December 10, 2010

Brick Oven Veggie Pizza

If you don't have a brick oven (which most of us do not!), a pizza stone is a great way to get a crispy crust in your regular oven. Sauteing the veggies beforehand gives them a deep flavor that makes this pizza feel far richer than it is. This is one of my favorite meals for Sunday nights... Take the time to make pizza with friends or family, then relax over big, comforting slices before the week begins.

Ingredients: recipe from Cuisinart Brick Oven recipe booklet
store bought fresh pizza dough
2 T. olive oil, divided
2 large cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 cups mixed bell peppers, sliced
1 cup mushrooms, sliced
1.5 T. fresh basil
2 cups fresh spinach, optional
yellow cornmeal for dusting
2/3 cup pizza or tomato sauce
4 oz. mozzarella, shredded or thinly sliced

Preheat oven to 425 with your pizza stone in the lowest rack. Preheat stone for at least 30 minutes. Meanwhile, allow the dough to rest on a floured board, covered by a dish towel.Heat a large saute pan with 1 T. olive oil over medium heat, and when hot add all of the vegetables and saute until bright and just softened. 

Roll out dough on a cornmeal dusted surface until it is a 12" round, or make as thin as desired. Brush outer dough with olive oil, then spread pizza sauce evenly over. Scatter with mozzarella and veggies evenly. Carefully transfer to the stone in the oven (a pizza peel or other surface in which it is easy to slide the pie will be helpful). Bake for approx. 20 minutes, or until crust is browned and mozzarella fully melted. Cut into slices and serve immediately.


  1. Hi new friend! Found you on made that awesome PB banana bread too. love your recipes!

    Come check out my blog if you have a sec, too!

    Happy baking season!

  2. LOL Yeah most of us don't have a brick oven, but a pizza stone is a great substitute. This pizza look good, I especially like the sound of the crust.

  3. Thanks for reading! Carrie, your blog is great, I appreciate you passing it along. And mangocheeks, no worries on the brick oven, thank goodness for pizza stones! But if you should ever want a brick oven, Cuisinart makes a great one :)

  4. I always wanted to make pizza myself someday which I feel will take away from the easy pleasure of getting it to go which isn't always the healthiest!

    Love your blog and I will be reading more! I found you through the NY Times (on one of your comments)!

    - Vanessa
    The Project Zen

  5. At home pizza does feel much better to eat than takeout or delivery! I agree! Better yet is to homemake the dough using a recipe I'll post later. It's for whole wheat pizza dough, but it is light, fluffy, and tastes nothing like whole wheat :)

  6. I am looking around for a whole wheat pizza crust. Do you know of a good one? Your pizza looked very tasty. :)

  7. I just posted the recipe for whole wheat pizza dough. It's a great recipe that tastes light, crispy, and nothing like whole wheat sometimes does... enjoy!



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