This pizza is the ideal pizza to me – a crisp, thin crust; loaded with almost all of my favourite veggies and a little cheese (especially the feta!) This pizza is actually inspired by a pizza that I would order from Pizza Hut – but they took it off the menu a while back, which forced me to re-create it at home – never a bad thing, as I could make it “perfect”. I also feel a little “healthy” eating an extra slice of this pizza…hey, you have to get your veggies right? Feel free to adapt this pizza to what veggies you have at home or to your preference.
Mediterranean Veggie Pizza
Yield: One Medium Pizza
Prep Time: 20 minutes of active prep
Cook Time: 15 minutes for pizza
- 1 batch of pizza dough, or your favourite pre-made
- 1 (small) can tomato paste (about 4 tbsp)
- 1 tsp sugar
- 1/2 tsp oregano
- dash of hot sauce
- 4 cups of spinach
- 1 cup green pepper, diced
- 1 cup red pepper, diced
- 1 cup mushrooms, sliced
- 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
- 1 small can of sliced black olives, drained and rinsed
- 1 cup of shredded mozzarella
- 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
Preheat your oven to 500 degrees (and if you have a pizza stone, preheat that as well). It is good to allow your pizza stone to pre-heat in a 500 degree oven for at least an additional 15 minutes.
If you have a pizza peel, lay that on the counter. Otherwise, prepare a sheet of parchment paper (either square or cut to shape of your dough).
Prepare your dough. On top of your parchment paper or your pizza peel, roll out the dough into a round pizza shape. Leave an edge around outside for the crust. Once you’ve achieved the shape you desire, pinch the outside of the dough to create a crust. Then pierce the crust with a fork all the way around (this will prevent large air bubbles from forming in your crust while it bakes!).
Mix together the tomato paste, sugar, oregano, hot sauce and salt and pepper. Spread evenly over the top of pizza.
Meanwhile, wilt the spinach in a pan for a few minutes. Top the pizza with the wilted spinach, mushrooms, green and red pepper, cherry tomatoes, black olives and the mozzarella and feta cheese.
Bake in your pre-heated oven for approximately 17 minutes, or until cheese is golden brown and bubbling.
JBean Cuisine original recipe, inspired by Pizza Hut