I made homemade pizza tonight (which by the way was just delicious) for less money then it would cost to order in a pie and tip the delivery guy. I had a few things already in the fridge / pantry, but bought the majority of the ingredients. Making a whole pie chock full of yummy healthy toppings only cost $11! By making it at home I saved about $8 and I bet a lot of calories too! Here’s how to do it…
Store bought pizza dough purchased from your favorite pizza shop or Italian market (I buy mine from Corrados) – this time I used whole wheat
2 vine ripe tomatoes sliced thin
1/2 zucchini, 1/2 yellow squash, 1/2 eggplant (sliced a quarter inch thick)
1 jarred roasted red pepper (sliced into thin strips)
1/2 red onion (sliced)
1 ball fresh mozzarella (patted dry and sliced thin)
1 handful fresh basil
olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt, pepper
Preheat the oven to 450. Stretch out the dough until it forms a circle (depending on the consistency of the dough you may need to use a little flour). Brush with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake until the crust starts to get crispy. If any bubbles start to form prick them with a fork.
In the mean time, drizzle a little olive oil in a saute pan over medium high heat. Saute the sliced onions until they are caramelized (about 10 minutes).
Toss the sliced zucchini, squash and eggplant with a little olive oil, salt and pepper. Grill in a grill pan until the are almost cooked through.
After the dough starts to brown (about 10 minutes) pull out of the oven and add sliced tomatoes on top. Cook for a few more minutes until the tomatoes start to “melt”. Take out of the oven and put all of the veggies on top (zucchini, squash, eggplant, roasted peppers, onion) then sprinkle with the thinly sliced fresh mozzarella. Bake for a few more minutes until the cheese melts.
Remove from oven and top with fresh basil and a drizzle of olive oil…just like the do in Italy! I topped mine with a little grated pecorino romano cheese and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar. Healthy…delicious…inexpensive! ENJOY!