Pizza immediately gets classified as junk food or fast food, but in truth, a properly, or consciously, made pizza is an exceptionally healthy meal. If wheat is an issue for you, using a heritage grain like spelt can help get around that. Remember those symptoms could be due to a number of factors – see a nutritionist before cutting out food groups or foods with health benefits. to work with me, wherever you are, see the One to One section here.

This is a very simple ‘white’ pizza of a kind popular in Italy, the home of the dish, but you can swap out ingredients or add more to make it your own. Onions and garlic are hugely powerful supporters of the immune system and the gut, while herbs add flavour and a whole new layer of micronutrients. All foods have unique nutrient profiles, so building them up into layers and ensuring all groups are represented makes the most of that. The onion family (which includes garlic) and herbs are two foundational bricks in your nutritional health wall!

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Spelt Pizza (with onions, garlic and herbs)

  • Author: Jane Hutton
  • Prep Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • Diet: Vegan

Ingredients

Scale
  • 10g fresh yeast or 5g//2 1/2 tsps dried yeast
  • approximately 135 ml/1/2 cup warm water
  • 200g/1 1/4 cups spelt flour
  • 40ml/3 tsps olive oil
  • a pinch of salt
  • 20ml milk
  • 90ml rapeseed oil
  • 1tsp chopped thyme leaves
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 4 large onions, peeled and finely sliced
  • 1 bunch of basil (put side small tips for garnish, roughly tear larger leaves)
  • seasoning

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 190°C/375°F/gas mark 5.
  2. Mix the yeast and warm water until smooth and then add this to the remaining dough ingredients, either mixing and kneading by hand until smooth or using a mixing machine with the dough-hook attachment on the slowest speed. It will take 10-15 minutes for the dough to become smooth and soft to the touch. Place in a lightly oiled bowl, cover with cling film and leave to rise in a warm place for at least 1 hour.
  3. Heat the oil with the thyme and garlic until it begins to sizzle. Add the onions and stir over a high heat until they start to caramelise and turn golden. Season, drain and cool.
  4. When the dough has risen, knead gently again until smooth. Roll into a circle approximately 25cm in diameter and place on a lightly oiled baking sheet. Spread the onion mixture over it, leaving a 2cm border. Cover with cling film or a tea towel and leave in a warm place to rise for 15-20 minutes until slightly risen and soft. Place on the middle shelf and bake for 15 minutes then sprinkle with the chopped basil. Bake for a further 5-10 minutes or until the crust is risen and golden.

Keywords: pizza, spelt, vegan, immunity, gut, healthy eating,

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