Virtual Vegan Potluck: Roasted Pepper and Zucchini Pizza


Since the Virtual Vegan Pot Luck is near Mother’s Day, I thought I’d use a recipe to honor a special mom in my life, my mother-in-law, Rose. Rose was born in Italy and cooks the Italian way. Food is fresh, simple, tasty, plentiful, prepared with love and savored with family and friends over a bottomless glass of vino.

There’s no denying that Rose is a fabulous cook. The first time I dined with my husband’s parents, I was blown away – the meal was that scrumptious. After dinner, I told Paul (who was my boyfriend at the time) how wonderful I thought the food was. He agreed with me, but lacked my enthusiasm about it.

And why would he be excited? For him, Rose’s cooking was standard. Not only did he grow up with it, but even when we met he was still going home for dinner once a week (this had me worried, but thankfully it didn’t mean the apron strings weren’t cut).

Although Paul has a hand-written recipe book with his mom’s recipes, I used to be afraid to make any of them. The bar was too high. But going plant-based has forced me to cook more often, and my skills have improved. Feeling more confident, I’ve started using my mother-in-law’s recipes. And I’m so glad that I have – most of them are easy and delicious!

Here’s an adapted version of my mother-in-law’s long handed down vegetable pizza recipe. It’s one of my favorites!!

Roasted Pepper and Zucchini Pizza

Makes 4 Servings


4.5 ounce jar pitted Kalamata olives, chopped (I use 365 Organic)

12 ounce jar roasted red peppers, chopped (I use Delallo)

2 large or 4 small tomatoes, chopped

3/4 tsp. salt

4 tsp. dried basil

2 tsp. dried oregano

Pepper to taste

Handful fresh basil, torn into pieces

2 Vicolo Organic Cornmeal Pizza Crusts (or other ready to bake pizza crusts)

1 cup vegetable broth

1 sweet onion, chopped

4 cloves garlic, minced

2 to 3 medium zucchinis sliced in ¼ inch rounds


Preheat oven to 425. In a medium bowl, combine olives, peppers, tomatoes, salt, dried basil, oregano, pepper and fresh basil. Set aside. In a large skillet, heat ¼ cup of broth with a dash of salt. When the broth sizzles, add onions, garlic and zucchini. Sauté, adding broth as needed, for 6 to 8 minutes, or until zucchini is tender. Place pizza crusts on baking sheets and spread with zucchini mixture making sure to cover the entire crusts with the sautéed onions and arranging zucchini in a pretty pattern. Drain the tomato mixture and then spread over pizzas. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, or until golden brown. Garnish with fresh basil. Slice and serve immediately.

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About celestedimilla

Hey there. I’m Celeste, California girl, writer, psychotherapist and burgeoning plant-based foodie.
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58 Responses to Virtual Vegan Potluck: Roasted Pepper and Zucchini Pizza

  1. Celeste's Hubby says:

    This pizza is awesome. What a great contribution to the Virtual Vegan Potluck!!!

  2. Vegetarian In Vegas says:

    Wow this would be a treat at any pot luck – vegan or not!

  3. veganmiam says:

    I love pizzas including Mexican with crumbled Beanfields nachos chips! I have never used roasted zucchini on my pizza, but that sounds like a yummy ingredients!

    Happy Virtual Vegan Potluck 3.0 Day x

    ♡ rika, vegan miam

    ★ we travel + eat vegan blog ★

    • Mexican pizza sounds fab! I’ll have to try that sometime. Thanks so much for stopping by. Celeste:) By the way, I checked out your blog and it’s awesome!!! Celeste:)

  4. veganmiam says:

    Btw I love your cute car illustration.

    Happy Virtual Vegan Potluck 3.0 Day x

    ♡ rika, vegan miam

    ★ we travel + eat vegan blog ★

  5. Looks awesome, lady! Well done!

  6. The Vegan Green says:

    Love this, must try with your toppings… and isn’t your hubs sweet! 🙂

  7. This pizza looks great! I love that it is cheese-less.

  8. Poppy says:

    @Celeste’s Hubby – how sweet! ❤
    Celeste, looks delizioso! Right on with the pizza girl! Mine was a cheats quick version which may not get the Italian approval haha!!

    • Mine was kind of a cheater version too – I didn’t make the crust!! I’m definitely going to have to check out your pizza if it’s even more quick and easy than mine. I’m all for easy cooking!! Celeste:)

  9. sammysfood says:

    Wow, this looks so ,ovely and full of veggies which is the best part!

  10. I’m glad you gathered up your courage! Your pizza looks fabulous! Thank you so much for joining us at the Potluck!

    • Thank you so much!! I’m really glad I did this too – thanks for the encouragement. I’m still judging myself on my photography skills, but I know I’ll improve. Thank you so much for all your work in organizing this. It’s such a wonderful event! Celeste:)


  11. Lorrie Wenzler says:


  12. Wonderful! You totally had me with the roasted peppers.

  13. This looks sooooo good! Yay for pizza haha. Happy VVP!

    – alexis

  14. Roasted pepper and zucchini! What more can you ask for in life – LOVE it 🙂

  15. What a scrumptious combination, sounds absolutely heavenly 😉 Catherine xox

  16. veghotpot says:

    Delicious! Your mother in law will be proud 🙂

  17. Sophie33 says:

    A fantastic pizza entr for this VVP! I love it too, dear Celeste! MMMMMMM!

  18. Mmmm, these are my favourite flavours for a pizza! I’m glad you did it right by using kalamata olives instead of black 😉

  19. Somer says:

    Mmmm, I love the combo on this pizza! Looks fab!

  20. sweetveg says:

    Thank you for sharing about your mother-in-law. I love hearing family stories. This pizza looks delicious!

  21. spinachrevolution says:

    This looks great. It is usually the simpler dishes with really great ingredients that are the best. I really like it and will definitely be making this pizza soon. Thank you for sharing the family recipe.

  22. This looks so lovely! All of those fresh vegetable toppings– yum. I wish I could make roasted pepper pizzas at home, but my fiancee only likes raw peppers, not cooked ones… maybe on half of the pizza or something… 🙂 We’ve made zucchini / summer squash pizza before by slicing it lengthwise and grilling the strips of it first– so good; I’ll have to try roasted peppers with it next time, too.

    By the way, I think your blog header design is so cute!

    • Thanks so much Allison! I was hesitant to post this recipe because my food photography skills leave a lot to be desired, but people have still responded positively to my pizza. I’ve just spent the past half hour checking out your blog, and I love it! You’ve got so many yummy recipes. Being vegan, I’d have to alter many of them, but that’s no biggie. And thanks for your comment about my blog design – I like it too!! Celeste:)

  23. Gorgeous looking pizza. This potluck is making me so hungry!

    • Thanks so much for stopping by and for your comment Keely! I just checked out your blog, and it’s fo shizzle awesome! I’m assuming here that fo shizzle means for sure, but I honestly don’t know. Celeste:)

  24. Gator Woman says:

    Could you please come right over to our house and make this for us, we are starving~

  25. Gator Woman says:

    It’s funny the influence of living in California for 30 years, I tend to edge every dish toward Mexican food. Black olives, sour cream and avocados on anything I can get it on~

  26. Gator Woman says:

    Have probably been to every one in Southern California at least once~

  27. Gator Woman says:

    Oops, forgot the word Restaurant~
    But you get the idea~
    Love Mexican food.

  28. I love trying out new recipes….but do understand that there was a lot of pressure on the dishes turning out right! Congratulations!!

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