Zucchini-Ricotta Pizza


2 cups warm water (100 to 110 degrees fahrenheit)

3 1/2 teaspoons dry yeast

2 teaspoons sugar

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt, divided

1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

23.75 ounces white whole-wheat flour (about 5 cups)

Cooking spray

1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved

1 tablespoon canola oil, divided

3/4 cup part-skim ricotta cheese

3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh basil

2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh mint

2 tablespoons 1% low-fat milk

1 garlic clove, grated

2 medium zucchini, shaved (about 2 cups)

2 ounces feta cheese, crumbled (1/2 cup)

Any other veggies you wish to toss on there


  1. Place first 3 ingredients in a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook, and let stand 5 minutes.

  2. Stir in olive oil, 1 1/4 teaspoons salt, and black pepper. Weigh or lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Add flour to bowl; beat at low speed just until combined. Cover; let stand 20 minutes.

  3. Uncover; beat at medium-low speed 8 minutes. Turn dough out onto a work surface. Knead 1 minute; form into a ball. Place in a bowl coated with cooking spray; turn to coat. Cover and let rise in a warm place (85°) about 1 hour.

  4. Punch dough down. Divide into 3 portions. Wrap 2 portions in plastic wrap; Cover remaining dough portion; let rise 30 minutes.

  5. Place a pizza stone or baking sheet in oven. Preheat oven to 500°.

  6. Combine tomatoes and 1 1/2 teaspoons canola oil on a foil-lined baking sheet. Bake at 500° for 7 minutes.

  7. Roll dough portion into a 13-inch circle on a large piece of parchment paper; pierce well with a fork. Place on preheated stone; bake at 500° for 4 minutes.

  8. Combine remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, ricotta, basil, mint, milk, and garlic; spread over dough, leaving a 1/2-inch border. Combine zucchini with remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons canola oil; arrange on pizza. Top pizza with feta. Bake at 500° for 10 minutes. Top with tomatoes; bake at 500° for 4 minutes. Cut into 8 wedges.

Recipe adapted from Myrecipes

Cook Time: 30 mins, add extra time for prep

To cut down on prep time, you can always use a pre prepared crust.