Argentinian/Italian Inspired Pizza

On March 13th, the day of Pope Francis' election, I told the children that in honor of our new Pope they were going to "cook their own" dinner, just like Pope Francis!   I modified our dinner plans and decided that we would have an Argentinian/Italian inspired pizza!  I did help make the sauce and pizza dough, but they had so much fun assembling the pizza and choosing the toppings.  I also picked up some wine imported from Argentina which we ended up saving for today, the feast of St. Joseph and the Installation Mass of our new Holy Father. 

Pizza Dough:
(Adapted from our Deep-Dish Pizza Recipe)

This pizza dough is our favorite!  We have been making it frequently for both regular and deep-dish pizzas. The following measurements will make one thick-crust pizza.  Our family doubles the recipe for 2 thick crusts or 3 thin crust pizzas.

  • 1 package active dry yeast
  • 1 cup lukewarm water
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 1/2 cups Better-for-Bread flour


Dissolve the yeast in lukewarm water. Stir in the sugar, salt, vegetable oil, and flour. Knead the dough for 3 minutes by hand, or using a mixer with the hook attachment, like we did. Roll out the dough on a greased or well-seasoned pizza stone.

Pizza Sauce:
(Adapted from Hubpages)

"In the US we are more accustomed to a pizza sauce that is made from crushed tomatoes and has crushed red pepper flakes.  In Argentina, the sauce is thinner and less spicy."

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced or thinly sliced (I used my garlic slicer.)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • crushed red pepper to taste
  • 2 teaspoons italian spice mix (I used a mix of oregano, thyme, and basil) 
  • 1 teaspoon basil
  • 2 cans tomato sauce


In a sauce pan, saute the garlic in olive oil over medium heat .   Add the spices and tomato sauce.  Simmer for 10 minutes.  Remove from heat and set aside until you are ready to assemble the pizza.

Pizza Toppings:

Spread the pizza sauce over the dough.

Sprinkle with grated Mozzarella cheese.

Add your favorite toppings. We enjoyed researching what some of the common pizza toppings are in Argentina.  On one website we read that  "The old standby is the classic mozzarella, always topped with at least one olive. Other popular pies are the Neapolitan (with tomatoes and garlic) and the Calabrese, protagonized by chorizo (course meat sausage). Typical extra toppings include red pepper, anchovies, eggs, blue cheese, artichoke hearts and pineapple. The American classic, peperoni doesn’t exist in Argentina." We also discovered that Green Olives and Hearts of Palm are common toppings (and we happened to have some in the cupboard) so we used those on one of our pizzas.

My children topped their second pizza with their own favorite toppings - pepperoni and black olives. 

Preheat oven to 425˚F and bake for 15 to 25 minutes or until the crust is lightly browned and the cheese is melted.

Interestingly enough, I had the children "make their own pizza" the night I started creating our Papal Lap Book!   That night we used the same dough recipe, baking the pizza's in 9x13 stones/baking casseroles for some Italian style Deep Dish Pizza.

 Either way it is made turns out delicious! 

A Prayer for the Pope 

by Pope Leo XIII 
O Lord, we are the millions of believers, humbly kneeling at Thy feet and begging Thee to preserve, defend and save the Sovereign Pontiff for many years. He is the Father of the great fellowship of souls and our Father as well. On this day, as on every other day, he is praying for us also, and is offering unto Thee with holy fervor the sacred Victim of love and peace. 

Wherefore, O Lord, turn Thyself toward us with eyes of pity; for we are now, as it were, forgetful of ourselves, and are praying above all for him. Do Thou unite our prayers with his and receive them into the bosom of Thine infinite mercy, as a sweet savor of active and fruitful charity, whereby the children are united in the Church to their Father. All that he asks of Thee this day, we too ask it of Thee in unison with him.

Whether he weeps or rejoices, whether he hopes or offers himself as a victim of charity for his people, we desire to be united with him; nay more, we desire that the cry of our hearts should be made one with his. Of Thy great mercy grant, O Lord, that not one of us may be far from his mind and his heart in the hour that he prays and offers unto Thee the Sacrifice of Thy blessed Son. At the moment when our venerable High Priest, holding in His hands the very Body of Jesus Christ, shall say to the people over the Chalice of benediction these words: "The peace of the Lord be with you always," grant, O Lord, that Thy sweet peace may come down upon our hearts and upon all the nations with new and manifest power. Amen.

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  1. Oh, Jessica! This is perfect! How it reminds me of all the "Pizza para los Domingos" dinners I ate when I visited/lived there. And thank you for noting that the food is not spicy. Americans tend to lump all Latin American cuisine in with Mexican and worry that it might be spicy, but it's not. I can't wait to try your recipe!

    1. Thank you Tricia! I hope you enjoy the recipe!

  2. looks delish! where did you find you wine? i would love to get a bottle w/ my name.

    1. At our local grocery store. I didn't think I was going to find any since all I was seeing was Oregon and California wines, but in addition to the wines being sorted by kind there was also a little section of wines from various countries with about 5 options from Argentina.

  3. We had pizza tonight, as my Joseph asked for it in honor of St Joseph (he's a teenager so pizza is awesome!) but it was frozen. I love your recipe and will try it soon! Thanks for all you share!!

  4. Where did you get your cooking stones for the pizza? Are you willing to share the information? Thanks you for all you do!

    1. My stones are all from Pampered Chef - both the Large Round Stones with Handles and the Rectangular Bakers. It doesn't look like they carry the Large Flat Stones without Handles any longer. I did notice that some of them can be found on Amazon along with various other brands, but I've only ever used Pampered Chef.