Ken Forkish’s Pomodoro Royale with Cheese
Ken Forkish

Ken Forkish

Ken Forkish’s Pomodoro Royale with Cheese

This pizza derives from a Neapolitan classic where a hard cheese, usually pecorino, is grated on the pie right after it comes out of the oven. It comes out crisper than a Margherita and is a crowd pleaser.
the Smart Oven® Pizzaiolo
the Smart Oven® Pizzaiolo Product Details

the Smart Oven® Pizzaiolo

20 mins total time

5 mins active time


Makes 1 pizza



  • flour icon

    for dusting

  • pizza dough ball icon
    1 pizza dough ball

    (see Ken Forkish’s Pizza Dough recipe)

Basic tomato sauce

  • can whole peeled tomatoes  icon
    28 oz can whole peeled tomatoes
  • fine sea salt icon
    1½ tsp fine sea salt


  • fresh whole basil leaf icon
    Fresh whole basil leaves
  • caciocavallo or other firm cheese icon
    1 oz caciocavallo or other firm cheese


  • extra-virgin olive oil icon
    Extra-virgin olive oil

    as needed


  • 1Pour the entire contents of the tomato can into the blender. Add the salt. Pulse on the lowest speed setting very briefly, just until the tomatoes are blended. Pour the sauce into a sealable container. Label the container with the date and refrigerate what you don’t use. It should keep for 1 week in the refrigerator.
  • 2On the Smart Oven® Pizzaiolo with the interface magnet in place, press and hold the deck temp dial and turn the top temp dial from off to 350°F, then release the deck temp dial. The manual mode light will flash 3 times, then stay on to indicate it is in Manual mode. Turn the Deck Temp to 700°F, the Top Temp to 700°F and the Top Control to Crust only. This can take up to 20 minutes.
  • 3Once the oven has preheated, place the dough on a floured counter and stretch and shape the dough, pressing the gas out with your fingertips towards the rim.
  • 4Place the stretched dough onto the floured peel and dress the pizza with 3½ oz sauce and basil (drizzling each basil leaf with a little olive oil).
  • 5Cook for about 3 minutes, turning halfway through cooking.
  • 6Sprinkle over the cheese and drizzle with olive oil to serve.
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