Cooking for One: Zucchini Onion Pizza

October 30, 2011 in Cheap Eats,Cooking for One

Sometimes it’s hard to get excited about cooking when you live alone.  It’s easy to fall back on eating a bowl of cereal for dinner instead of putting the time into cooking a meal for yourself, but I think cooking for one is worth the effort.  It’s less expensive than eating out and usually healthier too.  I’ve been trying to find good recipes for one that use in-season ingredients and products that are on sale.  Here’s a pizza recipe that’s great for autumn because zucchini and onions are inexpensive right now.  The cost to make 2 pizzas came out about $5.00.  I typically eat one pizza for dinner and have some leftovers for lunch.  I then freeze the other pizza to eat later.

Ingredients

2 pounds grated zucchini

1 finely chopped medium onion

1 chopped garlic clove

1 cup shredded three cheese blend (I use DiGiornio Parmesan, Romano, Asiago)

1 pound prepared pizza dough (I use either dough from the Publix bakery or Pillsbury dough)

Salt and pepper

Olive oil

Directions

  • Position an inverted baking sheet in the lower third of the oven and preheat to 450°.
  • Toss 2 pounds grated zucchini with 3/4 teaspoon salt in a colander. Let stand for 20 minutes, then squeeze dry.
  •  In a large skillet, cook the zucchini, 1 finely chopped onion and 1 chopped garlic clove in 1 tablespoon extra- virgin olive oil until softened, about 7 minutes; transfer to a large bowl, season with pepper and freeze for 15 minutes. Stir in 1/2 cup each grated parmigiano-reggiano cheese and grated asiago cheese.
  • Divide 1 pound prepared pizza dough in half. On a parchment-lined rimless or inverted baking sheet, stretch out 1 piece of dough to a 12-inch round; brush with 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil. Sprinkle half of the zucchini mixture on top, leaving a ½-inch border, and slide onto the hot baking sheet.
  • Bake until golden-brown, 12 to 15 minutes. Repeat with the remaining ingredients to make a second pizza.

Adapted from Rachael Ray Magazine.

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Cyndy October 31, 2011 at 1:32 am

Try the same pizza with spinach,onion, and feta cheese with garlic and olive oil.

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single&saving October 31, 2011 at 3:46 pm

Great idea! Spinach and feta are two of my favorite pizza ingredients. I’m going to have to buy some feta the next time it’s on sale.

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Meda November 1, 2011 at 10:36 am

This sounds really good and so does the spinach and feta pizza. Since I see you both so often, I would love for you guys to make one for me. Both of you inspire me! Meda

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single&saving November 1, 2011 at 8:40 pm

Thanks for reading my blog, Mom! I’ll have to make one for you sometime soon.

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