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Skillet Pizza + Balsamic-Tomato Sauce + Roasted Veggies

Skillet pizza with homemade balsamic tomato sauce and roasted veggies is full of flavor and so easy to make!

top down view of vegetarian cast iron skillet pizza with items surrounding.

It’s been a while since I’ve had pizza, and I was curious about making a skillet pizza. So, I set out to make one with roasted veggies and a delicious homemade balsamic pizza sauce that is deliciously crave-worthy!

Of course, for this recipe, we aren’t using cheese, only almond parmesan, which is fantastic served on top of a slice of pizza pie. We’ll be dousing this pizza with a nice balsamic tomato sauce and lots of beautiful veggies making this a colorful pizza with lots of wonderful flavors.

I just love the idea of baking a pizza in a skillet but feel free to use your normal method, such as a pizza stone, which I also love, or another baking dish that you are accustomed to (just adjust directions to your baking vessel).

I think you’re going to have fun with this recipe and love it as much as I do!


Skillet Pizza + Balsamic-Tomato Sauce

There are a few steps to the recipe, but it moves along easily.

These are the colorful vegetables we’ll be using for our pizza. We’ll roast the vegetables for the pizza and the tomatoes for the sauce.

Once the roasted veggies are cooling, you’ll par-bake the pizza dough. I always seem to end up with pizza that is soggy in the middle, par-baking will help greatly with that.

pizza sauce

The sauce can be made while the dough is par-baking. It only takes a few minutes. I definitely think you’ll love making the sauce from scratch.

I used sun-dried tomato paste here, but regular tomato paste will be fine. The balsamic vinegar adds a nice flavor to the sauce. It’s a delicious combination!

For a change, use this quick and easy homemade Marinara Sauce.

top down view of veggie cast iron skillet pizza with slice cut and items surrounding.

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If you try this cast iron pizza recipe, please let me know! Leave a comment and rate it below. I love to hear what you think, or any changes you make.



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Skillet pizza with colorful roasted veggies and homemade balsamic tomato sauce is delicious and so easy to make. Add a light dusting of Almond Parmesan to finish it off perfectly!

  • Author: Julie | The Simple Veganista
  • Prep Time: 30 min
  • Cook Time: 40 min
  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 3 – 6 1x
  • Category: Entree, Pizza
  • Method: bake, roast
  • Cuisine: Vegan


  • 1 ready-made pizza dough (I use Trader Joe’s)
  • fresh basil leaves, to serve
  • red pepper flakes, to serve
  • almond parmesan, to serve


  • 2 cups mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/2 medium zucchini, cut in half lengthwise and sliced
  • 1 small orange bell pepper, sliced
  • 1/3 red onion, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • pinch of mineral salt

Balsamic Tomato Sauce

  • 1 1/2 cups grape or cherry tomatoes
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste (sun-dried tomato paste is great too)
  • 12 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 garlic clove or 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasonings or a mix of oregano, basil, thyme, etc.
  • mineral salt & cracked pepper to taste


Preheat oven to 500 degrees F.

Let dough rest: Coat an 8 or 10 inch cast iron skillet with olive oil. Remove dough from refrigerator, open package and place dough in center of the skillet, cover skillet with a clean dish towel. Let set for 30 minutes.

Roast veggies: Prep the mushrooms, zucchini, bell pepper and onion. Place on a rimmed baking sheet, along with the tomatoes for the sauce, drizzle with olive oil and gently toss to coat, keeping the tomatoes together. Sprinkle with salt. Place in the oven on the middle rack for 15 minutes. Remove and set aside.

Pre-bake dough: Remove dish towel for skillet and gently flatten out dough, pushing up the edges about 1 – 1/2 inches. Place in oven on middle rack and bake for 10 minutes.

Make sauce: While dough is pre-cooking, add the warm tomatoes, and remaining ingredients for the balsamic tomato sauce to a food processor or blender and process until blended and fairly smooth. Taste for flavor adding anything extra you might like.

Bake pizza: Remove dough from the oven, layer with 1/2 cup of the tomato sauce and reserved roasted vegetables. Place in oven and bake for 15 minutes, until crust is golden. Remove from oven and let cool a few minutes before cutting to serve.

Serve with red pepper flakes and a good dusting of almond parmesan.


If your crust doesn’t become golden enough for you, place the skillet pizza under the broiler for a minute or so, checking often, so it doesn’t burn.

I would love to recommend a good pizza dough recipe, but I haven’t made one yet and find the ready-made dough is quick and works great for me. If you have a good whole-wheat pizza dough recipe, I’d love to know about it!

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  1. This pizza has my mouth watering! I have been wanting to try out Cast Iron pan pizza and yours is just gorgeous. :D

    1. julie@thesimpleveganista says:

      Thank you so much! You need to do the cast iron…it's awesome and I know you will do wonders with it! :)

  2. This was an exceptionally delicious pizza!

    1. julie@thesimpleveganista says:

      Thank you so much! :) xo

  3. I can't wait to try this pizza out,looks so yummy! Thank you for sharing! :)

    1. julie@thesimpleveganista says:

      Thank you! And your welcome, it's my pleasure. :)

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