Veggie Pizza with Spicy Marinara Sauce


For spicy marinara sauce

  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium red onion, finely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 28 oz San Marzano Peeled Tomatoes or 10-12 tomatoes , finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp red chili flakes
  • 1 tsp roasted cumin powder
  • 1/2 tsp red chili powder
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp salt or to taste

Pizza base

  • Trader Joe’s pizza crust
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

Pizza toppings

  • 1 green capsicum sliced
  • 1 red capsicum sliced
  • 1 red onion sliced
  • 1 cup chopped pineapple
  • 1 cup grated cheese
  • Other optional ingredients are sliced olives, mushrooms, artichoke hearts, etc.


Spicy marinara sauce

  1. In a saucepan, heat 1 tbsp olive oil on medium heat
  2. Add 4 cloves thinly sliced garlic and 1 finely chopped onion and sauté till they become translucent, making sure not to burn them
  3. Add tomatoes, stir well, bring to boil and then simmer on low heat for 6-7 minutes stirring regularly
  4. Let the mix cool completely
  5. Blend the mix to smooth sauce
  6. Add the sauce back to the saucepan, add 1 tbsp chili flakes, 1 tsp cumin powder, ½ tsp chili powder and salt. Mix well and turn on the heat to low – medium level
  7. Cook the sauce for 8-10 minutes stirring regularly, till it becomes thick in consistency
  8. Turn off the heat and let the sauce cool.

Pizza base

  1. Brush the pizza crust on both sides with extra virgin olive oil


  1. Preheat the oven in bake mode (with convection on) to 450 degrees Fahrenheit
  2. Evenly spread the pizza sauce on top side of the crust
  3. Layer the vegetable toppings 
  4. Sprinkle salt and oregano 
  5. Layer the grated cheese
  6. Put the pizza in the oven and bake for 8-10 minutes
  7. Take the pizza out of the oven, let it cool a bit on a cooling rack, move it to a cutting board, cut into pieces and enjoy!

Serves: 4-5


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