There is nothing as delicious as a great cheese pizza. However, when you add a few fresh herbs to an already great cheese pizza, you get a flavor infusion that is subtle and oh-so-tasty at the same time!
To keep things easy, purchase some pizza dough from your grocery store. If you've never purchased pizza dough before, you can find it in the refrigerator section right next to cinnamon rolls and biscuits.
All you need to do to prepare the crust is open the container and spread out the pizza dough on top of the baking sheet you plan on using. To prevent the crust from sticking to the baking sheet, you may want to dust it with a little cornstarch or flour first.
While you are getting the crust ready, you should also preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
In a small bowl, combine 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, about 1 teaspoon of finely and freshly chopped rosemary, and 1 clove of minced garlic.
Take the sauce and use a brush or the back of a spoon to spread the olive oil mixture evenly over the crust. Feel free to spread it all the way to the edges of the dough.
This pizza is a little different than your typical pizza. Once you have prepared the sauce and spread it on the pizza, you are going to stick it in the oven and let it bake for six minutes.
Don't worry if the crust is not golden brown when you pull it out. Since the toppings are all cheese, they will melt really quickly and don't need to be in the oven as long as the crust. Baking the pizza crust with the sauce on it first gives the extra cooking time it needs.
Add the Toppings
Once you pull the pizza out of the oven, you can add the rest of the toppings right away.
First, take the ¾ cup of ricotta cheese and use a spoon to spread dollops of it around the crust. Then, use the back of the spoon or a spatula to evenly spread the ricotta cheese around.
Next, sprinkle one cup of mozzarella cheese on top of the ricotta cheese. Finally, sprinkle 1/3 cup of Parmesan cheese on top of the mozzarella cheese.
Make sure you apply the cheeses in the order listed above. Parmesan cheese needs the most heat to melt, and ricotta cheese the least amount of heat. This order will ensure that all three cheeses melt correctly and don't end up burned.
Put the pizza into the oven and bake for about 15 minutes. This time the crust should be a golden brown when you pull it out. For a little more flavor, sprinkle some fresh, chopped up parsley on top. (For more information on pizza, contact Chicago Deep Dish Pizza)