Ricotta and Roasted Vegetable Whole Wheat Pizza

It’s the first official day of Spring Break and while I’m not really in the mood to cook, because, you know the whole “I’m on vacation, so I want to serve all meals on paper plates and never turn on my oven thing” – I figured I should put on my big girl panties and make some dinner.

Because if I don’t make dinner, what will I do while I drink my wine?

In an effort to be completely transparent, I’m not going to BS you, my dear friends and tell you that I can get my children anywhere near this pizza. If there is one thing I have learned in my 5+ years of being a vegetarian it is that if you tell someone that something is going to “taste exactly like _____” you are setting yourself up for major dinner-time disaster. So, if I tell my children that we are having pizza and I present them with this different (albeit delicious) alternative, I am going to have two very disappointed chickadees on my hands.

So we let pizza night, be pizza night. The kids get to handcraft their own tomato sauce and cheese monstrosity and my husband and I enjoy our grownup version. And of course, all their leftover crusts.

When I told my kiddos I was making pizza and pulled all these veggies out, their faces dropped like you would not believe!

What You’ll Need

Non-stick cooking spray (I use coconut oil spray)

Flour (for dusting your pizza stone)

1 whole wheat pizza crust

1 – 1 1/2 c. whole milk ricotta cheese

1 small butternut squash, peeled and sliced (or if you’re in vacation mode like me, you can buy precut cubes)

1 small onion, cut into crescents

1-2 purple carrots, cut into rounds

2-3 tbs rosemary

 

1/4 c. shaved parmesan (optional)

What You’ll Do

  • Preheat your oven according to your dough package directions
  • Spray baking sheet with non-stick spray and spread vegetables evenly. Coat with a light dusting of olive oil and season with 1-2 tbs rosemary.

Please keep your eyes away from the stains on my baking sheet. As you may know from previous #MeatlessMonday posts, I only own one baking sheet. Do I have any readers that work for Le Creuset that want to hook a sister up?

  • Bake for 20-25 minutes or until easily pierced with a fork
  • Sprinkle flour on your pizza stone or roll our a sheet of parchment paper, to avoid your crust sticking.

This is what flour on a pizza sheet looks like. You’re welcome.

Everything about this photo is staged. There is a zero percent chance that I can throw pizza dough with any level of success.

 

If like me, you like to purchase a pre-made sack of dough (which now that I’m typing if out, sounds a little bit lewd…) be sure to let it get to room temperature before you try and spread our your crust. If the dough is too cold, you will end up with a teeny, tiny pizza and nobody wants that.

  • Spread a thin layer of ricotta on your crust and cover with veggies and sprinkling of parmesan

Here’s where you’re going to want to add a bunch of extra rosemary. I give you permission to completely ignore my recipe and add as much as you want. It’s one of the very best spices.

  • Top with rosemary (and more rosemary) and bake according to dough package directions.

 

And then there’s the version I give to my children, because I want them to continue to love me.

I hope that someday, my kids will look at me, like they look at a cheese pizza.

And that’s what I call a successful, vacation-friendly #MeatlessMonday! Complete with leftovers, so my kitchen can put her feet up for a little while and enjoy the rest of her Spring Break!

28 Comments

  1. That looks really good and yeah no dice w my kids either. Also I love Trader Joe’s more than most but I cannot stand their ricotta cheese!

  2. “This is what flour on a cookie sheet looks like…” 😂😂 hey- you never know what’s going to help someone! My husband makes fun of me for all my step by step pictures.
    This looks super yummy though! I love your toppings!

    • hahah sometimes I feel so silly posting them all, but you’re right! You never know what’s going to help!

  3. I am a fan of whole wheat, hardly ever eat white bread, but never really made a whole wheat pizza. Don’t ask me why, just didn’t. Should give it a try and your combination with the roasted veggies sounds good.
    Thanks for sharing.

    • If you have a Trader Joe’s around you, their whole wheat dough is really tasty! I think Pillsbury offers a whole wheat option too. And if all else fails, I suppose there’s a way to make homemade whole wheat dough, but who has time for that 😉

  4. Yum this looks so good! Definitely need to try this out!

    • Thank you! You will have to let me know how you like it!! It’s one of my favorites 🙂

  5. This sounds SO good – I love roasted vegetables on everything in the winter! Looks like a great, hearty crust, too. Thanks for sharing!

    • Me too! Soon I’m going to have to trade out the squash for pineapple and get this summer party train going!

  6. YUM! Such a fun thing to do as a family!

  7. I have tons of baking sheets and they STILL all look like that! This looks delicious! And I totally agree – gimme all the rosemary!

    • hahah you are awesome! Thanks for making me feel better about my baking sheets! What is a gal to do when she wants to take cooking photos!?!? Until my Williams Sonoma fairy godmother finds me, stained kitchenware it is 🙂

  8. This is a fantastic flavor combination! I miss dairy so much…love ricotta!

    • Oh man, I hear ya! I try and do minimal dairy these days, so when I indulge I have to make it count 😉

  9. This looks so intriguing to me! I am a typical pizza lover, so tons of meat and cheese. But this really does look good and worth a try!

    • I hear ya! My kiddos think pizza is the Italian translation of “TONS of sauce and cheese” 😉 so we just do both!

  10. That looks really good! I’ve never had ricotta or squash on pizza before. I think this might be my next cooking adventure!

    • You are always so awesome about trying new things! I was skeptical at first too, but the rosemary totally makes it!

  11. This pizza looks so healthy and delicious, my kids would love this. I am trying this.

    • You’ll have to let me know how your kiddos like it! Mine can’t let go of the fact that it doesn’t look like a traditional cheese pizza 🙂

  12. Well that looks delicious! I bet my husband wouldn’t even notice that the meat is missing!

    • I’m sure he wouldn’t mind! I made this whole fasting one time and my husband ate 1/2 the pizza for lunch and 1/2 for dinner!

  13. This looks delicious!! I’m impressed with you working the pizza dough. I’m trying to get more comfortable cooking, but let’s just say I’ve had a few oops recipes. So, I’m hesitant to try anything new. Haha!!
    Angela

    • hahah oh the pizza dough photo was just for fun. I wish I could throw dough!!! My husband claims he used to be able to back in his high school pizza delivery days 🙂

  14. Umm this sounds AWESOME! OMG and I just realized we have a thing of Trader Joe’s pizza dough in the freezer! SCOOOOORE!

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