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Healthy Vegetarian Pizza with Olives, Carrot, Zucchini, and Bell Pepper

This colorful pizza is bursting with flavor and nutritious vegetables.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Italian, Mediterranean
Keyword: healthy pizza, heart healthy pizza, Vegetarian Pizza, vegetarian recipe
Makes: 1 (12- to 14-inch) pizza
Cost: $10

Equipment

  • Box grater
  • Cutting board and knife
  • Rolling pin (optional)
  • Large rimmed baking sheet or baking stone/steel
  • Pizza peel (optional)

Ingredients

  • 1 (14- to 16-ounce) ball pizza dough
  • cup super-easy marinara sauce (or your favorite pizza sauce)
  • ¼ to ⅓ cup sliced green and black olives
  • ¼ to ⅓ cup shredded carrot
  • ¼ medium zucchini, thinly sliced
  • ¼ yellow bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 4 ounces fresh mozzarella, cut into ½-inch cubes
  • ¼ cup finely shredded parmesan cheese (optional)
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling (optional)

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 500°F (if using a baking sheet) or as high as it will go (if using a baking stone/steel; place the stone/steel in the bottom third of the oven before you start preheating). Let the oven preheat for at least 30 minutes. Then, if you’re using a baking stone or steel, switch the oven to Broil on high.
  • Stretch or roll out your dough to a 12- to 14-inch circle, then transfer it to an oiled or parchment-lined baking sheet or a lightly floured pizza peel (if using a baking stone/steel).
  • Spoon the sauce onto the dough and spread it out evenly, leaving a ½-inch border all around. Top with the olives, carrot, zucchini, and bell pepper, then finish with the mozzarella and parmesan cheeses. Sprinkle the top with a little salt and pepper.
  • Transfer the pizza to the oven and bake until the crust is golden and the cheese has browned in spots—8 to 10 minutes on the baking sheet, 6 to 8 minutes on the baking stone/steel.
  • Remove the pizza from the oven. Drizzle it lightly with olive oil (if using); let it cool for a few minutes before slicing and serving.