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Calabrian Chili Roasted Red Pepper Pizza. Fresh pizza dough topped with sauce, spicy Calabrian peppers in oil, sweet roasted red peppers, and lots of melty Italian cheese. This pizza has just the right amounts of spice, saltiness, and cheese! Every last bite of this pizza is delicious. And the sesame-topped crust adds a special touch. There never seem to be enough slices to go around! 

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It’s been a while since our last pizza – and this is our first pizza of the year too! To be honest, this pizza has already made its way to the top of my favorite-pizzas-to-make list.

Growing up my dad would make pizza on either Friday or Saturday nights. But the way he made his pizzas was different from the way I make my pizzas. He’d top his pizza pretty simply. Well, thinking back, he’d also make a “white” pizza, yum. But he would use those pre-baked packaged whole wheat crusts from the store. I think they were called Boboli, my mom would know (copy editor’s note, yes, they were Boboli).

Just the pre-baked crust, olive oil, maybe some dried herbs, so much cheese, and then red bell peppers and pepperoni on top. The whole thing went into the oven until the peppers were charred and the crust was crisp. 

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Nothing like the pizzas I bake today, but regardless, I loved them. Of course, none of us really knew what we were missing. 

When I started cooking and mixing up fresh pizza dough our pizzas changed a lot. Even though I wouldn’t want to go back to the cardboard crusts, I loved my dad’s toppings of roasted red peppers, and he’d also add a ton of chili flakes. His pizzas were so delicious!

This pizza is kind of like my dad’s, only (I think) a little better. 

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Details

I do make my own dough, but feel free to pick up your favorite store-bought dough. I love the options from Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods.

If you want to make your own dough, I use the pizza dough recipe from the HBH Every Day cookbook. Just make sure your dough is at room temperature. This will make shaping your pizzas much easier. 

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Push the dough out, then spread on your favorite pizza sauce. I love to use Rao’s Marinara. Then, add a couple spoonfuls of Calabrian chilies in oil. I order mine on Amazon. If you don’t have fresh chilies, just use chili flakes. Then, add sliced roasted red peppers and dried oregano. 

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Now the secret – fish sauce. Fish sauce is literally just sardines, which sounds disgusting, yes, but the sauce adds a salty umami flavor that’s DELICIOUS. You do not detect any fishiness, promise. 

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Don’t skip it. Please! 

Finish with cheese. Throw the pizza back in the oven and cook until the cheese is bubbling up and the peppers are crisp on the edges. 

And that’s it. Top with dried oregano and honey, then slice, eat, and enjoy!! Pepperoni would be awesome on top too. I’ve made this pizza a few times recently and it’s always a hit! 

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Calabrian Chili Roasted Red Pepper Pizza

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories Per Serving: 265 kcal

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Instructions

  • 1. Preheat the oven to 450° F.
    2. On a lightly floured surface, push the dough out until it's thin (about a 10-12 inch circle). Transfer the dough to a baking sheet. Lightly brush the crust with olive oil, then sprinkle with sesame seeds.
    3. Spread the marinara sauce and then the chili paste over the dough. Arrange the roasted red peppers on top. Add the fish sauce, if using, then sprinkle over the oregano. Add the mozzarella and provolone.
    4. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until the crust is golden and the cheese is bubbling. Remove from the oven and top with a pinch of dried oregano, then honey. Slice and enjoy!
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    1. Hey Carli,
      Yes, the recipe is in both the HBH Super Simple and Everyday cookbooks. Please let me know if you have any other questions! xx

  1. 5 stars
    I follow a plant-based, pescatarian diet so I made a plant-based cauliflower crust (I strongly discourage this) and used the fish oil. This was such a delicious pizza only ruined by my use of the cauliflower crust – making this again on Friday with traditional crust and cannot wait. I roasted and jarred a bunch of peppers so I can make this one on repeat!
    PS – fish oil = delicious umami with NO hint of fish as Tieghan promised.

    1. Hey Rene,
      Amazing!! Love to hear that you enjoyed this recipe, thank you so much for making it and your comment! Sorry to hear about your crust! xx

  2. 4 stars
    There can be issues with a full rectangle of pizza dough (like soft and gummy inside pieces) if you don’t have a pizza oven. I prepared separate, smaller pizzas with the full toppings using a pizza stone and cooking sheet and the pizzas were spectacular. My dough was from Trader Joes.

    The fish sauce is mandatory. Just saying.

  3. 5 stars
    ok this was the most amazing pizza I ever made and is up there with the top pizza’s I have ever had. The idea of fish sauce on pizza was not received wholeheartedly, so I also made the standard pizzas. Ultimately everyone was fighting over this new pizza.
    You don’t actually taste the fish sauce, it enhances and transforms the existing flavors.
    Instead of using crushed calabrian peppers, which I do have… I used the leftover Dan Dan Noodles hot chili oil and it was out of this world. I also added more chopped garlic. It really makes a difference to add these extra ingredient. Thank you for figuring this little trick out and sharing with us.

    1. Hey Kimi,
      Happy Monday!! I appreciate you giving this recipe a try and sharing your review, so glad to hear it turned out well! xT

  4. I have been trying to source Calabrian Chili Peppers in Canada for a long time with little success. Is there an alternative?

      1. This looks delicious, and I’d love to try it, but we’re vegetarian. Any suggestions for a fish sauce substitute?

  5. 5 stars
    Very tasty! First time having Calabrian chilies so I’ll know next time to cut back a little. Touch of honey was perfect combo with chilies and fish sauce!