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Mini Skillet Pizza

Pizza on a Chinet plate

Picky eaters at home? We’ve got you covered with our kid-approved mini skillet pizzas. Don’t tell the kids, but the sauce is loaded with veggies.

Your little ones won’t even notice the 3 cups of produce hidden in the store-bought pizza sauce. After sauteing a bell pepper, an onion and mushrooms in a bit of olive oil, we initiate operation hidden veggie sauce: blending with pizza sauce until smooth and unnoticeably nutrient-packed. Once lathered on pre-made dough and topped with your favorite fixings, your little ones won’t suspect a thing.

Thank you Kasim Hardaway —culinary photographer, recipe developer and food blogger—for this recipe.

Family enjoying pizza


Ingredients for pizza

Ingredients for hidden veggie sauce


  • Sauce directions

  • 1

    Heat olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat.

  • 2

    Add chopped green pepper and onion with a pinch of salt. Stir to coat the veggies in oil, and cook for 4-5 minutes until tender.

  • 3

    Stir in the chopped mushrooms and garlic powder. Cook for another 4-5 minutes until tender.

  • 4

    Transfer all cooked veggies to a blender and pour in pizza sauce. Blend until smooth, about 1 minute.

  • Mini skillet pizza directions

  • 1

    Preheat the oven to 425°F.

  • 2

    Spray two small cast iron skillets (8-inch size) with baking spray. Set aside.

  • 3

    Divide the pizza dough in half and roll out into two circular shapes. Press each one into a prepared cast iron skillet.

  • 4

    Divide the pizza sauce between the pizzas, spreading it out in an even layer over the tops of the dough. Leave ½” of exposed dough around the edges to create the crust.

  • 5

    Divide the shredded mozzarella over the pizzas, followed by the pepperoni.

  • 6

    Bake for 18-22 minutes until the crusts are golden brown.

  • 7

    While the pizzas are cooking, microwave butter in a small bowl for 20-30 seconds until melted. Stir in garlic powder and ½ teaspoon of oregano and set aside.

  • 8

    Once the pizzas are fully cooked, carefully brush the crusts with the melted garlic butter. Allow to cool for about 5 minutes, then slice into six pieces and serve.