This vegetarian pizza loads up on Mediterranean flavors with artichokes, roasted red peppers, and green olives with arugula on a homemade crust topped with pesto and mozzarella cheese.
This recipe is brought to you by DeLallo Foods
I find that any time I can harvest ingredients from my pantry for a quick dinner it’s a good, good, good thing. Don’t call me a hoarder, but you can say I’m a pro at having plenty of back-ups “just in case” there’s a time of need. This vegetarian Mediterranean pizza is one delicious way to put a dent in my stockpile.
Even though the main ingredients are jarred or canned—artichoke hearts, roasted red peppers, and mellow green olives—this pizza tastes fresh and lively topped with sprigs of lightly dressed arugula. The soft and supple homemade pizza dough is made from DeLallo’s pizza kit so that all you need to add to it is water then give it a quick 30 minute rise. It makes enough dough for two pizzas, so save the extra dough for yet another back-up :), or double the amount of ingredients and make two pizza pies.
What’s On This Mediterranean Pizza
What’s terrific about the toppings on this homemade pizza is that everything is always stocked in my pantry and fridge, making it a quick-to-make dinner solution.
Here’s what’s on this Mediterranean pizza:
- DeLallo Italian Pizza Dough Kit
- DeLallo Simply Pesto Sauce
- Shredded mozzarella cheese
- Minced garlic
- DeLallo Quartered Artichoke Hearts in Brine (I don’t use marinated artichokes because I like a clean flavor)
- DeLallo Roasted Red Peppers in Water
- DeLallo Italian Castelvetrano Pitted Olives
- DeLallo Private Reserve Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Red onion
- Grated Parmesan cheese
- Red pepper flakes
How to Make Pizza Dough at Home
The best pizza pies start with a good pizza dough. I’ve followed this from-scratch pizza dough for years, but since discovering the ease of DeLallo’s Italian Pizza Dough Kit, that homemade dough recipe is often put on hiatus.
DeLallo’s pizza kit contains Italian OO flour and pre-measured yeast so all you need to add is water, mix it with a fork, then give it a few quick kneads and it’s time to roll. Add a drizzle of olive oil to the mix to soften the dough even more and a drizzle of honey for sweetness.
The dough should be very shaggy and loose in the bowl before turning it out onto the counter and kneading it to become a soft ball.
Bring On the Rise
Cover the bowl with plastic wrap for a quicker rise. After a quick knead, place the rounded dough ball in a lightly greased bowl covered with plastic wrap for a quick 30-minute rise. The wrap holds the heat created by the yeast and keeps the dough supple.
TIP: Place the dough in a heat-proof bowl and set it on the stove’s burner for 15 seconds to warm the dough and jump-start the rise. Or, set the oven to 250°F for 1 minute then turn the oven off. Place the covered bowl in the warmed oven to rise.
Make the dough ahead of time. You can make this dough right before baking it or refrigerate it for up to 3 days. Bring it to room temperature before shaping into a pizza pie.
Prep the Toppings
Drain the jarred Mediterranean ingredients well so the pizza doesn’t get soggy. And for even bits of deliciousness, chop them in similar sizes to get more than one flavor in each bite.
Make Mediterranean ingredient swaps with ingredients like:
- Use pitted kalamata or black lives instead of green
- Top with canned or fresh mushrooms
- Use fresh red or green peppers instead of roasted red
- Try topping with salty capers
- Add pinenuts for crunch
- Sprinkle with fresh torn basil or snips of rosemary
Get Crusty With It
Form the crust into a circle with your fingertips, stretching it gently into the shape you’re looking for. If your dough is feeling resistant and snaps back while shaping, rest it for few minutes for the gluten to relax, then start shaping it again.
If you prefer a thicker crust, shape it, top it, then let it sit at room temp for a few minutes before baking for more rise time.
Go pesto for a lighter bite and built-in flavor. Instead of pizza sauce for the pizza’s base, I really like using the garlic and basil infused flavor of pesto instead. Drizzle the dough with a little olive oil then spread the pesto on top.
Layer the mozzarella but don’t go overboard. Next, a layer of melted mozz under the toppings acts like the glue to hold them in place. Naturaly I add a few more sprinkles over the toppings for good measure. Just like everyone else, I love a good pizza cheese pull but for this pizza, go easy on the cheese for a healthier bite.
Bake that Pie
For the crispest crust bake the pizza on a preheated pizza stone. While not essential, oven-baked pizza is best baked on a hot pizza stone that radiates heat through the crust. Use a pizza peel to move the uncooked pizza to the oven and your pro status goes up another notch. If you don’t have either, bake on a heavy duty baking sheet dusted with cornmeal so the crust doesn’t stick.
Add fresh arugula then spice it up. After baking, toss arugula leaves with a few drops of olive oil and Parmesan cheese, and add to the top of the pie with red pepper flakes, dried oregano, and flaky salt. It’s the finishing touch that really makes a difference.
More Pizza Recipes to Try
- Truffled Mushroom Pizza
- Cheesy Sausage Pizza Bread
- How to Make Fried Pizza ala Pizza Fritta
- Pesto Pizza with Balsamic Chicken and Peaches
- Berry With Arugula and Prosciutto Pizza
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