Heart-Shaped Pizza with Bell Peppers

Shaping pizza dough into a heart makes a healthy vegetable pizza whimsical and fun. Slices of red pepper form decorative hearts on the pizza too. For the best heart shape, use a pepper that has a deep curve at the stem.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
35 mins
4 slices


  • 1 red bell pepper

  • 1 pound prepared pizza dough, preferably whole-wheat

  • All-purpose flour for rolling

  • Cornmeal for sprinkling

  • ½ cup prepared marinara sauce

  • 1 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese


  1. Position rack in lowest spot in oven and place a pizza stone on the rack. Preheat to 450°F.

  2. Cut pepper in half vertically. Remove stem and seeds. Cut vertical slices so each resembles a half-heart shape.

  3. Roll dough into a 12-inch circle on a lightly floured surface. Transfer to a pizza peel sprinkled with cornmeal. Cut a wide V shape at the top of the circle. (Reserve the cut-out piece for another use.) Round out the tops on either side of the V and pull and pinch the bottom of the circle to a point, so the dough resembles a heart.

  4. Spread sauce evenly over the dough. Top with cheese. Arrange pairs of the pepper slices to make heart shapes on top of the cheese. Transfer to the heated pizza stone. Bake until the crust is crispy and golden and the cheese is melted, 13 to 14 minutes.

    heart-shaped pizza


Equipment: Pizza stone & peel

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

347 Calories
12g Fat
49g Carbs
15g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 347
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 49g 18%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 4g
Added Sugars 2g 4%
Protein 15g 31%
Total Fat 12g 16%
Saturated Fat 3g 17%
Cholesterol 18mg 6%
Vitamin A 1072IU 21%
Vitamin C 32mg 35%
Folate 18mcg 5%
Sodium 616mg 27%
Calcium 205mg 16%
Iron 0mg 2%
Magnesium 16mg 4%
Potassium 194mg 4%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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