Roasted Red Peppers Pizza Recipe

Published on August 18th 2022 by Jennifer Dodd.
Last updated on March 20th 2024
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Closed Up Shot of Roasted Red Peppers Pizza

Making fresh homemade pizza is equivalent to having a blank canvas waiting to be created. The different sauces, toppings, and the types of crusts you can choose from are endless. This Roasted Red Pepper Pizza recipe is topped with Mediterranean-style ingredients such as homemade fire-roasted red peppers, kalamata olives, fresh basil, feta, and mozzarella cheese. The formula is meatless and vegetarian, but you can go ahead and add some salami or any of your favorite meats if you desire. 

Mastering how to make your own roasted red peppers is easy as you can't make a mistake. The key is to burn the peppers until all the skin is completely charred, using the burners on your stovetop. Whether you have a gas or electric stove, you can take your peppers to the next level.  

This recipe has a traditional crispy crust made from all-purpose flour, olive oil, yeast, salt, honey, and water. The dough is rested on the countertop for a minimum of 4 hours, or for even better results, make the dough the night before and let it rest and ferment overnight in the fridge.

If you're looking for some alternative and inspiring pizza crusts, the team at Classic Bakes has developed a few recipes for you to choose from.  These include Low-Carb Cauliflower Crust, Keto Broccoli Crust, and a Dairy-Free Sweet Potato Crust. A pizza stone and high heat are the keys to having that perfect pizza crust and bubbly cheese. But don't panic if you don't have a pizza stone: a baking sheet will do the trick which we'll show you in the step-by-step instructions. 

The sauce is a raw tomato sauce consisting of high-quality tomatoes, salt, sugar & fresh herbs. As the pizza cooks, so will the sauce. If you like a little spice in your life, add some crushed red pepper flakes to your pizza or any additional toppings. 

 

Do you cook red peppers before putting on pizza?

You can add raw red peppers to a pizza before cooking as they will cook as your pizza does. 

Is red pepper flakes the same as crushed red pepper?

Yes, red pepper flakes and crushed red peppers are the same item. 

What red pepper is used for pizza?

Red bell peppers are used to make this recipe. 

Is crushed red pepper good on pizza?

If you enjoy a little spice in your life, yes crushed red peppers are great on pizza. 

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Time & Serves

Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
55 mins
Serves
6 persons

Ingredients

Pizza Dough
  • 2 cups All-Purpose Flour, plus 1/4 cup extra flour for forming the dough 

  • 2 teaspoons Kosher Salt

  • 1 package Dry Active Yeast 

  • 75 ml Olive Oil

  • 1 cup Ice Water

  • 2 tablespoons Honey

  • 2 teaspoons Dried Italian Seasoning, optional

  • 2 tablespoons Cornmeal or Semolina Flour, for dusting the tray

Pizza Sauce
  • 1 (8 oz) tin San Marzano Crushed Tomatoes or any other high-quality tomatoes

  • 2 tablespoons Granulated Sugar

  • 1 teaspoon Kosher Salt

  • 2 teaspoons Fresh Oregano, chopped

  • 2 teaspoons Fresh Basil, chopped

Roasted Red Peppers
  • 2 large Red Bell Peppers

Roasted Red Pepper Pizza Assembly
  • 1 recipe Pizza Dough/Crust

  • 1 Recipe Pizza Sauce 

  • 1/2 cup Feta Cheese, shredded

  • 2 cups, Mozzarella Cheese, shredded

  • 2 Roasted Red Peppers, chopped 

  • 24 Pitted Kalamata Olives 

  • 1/4 cup Fresh Basil, leaves only 

Instructions

Pizza Dough

Using a measuring cup, add the water, yeast & honey. Stir the ingredients with a small whisk or fork & let sit for five minutes until foamy

Overview of a measuring cup with water, yeast and honey inside

Add the salt, Italian seasoning and flour, to medium-sized bowl. Mix the ingredients using a whisk or fork.  

Overview of flour and seasoning in a metal bowl.

Add in 3/4s of the olive oil and the yeast mixture into the bowl containing the flour and seasonings. 

Overview of a bowl containing flour, the yeast mixture and olive oil.

Use your hands to mix and knead the dough inside the bowl until the ingredients start to come together. 

Overview of pizza dough being formed inside a metal bowl.

Place the dough onto a  medium-sized cutting board lightly dusted with flour, and continue kneading the dough for 5-10 minutes until the dough is smooth. 

Overview of pizza dough on a lightly floured cutting board.

Once the dough is kneaded, cut it in half and form two balls of dough by tucking the balls of dough into itself. 

Overview of 2 balls of pizza dough on a cutting board.

Use a silicone baking mat or parchment paper to line a sheet tray. Place the dough balls onto the lined tray & rub all sides of the dough with the remainder of the olive oil. Cover the dough with cling wrap & let rest in the fridge overnight or in a warm, dark & dry place on the kitchen counter for a minimum of four hours.

Overview of two balls of pizza dough on a tray lined with parchment paper covered with olive oil.
Pizza Sauce

Using a fine mesh strainer, placed over top of a small bowl, strain the excess juice from the tinned tomatoes. The result is to have a less watery tomato sauce. 

Overview of crushed tomatoes in a strainer that is placed over a bowl.

Once strained, add the tomatoes into a medium-sized bowl, and add the salt, sugar, chopped basil & oregano. Stir with a spoon to mix everything. Set aside.  

Overview of a bowl of pizza sauce ingredients in a bowl.
Roasted Red Peppers

Wash your peppers & dry them off using paper towel or a clean kitchen towel. 

Overview of two red peppers being dried off with paper towel.

Turn on the two small burners on your stovetop, setting them to high heat. Place the peppers directly onto the burners. The skin should start to burn and turn black. Using a pair of kitchen tongs, rotate the peppers until each side, and the whole pepper is chard. 

Overview of red peppers being charred on two burners next to a pair of kitchen tongs.

Once the peppers are done, place them into a medium-sized bowl and wrap the bowl with plastic wrap. Set the bowl aside for five minutes to allow the peppers to continue cooking and soften. 

Areal view of roasted peppers in a bowl.

After the peppers have rested, peel off all the burnt skin and the seeds and membranes from the peppers using your fingers. 

Aerial view of roasted peppers being peeled on a cutting board

After the peppers have been cleaned, roughly chop them using a chef's knife and set them aside until you're ready to assemble your pizza. 

Overview of chopped roasted peppers on a cutting board.
Roasted Red Pepper Pizza Assembly

Preheat oven to 500 °F. While the oven is preheating, remove the pizza dough from the fridge & bring it to room temperature.

Overview of pizza dough on a cutting board

Lightly flour a cutting board or a clean space on the countertop, add the dough one ball at a time onto the counter & lightly flour the dough. 

Overview of a ball of pizza dough on a floured cutting board.

Flatten the dough using the palms of your hands into a rough circle.

Overview of pizza dough being formed on a cutting board.

Pick up the dough & use your hands to rotate and stretch the dough until the dough has stretched onto 12inches in diameter, roughly the size of your pizza stone or pan. 

 

 

Overview of pizza dough being formed on a wooden cutting board

Sprinkle half the cornmeal or semolina flour onto a baking sheet, pizza pan or pizza stone.  

Overview of a baking sheet with cornmeal sprinkled on it

Once the dough is shaped, place the dough onto the semolina-coated sheet tray.

Aerial view of pizza dough on a baking sheet

Use a spoon to spread 1/2 a cup of pizza sauce onto the dough, leaving a 1/2 inch off the sides for the pizza crust. 

Pizza sauce being spread onto pizza dough

Next spread out half the shredded mozzarella cheese on top of the sauce. 

Mozzarella cheese being added to a pizza

Then add half the olives and chopped roasted red peppers. 

Roasted peppers and olives being added to a pizza

Bake in the center of the oven for 8-12 minutes until the cheese is melted & the edges are golden brown.

Sideview of pizza being cooked in an oven

Remove pizza from the oven, let it cool down for a few minutes while you repeat the method with the second pizza.

Overview of pizza cooling down on a baking tray.

Add some fresh basil leaves and half the feta cheese to the pizza. 

Basil and feta cheese being added to a roasted red pepper pizza.

Slide the pizza onto a cutting board. Use a pizza cutter or knife to cut each pizza into eight slices, serve directly on the cutting board or on a large plate. Use any of extra pizza sauce to dip your slices into. The best part about pizza is the leftovers eaten standing right out of the fridge. Enjoy all your hard work!

Overview of pizza being sliced.
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