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Pizza alla Puttanesca

Puttanesca-inspired pizza with kalamata olives, capers, red onion, anchovies, mozzarella, and Parmesan.
Prep Time10 mins
10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Italian, Mediterranean
Keyword: anchovies, anchovy pizza, olives, pizzafied classic
Makes: 1 (12-inch) pizza
Cost: $10


  • 1 (14- to 16-ounce) ball pizza dough
  • ½ to ¾ cup super-easy marinara sauce made with ¼ teaspoon salt, a few shakes of dried oregano, and a pinch or two red pepper flakes
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • ½ cup grated fresh mozzarella cheese
  • ¼ cup kalamata olives sliced
  • 1 tablespoon capers rinsed, dried, and chopped
  • ¼ medium red onion very thinly sliced
  • 4 to 8 oil-packed anchovy fillets patted dry and halved lengthwise
  • red pepper flakes
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley and basil


  • Place your pizza stone or steel (if using) on an oven rack in the middle of your oven. If you plan to cook your pizza on a baking sheet, just place a rack in the middle of the oven (you do not need to preheat the baking sheet). Preheat the oven to 500°F (or the highest temperature your oven will allow, if using a pizza stone/steel) and let it heat up for at least 30 minutes while you make the dough and/or prep the toppings.

To stretch or roll out the dough

  • Place the dough on a clean work surface and, using your hands, gently stretch it into a 12-inch circle or square, making sure that it retains an even thickness throughout. Alternatively, use a rolling pin to roll the dough into a 12-inch circle or square.
  • If you’re using a pizza stone or steel: Dust a pizza peel or the back of a baking sheet lightly with flour or cornmeal. Place the dough disk on the prepared peel.
  • If you’re using a baking sheet: Spray the baking sheet with cooking spray. Place the dough disk on the prepared baking sheet.

To top the pizza

  • In a small bowl, mix together the parm and mozzarella cheeses.
  • Spread the sauce evenly over the dough, leaving a ½-inch border all around. Top with half the cheese, the olives, capers, onion, and anchovies. Sprinkle with a pinch or two of red pepper flakes and a few grinds of black pepper. Finish with the remaining cheese.

To bake the pizza

  • If you’re using a pizza stone or steel, 20 minutes before you are ready to cook the pizza, increase the oven heat to broil. Slide the pizza from the peel (or inverted baking sheet) to the hot stone or steel using quick shimmying movements. Broil the pizza until the crust is golden and the cheese begins to brown, 6 to 8 minutes. Using the peel or inverted baking sheet, transfer the cooked pizza to a cutting board. If you are making more than one pizza, allow the pizza stone or steel to reheat under the broiler for 10 minutes before you cook the next one.
  • If you’re using a baking sheet, do not increase the oven to broil. Place the baking sheet on the rack in the middle of the oven and bake until the crust is golden and the cheese begins to brown, about 10 minutes.

To finish

  • Immediately after you take the pizza out of the oven, drizzle it with some olive oil and top with the chopped parsley and basil. Slice and serve.