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There's a pizza for every season. Make this one in the spring.

The great thing about a pizza crust is it even looks like a blank slate! And that’s just what it is, which is why you should pick up a copy of culinary author Suzanne Lenzer’s new book, Truly Madly Pizza. Whether you’re going for a carnivore’s dream or lightening up with roasted vegetables and herbs, a devout mozzarella sprinkler or on the hunt for something more pungent, there’s a recipe in this book for you. 

Okay, time to pay homage to one of my favorite cooks, Nigella Lawson. No, her food isn’t fussy. No, I don’t love all her recipes. But damn if she isn’t happy in the kitchen and sexy while she cooks. Long before I went to culinary school, I’d learned more than a few really useful kitchen tricks from Ms. Lawson, including how to make fantastic risi e bisi. If you’re not familiar, risi e bisi is an Italian risotto with peas. Most recipes I’ve seen are basic white risottos that rely on just-picked fresh peas to bring them to life. Not so with Nigella’s: She makes a rich pea sauce that she then adds to the risotto at the end, resulting in a vivid green pot of rice dotted with plump peas and alive with flavor. I took this concept and used it as a pasta sauce for years, until one day I had some left over and smeared it on a pizza, with delightful results. Some extra peas, a few torn slices of prosciutto and extra Parmesan and you have my version of pizza e bisi.

This recipe will make more sauce than you need for one pizza, but it freezes well. Save the extra for another pie or to toss with pasta or risotto. Or you could also just increase the proportions and serve this sauce as a chilled or warm soup. It’s that good — a toasty crouton or some prosciutto crisps on top would be a nice touch. And yes, this is a recipe where a box of frozen peas is just fine.

Reprinted with permission from Truly Madly Pizza