Pesto Pizza with Roasted Vegetables

Trying to eat more vegetables as your new year’s resolution? You can boil, blanch, or steam them. Our favorite cooking method? Roasting. Roasting vegetables can bring out their sweet and nutty flavor, which pairs perfectly with the pesto on this pizza from The Roasted Vegetable, Revised and Expanded Edition.

Pesto Pizza with roasted vegetables.

Pesto Pizza Ingredients

2 medium-size zucchini, cut into matchsticks
2 medium-size red bell peppers, cut into matchsticks
4 ounces (115 g) mushrooms, trimmed and sliced
2 garlic cloves, minced
3 tablespoons (45 ml) olive oil
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 cups (470 ml) pesto, homemade or store-bought
1 pound (455 g) fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced

  1. Prepare the pizza dough and set aside in a warm, draft-free place to rise for about 1 hour, until doubled in bulk.
  2. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 425°F (220°C, or gas mark 7). Lightly oil a large shallow roasting pan or half sheet pan.
  3. Mound the zucchini, bell peppers, mushrooms, and garlic on the pan. Drizzle the oil over the vegetables and season with salt and pepper. Toss to coat. Arrange in a single layer on the pan.
  4. Roast for 30 to 45 minutes, until the vegetables are well browned and tender, stirring or shaking the pan occasionally for even cooking. Remove from the oven and increase the temperature to 500°F (250°C, or gas mark 10).
  1. Divide the dough into two balls. Lightly oil two 10- or 12-inch (25 or 30 cm) round pizza pans or two 12 x 15-inch (30 x 38 cm) baking sheets. Assemble and bake the pizzas one at a time. Stretch one ball of dough to fit one pan. Spread half the pesto over the dough. Scatter half the vegetables on the pesto and top with about half the mozzarella.
  2. Bake on the bottom rack for 10 to 12 minutes, until the crust is golden.
  3. Meanwhile, assemble the second pizza the same way. Bake when the first pizza is done.
  4. Serve both pizzas warm.

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