Thursday, July 15, 2010

Garlic Shrimp Pizza with Roasted Pepper "Sauce"

I saw something similar to this in Rachel Ray's magazine and have always wanted to give it a try.  Never met a pizza I didn't like.  This one is a whole wheat crust pizza topped with garlic shrimp and a roasted pepper sauce (or pesto) in place of the usual marinara.  Delicious!

1 whole wheat dough
16oz jar roasted red peppers, rinsed and drained
10 basil leaves
3 tbsp olive oil, divided
1 lb shrimp, cleaned and tails removed
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 lb reduced fat mozzarella, shredded

Heat oven to 400.  Spread dough over pizza stone or baking sheet.  Meanwhile, pulse peppers, basil and 2 tbsp olive oil in food processor until it forms a sauce.

In a large skillet, heat 1 tbsp olive oil and add minced garlic.  Cook for 2 minutes.  Add shrimp and cook until done.

Top pizza dough with sauce, shrimp and shredded mozzarella.  Add salt and pepper to taste.  Topping with chopped basil is optional.  Don't fret over extra sauce.  This can be thickend up with some walnuts for use as a spread, or you can keep it as is and use as a dip or topping for any other protein/pasta you like.

Cook to desired doneness.

Healthy Kid Tip: I made an extra pizza for the kids.  Just a standard marinara and cheese, but I added 2 tbsp of the pepper sauce in with the marinara.  They didn't have a clue!


  1. I like the look of this. I might modify it only slightly. Seems to me the shrimp could be half cooked on each side and then added to the pizza. What do you think?

  2. Yeah, I definitely think the shrimp would be completely cooked by the end. I'm just a weirdo who likes my shrimp well done. :) Hope you enjoy it if you try it out.

  3. I love this recipe Betty Ray1 Way to go slipping the roasted red peppers into the kids pizza. I am going to try this on the grill. With the shrimp being already cooked, it should be perfect for the grill.

  4. Mmmm...I love pizza on the grill. I hope you enjoy it!

  5. Nice! I recently made a shrimp pizza with BBQ sauce in place of the pepper sauce. Threw on some sweet corn, tomato, red onion and fresh basil but skipped the cheese. I was inspired by your summer pizza!

    This version looks great too. And yes— the shrimp does cook through by the time the pizza is done. I used thawed frozen shrimp and they were completely cooked through. (I bake my pizzas in a hotter oven though at about 500 degrees F.) But still... it would work at this temp, too.

  6. Sounds delicious Melissa. I'm glad it worked for you. I'm going to try my pizzas at a higher temp next time. I notice with the stone it's harder to get a crisp crust sometimes, higher heat may help. :)

  7. Oh Betty, this pizza sounds soooooo good! I love that you used a roasted red pepper sauce. And I'm with Linda..I'll be doing this on the's too hot to heat up my kitchen!! Thanks for the great recipe!

  8. Thanks Jenn. I hope you enjoy it. :)