WEEK 1: Cauliflower and Pancetta Pizza


Pizza is something that we enjoy weekly.  Seriously.  So, why not share our creations with the world!  Over the next year I hope to provide fresh new ideas on what a pizza is, and how they can be enjoyed in unexpected and surprising ways.  Every week I will introduce our newest pizza experiment.  If you are interested in following the 52 weeks of Pizza look for a new recipe every Friday!   

Cauliflower pizza


Use one third of pizza dough (enough for one medium pizza)


Alfredo sauce


  • ¼ pound pancetta - thinly sliced
  • 1 head cauliflower
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO)
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon salt-free multi-purpose seasoning blend
  • 1 cup freshly grated mozzarella
  • ¼ cup freshly grated parmesan

Preheat oven to 400°.  Brown pancetta over medium heat in a large skillet.  Once pancetta is browned, place in a paper towel to remove excess grease, break into smaller pieces, and set aside.  Clean cauliflower, and break into florets.  Add florets EVOO, red pepper flakes, seasoning blend to a medium size mixing bowl and stir to combine.  Put EVOO coated cauliflower in a roasting pan.  Roast at 400° for about 30 minutes or until golden brown, stirring once during the cooking process.

While the cauliflower is roasting shape your dough into the desired shape, adding as little flour as possible.  Poke several small holes in the crust with a fork to prevent bubbling.  Transfer pizza dough to whatever, pan, stone, etc you will be using for cooking.  Once you have removed the cauliflower from the oven, increase heat to 500°.  Brush crust with a bit of EVOO, and cook without toppings for about 5 minutes.  Add alfredo sauce and spread evenly.  Then add roasted cauliflower, pancetta, mozzarella, and parmesan.  Cook for 10 or so minutes more, or until golden brown. 

How do you like your pizza?  Are you a traditionalist, or an adventurer?  Deep dish, or thin crust? 

  • Posted on   12/05/08 at 09:59:00 AM   by Emily  | 
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Reader Comments (7)

Emily 03/05/09 02:12:54 PM

This could be made vegan too. Sub pesto for alfredo and sub cheese with veggie shreds, scrap the pancetta. Yum...

Emily 03/05/09 02:12:54 PM

Just curious - what cream sauce?

Emily 03/05/09 02:12:54 PM

For the sauce recipe click on the link for "alfredo sauce" listed under the ingredients. The link will take you right to it. Same for the pizza dough. From one Emily to another...thanks!

Ryan 03/05/09 02:12:54 PM

I am an adventurer...How do you think this recipe taste with marinara sauce? I have never been a fan of alfredo sauce...

Emily 03/05/09 02:12:54 PM

@ Ryan marinara wouldn't be my first choice. How about a pesto? They are easy, vegan, and would be fine with the delicate cauliflower.

Donna 03/05/09 02:12:54 PM

I adore cauliflower, and I make pizza a lot (I'm famous for it in my neighborhood - great to bring to parties) but I've never thought of putting cauliflower on pizza. I'm vegetarian so I'll try the vegetarian version in your comments. Thanks!

Erick 03/15/18 08:55:55 AM

I have no doubt in my mind when announcing pizza as my favorite junk food. I have read a essayontime.com review where many people have voted that pizza is the best. No wonder as it offers great taste variation.

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