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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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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Lastly, if you make this Calabrian Chili Roasted Red Pepper Pizza, be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! Above all, I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!
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I had premade pizza crust that I needed to use. This was very good! I did add a little sun dried tomatoes & a little artichoke! Yum! Two thumbs up from my husband!
Amazing!! So glad to hear that this recipe was tasty and thanks a lot for trying it out! xT
Made this last night , so good! yummy flavors, I added a thinly sliced leftover chicken breast to it, and a light salad.
Amazing!! So glad to hear that this recipe turned out well for you and thanks so much for making it! xx
This is a delicious pizza! The combination of calabrian chiles, fish sauce, and honey sounded a little unusual, but it was out of this world. Will definitely be making this again.
Happy Sunday!😃 Thanks so much for making this recipe and your comment, I am so glad it turned out well for you! xx
Thanks so much Linda!!
This was delish; not sure if my C-chilis were a little extra, but for sure the honey is a must to finish for a little peacekeeping. Served with the tahini kale salad for a double HBH feature.
Happy Saturday! I love to hear that this recipe turned out well for you, thanks so much for making it! xx
Ok don’t sleep on this recipe if you’re dairy & gluten free. The flavors are incredible! I used a gf crust (simple mills) & DF cheese (Trader Joe’s cashew mozzarella & parmesan), but followed Tieghan’s recipe including roasting my own red peppers & the fish sauce… AMAZING!
Lol thanks so much Ashley!! So glad to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks so much for making it! xT
I thought this recipe looked fabulous, and I was not wrong. This was SO good! I made it for “pizza and a movie” night. My husband said it was the best pizza he’s had in years. I used chili crisp because I couldn’t find the pepper paste, and I did not skip the fish sauce. 😉 I will definitely make it again!
Perfect!! I love to hear that this recipe turned out well for you and thanks so much for making it! Have a great weekend:) xx
Hi…is the fish sauce just drizzled over the peppers? Could the fish sauce just be combined with the marina sauce or would that alter the taste? Thx
Yes, I drizzle the fish sauce over the peppers but sure you could add it to the marinara. Please let me know if you have any other questions! xT
I have a pizza stone for my oven and am wondering if it is best to cook the pizza directly on the stone or in a pan on the stone. Thanks! I am looking forward to making this soon!
I think cooking the pizza in a pan on the stone makes for a super crispy crust! Please let me know if you have any other questions! xT
Looks great! How many peppers if I’m roasting my own?
Thanks so much Amber! I would do 4 peppers:) Please let me know if you have any other questions! xx
This looks delicious! If anyone doesn’t want to make their own dough, your local pizza place might sell you their dough. The wood-fired pizza place in my town will sell you pre-portioned pieces of their dough, which I’ve found to be convenient when I don’t feel like doing it myself and don’t want a store-bought dough.
Thanks so much for sharing Sarah!! I hope you love this recipe! xx
Fish sauce is made from anchovies, not sardines. FYI….
Do you suggest heating a pizza stone?
If you have one, yes! I love a good pizza stone! Please let me know if you have any other questions! xx
Hi, I was wondering what pizza pan do you recommend.Your pizza has a great char to it .
She has a pizza oven i think she doesn‘t use a pan just when she makes sheet pan pizza
I actually have a pizza oven which helps create the nice char. But, if you put your sheet pan on top of a pizza stone, you’ll get a really great crust! I hope this helps! xx
Cant wait to make this and your other pizzas soon for me can i use vegan cheeses and skip fish sauce i never had calabrian chili roasted red pepper pizza before i love pizza soooooooooo much perfect for my after office meals love your recipes as always brightens up my day everyday after work
Sure, you can use any cheese that you like! I hope you love this recipe! xx