Category Archives: basil

Watermelon Pizza Recipe

Watermelon Pizza

Ingredients:

  • Grilled watermelon
  • Asiago and mozzarella cheese
  • Balsamic reduction sauce
  • Homemade pizza dough made with fresh basil

Note: This week’s share from The Good Food Collective included so many fresh veggies that it was difficult to decide which to use on a pizza. So, I asked my Facebook followers for ideas. After seeing the picture of the choices a couple of friends suggested using the only fruit in the mix, watermelon! After hesitating a bit, I accepted the challenge. I added some fresh chopped basil to my usual dough recipe. Because I didn’t want the crust to be soggy, I only used a small amount of grilled watermelon to top the pizza. The balsamic reduction sauce was a first for my pizzas, but won’t be a last. All the flavors tasted great together. The basil in the crust was mild but noticeable. The balsamic sauce tasted wonderful with the cheeses. The watermelon held some of its sweet flavor and was delicious with the other ingredients. What I thought was a crazy idea turned out to be a fantastic pizza!

Rapini, Three Cheese Pizza Recipe

Rapini, Three Cheese Pizza

Ingredients:

  • Sauteed rapini
  • Sauteed red and white onion
  • Sauteed garlic
  • Basil
  • Asiago, Parmesan and Mozzarella cheeses
  • Homemade pizza sauce
  • Homemade dough

Note: The rapini, onions, garlic, and basil were fresh from The Good Food Collective. This pizza was delicious!

Butternut Squash Pizza Recipe

Butternut Squash Pizza

Every Autumn my mom makes an amazing butternut squash lasagna. I have wanted to use the key ingredients from her recipe for a pizza since the beginning of my pizza project, so when a butternut squash was included in our share from The Good Food Collective I jumped at the opportunity.

I diced the butternut squash, sprayed it with canola oil, added some salt and pepper, then roasted it in the oven until it softened a bit. For a base to the pizza, I blended ricotta cheese with pesto sauce, then spread that on the pre-baked dough. I added the squash and sauteed onions and then let it bake.

This pizza was a great idea; it was so delicious! The roasted squash had a sweet flavor that complimented the pesto cheese spread very well. My butternut squash pizza was a great kick-off to the fall pizza season!

The Healthy Italian Pizza Recipe

For some reason I was in the mood for lasagna earlier today so I bought the ingredients to make a summertime lasagna. I thought this would be a nice dish to prepare for RJ, one of Andrew’s former students/flag football teammates, but at the last minute I remembered a pizza adventure I had been wanting to try. I have made over 100 unique pizzas, but somehow I have never made a pizza with ricotta cheese. Tonight would be the night.

In addition to the ricotta cheese I had also picked up Italian sausage at the store. We had an abundance of yellow squash and a nice bunch of basil from our CSA, The Good Food Collective.  To begin, I sliced one yellow squash and white onion and then sauteed them. I also browned the sausage in a pan. While that all cooked I used a blender to combine ricotta cheese, fresh garlic and basil. It smelled and looked pretty similar to a pesto sauce. After pre-baking the dough I spread on the cheese mixture, then topped it with the Italian sausage, yellow squash and onions. I then let it bake for about 10 minutes.

I always enjoy having guests over on nights I am making a new creation so that if it is a good pizza they can enjoy in the experience with us. Well this pizza was a winner! The ricotta cheese mixture tasted fantastic with the flavors of the fresh squash and the Italian sausage.  The flavors were rich but that didn’t stop us from eating most of the pizza. Another thing I like about having guests over for new pizza creations is giving them the the honor, or the pressure, of naming the new pizza. When given the reigns RJ quickly settled on The Healthy Italian.  Overall, my Healthy Italian pizza recipe made for another delicious summer pizza!

#39: Caprese Pizza Recipe 7/31/10

In addition to the Roast Beast pizza, I needed a light summer pizza that I knew my sisters and step-mom Carol would enjoy. Because my dad and Carol have a great garden at their house Carol often makes Caprese salad with fresh tomatoes and basil so I figured she would like it as a pizza. She kindly donated fresh basil and then I recruited her to assemble the pizza for me. In addition to the basil she added sliced tomato, mozzarella cheese and a spritz of oil. Carol is an excellent sous chef and the pizza was delicious!

#26: Pesto Pizza Recipe 6/4/10

When asked the question, “If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?” My answer has always been a toss up between pesto and pizza. I grew up eating pesto. My parents grew fresh basil in their garden and used it to make pesto all summer long. I have attempted to make pesto one or two times, but it never tasted as good as my parents. Luckily, my mom makes me a stash every summer and I keep it in the freezer until I use it for a dish. We are trying to empty our freezer before we move and there was one batch of pesto left. It was begging to be made into a pizza. I spread the pesto on the pizza dough and topped it with mozzarella cheese. This is one of my most simple pizza recipes, but we both thought it was one of my best. So, now my answer to the question, “If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life” it would be definitely be “Pesto Pizza.”

#5, 6, 7: Party Pizza Recipe 2/6/10

We decided to have some friends over for pizza and other snacks. The next three pizzas were made for that night.

#5 Margherita Pizza

I figured I should make the old stand-by, marinara and cheese. It turned out to be a hit.

#6 Meat Lovers Pizza

This is a pizza I have made for Andrew and I before so I knew it would be great. I used poultry Italian sausage, turkey pepperoni, sautéed onions, marinara and mozzarella cheese. I was right, it was great.

#7 Cheese-less Roasted Veggie Pizza

One of our friends is lactose intolerant, I can’t even imagine because I love cheese so much. I have seen him eat cheese before but I wanted to check with him to see what he could eat. He said melted cheese was the worst, I pity him so much because I love melted cheese the best! I was kind of excited for the challenge of a cheese-less pizza, I have never attempted it before due to my cheese addiction. I roasted red peppers, something I learned to do earlier in the week. I also roasted some onions and sautéed zucchini. I brushed Wegmans basting oil with garlic and herbs on the crust and added the veggies. This pizza turned out to taste great and our lactose intolerant friend was grateful and satisfied with my creation. I was disappointed that the veggies did not stay on the pizza after I sliced it and they fell off when you tried to eat it. The challenge is how do you get the veggies to stay on the pizza without cheese? I will attempt that challenge again sometime.