Spicy Beef and Mozzarella Pizza

spicy-beef-pizza-1Mmmm! This scrumptious pizza is so easy and fun to make. There’s juicy beef, melty cheese and a crispy crust. Cook it tonight and impress your family.

Recipe by John Woodward




Prep time: 45 minutes
Cooking time: 20 minutes
Serves: 8 – 10 slices

For the pizza dough

  • 400g OO flour
  • 100g polenta
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 10g dried yeast
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 320ml warm water

For the tomato sauce

  • ½ onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 300g chopped tinned tomatoes
  • 100g tomato puree
  • 6 leaves basil
  • seasoning

For the topping

  • 200g beef striploin, cut into strips
  • 25g chilli flakes
  • 100g buffalo mozzarella
  • 50g grated Parmesan
  • 10 basil leaves


1. Dissolve the yeast in the warm water
2. Add all the dough ingredients together and mix until it forms a soft dough
3. Rest the dough for 20 minutes, allowing it to prove and expand. While it rests, marinate your beef strips in the chilli flakes with a little olive oil
4. For the sauce, add the onions and garlic to a pan and cook at a low temperature, taking care that they don’t brown
5. Add the tomatoes and tomato puree and reduce until a thick sauce, season and add basil leaves
6. Preheat the oven to 200°C/ Gas 6. Add your marinated beef strips to a hot pan with a little oil. Brown the beef a little but do not cook through
7. Take the pizza dough and knead (mix) again until soft, roll out into a large 12 inch pizza
8. Spread the tomato sauce onto the pizza and add the sliced beef
9. Tear the mozzarella over the beef and cook in the oven for 6-7 minutes
10. When the pizza is cooked and the dough is crispy, remove from the oven and finish with torn basil leaves and some grated Parmesan.