Recipe of the Month: The Works Pizza

1 large onion
1 medium green bell pepper
1 medium red bell pepper
8 ounces button mushrooms
2 medium tomatoes
1 (6-ounce) block mozzarella cheese
1 Tablespoon canola oil
1 frozen or refrigerated whole wheat pizza dough, defrosted
Non-stick cooking spray
¼ teaspoon dried basil
¼ teaspoon dried oregano
1 (8-ounce) can tomato sauce, no salt added

MATERIALS

•Baking Sheet

•Box Cutter

•Can Opener

•Colander

•Cutting Board

•Large skillet

•Measuring spoons

•Sharp knife

INGREDIENTS

1 large onion

1 medium green bell pepper

1 medium red bell pepper

8 ounces button mushrooms

2 medium tomatoes

1 (6 ounce) block mozzarella cheese

1 tablespoon canola oil

1 frozen or refrigerated whole wheat pizza dough, defrosted

Non-stick cooking spray

1/4 teaspoon dried basil

1/4 teaspoon dried oregano

1 (8-ounce) can tomato sauce, no salt added

Optional Ingredients:

1/4 teaspoon dried parsley

15 (2-inch diameter) turkey pepperoni slices

 

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Preheat oven to 450°F.

2. Rinse and peel onion. Rinse peppers, mushrooms, and tomatoes. Dice onion, peppers, and tomatoes into ½-inch pieces. Slice mushrooms ¼-inch thick.

3. Grate cheese.

4. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, heat oil. Add onions, mushrooms, and peppers. Cook for 3 minutes.

5. Transfer vegetables to a colander. Stir in tomatoes. Let sit 3–5 minutes to drain excess liquid.

6. While veggies are draining, shape dough into a 12-inch pizza round. Use your fingers to stretch and spread the dough.

7. Coat a baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray. Place pizza dough in center of sheet.

8. Mix dried basil and dried oregano into tomato sauce. If using dried parsley, add now. Spread a layer of sauce across dough.

9. Sprinkle cheese evenly across dough. If using turkey pepperoni, add a layer of slices now.

10. Bake pizza until cheese is melted and crust is browned on the sides and bottom, about 10 minutes. Remove from oven.

11. Add vegetable mixture. Return to oven and bake until pizza is cooked through, 5–10 minutes more. Remove from oven.

12. Let rest for 2 minutes. Using a sharp knife, cut into 8 pieces.

IDEAS

Look for prepared whole wheat pizza dough in the refrigerator section of your store.

Try making a calzone. Lightly coat a baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray. Lay dough on sheet. Cover half the dough with sauce, cheese, and veggies. Fold the dough in half over toppings and seal the edges. Bake for 6 minutes. Turn over, then bake an extra 6 minutes.

Top pizza with any seasonal veggies you like. Try broccoli, red onion, zucchini, or others.