We harvested our first zucchini of the year from our garden, and we decided to feature it on a pizza (and as a side dish). We’d made a white pizza a few years ago (Tomato and Cottage Cheese Pie), and we wanted to try again…but differently. Originally, we chose cottage cheese for extra protein, and we ran into a few issues (which we detail along with our countermeasures in the tomato version). For this pizza, we went a little more traditional with our white pizza and relied on Ricotta Cheese (which you can also do for the White Tomato Pie), and it worked well. The Ricotta is much less tricky than the Cottage Cheese and is a little more mainstream with your flavour expectations.
Anyway, once we spread our ricotta on our dough (just like you’d spread cream cheese on a bagel, mind you), we added some fresh garlic and thinly sliced zucchini before topping it off with shredded mozzarella, red pepper flakes, and oregano. We kept it simple with our toppings, but if you’re looking for something extra, we think the addition of thinly sliced tomatoes, sautéed mushrooms, or Roasted Red Pepper would enhance the flavour and colour profile nicely.
Since the zucchini we picked from the garden was ginormous, and the pieces on the pizza were thinly sliced, we had a ton left after assembling…so we cut it up and sautéed it in olive oil with a little garlic and onion as our side dish!
Time: 30 Minutes (plus time if making your own dough from scratch)
- Pizza Crust/Dough. Use store bought or Make Your Own!
- Ricotta Cheese
- Fresh Garlic
- Shredded Mozzarella (Whole Milk Mozzarella is best)
- Red Pepper Flakes
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F (or 425 if you want a crispier crust).
- Spread your ricotta cheese thinly over your pizza crust/dough.
- Peel and slice (or dice) your garlic, and spread it evenly atop your pie.
- Thinly slice your zucchini, and arrange it on your pizza.
- Sprinkle your mozzarella over everything, and then add your red pepper flakes and oregano.
- Stash your pizza in the oven, and cook until your cheese melts and just begins to brown, and your crust reaches your desired crispness.
- Remove from the oven, cut, plate, devour, and enjoy!