roasted veggie and ricotta pizza

Posted on Nov 4, 2011 in Food

Did this week seem to absolutely drag on for anyone else? I had a pretty low-stress week and I think the downtime actually made the week feel like it went by so slowly. I’m used to work and life being so crazy that on weeks when I have time to do extracurriculars (like watch all four episodes of the new Charlie’s Angels—not recommended, by the way) I feel like time must be grinding to a halt. I’m not sure which I prefer: a crazy week that speeds by or a lax week that ticks on slowly.

Regardless, we’ve made it to Friday, friends!  And you know what Friday means, dontcha? Pizzzzzzaaaaa!

One of my favorite things about pizza is that the category can include such a wide variety of tastes, textures and flavors. I had my first slice of New York fold-y pizza this summer (at a stand-up booth, mind you) and I’m not even entirely sure how that can be the same “thing” as Chicago deep dish. Both delicious and incredible, but totally different experiences.

So this week is a nice little departure from last week’s pizza. Last week was heavy, white sauce, full of chicken and greens. This week is red sauce with smoky roasted veggies and dollops of airy ricotta cheese. Night and day, my friends. Still pizza, still delicious, but totally different.

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Roasted Vegetable and Ricotta Pizza

Lightly adapted from Cooking Light

Makes one large pizza

I adore the combination of roasted bell peppers, mushrooms and onions. If there are other veggies you’d like to try, feel free to roast away. The original recipe uses zucchini, which I tend to find gets a little bit water-y on pizza, so I left it out.

Ingredients

  • 1 batch pizza dough (enough for a large pizza)
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, cut into thin strips
  • 1/2 yellow bell pepper, cut into thin strips
  • 1 large onion, cut into rings
  • 8 ounces of your favorite mushroom, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2/3 cup pizza sauce
  • 1/2 cup ricotta cheese
  • 3/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Pinch of red pepper flakes
  • Pinch of Italian seasoning

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 475°.
  2. Spread out peppers, onion and mushrooms into one layer on a large baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil, salt and pepper. Roast for 10-15 minutes or until veggies are softened and browned.
  3. Meanwhile, spread dough onto a greased pizza pan. Spread pizza sauce onto dough.
  4. When veggies are done, sprinkle evenly on pizza crust.
  5. Using a tablespoon, drop dollops of the ricotta evenly on top of veggies.
  6. Cover pizza in mozzarella and sprinkle pizza with red pepper flakes and Italian seasoning.
  7. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until crust is browned and cheese is bubbly.
  8. Let rest 5 minutes before cutting and serving.

If you had to choose between Chicago deep dish and New York style pizza, which would it be?

I’m a Midwestern girl, so I have to go with deep dish. But it’s a close one.

8 Comments

  1. New York. By far. I’ve eaten at a few of the Chicago places (Giordanos, anyone?), but they don’t hold a candle to thinner style pizzas, in my opinion. But I know others who think the opposite!

    • I had Giordano’s for the first time a few weeks ago and it was definitely an experience. SO MUCH CHEESE.

  2. I’ve never had Chicago deep dish before but considering my love for thin crust I’m going to go ahead and assume I’d like NY better :) I’ve never put ricotta on pizza but absolutely love a good spinach, garlic and brie pizza! Brie on pizza is awesome.

    • Oooh! I have a wheel of brie in the freezer and now you have definitely inspired me to slap it on some pizza. YUM!

  3. I’m all about crispy thing crust. Had deep dish once and found it way to doughy.

    • I really can’t decide! I love both. I love thin and crispy crust in summer with a nice cool glass of white wine. But I love thick, doughy and cheesy with a ice cold beer!

  4. You can’t go to a chain like Giordanos, and expect to have eaten the best of Chicago pizza! You might as well have hit up a pizza hut here, lol.

    I’d send you to Palermo’s in Oak Lawn for a great, thin crust with a sweeter sauce, and I’d send you to Phil’s in Chicago Ridge for a fantastic deep dish.

    • Oooh! Thanks for the tips! We go to Chicago a few times a year and I’ll definitely have to try these out. :)

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