Go Meatless with Three Pepper Pizza

This Three Pepper Pizza is the go-to dinner for Meatless Monday. All you need is store-bought pizza dough,  red, orange and yellow bell peppers, onion, garlic, spices and mozzarella cheese to enjoy a slice of heaven! Believe it or not, no pizza sauce needed!

Three Pepper Pizza | 2 Cookin Mamas This Three Pepper Pizza is the go-to dinner for Meatless Monday. All you need is store-bought pizza dough,  red, orange and yellow bell peppers, onion, garlic, spices and mozzarella cheese to enjoy a slice of heaven! Believe it or not, no pizza sauce needed! #pizza #dinner #meatlessmeal #peppers #mozzarella #recipe

We love our pizza in this house and ever since I bought a pizza stone it has become a favorite to have at least twice a month. Our favorite is probably Pepperoni Pizza but I’ve tried a copycat version of California Pizza Kitchen’s Thai Chicken Pizza, a BBQ Pulled Pork Pizza with leftover pork and what I call my Jimmy Buffet special, a Double Cheeseburger Pizza in Paradise, and they’re all sensational!

Three Pepper Pizza whole pie

However, every once in a while it’s nice to go meatless and about a year ago I decided that in order to be healthier we would try to go meatless at least once a week. It seems the only way I could stay on this course was to pick a day and stick with it – and what better inspiration than Meatless Monday! This Three Pepper Pizza was a good dinner option to start with since it would be hard to pick a time when anyone ever said “I don’t want pizza”! Am I right or am I right?!

Three Pepper Pizza square slice

Check out how easy this Three Pepper Pizza is to make!

I gathered up some popular herbs from my indoor garden, basil, oregano and thyme, and threw them all together. I had just bought a package of tri-color peppers from Costco so I used those as my base. To start, saute sliced onions for 5 minutes and remove from skillet. In the same skillet, cook sliced peppers and garlic with half of the herbs.

Three Pepper Pizza cooking ingredients

Place cooked onions and peppers on top of a rolled out pizza crust. My Publix makes some of the best pizza dough around but you can also find dough in the refrigerated section of most grocery stores.

Three Pepper Pizza added peppers

Top with mozzarella cheese and a sprinkling of Parmesan. Bake.

Three Pepper Pizza adding cheese

I didn’t add any tomato sauce to this three pepper pizza as my daughter has them on her allergy list and I was hoping that the juice from the peppers and onions would make up for it. And boy, did they ever! You’re not going to believe it til you try it but no one missed the tomato sauce! Believe me, you won’t either! Sprinkle with remaining herbs and dive in!

Three Pepper Pizza pie square

Why not start a trend in your house of a meatless meal once a week and start with this easy yummy Three Pepper Pizza! Enjoy!

5 from 2 votes
Three Pepper Pizza square slice
THREE PEPPER PIZZA
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
35 mins
Preheat pizza stone
30 mins
Total Time
45 mins
 

This Three Pepper Pizza is the go-to dinner for Meatless Monday. All you need is a store-bought pizza dough,  tri-color peppers, onion, garlic, spices and mozzarella cheese to enjoy a slice of heaven! Believe it or not, no sauce needed!

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keywords: bellpeppers, dinner, meatlessmeal, pizza, recipe
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 573 kcal
Author: Linda Warren
Ingredients
  • 1 pizza dough, usually available at your supermarket bakery
  • 4 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large sweet onion, sliced thin
  • 1 red bell pepper, cut into strips
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, cut into strips
  • 1 green bell pepper, cut into strips (orange bell peppers work as well)
  • 4 garlic cloves, chopped or 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • handful fresh basil, chopped
  • handful fresh parsley, chopped
  • handful fresh thyme, chopped
  • salt to taste
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne (more if you like it hotter)
  • 8 oz. mozzarella cheese, sliced
  • 2 Tablespoons Pecorino-Romano
Directions
  1. Take pizza dough from refrigerator and let sit out an hour prior to rolling out.
  2. Half hour prior to cooking, place a pizza stone or cookie sheet in oven and preheat to 500 degrees.
  3. In a large skillet, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil. Saute onions for 3-5 minutes then remove with slotted spoon. Add remaining 2 Tablespoons of olive oil and place peppers, garlic and half of herbs in pan. Season with salt and cayenne. Saute for 10 minutes. Remove and set aside.
  4. Sprinkle cornmeal on flat surface. Take pizza dough and punch down then roll out to a circle slightly smaller than your pizza stone or a rectangle if using a cookie sheet. Sprinkle more cornmeal as needed so that dough does not stick to rolling pin. I also pick mine up and stretch the edges slightly to help with the shaping.
  5. Some people put their pizza together on a pizza peel or paddle and then transfer it to the pizza stone but I have never had any luck with that. Instead, when I am ready to assemble, I take the pizza stone from the oven, sprinkle it well with cornmeal and carefully place my dough on the stone. If you are using a cookie sheet, carefully place your dough on that.
  6. Spread onions on top of the dough, leaving about 1/2"-1" on sides to prevent spills. Next spread pepper mixture on top of onions. Lay mozzarella cheese on top of peppers then grate some fresh Pecorino-Romano on top.
  7. Carefully place pizza stone or cookie sheet back in oven and bake about 20-25 minutes or until cheese melts and crust is crisp.
  8. Remove from oven, sprinkle with remaining herbs, cut and serve.
  9. Makes 1 pizza or about 8 slices enough for 4 people.
Nutrition Facts
THREE PEPPER PIZZA
Amount Per Serving
Calories 573 Calories from Fat 270
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 30g 46%
Saturated Fat 10g 50%
Cholesterol 47mg 16%
Sodium 1095mg 46%
Potassium 243mg 7%
Total Carbohydrates 54g 18%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 8g
Protein 21g 42%
Vitamin A 33.8%
Vitamin C 142.8%
Calcium 32.5%
Iron 18.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

This post was originally published on May 12, 2014 and has been updated with new photos and copy.

Wine Pairing:  I really like a a cool, crisp Sauvignon Blanc, like Slingshot’s Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio with plenty of bright acidity that complements the variety of veggies. A dry rose wine, Chianti, Shiraz or medium-bodied Zinfandel would also work well with all of the competing flavors.

 

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This Three Pepper Pizza is the go-to dinner for Meatless Monday. All you need is store-bought pizza dough,  red, orange and yellow bell peppers, onion, garlic, spices and mozzarella cheese to enjoy a slice of heaven! Believe it or not, no pizza sauce needed! #pizza #dinner #meatlessmeal #peppers #mozzarella #recipe

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13 Comments

  • Reply
    Winnie
    05/17/2014 at 5:45 pm

    This is a WONDERFUL pizza!!
    I’m a vegetarian so I’d loooooooove to eat this pizza, especially when it has basil 🙂

    • Reply
      Linda Warren
      05/20/2014 at 10:34 am

      Glad you liked it! And I’m with you, the more basil the better!

  • Reply
    Eli Pacheco
    05/19/2014 at 7:58 am

    This looks delicious, and much as I hate to admit it, as a card-carrying carnivore, there’s something to be said about certain meatless meals. For me, it started with Mexican restaurants (they load their beef items to the hilt!) and has migrated to pizza.

    A pizza like this is like having a salad, too.

    • Reply
      Linda Warren
      05/20/2014 at 10:24 am

      My husband was a little skeptical of a meatless meal too but was surprised by how good it was even without the meat. Now it is one of his favorites! And I feel good because I give him something a little healthier. 🙂

      • Reply
        Eli Pacheco
        05/20/2014 at 1:49 pm

        Plus, in restaurants, I think the chef usually believes “includes beef” has to mean “includes a pound of beef.”

  • Reply
    Linda Warren
    05/20/2014 at 2:35 pm

    Maybe that is why so many Americans are overweight – no portion control.

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  • Reply
    Beth Lee
    09/07/2018 at 6:34 pm

    I love this recipe – so many good techniques to use in other meals. And I adore that you are a mother/daughter team!

    • Reply
      Linda Warren
      09/09/2018 at 11:03 am

      Thanks, it’s pretty special! She doesn’t get to do as much any more on the blog since she moved to Georgia and now has 2 little ones to run after but we still work together when we can.

  • Reply
    Robin
    09/07/2018 at 7:23 pm

    The perfect pizza for any pepper lover!

    • Reply
      Linda Warren
      09/09/2018 at 11:02 am

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