Zucchini Pizza with Fresh Mozzarella & Pecorino Cheese

Zucchini Pizza

with Fresh Mozzarella & Pecorino Cheese

50 MIN
3 Servings
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From the Test Kitchen

Slices of verdant zucchini (a type of summer squash) top this delightful pizza—also layered with melty mozzarella and a flavorful tomato sauce infused with fragrant saffron for delicious depth of flavor.

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Zucchini Pizza with Fresh Mozzarella & Pecorino Cheese
Title
  • 1 lb Pizza Dough
  • 1 14-Ounce Can Whole Peeled Tomatoes
  • 1 Zucchini
  • 2 cloves Garlic
  • 1 pinch Saffron
  • ¼ cup Grated Pecorino Cheese
  • 4 oz Fresh Mozzarella Cheese
  • ¼ tsp Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
  • 1 tsp Whole Dried Oregano
Prepare the ingredients:
1 Prepare the ingredients:

Remove the dough from the refrigerator to bring to room temperature. Place an oven rack in the center of the oven, then preheat to 475°F. Wash and dry the zucchini; halve lengthwise, then thinly slice crosswise. Peel and roughly chop 2 cloves of garlic. Place the tomatoes in a bowl; gently break apart with your hands. Season with salt, pepper, and the saffron. Stir to combine. 

Brown the zucchini:
2 Brown the zucchini:

In a large pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the sliced zucchini in an even layer; season with salt and pepper. Cook, without stirring, 4 to 5 minutes, or until lightly browned. Transfer to a plate. Wipe out the pan.

Make the sauce:
3 Make the sauce:

In the same pan, heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the chopped garlic and as much of the red pepper flakes as you’d like, depending on how spicy you’d like the dish to be. Cook, stirring frequently, 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until slightly softened. Add the seasoned tomatoes (carefully, as the liquid may splatter). Cook, stirring frequently, 4 to 5 minutes, or until the liquid is slightly thickened. Turn off the heat and stir in the oregano. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired.

Assemble the pizza:
4 Assemble the pizza:

Lightly oil a sheet pan. Using your hands, gently stretch the dough to about 1/4-inch thickness. Carefully center the dough on the sheet pan. Shape towards the edges of the pan, maintaining an even thickness (if the dough is resistant, let rest 5 minutes). Leaving a 1-inch border around the edges, spread the sauce onto the prepared dough. Evenly top with the browned zucchini and mozzarella (tearing into small pieces before adding); season with salt and pepper.

Bake the pizza & serve your dish:
5 Bake the pizza & serve your dish:

Bake the pizza 19 to 23 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and the crust is golden brown. Transfer to a cutting board and let rest at least 2 minutes. Carefully cut into equal-sized pieces. Evenly top the finished pizza with the pecorino. Enjoy! 

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Prepare the ingredients:
1 Prepare the ingredients:

Remove the dough from the refrigerator to bring to room temperature. Place an oven rack in the center of the oven, then preheat to 475°F. Wash and dry the zucchini; halve lengthwise, then thinly slice crosswise. Peel and roughly chop 2 cloves of garlic. Place the tomatoes in a bowl; gently break apart with your hands. Season with salt, pepper, and the saffron. Stir to combine. 

2 Brown the zucchini:

In a large pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the sliced zucchini in an even layer; season with salt and pepper. Cook, without stirring, 4 to 5 minutes, or until lightly browned. Transfer to a plate. Wipe out the pan.

Brown the zucchini:
Make the sauce:
3 Make the sauce:

In the same pan, heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the chopped garlic and as much of the red pepper flakes as you’d like, depending on how spicy you’d like the dish to be. Cook, stirring frequently, 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until slightly softened. Add the seasoned tomatoes (carefully, as the liquid may splatter). Cook, stirring frequently, 4 to 5 minutes, or until the liquid is slightly thickened. Turn off the heat and stir in the oregano. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired.

4 Assemble the pizza:

Lightly oil a sheet pan. Using your hands, gently stretch the dough to about 1/4-inch thickness. Carefully center the dough on the sheet pan. Shape towards the edges of the pan, maintaining an even thickness (if the dough is resistant, let rest 5 minutes). Leaving a 1-inch border around the edges, spread the sauce onto the prepared dough. Evenly top with the browned zucchini and mozzarella (tearing into small pieces before adding); season with salt and pepper.

Assemble the pizza:
Bake the pizza & serve your dish:
5 Bake the pizza & serve your dish:

Bake the pizza 19 to 23 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and the crust is golden brown. Transfer to a cutting board and let rest at least 2 minutes. Carefully cut into equal-sized pieces. Evenly top the finished pizza with the pecorino. Enjoy! 

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