Recipe Box, 2016, a Year in Pizza

Everyone has been doing 2016 round ups and best “ofs,” which I love-it’s fun to see the year in review…

I thought I’d do something a little different and look back over 2016 in pizzas!


Pizza is my favorite thing to make, it’s a one dish meal, can be loaded with vegetables, and when you make it yourself, you control the fat and nutrition

It’s also a great way to use leftovers!

Be sure to see the printable recipe formula and chart for making your own masterpiece at the end of the post!


Pesto was one of may favorite sauces this past year, so if you haven’t tried it pizza style put it on your to do this for this year


Savory Salad Flatbread

savory salad flatbread

Bacon & Brussels Sprouts Pizza

brussels sprouts and bacon pizza


Spring Vegetable Galette

spring vegetable galette

His and Hers Pizza Cook-Off featured a white pizza with artichokes and a traditional marinara & sausage pizza

pizza slices


A B C Tart, Asparagus, Bacon and Corn

vegetable tart

Basil Pesto Naan with Garlic and Pine Nuts

caramelized shallot and basil pesto naan

BBQ Chicken & Corn Pizza with Spinach Salad Topping

BBQ Chicken & Spinach Salad Pizza

Fast and Fabulous Flatbread   {blueberry, bacon, fig & bleu cheese}

blueberry, fig and bacon flatbread

Asparagus & Mushroom Tart

asparagus mushroom tart

Summer Fruit Pizza

summer fruit pizza table


Eggplant Parmigiana, Sausage & Pesto Pizza

eggplant parmigiana pizza

Sweet & Savory Apple Tart with Fennel & Prosciutto


Pumpkin Sausage Naan

pumpkin & sausage naan

Everything Pizza Bread


Anything Goes Galette


And here are the pizzas I didn’t even blog about!  Just click on the title and you will go straight to the printable recipe

Nectarine & Bacon Pizza


Nectarine and Bacon Pizza


  • 1 can pizza crust
  • 1 cup light Alfredo sauce
  • 1-2 nectarines {or peaches plums}, sliced, peel optional
  • 6-8 slices bacon cooked and cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 2 oz. shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 2 oz. crumbled bleu cheese or grated fontina, jack, or manchego cheese


  • Prepare crust and bake according to package directions, 8-10 minutes, until almost done. Spread sauce evenly over crust and add fruit and bacon. Sprinkle with cheeses and return to oven at 400 for 10 more minutes until everything is hot and melted.

Prosciutto, Broccoli & Asparagus Flatbread



Prosciutto, Asparagus & Broccoli Pizza


  • 1 can pizza crust dough
  • 1 cup light Alfredo sauce
  • 3 oz prosciutto
  • 10-12 asparagus spears cooked to crisp tender
  • 20 broccoli flowerettes roasted*
  • 2 oz manchego cheese grated
  • 2 oz Parmesan or bleu grated


  • Prepare crust and bake according to package directions, 8-10 minutes, until almost done. Spread sauce evenly over crust and add vegetables and prosciutto. Sprinkle with cheese. Bake at 400 for 10 more minutes or until everything is hot and cheese has melted.


*place broccoli florets on a foil lined baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and salt & pepper. Toss to mix. Spread broccoli out and roast at 400 for 20 minutes or until cooked through and starting to brown

Recent creations by HHjr

Salami, Apple & Pesto Pizza


Salami, Apple & Pesto Pizza


  • 1 pizza crust partially cooked
  • 1/4 cup pesto
  • 1 green apple sliced
  • 8-10 slices thin salami
  • 2 oz Parmesan cheese
  • 2 oz crumbled bleu cheese optional


  • Spread pesto in a thin layer on crust. Top with apple and salami slices. Sprinkle with cheeses. Bake for 10 minutes or until heated through and cheese has melted.

Pineapple, Pepper & Soppressata Pizza


Pineapple, Pepper, & Soppressata Pizza


  • 1 pizza crust partially baked
  • 1/2-1 cup marinara sauce
  • 1 small can pineapple chunks or tidbits drained
  • 1/2 green pepper cut into small strips
  • 8-10 slices soppressata
  • 2 oz grated mozzarella or fontina cheese
  • 2 oz Parmesan cheese grated


  • Spread sauce in an even layer over crust. Top with pineapple, peppers and soppressata. Sprinkle with cheese. Bake at 400 until heated through, about 10 minutes

Pizza Bolognese with Mushrooms & Kale


Pizza Bolognese with Mushrooms and Kale


Pizza Bolognese

  • 1 partially baked pizza crust of choice
  • 1/2-1 cup Bolognese sauce
  • 2 cups chopped kale leaves
  • 8 oz. sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 1-2 T olive oil
  • 2 oz fontina or mozzarella cheese grated
  • 2 oz Parmesan cheese grated

Bolognese Sauce

  • 8 ounces mushrooms sliced & chopped
  • 1/2 pound pancetta or slab bacon chopped
  • 1 medium onion finely chopped
  • 2 celery stalks finely chopped
  • 2 carrots finely chopped
  • 5 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • S&P
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 cups milk
  • 1 can tomato paste
  • 1 28-ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 2 cups dry red wine
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 28 oz jar quality marinara sauce


Pizza Bolognese with Mushrooms and Kale

  • Saute mushrooms over medium high heat in olive oil. When mushrooms have released liquid and begun to turn golden add kale and garlic
  • Cook 1-2 minutes, stirring and being careful not to burn garlic. Set aside.
  • Top crust with sauce and vegetables, then sprinkle with cheese. Bake at 400 until hot and melted.

Bolognese Sauce

  • Saute bacon in skillet until crisp. Remove to drain on paper towels and pour off most of drippings. Saute onion, celery, carrot and garlic in skillet until translucent. Add bacon and seasonings and cook for 5-10min. Remove bay leaves.
  • Pour into heavy stock pot. Add a scant amount of reserved bacon drippings to skillet and saute mushrooms until brown, then add to vegetable bacon mixture. In same skillet brown pork and beef, drain and return to skillet with milk. Simmer 10 min until milk has absorbed into meat.
  • Add meat to vegetable mixture then carefully pour in the tomatoes, spaghetti sauce and wine and season with salt and pepper and add to pot. Bring the sauce to a boil, then lower the heat and cover. Slowly simmer for 3-4 hours, stirring now and then, until the sauce is very thick. Taste again for salt and pepper. Makes 14 cups. Can be frozen

So when you’re thinking, “What’s for dinner?”  Think  PIZZA!

You can see all the pizzas from the Painted Apron on my Pizza Pinterest board here

And if you’re going lo-carb after the holidays, try Zucchini Crust Veggie Pizza

Here is a recipe formula for any pizza


Formula for Pizza or Flatbread


Pizza Crust

  • Refrigerated pizza dough from deli or pizzaria, pizza crust in a can, pizza crust mix, homemade, premade or prebaked crust of choice, french bread, flatbread, puff pastry, tortillas, pie crust, naan
  • Prepare crust according to package directions, or bake dough until almost done. If using bread, lightly toast before topping


  • 1/2-1 cup white sauce or Alfredo, red sauce or any type Marinara, pizza, spaghetti sauce, vodka sauce or butternut squash pasta sauce, or 1/4-1/2 cup pesto sauce, BBQ sauce or any type salad dressing, or 3-4 T olive oil, 1/2 cup fig or fruit jam,


  • Cheese: asiago bleu cheese, cheddar, colby-jack, feta, fontina, goat, gouda, smoked gouda, havarti, manchego, mozzarella, provolone, ricotta
  • Fruits: apples, blueberries, black berries, figs, grapes, nectarines, peaches, pears, pineapple, plums, strawberries
  • Meats: bacon, canadian bacon, capicola, chicken, chorizo, ham, Italian sausage, ground beef or pork, pancetta, pepperoni, pork, salami, sausage, soppressata, steak
  • Vegetables*: artichoke hearts, asparagus, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, butternut squash, cole slaw, corn, eggplant, kale, mushrooms, onions, peppers, pumpkin, salad, shallots, spinach, squash, tomatoes, zucchini *some vegetables should be cooked before using on pizza

Extras and Garnishes

  • basil, everything seasoning, eggs, roasted garlic, pepitas, pinenuts, walnuts, pecans, rosemary, fried sage, thyme


  • Bake topped pizza at 350-400 for 10-12 minutes or so to heat through and melt cheeses.

Create a masterpiece!

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31 Responses to “Recipe Box, 2016, a Year in Pizza”
  1. I’d like to fall face first into the asparagus and mushroom tart-sounds great:@)

  2. Excellent post – pinning is winning!

  3. Jodi says:

    So many great genius pizza ideas! Love this year in review!!!!๐Ÿ˜

  4. What a “delicious” pizza post Jenna. Oh my, so many varieties and I see several I want to try, especially the pesto. This was a great idea for a year end post!

  5. How fun! I thought a favorite would jump right out but they all sound delicious. Such interesting combos!

  6. A year in pizza would be my dream! One thing we haven’t been able to master yet is pizza on the Big Green Egg. The pizzas have been little nightmares! ๐Ÿ™

    I want to try the sweet and savory apple tart with fennel and prosciutto. It looks soooooo good! Thanks for this post and the links, Jenna!

  7. Ellen says:

    Pizza is the International Language! Well, definitely mine anyway. I see several things here I might need to try. Pesto pizza is one of my favorite things to do with leftover chicken. That said, I have rarely met a pizza I thought I couldn’t eat!

  8. lacartera says:

    Delightfully delicious! I think I would enjoy them all!

  9. Jenna, we love pizza and especially one that I make with fresh ingredients and definitely with pesto. I must pin all of these! Thanks so much for sharing the all-American meal!

  10. Mary says:

    Love your pizza round-up Jenna, there’s something for every pizza lover here! I’ve been wanting to try a cauliflower crust pizza similar to your zucchini crust for a healthier gluten free alternative. Have you tried that yet?

    • I havenโ€™t tried cauliflower for crust but have made fritters that were great, and made the faux potato cauliflower au gratin which my husband never knew wasnโ€™t potatoes, so I think it would be great!


  11. What a great group of pizza ideas! I love making pizza, our very favorite is one made with homemade pesto, artichoke hearts and carmelized onions. Thank you for giving me fantastic inspiration Jenna!

  12. Yum! I never seem to tire of pizza and loved seeing all your delicious creations! You are definitely the pizza queen!

  13. Oh, yum, where to start!! Those all look tasty!

  14. I think Chris is right. You are the pizza queen. So many combinations and they all are good I’m sure.

  15. This is the best Year In Review ever….who does not like pizza!…You have the greatest recipes!

  16. You really got creative with pizzas, didn’t you? I can’t even begin to decide which one would be my favorite! Thank you so much for sharing at Celebrate Your Story!

  17. Kim says:

    Yum! Your pizzas always look so good. ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. JESS44903 says:

    All of these sound so amazing!

    I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipes, crafts, tips, and tricks:

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  19. Helen Adams says:

    What a fantastic collection of Pizza, I would love some of these recipes! Hope you are having a great day and thanks so much for sharing your awesome post with us at Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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