08 August 2011

Roasted Zucchini Pizza (with Homemade Sauce)

{First off, did you read about my first giveaway? Go check it out! It's open until this Friday!}

Now on with the matter at hand...

I have zucchini growing out of my ears.

Well, not literally. But seriously, there is mega-zucchini goings-on here in the Crazy for Crust household.

In the last two weeks I have made chocolate zucchini muffins, zucchini pizza, zucchini bars, and stuffed zucchini (recipes forthcoming). I have used zucchini in my Summer Salad (twice). I have stir-fried zucchini and put it in cous cous and turkey burgers.

And I still have five good sized zucchinis in my crisper drawer. Five.

This week I will do one or all of the following: (a) give some zucchini away, (b) make zucchini oatmeal cookies, and/or (c) dream about a monster, life-sized Santoku knife-weidling zucchini chasing me through the streets of San Francisco.

Needless to say, this is the first of several zucchini recipes I will be sharing with you.

This one comes in the form of a pizza. And, stop right there, don't leave. If you just were about to click the little red "x" because "Ewww!!! Zucchini doesn't belong on pizza!!!" stick with me for a minute. It's really good. And what was even better? The sauce.

I've never made my own pizza sauce before. {Gasp.} I've always used Contadina or Target brand or whatever was on sale. But never again people. Never again. Now that I know how easy it is to make my own pizza sauce, I'm doing it always.

Usually, my favorite thing about pizza is the crust. (Really, I'm sure you had no idea.) But this pizza? The sauce was the star. Even my daughter loved it. (And this from a girl who usually makes her place at the table look like a murder scene with all the pizza-sauce wiped napkins she uses because she "doesn't like sauce.") There was not one red sauce-smeared napkin to be seen anywhere. And that, my friends, is the best endorsement ever.

Make your own pizza sauce. Roast some zucchini and throw it on top with all your favorite toppings. Pizza + Vegetables all in one bite. Perfect!


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Zucchini Pizza (with Homemade Sauce)
Sauce recipe from Baked Bree

For the sauce:
1 (28-ounce) can whole peeled tomatoes
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
2 garlic cloves
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

For the pizza:
Pizza Crust (either homemade or store-bought)
Mozzarella Cheese, shredded (as much or as little as you like)
1 medium zucchini for each pizza (if you are making more than one)
Other toppings you like


  1. To make the sauce, add all ingredients to a food processor and pulse until smooth.
  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Slice zucchini and place on a foil-lined baking sheet sprayed with cooking spray. Spray or drizzle zucchini with olive oil, salt and pepper. Cook for about 10 minutes. (This can be done ahead of time.)
  3. Stretch out your pizza dough to desired size. Top with sauce, cheese, and roasted zucchini (as well as other toppings you choose). Bake according to your pizza crust directions.
Yield: the sauce makes a lot. I made two pizzas (1-lb of dough each) and froze enough sauce for two more pizzas.

This recipe will be linked with Savory Sunday (The Sweet Details) and Mingle Monday (Add a Pinch).

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At August 8, 2011 at 9:13 PM , Blogger The Better Baker said...

YUM-O! Looks mouth watering...I'll have to try it!

At August 9, 2011 at 12:49 PM , Blogger Katie @ This Chick Cooks said...

That pizza looks so good! I want to try the sauce recipe!

At August 11, 2011 at 10:14 AM , Anonymous Mrs. Jen B said...

Yum! I need to grow zucchini next year - I'd love any excuse to make zucchini bread, honestly! ;)

At August 11, 2011 at 10:45 AM , Blogger Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust said...

@Mrs. Jen B
Yes, zucchini bread and zucchini muffins and zucchini cookies and....
Thanks for your comment! :)

At August 14, 2011 at 11:06 AM , Blogger robin said...

This looks amazing, and I have a ton of zucchini! I might just have to make this.

At August 14, 2011 at 11:06 AM , Blogger robin said...

I've featured you on my Meatfree Monday post for this week, come check it out and grab a button!

At August 15, 2011 at 6:51 AM , Blogger Amanda-The Sweet Details said...

Hey! Just wanted to let you know that I featured this on Savory Sunday this week :)


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