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Roasted Vegetable Pizza
Roasted Vegetable Pizza Photo courtesy of Penny De Los Santos

Laden with cheese and greasy pepperoni, the average American pizza can be a real gut bomb of a dish. That’s why we love blogger Jennifer Perillo’s homemade approach, which transforms the delivery (or worse, frozen) standard into a delicious and, wait for it, healthy weekend meal. In her new cookbook, Homemade with Love, Perillo heaps tender roasted vegetables on top of from-scratch dough to create a colorful and perfectly balanced dinner. Whether you make the crust and sauce yourself or swap in store-bought versions, this easy recipe proves pizza can taste great and be good for you. (The crowd erupts in wild applause.)

Makes one (16-inch) thick-crust pizza (plus about 3 cups roasted vegetables)
Start to Finish: 1 hour 15 minutes

Ingredients

Roasted Vegetables

1 small head broccoli (about 1 pound)

1 red bell pepper, roughly chopped

1 small yellow onion, finely chopped

1 small yellow summer squash, trimmed and sliced into coins

½ pint (1 cup) cherry tomatoes

6 white button mushrooms, thinly sliced

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

 

Roasted Vegetable Pizza

1 pound store-bought or homemade pizza dough

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

½ cup store-bought or homemade marinara sauce

6 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, cut into ¼-inch cubes

Finely grated Pecorino Romano cheese, for garnish

Directions

1. Make the vegetables: Preheat the oven to 400˚.

2. Trim the broccoli florets into bite-size pieces, reserving the stalks for another use. In a large roasting pan or baking sheet, combine the florets with the bell pepper, onion, squash, tomatoes, mushrooms and olive oil. Toss the vegetables to coat with the olive oil and season to taste with salt and pepper. Bake the vegetables for 20 to 25 minutes, stirring halfway through, or until they are tender and lightly browned. Set the roasted vegetables aside.

3. Make the pizza: Increase the oven temperature to 500˚ and place a pizza stone (or a cookie sheet) on the center rack to preheat.

4. Meanwhile, lightly sprinkle a work surface with flour. Place your dough on the work surface and roll it out into a 16-inch circle. Sprinkle a light dusting of flour onto a pizza peel and gently transfer the dough to the peel. (Don’t have a pizza peel? You can build the pizza directly on the preheated pizza stone/cookie sheet instead.)

5. Using a pastry brush, lightly brush the outer ½-inch border of the dough with the olive oil. Spread the marinara sauce over the crust, just up to the olive oil-brushed border. Scatter the mozzarella and 2 cups of the reserved roasted vegetables on top of the sauce. (Reserve remaining roasted vegetables for another use.) Garnish the pizza with a sprinkling of the Pecorino Romano.

6. Slide the pizza off the peel directly onto the baking stone in the oven. Bake for 15 minutes, or until the cheese is bubbling and the crust is golden. Let the pizza sit for 1 minute before slicing and serving.

Finishing Touches

It's the details that count! Try these tips

  • Check out more wholesome from-scratch recipes from Homemade with Love.

  • Reserve the remaining roasted vegetables to serve as a side with roast chicken or grilled steak, or as a hearty vegetarian main course over rice or pasta. Cooled completely and stored in an airtight container in the fridge, the vegetables will keep for up to three days.

  • Learn to use a pizza peel with this tutorial before giving it a try.

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