with a Tomato pizza sauce then you are in luck with this one.
Pizza is one of the most beloved foods in the world, and for good reason! It’s delicious, comforting, and there’s a pizza out there for everyone, whether you like a classic pepperoni or something more unique like a BBQ chicken pizza. It’s also incredibly versatile, you can eat it for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Another reason why it’s so popular is its convenience, you can order it to be delivered to your doorstep or even make it at home using store bought dough and toppings of your choice.
Additionally, pizza is a great food for sharing with friends and family, and it has cultural significance, is a staple at birthday parties, movie nights, and even as a Friday night dinner. It’s no wonder why it’s become such a beloved food, it has something for everyone to enjoy.
Pizza in Italy
A Naples invention, Pizza originated in Italy in the 1700’s, and they know how to craft the perfect pizza. Naples is the most famous location for pizza in the entire world, and you can still visit the world’s oldest pizzeria, the stunning Antica Pizzeria Port’Alba.
Take a look at some of the other pizzas from Italy here.
Aglio E Olio Pizza Recipe
Below we’ve put together a recipe for you to make your own homemade Aglio E Olio Pizza either in your wood pizza oven or the oven in your kitchen.
Aglio E Olio Pizza Ingredients
Choose enough of the toppings that you will need for the amount of pizzas you plan to make. The pizza sauce and dough ingredients below are designed for 3-4 pizzas, so scale up or down, based on your requirements.
Simple Pizza dough
- 7 grams (2 tsps) dried yeast
- 250 ml (1 cup) lukewarm water
- 400 g (2 2/3 cups) plain flour, plus extra to dust
- 2 teaspoons table salt
- 1/4 cup (3 tbsp) extra virgin olive oil
Aglio E Olio Pizza Toppings
Toppings used in this pizza recipe, are;
- Olive Oil
Tomato Pizza Sauce
- 1 can (15oz/420g) crushed or diced tomatoes
- 1 small can (6oz/170g) tomato paste
- Two garlic cloves
- 1 tbsp dried Italian herbs
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/4 small brown onion
Want to try a different sauce? See our article on the different types of pizza sauces.
You can click on any of the tags at the bottom of this page, to find other pizzas besides Aglio E Olio Pizza, that use that topping.
Pizza Dough Method
If you don’t have much time, grab a premade pizza base at your local grocery store, or hand make your own pizza dough following the simple steps below.
- Whisk yeast and lukewarm water in glass or plastic container. Let stand for approximately 5 minutes.
- Add salt and flour in a large bowl. Create a hollow well in the middle and gently pour the liquid yeast mixture and oil.
- Using your hands or spatula, gently combine the flour mixture until smooth. Then turn out dough onto lightly floured surface and hand knead for roughly five minutes.
- Place the dough mixture in to an oiled bowl, and cover with plastic wrap. Leave in a warm place until the dough has at least risen to double in size.
- Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Hand knead gently for five minutes until reasonably smooth.
- Divide dough mix into equal amounts, now roll out the bases to the desired size.
- Sprinkle some flour on work surface before rolling out dough to prevent any sticking.
TIP: We have other dough recipes if you would like to try your hand at sourdough, poolish or more.
Tomato Pizza Sauce Method
Making your own pizza sauce is always a great idea, and it’s easy to do with the steps below. Of course, if you’re in a hurry, store-bought sauce is always an option.
- Blend all sauce ingredients in a large bowl.
- Mix well using a whisk, or blender.
- Leave sitting for five minutes.
- Your pizza sauce is now ready to use.
- You can keep in the fridge for up to 3 days.
This pizza sauce recipe is perfect to make ahead of time and store in the fridge for up to five days.
Preparing Aglio E Olio Pizza
Start by heating your oven to at least 450 degrees.
Spread out your dough on a well floured surface.
If you have a pizza peel, flour the peel and create your pizza on it.
Start by spreading the sauce all over the base. This pizza uses Tomato Sauce. Spread the Tomato Sauce Thinly yet evenly, leaving a margin for the crust.
Add the largest toppings first – typically meat or seafood, then the smaller toppings.
Add cheese last, and sprinkle it all over to help keep the toppings in place when it melts.
This pizza has the following toppings:
- Olive Oil
This pizza is great as is, or you could enjoy it with a simple side dish?
Put the Aglio E Olio pizza in the middle of your oven (on a stone if you have one) and set timer for 10 minutes.
In 10 minutes, open oven door and check.
The pizza should take roughly 15 minutes to cook, adjust time to cook to personal taste.
Garlic is a plant from the onion family, and is related to leeks, onions and shallots. Garlic grows in many parts of the world and is a popular ingredient in cooking, due to its strong smell and delicious taste.
Many different ancient civilisations embraced Garlic for its for health and medicinal purposes, including the Egyptians, Babylonians, Greeks and Romans. More than 10 million tons of garlic are consumed every year around the world. Each segment of a garlic bulb is called a clove. There are roughly 10–20 cloves per bulb.
When making Aglio E Olio Pizza, I suggest you just use what you have available, without spending any money. My recommended basic pizza tool list is…
Having a nice oil jug to pour olive oil gives you a decadent edge. They don’t cost that much either!
I use quality wooden boards constantly when making pizzas, botth to carry dough balls and to use when slicing baked pizzas.
The one pizza tool everyone should own. There are a few varieities to choose from, see how to cut pizza for more.
Olive Oil has been used in cooking for at least 5,000 years. Since Olives are technically a fruit, that makes Olive Oil a fruit Juice. The Olives are crushed like other fruits; oranges, lemons etc to get the Oil.
One olive tree can last up to 2,000 years, and can produce 30 kilos of Olives, which makes roughly 4 litres of Oil every year. Medical studies have shown that consuming olive Oil daily helps reduce bad cholesterol (LDL) and increase the good one (HDL).
How to Store
Have leftover pizza? Here’s what to do.
Store in the fridge
Leftover slices of pizza may be kept in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.
You can store leftover pizza in the freezer for up to 3 months. Reheat from frozen as directed above until heated through.
Warm in the center of a 450 degree F oven for approximately 6 minutes, on a pizza stone if possible, until heated through. See our article on reheating pizza for more.
Keen on seeing more than Aglio E Olio pizza? We have plenty of other Vegetarian pizza recipes to look at, as well. Enjoy!
Pizza making FAQ
Want to know how to make fantastic pizza at home? Here are some FAQ and their answers to the most common pizza making questions.
Can I use Baking Powder instead of yeast?
I don’t recommend using baking powder as a replacement at all. Baking powder is a chemical leavener. It isn’t the same as yeast at all. Yeast is an organism that enables pizza dough to develop richer flavors and texture. Types of bread that are made with chemical leaveners are a totally different texture than pizza.
Can I use durum wheat flour for pizza dough?
It depends; if it’s fine enough, yes. Durum wheat is a variety that is usually ground down to make semolina, which is used to make pasta. If it is ground into a finer flour, it can be used to make pizza dough and breads.
Should I double every ingredient when making pizza dough?
Not typically, no. If a pizza recipe states that, it may be inferring that to get twice the dough you need twice the ingredients. See our baker’s percentage guide on why we should use baker’s percent rather than fixed ingredient amounts. It makes a lot of sense!
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