Denise says:

  • I am always looking for encouraging ways to include vegetables into child friendly food.
  • This pizza recipe is not only a good way to get your children into the kitchen but also a way of enticing them to eat a variety of different ingredients.
  • The pizza base is made with grated courgette which is then topped with your chosen 5 vegetables. A good selection may include peas, grated carrot, sweet corn, red peppers or butternut squash.
  • Preparation Time: 25 minutes plus 15 minutes salting and 20 minutes to chill
  • Cooking Time: 10 minutes
  • Makes: 4 pizzas


  • Courgette Pizza Dough base
  • 100g coarsely grated courgette
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 300g plain flour
  • 2 Eggs- lightly beaten
  • 100g Cheddar cheese - grated
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil – roughly chopped
  • or............. for a short cut, use ready rolled puff pastry as your base
  • Topping
  • 3 tablespoons tomato pizza sauce
  • 2 red peppers- deseeded and cut into small pieces
  • 100g frozen peas- defrosted
  • 150g frozen sweet corn –defrosted
  • 2 carrots – peeled and grated
  • 100g courgette – peel into ribbons
  • 150g Cheddar cheese grated
  • Garnish: Sprig of basil


  1. Place the courgette in a sieve and lightly salt
  2. After 15 minutes roll in a towel to squeeze out any excess water.
  3. Combine in a bowl with all the other ingredients of the courgette pizza dough base in the food processor. Cover with cling film and leave to chill and rest for 20 minutes in the fridge.
  4. Divide the dough into 4.
  5. Preheat the oven to 220 C/ 425 F/ Gas mark 7.
  6. On a lightly floured work surface, roll out the courgette pizza dough into roughly 20 cm/ 8 inch rounds. Use the lid of a saucepan as a template.
  7. Transfer onto an oven tray lined with baking parchment paper
  8. Spread the tomato sauce followed by the prepared vegetables. Top with grated cheddar cheese.
  9.  Bake for 10 minutes or until the vegetables are soft and the cheese has melted.