Classic Burrata Pizza

This burrata pizza is full of cheesy goodness and authentic Italian flavor! This rich and creamy cheese is the ultimate pizza topping. Are you ready for this? Rich and creamy burrata cheese is one of life’s greatest pleasures. (At least, in our opinion!) So why not put it on a pizza? Here’s the ultimate burrata pizza recipe: a traditional Margherita pizza with gooey burrata cheese on top. It tastes like the best pizza you’ve had: but at least 10 times better. Alex and I have been perfecting the art of the artisan Naples-style pizza for over ten years, and this one is a new favorite. Here are a few tricks for how to make the best burrata pizza! What is burrata, exactly? Burrata is an Italian fresh mozzarella cheese with a surprise inside: the center is filled with cream! The creamy interior also contains cheese shreds, called straciatella. Cut into the ball and the creamy cheese comes spilling out. This cheese originated in Southern Italy; now it’s served all over the country and world. Alex and I first tried it on our honeymoon in Italy and have been huge fans ever since. Burrata is higher in fat content than normal mozzarella and […]

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This burrata pizza is full of cheesy goodness and authentic Italian flavor! This rich and creamy cheese is the ultimate pizza topping.

Burrata pizza

Are you ready for this? Rich and creamy burrata cheese is one of life’s greatest pleasures. (At least, in our opinion!) So why not put it on a pizza? Here’s the ultimate burrata pizza recipe: a traditional Margherita pizza with gooey burrata cheese on top. It tastes like the best pizza you’ve had: but at least 10 times better. Alex and I have been perfecting the art of the artisan Naples-style pizza for over ten years, and this one is a new favorite. Here are a few tricks for how to make the best burrata pizza!

What is burrata, exactly?

Burrata is an Italian fresh mozzarella cheese with a surprise inside: the center is filled with cream! The creamy interior also contains cheese shreds, called straciatella. Cut into the ball and the creamy cheese comes spilling out. This cheese originated in Southern Italy; now it’s served all over the country and world. Alex and I first tried it on our honeymoon in Italy and have been huge fans ever since.

Burrata is higher in fat content than normal mozzarella and most other cheeses because of its creamy center. In fact, the word burrata comes from the Italian word burro, which means butter: referring to the buttery texture of this fancy cheese.

Burrata pizza

The tricks to how to make burrata pizza

Here’s the thing. Burrata has a lot of liquid inside. When you add burrata cheese to a pizza, you run the risk of it turning into a watery mess. There are a few different methods people use for adding burrata to pizza: some put it in dollops right onto the crust. Others place the whole ball of burrata on top of the pizza after baking, and cutting it distributes the cheese all over the pizza. Here’s the trick to how to make this burrata pizza (which we think is pretty perfect):

  • Cook the pizza with shredded mozzarella cheese first. This gets the crust browned and a base layer of cheese melted. If you put the burrata on in the beginning, it would become too watery by the end of the cook time.
  • Add torn pieces of burrata in the last 3 minutes. Yes, you’ll actually pull the pizza out of the oven, add the burrata chunks, and then bake it again. You’ll pull it out just when the burrata melts into a gooey uniform layer!

A 5 minute pizza sauce that tastes like Italy

The best way to make this burrata pizza taste like Italy: make our Easy Pizza Sauce and Pizza Dough! This pizza sauce is one of our favorite recipes on this website. Every time we make it, it amazes us. Here are the secrets to this sauce:

  • Use fire roasted tomatoes. These tomatoes are roasted, so their flavor is sweeter and more developed right out of the can. If you can’t find them, use the best quality tomatoes you can find.
  • Whiz them in a blender with garlic, olive oil and spices. All you need to do is give the ingredients a quick spin in the blender and it’s done. Give it a taste, and you’ll melt.
Pizza sauce

Homemade pizza dough is always worth it

The other key to burrata pizza is the pizza dough! These recipes are ones we’ve honed over years and years to make sure they have the best texture and flavor. Here are the options, in order of preference:

  • Master pizza dough! This Best Pizza Dough has the absolute perfect flavor and texture. We recommend trying this one at least once in your life. It is sublime.
  • Thin crust. Try this Thin Crust Pizza Dough! It’s easy to roll out into a thinner, crispier crust.
  • Pan pizza. An American style option: make it as a pan pizza in a cast iron skillet! It takes a little longer, but it’s an easier method.
  • Naan or flatbread pizza. For easy weeknight pizza! Try Naan Pizza or Flatbread Pizza.
Burrata pizza

A pizza stone makes the best burrata pizza

The master pizza dough or thin crust dough taste best if you cook them on a pizza stone. If you want authentic-style Italian pizza, this is your best bet. Why?

  • Pizza stone: A pizza stone is what makes Italian pizza crust crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. Here’s the best pizza stone we’ve found, plus care tips.
  • Pizza peel: Use a pizza peel to transfer the pizza onto the hot pizza stone in the oven. We recommend this Standard pizza peel or this Conveyor pizza peel.

And that’s it! All of our tips for making the best burrata pizza…ever. If you’re a pizza connoisseur, you can also use a pizza oven: head to our Pizza Oven post. This is how you get the beautifully charred crust. But full disclosure: we recently learned a trick where you can ditch the pizza oven. Make the pizza in your standard oven, then use a blow torch to char the crust and a bit of the cheese! That’s what we used here, and it worked like a charm.

Burrata
Another way to eat this cheese? Burrata with Tomatoes.

More great pizza recipes

This burrata pizza is in our pizza hall of fame. Here are a few more pizza recipes that are in the top echelon for us:

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Burrata pizza

Classic Burrata Pizza


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 1 hour
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Yield: 8 slices
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

This burrata pizza is full of cheesy goodness and authentic Italian flavor! This rich and creamy cheese is the ultimate pizza topping. 


Ingredients


Instructions

  1. Make the pizza dough: Follow the Best Pizza Dough or Thin Crust Pizza Dough recipe to prepare the dough. (This takes about 15 minutes to make and 45 minutes to rest.)
  2. Place a pizza stone in the oven and preheat to 500°F. OR preheat your pizza oven (here’s the pizza oven we use).
  3. Make the pizza sauce: Make the Easy Pizza Sauce recipe. (You’ll use about 1/3 cup for the pizza; reserve the remaining sauce and refrigerate for up to 1 week.)
  4. Bake the pizza: When the oven is ready, dust a pizza peel with cornmeal or semolina flour. (If you don’t have a pizza peel, you can use a rimless baking sheet or the back of a rimmed baking sheet. But a pizza peel is well worth the investment!) Stretch the dough into a circle; see How to Stretch Pizza Dough for instructions. Then gently place the dough onto the pizza peel. 
  5. Spread a thin layer of the pizza sauce over the dough, using about 1/4 to 1/3 cup. Add the shredded mozzarella cheese. Top with a thin layer of fresh grated Parmesan cheese and a few pinches of kosher salt.
  6. Use the pizza peel to carefully transfer the pizza onto the preheated pizza stone. Bake the pizza until the cheese and crust are nicely browned, about 3 minutes. While the pizza is baking, break the burrata into small chunks and place it in a bowl. 
  7. Add the burrata cheese: Use the pizza peel to pull the pizza out of the oven. Working quickly, spread the burrata chunks evenly over the dough. Place it back in the oven and cook 3 to 5 minutes until the cheese is melted. 
  8. Allow the pizza to cool for a minute before adding the basil on top (whole leaves, lightly torn, or thinly sliced). Slice into pieces and serve immediately.

  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: Italian inspired

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Incredible Jalapeno Pizza

This incredible jalapeno pizza is the best way to enjoy this mighty pepper on a cheesy pie! It’s full of savory, spicy flavor. Every time we make a new pizza recipe…it’s our new favorite. Apologies if we sound like a broken record around here. But you absolutely must try this Jalapeño Pizza! This is destined to be a hit if you love the bright zingy flavor of this mighty pepper. Instead of a tomato sauce or even a white sauce, this pizza has a base of tangy salsa verde! Pair the heat of the jalapeno with savory zucchini, bright sweet corn, and gooey cheese, and it’s a uniquely delicious pie that you’ll fall head over heels for. Let’s make one! How to make a jalapeno pizza You could call this jalapeno pizza a green pizza…because it’s topped with bright green salsa verde! Forget the typical tomato-based pizza sauce here, or even a white sauce. The bright flavor of the salsa is the perfect pairing for the spicy jalapeno. Here are the basic steps to make it (or go right to the recipe): Make the pizza dough. See below. Or, you can also do a “cheater” pizza by using this as a […]

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This incredible jalapeno pizza is the best way to enjoy this mighty pepper on a cheesy pie! It’s full of savory, spicy flavor.

Jalapeno pizza

Every time we make a new pizza recipe…it’s our new favorite. Apologies if we sound like a broken record around here. But you absolutely must try this Jalapeño Pizza! This is destined to be a hit if you love the bright zingy flavor of this mighty pepper. Instead of a tomato sauce or even a white sauce, this pizza has a base of tangy salsa verde! Pair the heat of the jalapeno with savory zucchini, bright sweet corn, and gooey cheese, and it’s a uniquely delicious pie that you’ll fall head over heels for. Let’s make one!

How to make a jalapeno pizza

You could call this jalapeno pizza a green pizza…because it’s topped with bright green salsa verde! Forget the typical tomato-based pizza sauce here, or even a white sauce. The bright flavor of the salsa is the perfect pairing for the spicy jalapeno. Here are the basic steps to make it (or go right to the recipe):

  • Make the pizza dough. See below. Or, you can also do a “cheater” pizza by using this as a topping for Naan Pizza or Flatbread Pizza!
  • Saute the zucchini. All you need is 1/2 cup sliced zucchini. Saute it up in a small skillet: it takes just 5 minutes because of the small quantity.
  • Slice the jalapeno pepper. Make sure to protect your hands from the spicy juices! Wash your hands thoroughly after cutting.
  • Slice the corn off of the cob. Here’s our secret method for how to cut corn without spraying it all over your kitchen.
  • Top that pie and bake! Load everything on with mozzarella and feta cheese and bake for 5 minutes until the cheese is golden.
Jalapeno pizza

Pizza dough options!

Easily the hardest part of a homemade pizza is the pizza dough. But then again, easily the best part of a homemade pizza is homemade pizza dough! We highly recommend making our master recipe, below. But, there’s not always time for pizza dough. Below are a few shortcuts too!

  • Pizza dough: master recipe! This Best Pizza Dough has the absolute perfect flavor and texture. Stretching the dough takes a bit of practice, but it’s not hard. Head to How to Stretch Pizza Dough.
  • Thin crust. Try this Thin Crust Pizza Doug! It’s easy to roll out into a thinner, crispier crust.
  • Pan pizza. Another option: make this as a pan pizza in a cast iron skillet! It takes a little longer, but it’s an easier method.
  • Naan or flatbread pizza.  Here’s the quickest and easiest option! Try our Naan Pizza or Flatbread Pizza using purchased flatbread.

Use a pizza stone if you can!

This jalapeno pizza tastes amazing when you bake it on a pizza stone. It’s especially helpful for our basic and thin crust options, above. Here’s why:

  • Pizza stone: A pizza stone is what makes Italian pizza crust crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. Here’s the best pizza stone we’ve found, plus care tips.
  • Pizza peel: Use a pizza peel to transfer the pizza onto the hot pizza stone in the oven. We recommend this Standard pizza peel or this Conveyor pizza peel.
Jalapeño peppers

More topping ideas for jalapeno pizza

Of course, you can use lots of different vegetables on your jalapeno pizza! Here are a few ideas of other flavors that would pair well:

  • White sauce: Try the ricotta cheese sauce from this white pizza instead of salsa verde.
  • Hot sauce: Want to blow your face off? Drizzle with Cholula.
  • Bacon and cream cheese: Turn it into a jalapeno popper pizza by spreading the crust with cream cheese and topping with bacon.
  • Bell peppers: Add more peppers, like the sauteed bell peppers from this healthy pizza.
  • Mushrooms: Try the mushroom sausage from this pan pizza.
  • Refried beans: Put jalapeno on a taco pizza instead.

How hot is a jalapeno pepper?

The jalapeno pepper is a medium spicy pepper. We’re assuming if you’re making this jalapeno pizza, you can handle the heat! The heat rating is 2,500 to 8,000 Scoville heat units (SHU). Here’s where it stacks up against other types of peppers:

  • Green pepper: No spice
  • Anaheim pepper: Very mild
  • Poblano peppers: Mild
  • Jalapeno peppers: Medium hot
  • Serrano peppers: Hot
  • Cayenne: Very hot
  • Habanero: Extremely hot
  • Ghost pepper: Outrageously hot
Jalapeno pizza

More jalapeno recipes

Love jalapeno peppers? Us too. There’s something about the flavor that’s not just spicy: it’s fresh and bright, too! Here are some of our favorite jalapeno recipes to try:

  • Pickled Jalapeños Add big flavor to your meals with these easy homemade pickled jalapeños! With only 10 minutes hands on time, they add a tangy kick to tacos and chili.
  • Jalapeño Margarita Heat up your cocktail repertoire with this spicy margarita! Crisp and tart, it’s got just the right kick.
  • The BEST Salsa This fresh salsa features ripe and juicy tomatoes, cilantro, jalapeño, and lots of lime.
  • Simple Guacamole The best simple guacamole with the perfect flavor! You’ll hear a chorus of “Wow’s” every time you serve it.

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Jalapeno pizza

Incredible Jalapeno Pizza


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 1 hour
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Yield: 8 slices
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

This incredible jalapeno pizza is the best way to enjoy this mighty pepper on a cheesy pie! It’s full of savory, spicy flavor.


Ingredients

  • 1 ball Best Pizza Dough (or Thin Crust Dough)
  • Olive oil
  • 1/2 cup sliced zucchini (about 1/3 small zucchini)
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 jalapeño pepper
  • 1/2 corn cob or 1/3 cup corn kernels
  • 1 handful sliced red onion
  • 1/2 cup salsa verde
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup feta cheese or queso fresco crumbles
  • 1 handful fresh cilantro

Instructions

  1. Make the pizza dough: Follow the Best Pizza Dough or Thin Crust Dough recipe to prepare the dough. (This takes about 15 minutes to make and 45 minutes to rest.)
  2. Place a pizza stone in the oven and preheat to 500°F. OR preheat your pizza oven (here’s the pizza oven we use).
  3. Saute the zucchini: Drizzle a bit of olive oil into a small skillet. Add the sliced zucchini, kosher salt, and dried oregano and saute until tender, stirring often, about 5 minutes.
  4. Prepare the other toppings: Thinly slice the jalapeño pepper. Cut the corn off of the cob. Mince the red onion.
  5. Bake the pizza: When the oven is ready, dust a pizza peel with cornmeal or semolina flour. (If you don’t have a pizza peel, you can use a rimless baking sheet or the back of a rimmed baking sheet. But a pizza peel is well worth the investment!) Stretch the dough into a circle; see How to Stretch Pizza Dough for instructions. Then gently place the dough onto the pizza peel.
  6. Spread the salsa verde onto the dough in a thin layer with the back of a spoon. Top with the mozzarella cheese, zucchini, jalapeno, and red onion. Sprinkle with the feta cheese.
  7. Use the pizza peel to carefully transfer the pizza onto the preheated pizza stone. Bake the pizza until the cheese and crust are nicely browned, about 5 to 7 minutes in the oven (or 1 minute in a pizza oven). Slice into pieces and serve immediately.

  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Jalapeno Pizza

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Grilled Peach Pizza with Corn and Chili Garlic Sauce.

This pretty little corn peach pizza should be your dinner tonight! It 100% screams HELLO SUMMER as loud as it can. Corn and peaches are one of my favorite combos ever. They basically represent summer on a dish. And I love that with both being sweet and crunchy, they can work in a dessert or […]

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This pretty little corn peach pizza should be your dinner tonight!

grilled peach pizza with corn and chili garlic oil

It 100% screams HELLO SUMMER as loud as it can.

sliced peaches

Corn and peaches are one of my favorite combos ever. They basically represent summer on a dish. And I love that with both being sweet and crunchy, they can work in a dessert or a savory meal. Just so good, right?

chili garlic oil

Peach pizza isn’t a new thing for us here. Years ago I made this peach ricotta pizza that has been a huge fave. And, well, corn on pizza? It’s a must have and another one of my favorite ingredients to throw on top of dough.

The combo also really shines in salads or salsas – if you’ve ever made the corn peach salsa from The Pretty Dish, then you know what I’m talking about! 

corn peach pizza on the grill

I threw this pizza on the grill, much like last year’s steakhouse pizza. I love doing pizza on the grill and we also have an ooni oven which is incredible. 

The only issue with grilling this is that the cheese may not get super bubbly and brown on top, in which case you can throw it under the broiler for a minute or two. If you head over to instagram today, I’ll show you exactly how I make this, step by step, in instagram stories. You’ll want to eat your screen! 

corn peach pizza off the grill

So the toppings! 

It allllll starts with some chili garlic oil. Sort of like this garlic sauce pasta, or the chili oil that I make for my white clam pizza – but combined! I’m warning you – this is addictive and you will want to dip and entire loaf of sourdough directly in it. It’s fab. Super garlicky with a hint of heat.

grilled peach pizza with corn and chili garlic oil

The oil sizzles with six cloves of garlic and a bunch of red pepper flakes. Then it’s the base for our pizza. On top we have thinly sliced peach, corn straight from the cob and a bunch of fresh mozzarella. I happened to use marinated fresh mozzarella and that is amazing too. Adds a little extra flavor, but it’s not totally necessary. Regular fresh mozzarella works too! 

grilled peach pizza with corn and chili garlic oil

After the pizza is cooked and super bubbly and cheese, I like to top it with a few handfuls of microgreens and then lots of fresh basil. Or whatever herbs you have on hand. I also like to do one more extra drizzle of chili garlic oil on top. 

And of course, feel free to throw on some parmesan! 

It’s heavenly.

grilled peach pizza with corn and chili garlic oil

Corn Peach Pizza

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Corn and Peach Pizza with Chili Garlic Sauce

This corn peach pizza is summer on a dish! Made with fresh mozzarella, basil and herbs and chili garlic sauce, it's incredible!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 2 hours
Cook Time 2 days 25 minutes
Total Time 2 days 2 hours 25 minutes
Servings 4 people
Author How Sweet Eats

Ingredients

dough

  • 1 cup warm water
  • 3 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • flour and coarse cornmeal for dusting

toppings

  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 6 garlic cloves, finely minced
  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 peaches, thinly sliced
  • 2 ears of corn, kernels cut from the cob
  • 8 ounces provolone cheese, freshly grated
  • 8 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced or in balls

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, combine water, yeast, honey and olive oil. Mix with a spoon, then let sit until foamy, about 10 minutes. Add the flour and salt, stirring with a spoon until the dough comes together but is still sticky. Using your hands, form the dough into a ball and work in the additional 1/2 cup flour, kneading it on a floured surface for a few minutes. Rub the same bowl with olive oil then place the dough inside, turning to coat. Cover with a towel and place in a warm place to rise for about 1 to 1.5 hours.
  • Make the garlic oil. In a small saucepan, combine the oil, garlic and pepper flakes. Cook over low heat, stirring often, just until the garlic is slightly golden and sizzling.
  • After the dough has risen, punch it down and place it back on the floured surface. Using a rolling pin or your hands, form it loosely into your desired shape Place the towel back over the dough to rest.
  • Preheat the grill to high heat for 10 to 15 minutes - you want the temperature to be around 450 to 500 degrees F. If needed, lower the temperature a little bit.
  • Now comes the time when you need to be prepared! Have your corn and peaches sliced. Have your cheese out and ready to go. Generously cover a pizza peel with flour and coarse grind cornmeal. This will help prevent the dough from sticking.
  • Moving quickly, transfer your pizza dough to the pizza peel, quickly rolling it a bit more if needed but making sure the entire bottom is floured/cornmeal very well. Spoon the garlic oil all over top of the top, brushing it around the edges. Top with the cheeses, then the corn and peaches.
  • Quickly and gently use a spatula or additional pizza peel to slice your pizza directly on to the grill grates. Close the lid and cook until the pizza dough is bubbly and golden, anywhere from 5 to 8 minutes – but this will depend on the thickness of your crust. Just be sure to continue to check it. It will be finished when the edges are golden and puffed up! You can rotate the pizza a few times if you feel it needs it.
  • Once the pizza is finished, slide the peel under it and transfer it to a cutting board. Cover it with the micro greens and basil and slice it to serve. Enjoy!

grilled peach pizza with corn and chili garlic oil

Always craving this.

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Asiago Pizza Stuffed Shells.

These pizza stuffed shells are sponsored by Stella Cheese! I’ll be creating a few fun recipes for them throughout 2020.   I have the most PERFECT dinner for you tonight!  It’s easy. It’s delicious. Super cheesy. And a huge crowd pleaser. It comes together quickly and is perfect for a weeknight meal. Especially in the next few months when you’re getting back into somewhat of a routine […]

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These pizza stuffed shells are sponsored by Stella CheeseI’ll be creating a few fun recipes for them throughout 2020. 

 I have the most PERFECT dinner for you tonight! 

asiago pizza stuffed shells

It’s easy. It’s delicious. Super cheesy. And a huge crowd pleaser. It comes together quickly and is perfect for a weeknight meal. Especially in the next few months when you’re getting back into somewhat of a routine – whatever that may look like! 

stella aged asiago cheese

Enter: PIZZA STUFFED SHELLS!! Oh my word. All the flavor of cheesy pizza stuffed into pasta shells and covered with pepperoni. And more cheese. Because of course. 

freshly grated asiago cheese

I’m so excited to be partnering with Stella Cheese again today for these pizza stuffed shells. Today, I’m using their Aged Asiago Cheese, which I absolutely ADORE! 

Asiago is nuttier and smoother than parmesan. I’m partial to it because when I was growing up, it was the cheese that my mom would buy, hand grate, and serve with pizza and pasta. It’s easily one of my favorite cheeses and just so flavorful. I also find it to be incredibly versatile. While I usually only sprinkle parmesan on soup and pasta and pizza, I used Asiago cheese for that and MORE. Asiago is perfect for snacking – grab a slice with a cracker and you’re in pure heaven.  

YUM.

stuffed shells

The Stella Asiago is aged for 12 months, giving it a super robust, sharp flavor.

You have to try it – it’s absolutely wonderful.  

asiago pizza stuffed shells

Now, if you’re looking for a top notch dinner idea to get you through the next few months – one that everyone will love, I’ve got you today. This has all the flavor of pizza stuffed into pasta shells and baked until cheesy and melty. 

asiago pizza stuffed shells

The filling is loaded with ricotta cheese, lots of herbs and spices and tons of freshly grated Stella Aged Asiago. It gets blanketed with marinara (use your favorite jarred version or go for homemade!), and then covered with more Asiago Cheese. I like to top mine with mini pepperoni pieces.  

However! What do you love on your pizza? You can add your favorite toppings to that.   

Throw on some roasted red peppers, even some mushrooms. Whatever toppings you love, add them to the top of your shells before baking. 

asiago pizza stuffed shells

Then we wait. And bake. And we’re rewarded with something gooey and saucy and loaded with cheese. It’s warm and comforting but comes together pretty quickly. You can also make this meal ahead of time, stick it in the fridge and bake it when you’re ready. I mean, those are the best kind, right?!  

Right. 

asiago pizza stuffed shells

This dish freezes well too. Stuffed shells are a great meal to bring to family and friends and heck, if you just have leftovers for yourself? They reheat beautifully.  

asiago pizza stuffed shells

I live for good pizza, but this is a unique yet easy twist on a favorite that elevates your weeknight dinner.

Serve it with a house salad and you’ll be the happiest!  

asiago pizza stuffed shells

Pizza Stuffed Shells

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Asiago Pizza Stuffed Shells

These asiago pizza stuffed shells are the most comforting meal! Super easy to make with all the flavors of pizza. Delish!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 4 people
Author How Sweet Eats

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of your favorite marinara sauce
  • ½ pound jumbo pasta shells, cooked (about 18 shells)
  • 2 cups ricotta cheese
  • 1 large egg
  • 8 ounces Stella Aged Asiago Cheese, freshly grated
  • 4 ounces mozzarella cheese, freshly grated
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • Pinch of crushed red pepper flakes
  • ¼ cup mini pepperoni

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Pour ½ cup of marinara sauce in the bottom of a 9x9 inch baking dish (or a 9-inch round pie plate).
  • Cook the jumbo pasta shells according to the directions on the package.
  • In a large bowl, stir together the ricotta cheese, egg, all but ¼ cup of the Stella Aged Asiago, all but ¼ cup of the mozzarella, the basil, oregano, salt, pepper and pepper flakes.
  • Spoon the mixture into each shell. Place the shells in the baking dish on top of the marinara. Add the remaining marinara on top. Top with the remaining Stella Aged Asiago and mozzarella cheese. Top with the pepperoni.
  • Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, until golden and bubbly. Remove the shells from the oven and top with fresh basil and more asiago if you wish. Serve!

asiago pizza stuffed shells

So cheesy!

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Fresh Corn, Poblano, and Cheddar Pizza

This vegetarian Fresh Corn, Poblano, and Cheddar Pizza is perfect for summer get-togethers. In this recipe, sweet corn meets smoky roasted poblano pepper. Rockin’ Recipes I’m a recipe hoarder.

Fresh Corn and Poblano Pizza
This vegetarian Fresh Corn, Poblano, and Cheddar Pizza is perfect for summer get-togethers. In this recipe, sweet corn meets smoky roasted poblano pepper. Rockin’ Recipes I’m a recipe hoarder.

Gluten-Free Vegan Sausage Pizza

When craving pizza night, this is the recipe I go for: a simple gluten-free crust (either store-bought or homemade), simple red sauce, quick sautéed veggies, our homemade vegan sausage, and nut cheese.
The result is an incredibly comforting meal made …

Gluten-Free Vegan Sausage Pizza

When craving pizza night, this is the recipe I go for: a simple gluten-free crust (either store-bought or homemade), simple red sauce, quick sautéed veggies, our homemade vegan sausage, and nut cheese.

The result is an incredibly comforting meal made with 9 real, whole food ingredients that taste AMAZING. Let us show you how it’s done!

Pizza Crust

For this version, we used Simple Mills Gluten-Free Crust (NOT SPONSORED, we just love it!) to keep it quick and easy so we could focus on the homemade toppings.

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Homemade Pizza Dough

I know it sounds cheesy, but pizza really is my favorite food. It has endless possibilities and usually includes my favorite things: bread, tomatoes, and cheese. And when you make your pizza dough from scratch, pizza is one of the cheapest dinners you can make. The best part? All of the ingredients for pizza dough […]

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I know it sounds cheesy, but pizza really is my favorite food. It has endless possibilities and usually includes my favorite things: bread, tomatoes, and cheese. And when you make your pizza dough from scratch, pizza is one of the cheapest dinners you can make. The best part? All of the ingredients for pizza dough are pantry staples, so you can make this whenever without planning ahead. AND it’s freezer-friendly so you can always have some stashed and ready to thaw on a moment’s notice.

Originally posted 7-2-2010, updated 6-16-2020.

Close up of a homemade pepperoni pizza

What is in Homemade Pizza Dough?

While there are several styles of pizza dough out there in the world, this particular recipe is super simple and only includes:

  • Water
  • Yeast
  • Sugar
  • Salt
  • Flour
  • Olive Oil

That’s it! Really! This particular recipe creates a crust that is crispy on the outside, but still tender on the inside. If you use a rolling pin to really compact the dough and roll it thin, you’ll get a result that more closely resembles a crispy thin-crust pizza. Toss the dough by hand, gently stretching the dough and leaving some thickness will give you that crispy-yet-tender finish, with a few of those awesome big bubbles.

What Kind of Yeast Can I Use?

The instructions below will work with active dry or instant yeast.

How to Freeze Pizza Dough

After kneading the pizza dough, form it into a ball, coat the dough ball with a little oil to keep it from sticking to the plastic, then wrap tightly in plastic wrap. Place the plastic wrapped dough ball in a heavy duty freezer zip top bag, label, date, and place it in the freezer!

How to Thaw Pizza Dough

To thaw your frozen pizza dough, place it in the refrigerator the night before you intend to bake the pizza. The dough will rise slightly as it thaws. The other option is to allow the dough to thaw at room temperature, which will take about two hours. You’ll want to unwrap the pizza dough from the plastic before letting it thaw. Place the frozen dough in an oiled bowl and cover loosely with a clean towel as it thaws.

Pizza sauce being spread onto a stretched pizza dough with toppings on the sides

Make some homemade pizza sauce to go with your pizza crust!

 
Close up of a baked homemade pepperoni pizza

Homemade Pizza Dough

Homemade pizza dough is easy and costs pennies on the dollar compared to store bought. Make a batch now and freeze it for later!
Total Cost $0.62 recipe / $0.16 serving
Prep Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 42 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 272.3kcal
Author Beth - Budget Bytes

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cups warm water $0.00
  • 1 tsp yeast* $0.08
  • 1 Tbsp sugar $0.05
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour $0.30
  • 1 tsp salt $0.03
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil $0.16

Instructions

  • Dissolve the yeast and sugar in the warm water. Allow the yeast water to sit for about 5 minutes, or until a thick layer of foam develops on top.
  • While you’re waiting for the yeast, add 1 cup of the flour and the salt to a large bowl, then stir well to combine.
  • Add the olive oil to the yeast water, then pour the mixture into the bowl with the flour and salt. Begin adding more flour to the bowl, ¼ to ½ cup at a time, until it forms a ball of dough that can no longer be stirred with a spoon.
  • Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface, then knead for about 5 minutes, adding a little flour as you go to keep it from sticking.
  • At this point you have three options: use the dough tonight (one hour after kneading), use it tomorrow (allowing it to rise in the refrigerator over night) or within a month (freezing the dough).

To Use the Pizza Dough Same Day

  • Place the kneaded dough back into the mixing bowl, drizzle with a little oil, then turn the dough to coat it with oil. Cover the bowl loosely and let the dough rise in a warm place for one hour, or until it is double in volume.
  • Once risen, stretch or roll the dough out to a 14 to 16-inch circle, place on a pizza pan, and top with your favorite sauce and toppings. Bake the pizza in a preheated 450ºF oven for 10-12 minutes or until the edges are brown and crispy.

To Use the Pizza Dough the Next Day

  • Allowing the dough to proof (rise) slowly in the refrigerator for 18-24 hours gives the dough even more flavor. Form the dough into a ball and coat with oil. Place the dough in a covered container and refrigerate for 18-24 hours. Allow the dough to come to room temperature before stretching, topping, and baking.

To Freeze the Dough for Future Use

  • Form the kneaded dough into a ball, coat it with oil, wrap tightly in plastic wrap, then place in a freezer bag and transfer to the freezer. When you are ready to use the dough, simply place it on the counter for one hour prior to use. The dough should be at room temperature before stretching, topping, and baking.

Notes

*active dry or instant yeast

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 272.3kcal | Carbohydrates: 51.1g | Protein: 6.85g | Fat: 4.18g | Sodium: 592.4mg | Fiber: 1.98g

Scroll down for the step by step photos!

Close up of a bubble in a slice of pizza

How to Make Pizza Dough – Step By Step Photos

yeast being added to a measuring cup with water

Start by dissolving 1 tsp active dry yeast (or instant yeast) and 1 Tbsp sugar in ¾ cup warm water.

Foamy yeast water in a glass measuring cup

Let the yeast water sit for about 5 minutes, or until a thick layer of foam develops on top.

Flour and salt in a bowl

While the yeast is blooming, combine 1 cup all-purpose flour and 1 tsp salt in a mixing bowl. Stir until combined.

Yeast water and oil being poured into bowl with flour and salt

Add 1 Tbsp olive oil to the yeast water, then pour it into the bowl with the flour and salt. Stir until the mixture is fairly smooth.

More flour being added to the bowl

Begin adding more flour, about ¼ to ½ cup at a time, until you can no longer stir the mixture with a spoon.

Dough ball in the mixing bowl

Once it forms a ball that you can no longer stir with a spoon, turn it out onto a clean, lightly floured work surface.

Kneaded dough ball

Knead the dough for about 5 minutes, adding a little flour as you go to prevent it from sticking. Once kneaded, you should have used about 2 cups flour total, since the first step of stirring salt into the flour. Total flour amount can vary depending on humidity and other factors. At this point you can let the dough rise and make a pizza same day, refrigerate the dough and make pizza with it the next day, or freeze the dough for future use.

oil being poured onto a ball of dough in a mixing bowl.

To make a pizza same day: Place the dough ball back into the mixing bowl, add just a small drizzle of oil, and turn the dough to coat it in the oil. The oil will keep the dough from drying out as it rises.

Risen pizza dough in the bowl

Cover the bowl loosely and let the dough rise for about an hour, or until it is double in volume.

Pizza sauce being spread on stretched dough

Preheat your oven to 450ºF. Stretch or roll the pizza dough out to 14-16 inches and place on a pizza pan. Add your favorite pizza sauce…

Cheese and pepperoni added to pizza dough

And your favorite toppings…

Baked homemade pizza

Bake in the fully preheated oven for 10-12 minutes, or until the crust and toppings are browned.

Side view of a slice of pizza being lifted from the pan

Slice and enjoy!

Try These Homemade Pizza Flavors:

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Ultimate Spinach Pizza

Get your greens and pizza fix all at once with this spinach pizza! Ricotta, mozzarella and Parmesan cheese make for a creamy pie everyone will love. Want to get your greens and eat your pizza too? Try this Spinach Pizza! It’s got the power to change the minds of spinach haters everywhere. Yes, this pizza is all about garlicky, savory flavor! Any bitterness in the spinach melts away into the three cheeses. Ricotta makes for a creamy base, and mozzarella and Parmesan add stretchy texture and savory flavor. Top it off with herby spinach and a few colorful vegetables, and it’s a crowd-pleaser that everyone will love (especially with Italian salad). Even spinach haters! The secret to this spinach pizza? Frozen spinach. This spinach pizza has a little secret. It uses frozen spinach! Now, why is that important? It’s not just for the convenience factor (though that’s a thing). Frozen spinach has a satisfying texture: think spinach artichoke dip! Fresh spinach and frozen spinach are almost like two separate ingredients. Frozen spinach is blanched before it’s packaged, meaning it’s cooked quickly before freezing. This gives it a super satisfying texture when topped on a pizza: lightly crunchy and almost fluffy, […]

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Get your greens and pizza fix all at once with this spinach pizza! Ricotta, mozzarella and Parmesan cheese make for a creamy pie everyone will love.

Spinach pizza

Want to get your greens and eat your pizza too? Try this Spinach Pizza! It’s got the power to change the minds of spinach haters everywhere. Yes, this pizza is all about garlicky, savory flavor! Any bitterness in the spinach melts away into the three cheeses. Ricotta makes for a creamy base, and mozzarella and Parmesan add stretchy texture and savory flavor. Top it off with herby spinach and a few colorful vegetables, and it’s a crowd-pleaser that everyone will love (especially with Italian salad). Even spinach haters!

The secret to this spinach pizza? Frozen spinach.

This spinach pizza has a little secret. It uses frozen spinach! Now, why is that important? It’s not just for the convenience factor (though that’s a thing).

  • Frozen spinach has a satisfying texture: think spinach artichoke dip! Fresh spinach and frozen spinach are almost like two separate ingredients. Frozen spinach is blanched before it’s packaged, meaning it’s cooked quickly before freezing. This gives it a super satisfying texture when topped on a pizza: lightly crunchy and almost fluffy, whereas cooked spinach can get a little slimy. It reminds us of spinach artichoke dip!
  • It’s easy to use frozen spinach: no cooking necessary. Yes, the convenience factor is a thing too! Frozen spinach just needs a rinse under warm water to thaw it. No cooking required!
Spinach pizza

How to make spinach pizza (basic steps)

This spinach pizza is a white pizza, meaning it has a white sauce (or olive oil) that covers the dough. The most technique-driven part of making a pizza is the pizza crust, which we’ll walk through down below. Here are the basic steps (or go right to the recipe):

  • Make the pizza dough. See below for more on how to do it. Or, you can also do a “cheater” pizza by using this as a topping for Naan Pizza or Flatbread Pizza!
  • Thaw and season the spinach. All it needs is a quick rinse under warm water. Here’s the important part: squeeze out as much water as possible over a strainer! This brings the spinach to a dry, almost crumbly texture. This is what you want!
  • Season the ricotta. Mix it with some salt, pepper and minced garlic.
  • Top with mozzarella and Parmesan, then the spinach and veggies. That’s it!

A few more white pizza recipes? Try our Ricotta Pizza or White Pizza (Pizza Bianca).

Homemade pizza dough & alternative options!

Homemade pizza dough is absolutely worth the effort: and once you practice a few times, it will become second nature! There are also several alternative options that are easier and quicker. Here’s a breakdown:

  • Pizza dough: master recipe! This Best Pizza Dough is our tried and true crust: it comes out with the absolute perfect texture. Stretching the dough takes a bit of practice, but it’s not hard. Head to How to Stretch Pizza Dough.
  • Thin crust. Try this Thin Crust Pizza Dough: it’s easy to roll out into a thinner, crispier crust.
  • Naan or flatbread pizza. To make a quick and easy pizza, try our Naan Pizza or Flatbread Pizza.
  • Pan pizza. You can even make this into a pan pizza in a cast iron skillet! It takes a little longer, but it’s easier because you don’t have to stretch the dough.
How to make spinach pizza
How to make

Equipment you need (for the master recipe)

If you make our master pizza dough recipe or the thin crust pizza, you’ll need a few tools for your spinach pizza. Here’s what we recommend:

  • Pizza stone: You can bake pizza on a baking sheet, but it’s infinitely better on a pizza stone! A pizza stone is what makes Italian pizza crust crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. Here’s the best pizza stone we’ve found, plus care tips.
  • Pizza peel: When you use a pizza stone, it’s easiest to use a pizza peel to transfer the pizza onto the hot pizza stone in the oven. We recommend this Standard pizza peel or this Conveyor pizza peel.

Variation: make it into Spinach Artichoke Pizza!

Do you love spinach artichoke dip? (We do!) You can easily make this spinach pizza into a Spinach Artichoke Pizza! Here’s what to do:

  • Remove the red onion and red pepper.
  • Top it with a handful of chopped artichokes from a can or jar of artichoke hearts.
  • Or make this Spinach Artichoke Pizza, a slightly different variation!
Spinach pizza

Other topping ideas

There are lots of other fun topping ideas for this spinach pizza! Here are a few ingredients we’d try:

  • Tomatoes, thinly sliced
  • Feta cheese crumbles
  • Bell peppers, multi-colored
  • Caramelized onions
  • Prosciutto

This spinach pizza is…

Vegetarian.

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Spinach pizza

Ultimate Spinach Pizza


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 1 hour
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Yield: 8 slices
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

Get your greens and pizza fix all at once with this spinach pizza! Ricotta, mozzarella and Parmesan cheese make for a creamy pie everyone will love.


Ingredients

  • 1 ball Best Pizza Dough (or Thin Crust Dough)
  • 8 ounces frozen spinach
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 cup whole milk ricotta cheese
  • Kosher salt
  • Fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 handful sliced red onion
  • 1/2 jarred roasted red pepper (or fresh red bell pepper), diced
  • 1/2 small garlic clove (1/4 teaspoon minced)
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. Make the pizza dough: Follow the Best Pizza Dough or Thin Crust Dough recipe to prepare the dough. (This takes about 15 minutes to make and 45 minutes to rest.)
  2. Place a pizza stone in the oven and preheat to 500°F. OR preheat your pizza oven (here’s the pizza oven we use).
  3. Prepare the spinach: Run the spinach under warm water in a strainer, then squeeze out as much water as possible so that it has a dry, crumbly texture. Mix it in a bowl with 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt, the garlic powder and the oregano.
  4. Prepare the other toppings: Mince the garlic. In a small bowl, mix the ricotta with the kosher salt, fresh ground pepper and minced garlic. Thinly slice the red onion, and dice the roasted red pepper.
  5. Bake the pizza: When the oven is ready, dust a pizza peel with cornmeal or semolina flour. (If you don’t have a pizza peel, you can use a rimless baking sheet or the back of a rimmed baking sheet. But a pizza peel is well worth the investment!) Stretch the dough into a circle; see How to Stretch Pizza Dough for instructions. Then gently place the dough onto the pizza peel.
  6. Spread the seasoned ricotta onto the dough. Top with the mozzarella cheese, Parmesan cheese, spinach, red onion, and red pepper.
  7. Use the pizza peel to carefully transfer the pizza onto the preheated pizza stone. Bake the pizza until the cheese and crust are nicely browned, about 5 to 7 minutes in the oven (or 1 minute in a pizza oven). Slice into pieces and serve immediately.

  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: Italian

Keywords: Spinach pizza

More favorite pizza recipes

It’s pizza party time! Here are a few more topping ideas to try:

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Flatbread Pizza

Flatbread pizza is easy to make: a great appetizer or simple dinner! Use store bought flatbread to keep it fast, and pick your favorite pizza toppings. We’re all about traditional artisan Italian pizza around here. But we’re also about weeknight shortcuts. Meet the flatbread pizza! This idea doubles as a quick and easy dinner or an elegant appetizer. Here the crust is thin and crispy, and it’s topped with mozzarella, tomatoes, arugula and Parmesan cheese shavings, with balsamic reduction drizzle to finish it off. But you can use any pizza toppings you’d like! Here’s how to put together this quick and breezy pizza. What’s a flatbread pizza? There’s no official definition of flatbread pizza. Some sources say it’s any pizza with a thin crust, others say it’s pizza shaped in a rectangle. Others say it’s pizza that uses a flatbread as the crust. For this recipe, we went with the latter definition. To us, it’s a pizza made using a flatbread! This makes it quick and easy to make, and a little different from all our other pizza recipes. It’s very similar to this Naan Pizza! Homemade flatbread vs store bought Homemade flatbread makes for the best tasting flatbread pizza! […]

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Flatbread pizza is easy to make: a great appetizer or simple dinner! Use store bought flatbread to keep it fast, and pick your favorite pizza toppings.

Flatbread pizza

We’re all about traditional artisan Italian pizza around here. But we’re also about weeknight shortcuts. Meet the flatbread pizza! This idea doubles as a quick and easy dinner or an elegant appetizer. Here the crust is thin and crispy, and it’s topped with mozzarella, tomatoes, arugula and Parmesan cheese shavings, with balsamic reduction drizzle to finish it off. But you can use any pizza toppings you’d like! Here’s how to put together this quick and breezy pizza.

What’s a flatbread pizza?

There’s no official definition of flatbread pizza. Some sources say it’s any pizza with a thin crust, others say it’s pizza shaped in a rectangle. Others say it’s pizza that uses a flatbread as the crust. For this recipe, we went with the latter definition. To us, it’s a pizza made using a flatbread! This makes it quick and easy to make, and a little different from all our other pizza recipes. It’s very similar to this Naan Pizza!

Flatbread pizza

Homemade flatbread vs store bought

Homemade flatbread makes for the best tasting flatbread pizza! But, it takes a little time to put together. If your goal is a delicious homemade appetizer, you may want to go with homemade. If you’re going for a quick and easy dinner, store bought is the way to go. Here are a few notes:

  • Homemade flatbread: This Easy Flatbread recipe takes about 1 hour to make, with 30 minutes hands off time. That makes this flatbread pizza with homemade flatbread about the same time commitment as thin crust pizza. The pros? You can make the flatbread in advance, it’s an easier method, and you don’t need a pizza peel or pizza stone.
  • Store bought flatbread: Making this flatbread pizza with store bought flatbread is so fast! Try to find the highest quality bread you can find: any type of naan bread or pocketless pita bread works well.
Easy flatbread recipe
Easy Flatbread works well as a pizza!

Ingredients for flatbread pizza

Here are the rest of ingredients you’ll need for this flatbread pizza! The method is simple: prebake the crust in a 450 degree oven for a few minutes until lightly crisped, then top it and bake a few more minutes until the cheese melts. Here’s what we used:

  • Flatbread: We used homemade Easy Flatbread
  • Cheese: Mozzarella and shaved Parmesan
  • Veggies: Tomatoes and thin sliced red onion
  • Baby arugula: Make sure to find the baby variety! Standard is much too spicy
  • Balsamic drizzle: It’s optional, but balsamic reduction (or a purchased version) adds a sweet tart element
  • Pine nuts: The nutty punch of toasted pine nuts take it over the top

10 more flatbread topping ideas

Of course, you can top flatbread pizza with whatever you like! Here are a few of our favorite ideas:

  1. Margherita: red sauce, mozzarella and basil. Try Perfect Margherita Pizza.
  2. Classic cheese. Try Homemade Cheese Pizza.
  3. Pesto and fresh tomatoes. See Pesto Pizza.
  4. Refried beans and cheese. See Taco Pizza.
  5. Mushrooms, veggies & feta. See Veggie Supreme Pizza.
  6. Peppers, onions and arugula. See Best Healthy Pizza.
  7. Spinach and artichokes. See Spinach Artichoke Pizza
  8. Mushrooms and herbs. See Truffle Pizza.
  9. Olives, spinach & sundried tomatoes. See Mediterranean Pizza
  10. Avocado, peppers, and goat cheese. See Veggie & Avocado Pizza
Flatbread pizza

What to serve with flatbread pizza

You can serve this flatbread pizza as an appetizer, and it feeds about 4 to 6 people. Or try it as a main dish: it’s a light pizza so you’ll need to accessorize with hearty sides. How to make it into a meal? Here are a few things we’d pair with it:

This flatbread pizza recipe is…

Vegetarian.

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Flatbread pizza

Flatbread Pizza


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 7 minutes
  • Total Time: 17 minutes
  • Yield: 4 pizzas
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

Flatbread pizza is easy to make: a great appetizer or simple dinner! Use store bought flatbread to keep it fast, and pick your favorite pizza toppings.


Ingredients

  • 4 Flatbreads (or purchased flatbreads)
  • Olive oil, for brushing
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 handful cherry tomatoes (or 1 thin sliced tomato)
  • 1 handful thin sliced red onion (optional)
  • 2 handfuls baby arugula
  • Shaved Parmesan cheese, to garnish
  • Balsamic Reduction, to garnish
  • Toasted pine nuts, to garnish

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Mince the garlic. Slice the cherry tomatoes in half and sprinkle with a pinch of salt. Mix the baby arugula in a small bowl with a drizzle of olive oil.
  3. Place the flatbreads on the oven grate and bake for 3 to 4 minutes, until lightly crisp (depends on the thickness of the bread you’re using).
  4. Remove the breads and place them on a baking sheet. Brush the crusts with olive oil and sprinkle with minced garlic. Top with shredded mozzarella cheese and a pinch of salt. Add the cherry tomatoes and bake for 2 to 3 minutes until the cheese melts.
  5. Top with the baby arugula, shavings of Parmesan cheese. If using, drizzle with balsamic reduction and top with toasted pine nuts.

  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: Italian

Keywords: Flatbread pizza

More pizza options!

Outside of our standard pizza recipes, we’ve got a few more fun alternative pizzas to try:

  • Easy Eggplant Pizza Use eggplant for the crust to make Eggplant Pizza! These mini pizzas are tasty and easy to make, covered in garlicky sauce and gooey cheese.
  • Perfect Pan Pizza Here’s how to make the incredible pan pizza at home! It’s got thick pillowy crust and tastes like your favorite pizzeria…but even better.

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Easy Eggplant Pizza

Use eggplant for the crust to make Eggplant Pizza! These mini pizzas are tasty and easy to make, covered in garlicky sauce and gooey cheese. Here’s a non-traditional pizza recipe that’s stolen our hearts: eggplant pizza! No, it’s not pizza with eggplant on it. It’s pizza crust made of roasted eggplant! Yes, “pizza” is perfect for busy evenings when you don’t have energy to make a pizza. It’s a healthy, naturally gluten-free pizza that’s loads quicker than the standard. Top it with whatever you like, and it’s a quick, whole foods way to get dinner on the table fast. (Or a late night snack. Done it!) Wait…eggplant pizza? Here at A Couple Cooks, we don’t shortcut on our pizzas. Our Italian-style Margherita Pizza recipe is our pride and joy, honed over 10 years of studying Italian pizza. But! That doesn’t mean we don’t enjoy a quick and easy alternative. This healthy eggplant pizza is a spin on a recipe we made years ago from someone you might not expect…Julia Child! Yes, Julia Child, master of French cooking, has a recipe for eggplant pizza in one of her cookbooks. Except she called it something fancy and French! Alex and I made […]

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Use eggplant for the crust to make Eggplant Pizza! These mini pizzas are tasty and easy to make, covered in garlicky sauce and gooey cheese.

Eggplant Pizza

Here’s a non-traditional pizza recipe that’s stolen our hearts: eggplant pizza! No, it’s not pizza with eggplant on it. It’s pizza crust made of roasted eggplant! Yes, “pizza” is perfect for busy evenings when you don’t have energy to make a pizza. It’s a healthy, naturally gluten-free pizza that’s loads quicker than the standard. Top it with whatever you like, and it’s a quick, whole foods way to get dinner on the table fast. (Or a late night snack. Done it!)

Wait…eggplant pizza?

Here at A Couple Cooks, we don’t shortcut on our pizzas. Our Italian-style Margherita Pizza recipe is our pride and joy, honed over 10 years of studying Italian pizza. But! That doesn’t mean we don’t enjoy a quick and easy alternative. This healthy eggplant pizza is a spin on a recipe we made years ago from someone you might not expect…Julia Child!

Yes, Julia Child, master of French cooking, has a recipe for eggplant pizza in one of her cookbooks. Except she called it something fancy and French! Alex and I made these as an appetizer for a meal years ago when we were first learning to cook, so they’ll always hold a place in our hearts.

How to make eggplant pizza: an overview

Here’s the basic concept behind eggplant pizza, or: pizza with a roasted eggplant crust! The main steps are as follows (or jump right to the recipe):

  • Roast the eggplant. Slice an eggplant into rounds and then roast it for 15 to 20 minutes at 400 degrees Fahrenheit. The texture you want is tender, but something that still holds its shape: so you can eat it with your hands!
  • Top with pizza sauce & toppings. Add pizza sauce (our homemade sauce is epic!) and top with cheese. In Julia’s pizza she puts fresh basil under the cheese, which makes for a nice fresh flavor.
  • Broil and serve! Then you’ll broil the pizza until the cheese is melted and golden brown. And that’s it: perfect eggplant pizza!
Eggplant pizza

Look for a uniform-sized eggplant.

One tip for eggplant pizza: look for a globe eggplant that’s as uniform in size all the way down as possible. Many globe eggplants have a thin neck and get very large at the bottom. This means that when you slice them, you get lots of small circles and then massive circles.

Finding a uniformly sized eggplant helps so that all your pizzas are closer to the same size. Of course, this doesn’t affect the flavor. So it’s not it’s not required, just a helpful hint!

Try our homemade pizza sauce…it’s a must!

Of course, you can use storebought pizza sauce for this eggplant pizza. But! We highly recommend trying our Easy Pizza Sauce at least once because, here’s the thing. It takes just 5 minutes to make in a blender. And when you take a taste of a spoonful, you will never go back! Every time we make it, I taste it and say: “Wow, that really is the best pizza sauce.” Give it a try and let us know if you agree. (Fire roasted tomatoes are the key.)

Eggplant pizza

Variations on eggplant pizza toppings

You can add any toppings you like to this healthy eggplant pizza! While we love them topped simply with cheese and fresh basil, here are a few more ideas:

  1. Pesto and fresh tomatoes. See Pesto Pizza.
  2. Peppers, onions and arugula. See Best Healthy Pizza.
  3. Spinach and artichokes. See Spinach Artichoke Pizza
  4. Olives, spinach & sundried tomatoes. See Mediterranean Pizza
  5. Avocado, peppers, and goat cheese. See Veggie & Avocado Pizza
Eggplant pizza on baking sheet

A great gluten-free pizza option!

This eggplant pizza is a perfect gluten-free pizza option! It’s difficult to find a great gluten-free pizza dough, and nice to have a different option for gluten-free and keto diets. Of course, we like this pizza in its own right: so it works for people of all diets.

What to serve with eggplant pizza

You can serve this eggplant pizza as an appetizer, and it feeds about 4 to 6 people. Or try it as a main dish! We’d recommend doubling the recipe below for 4, and then serving with some hearty sides. How to make this eggplant pizza into a meal? Here are a few things we’d pair with it:

This eggplant pizza recipe is…

Vegetarian and gluten-free.

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Eggplant Pizza

Easy Eggplant Pizza


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 2 to 3 as a main; 4 to 6 as an appetizer
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

Use eggplant for the crust to make Eggplant Pizza! These mini pizzas are tasty and easy to make, covered in garlicky sauce and gooey cheese.


Ingredients

  • 2 pounds globe eggplant*
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 cup Easy Pizza Sauce
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil, plus more for garnish
  • Kosher salt, to season

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Slice the eggplant into 3/4 inch thick slices. Brush both sides with 2 tablespoons olive oil. Sprinkle the tops liberally kosher salt (about 1/4 teaspoon total) and the dried oregano.
  3. Place the eggplant on a baking sheet and bake for 15 to 20 minutes, until tender but still holding their shape.
  4. While the eggplant roasts, make the pizza sauce.
  5. Top the eggplant with a thin layer of the pizza sauce, then add the chopped basil, divided between the rounds. Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese and Parmesan cheese, divided between the rounds, and sprinkle the tops with a little more kosher salt.
  6. Broil the eggplant until the cheese is melted and lightly browned, about 3 to 5 minutes, rotating the pan as necessary for even cooking (alternatively, you can bake the pizzas until the cheese melts). Top with more fresh basil and serve.

Notes

*This recipe is easy to double to feed 4 as a main dish. If you can, try to find eggplant that is a uniform size all the way down the eggplant (eggplant that has a very large bulb at the end makes for more variation in pizza size). 

  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: Italian

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