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Pizza Aioli


Homemade Pizza Aioli made with white spread and vegetables. This pizza is extra flavorful due to the garlic aioli sauce and roasted vegetables. Perfect an easy weeknight meal or Friday night treat!

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sliced pizza with colorful vegetables on the wooden board

Recipe Features

  • Homemade pizza with a crispy crust
  • Vegetarian, made completely meat-free
  • This cast-iron skillet pizza recipe is a truly fail-proof recipe that tastes better than takeout

Key Ingredients

ingredients you will need to make pizza with vegetables and with white sauce

How to Make Pizza aioli

Step 1. Preheat the oven. Place empty cast-iron skillet in the preheated oven for 15 minutes. While the oven is preheating make the aioli garlic spread. Take the skillet out; drizzle with olive oil and carefully spread using a paper towel.

shiny cast iron skillet freshly rubbed with oil


Step 2. Add pizza dough, stretching in your hands first before placing it to the skillet. Use your fingers to form the edges. Add the garlic aioli spread.

cast iron skillet with pizza dough and cheese spread

Step 3. Add the following: spinach, mushrooms, peppers. 

cast iron skillet with unbaked pizza topped with vegetables inside

Step 4. Spread with cheese and top with diced onions.

unbaked pizza in the cast iron skillet topped with cheese

Step 5. Bake for 15 minutes on the middle rack till golden. After the pizza is baked, let it rest for the cheese to settle. Carefully take it out after and place it on the cutting board; use a sharp pizza wheel for slicing.

freshly baked pizza with vegetables  in the cast iron skillet

Tips For Success

  • To save time, buy premade garlic aioli sauce and pizza dough. My favorite store-bought artisan pizza dough is from The Essential Baking Company; I find it locally in the freezer section.
  • Use quality mayo; I used mayo made with avocado oil.
  • Use a well-seasoned and large-sized cast-iron skillet, at least 12 inches in diameter. I tested making this pizza with lodge cast iron and Le Creuset cast-iron skillet and both worked fantastically!
  • After you wash spinach and sweet peppers, use a paper towel to dry the moisture. This way, you’ll avoid soggy pizza.
  • Before starting this recipe, have your vegetables pre-sliced; this will simplify the process.
  • Avoid using cast iron with enamel coating; the cast iron coating is the secret to having a delicious golden crust.
  • If pizza dough is sticky, use a tablespoon of flour to shape it.
  • Use high temperature for baking pizza and keeping an eye on the doneness. Some ovens bake faster than others.
  • After the pizza is baked, let it rest for the cheese to settle. Carefully take it out after and place it on the cutting board; use a sharp pizza wheel for slicing.
  • This recipe makes 8-slices of pizza, nutrition value calculated for 1-slice.

Variations

  • Vegetables. You can add fresh zucchini or yellow squash instead of sweet peppers.
  • Cheese. I used Irish Cheddar cheese widely available at Costco. You may try Parmesan, Gouda, or Gruyere cheese variety for a different flavor.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is Aioli?

Aioli is a flavorful combination of mayo mixed with garlic (raw garlic or powdered garlic).

Should I Preheat Cast Iron Skillet For Pizza?

Yes! Preheating a cast iron skillet is essential for making the best pizza crust.

How do you slice pizza in a cast-iron skillet?

Using a spatula, carefully transfer the pizza to a large wooden cutting board. Use a sharp pizza wheel to cut the pizza into slices.

a slice of pizza with colorful vegetables on the white serving plate

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serving white plate with two slices of pizza topped with vegetables

Pizza Aioli

Natalia-Flavorful Home
Homemade Pizza Aioli made with white garlic aioli spread and vegetables. This pizza is extra flavorful due to the garlic in the cheesy sauce and roasted vegetables. Perfect an easy weeknight meal or Friday night treat!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 8
Calories 285 kcal

Equipment

  • cast iron skillet

Ingredients
  

  • 16 oz pizza dough store-bought
  • 1 tsp olive oil to season the skillet
  • 4 tbsp mayo
  • 2 cloves of garlic minced or diced small
  • 1 1/2 cup cheddar cheese shredded. divided
  • 1 cup spinach washed, dried, chopped
  • 3 baby Bella mushroom sliced
  • 3 sweet mini pepper cleaned and diced
  • 1/8 sweet onion diced

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven and skillet. Preheat oven to 500F degrees. Place empty cast-iron skillet in the preheated oven for 15 minutes. 
  • Make the spread. Make the aioli garlic spread by combining mayo with minced garlic and half a cup of shredded cheese. 
  • Oil the skillet. Carefully take the skillet out; it will be hot and heavy; use both hands and heat mittens. Drizzle with olive oil carefully spread using a paper towel.
  • Shape the crust. Add pizza dough, stretching in your hands first before placing it to the skillet. Use your fingers to form the edges. 
  • Add the toppings. Add the garlic aioli spread, then add the following: spinach, mushrooms, peppers, leftover cheese, diced onion. 
  • Bake and serve. Bake for 15 minutes on the middle rack till golden. After the pizza is baked, let it rest for the cheese to settle. Carefully take it out after and place it on the cutting board; use a sharp pizza wheel for slicing.

Notes

To save time, buy premade garlic aioli sauce and pizza dough. My favorite store-bought artisan pizza dough is from The Essential Baking Company; I find it locally in the freezer section.
Use quality mayo; I used mayo made with avocado oil.
Use a well-seasoned and large-sized cast-iron skillet, at least 12 inches in diameter. I tested making this pizza with lodge cast iron and Le Creuset cast-iron skillet and both worked fantastically!
After you wash spinach and sweet peppers, use a paper towel to dry the moisture. This way, you’ll avoid soggy pizza.
Before starting this recipe, have your vegetables pre-sliced; this will simplify the process.
Avoid using cast iron with enamel coating; the cast iron coating is the secret to having a delicious golden crust.
If pizza dough is sticky, use a tablespoon of flour to shape it.
Use high temperature for baking pizza and keeping an eye on the doneness. Some ovens bake faster than others.
After the pizza is baked, let it rest for the cheese to settle. Carefully take it out after and place it on the cutting board; use a sharp pizza wheel for slicing.
This recipe makes 8-slices of pizza, nutrition value calculated for 1-slice.

Nutrition

Calories: 285kcalCarbohydrates: 29gProtein: 10gFat: 15gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 25mgSodium: 590mgPotassium: 108mgFiber: 1gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 897IUVitamin C: 15mgCalcium: 162mgIron: 2mg
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Natalia is a recipe developer, food photographer, and home cook. She started Flavorful Home to document easy real food recipes perfect for busy families. She loves creating flavorful and nutritious meals while keeping the cooking process simple and joyful!

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