Homemade pizza with minced lamb and ricotta

This is a family favourite in Michael Diacono’s household. A homemade base with minced lamb, ricotta and a little bit of mozzarella. Homemade pizza anyone?

Homemade pizza with minced lamb and ricotta


Pizza dough

  • 500g plain flour
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 11g instant yeast
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 300ml water (with an extra 100ml just in case)

Lamb topping

  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 200g lamb, minced
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • Salt and pepper
  • Handful cherry tomatoes
  • 150g ricotta
  • 100g mozzarella, dried
  • Plain pizza dough


  1. Place all ingredients for the dough into a kitchen aid with the dough hook attached.
  2. Mix the ingredients for approx 10 mins adding the extra water as necessary.
  3. Cover with cling film and leave in a warm place to rise for approx 1 hour until it has doubled in size.
  4. In the meantime make the lamb mixture, heat the oil in a pan and add the onion and the garlic and fry until golden.
  5. Add the minced lamb, oregano and salt and pepper and cook until browned for a few mins.
  6. Add a little bit of olive oil to the dough and punch out the air with wet hands.
  7. Grease a baking tray with olive oil and open up the dough and place into the baking tray pressing into the corners.
  8. Add the lamb mince and a little more oregano.
  9. Add the cherry tomatoes and dollops of fresh ricotta.
  10. Sprinkle a little mozzarella over the top and season with salt and pepper and a little more olive oil.
  11. Bake in the oven for 20 mins at 220°C.
  12. Serve warm. 

This recipe first appeared on Gourmet Today TV aired on TVM on 11 February, 2017. 

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