Whew! That’s a long title isn’t it? Sorry, but I couldn’t think of any way to shorten it and still describe the awesomeness that is this pizza. It’s not your traditional cheese-laden, greasy pizza. Instead, it has a protein & fiber packed crust, a spicy bean dip for the “sauce” and is topped with delicious veggies and goat cheese.
I got the idea for this pizza from several places. I’d been thinking about trying socca, thanks to some encouragement from Laura, for a while now. Then Nicole posted this Mexican Socca Tostada and I finally decided I needed to try socca for myself. But I didn’t make just plain socca, I added sweet potato! I got the idea from this post but I made mine a little differently by microwaving the sweet potato before adding it and not using cheese in the crust. As for the pizza itself, my mom sent me an email last week saying that she made this pizza with a few changes and it was delicious.
I wrote back saying it sounded good and that I would have used sweet potatoes instead of squash and an idea was born! So this is how it went down. I made the crust first. While it was baking, I chopped up some sweet potatoes and threw them in the oven with the crust to roast. Then I made the white bean dip to use for the sauce. Finally I caramelized the onions and sauteed the peppers.
The night I made this I just wasn’t in the mood to take pictures. I gave it a half-hearted effort but it just wasn’t working out. Want proof? This is the best picture I took of the first pizza.
Yeah…not good. But this was the scene at the end of dinner:
But this was SO good that I knew I had to share it with you guys. So what did I do? I did what any good food blogger does and I re-made the pizza for lunch the next day and took better pictures:
Much better. And just as delicious the second time around. I made the crust a little bit thicker, per the hubby’s request and added some balsamic vinegar to the onions while I was caramelizing them.
Caramelized Onion & Goat Cheese Pizza with Sweet Potato Socca Crust
This Caramelized Onion & Goat Cheese Pizza with Sweet Potato Socca Crust has a protein & fiber packed crust, a spicy bean dip for the “sauce” and is topped with delicious veggies and goat cheese.
- Prep Time: 30 hours
- Cook Time: 30 hours
- Total Time: 60 hours
- Yield: 4 1x
- 2 medium sweet potatoes
- 1 c chickpea flour
- 1 c water
- 1 medium onion
- 1 medium sweet potato
- 1 c sliced bell peppers (any color)
- 2 oz goat cheese (crumbled or sliced)
- balsamic vinegar
- 1 15oz can of white beans (rinsed)
- 1 Tablespoons olive oil
- 1 tsp soy sauce
- 2 Tablespoons sriracha hot sauce
- 1 large clove of garlic
- 1/2 teaspoon curry powder
- 1/4 cup of water
- 1 Tablespoon lime juice
For the crust:
Poke the sweet potatoes all over with a knife or fork and microwave for 6 minutes.
Let cool slightly and scoop the insides into a bowl.Add the chickpea flour and water and stir well.
Pour into a well-greased 9-inch springform pan and spread evenly around the pan.
Bake at 425 degrees for 35 minutes.
For the sauce:
Follow the directions in the linked recipe.
For the toppings:
Dice the sweet potatoes, drizzle with oil and roast in the oven along with the crust.
Saute the onions and a saucepan over medium heat with a little oil until caramelized.
Add a splash of balsamic vinegar if desired.
Saute the peppers after the onions are done.
Remove the crust from the pan (it will probably stick a little bit).
Top with sauce.
Add the onions, peppers and sweet potatoes.
Top with goat cheese.
Return to the oven for 7-8 minutes or until heated through.
Slice and serve drizzled with balsamic vinegar.
For the sauce, I use this recipe with no sesame oil, only 1 tsp soy sauce and lemon juice instead of lime juice.
- Serving Size: 2 slices
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Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table says
I love this crust idea more than is normal. Sweet potatoes and socca sounds like perfection! Pinning!
AND congratulations to you!!! You totally deserved to be included in those noms. 😉
the sweet potatoes were definitely a great addition. so good!
Lauren @ Lawfully Wedded Wife says
Congrats on being up for the award!!! So awesome! You’ve got my vote! 😉
thank you so much!
Jess @ Truly.Into.Fitness says
Oh my!! That looks delicious!!
ummm yummmm! yep, i better try this!
and i better try yours! switcheroo!
Christine @ Oatmeal in my Bowl says
That’s it to make the crust?! Sweet. I love easy recipes! Yum. I would have made it twice too. Especially since the goods seemed to have disappeared quickly!
i know! crazy simple right?!
haha…i live for drool 🙂
That pizza looks awesome! I love that you made it two days in a row 🙂 And congrats for the nomination! You’re awesome Lindsay and totally deserve it!! I just voted for you 🙂
thank you soooo much!
Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin says
I seriously love everything about this pizza! Especially that it’s made with sweet potatoes in the crust AND on top. That’s definitely my kind of pizza! 😉
you can never have too much sweet potato!
Mindy - Clueless Nut says
Congratulations for the nomination! That’s awesome.
The pizza looks delicious, I have never tried socca either!
thanks girl! you should give it a try!
I know I tell you this all the time..but you are a kitchen rock star! This pizza looks great!! I’m stopping by your house the next time I visit my dad!
omg yes! please do 🙂
Heather (Where's the Beach) says
Um – one word: AMAZING. You’re my hero with this. Love pizza. Love sweet potatoes. How could this not be perfect?!
it’s pretty much perfection in my book!
Aparna B. @ Not A Leaf says
Holy yum, Lindsay! This sounds delicious! I’ve been so obsessed with goat cheese lately and this is another recipe I’ll juts have to try! Super big congrats on being nominated too! How exciting!
thank you! i’ve also been obsessed with goat cheese! if you like mushrooms- stuff some with goat cheese and cranberries and bake. heaven!
Parita @ myinnershakti says
I have a feeling after I make my first socca pizza, it will forever be a part of my weekly meal rotation! This sounds delicious and so healthy. Thanks for sharing!
yes! gonna be a staple in mine too!
I started drooling as soon as I read the title. Mmmmm… totally want to make this soon!
go for it!!! drool power!
Heather @ For the Love of Kale says
CONGRATULATIONS, LINDSAY!!! You absolutely deserve it. VOTED. 🙂
Your pizza looks phenom! I’m wondering how it would taste with daiya. Probably fantastic? 😉
thanks girl! and i’d say probably yes 🙂
Looks delicious. We did a carmalized onoins and goat cheese panini and it was a great combo!!
sarah @ sarah learns says
oh man. the first two posts i read today are yours & janetha’s. hello pizza craving! this looks awesome. i really like socca and have made socca pizza before, but only with a traditional socca crust. and never with caramelized onions.sounds delicious as always!
thanks girl! i LOVED the added sweet potato!
Jana @ Newly Wife Healthy Life says
I love the sweet potato crust idea! I bet it would taste awesome as the crust for a dessert pizza too! Very creative! 🙂
Tina @ Best Body Fitness says
You know the way to my heart! All of that sounds SO good…then make it in pizza form? I die.
i do my best 🙂
Brittany @ GOtheXtraMile says
Oh my gosh. I need to make this ASAP!!!! GENIUS!!!
woohoo! let me know how you like it!
Brittany @ GOtheXtraMile says
Oh and VOTED! 🙂
Amber @ExSoyCise says
I LOVE the sweet potato crust idea! Genius I tell you!! 🙂
Cat @ Breakfast to Bed says
I LOVE pizza. this looks amazing. I posted pizza today too! LOL. Now I want more.
you can never have too much pizza!
Stefanie @TheNewHealthy says
I am obsessed with socca pizza – so I must try the sweet potato version! Yum!
yay! hope you like it!
Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries says
oh wow, i LOVE the looks of this! do you think whole wheat flour would work in place of chickpea flour?
if you’re going to use whole wheat flour, i would find a recipe for a traditional crust. chickpea flour has a pretty distinct flavor/properties and i think just wheat flour and water would be pretty bland. but using a traditional crust with these toppings would be just as good!!
Um hi, please come make this for me. I’m drooling. Signed, me 🙂
i’ll be right over!
Ericka @ The Sweet Life says
Sounds soooo good. I’m always making new pizza combos and I hadn’t considered caramelized onions (though goat cheese is a staple!!!)
oh girl, you must try them! so good!!
Lindsay @ In Sweetness and In Health says
Oh wow that looks so good! I’ve never had socca before, so I’m interested to know what it tastes like! And I love that you re-made it so you could take pictures. I am way to lazy for that haha.
i’m lazy too…but this was good, so i knew i’d enjoy eating it 🙂
Claire @ Live and Love to Eat says
I love socca, and would never think to make it with sweet potatoes! And in my humble opinion, goat cheese & carmelized onions are a more timeless combination than PB & J.
i agree my friend 🙂
Andrea @ Vegvacious says
Ok, I officially <3 you 🙂
This looks incredible – I've been wanting to try socca and I actually bought chickpea flour last time I was at the bulk store. Adding sweet potatoes is genius – thanks for sharing!!
get on it girl!!!! so good.
Brittany (Healthy Slice of Life) says
Traditional pizza or not, I love anything with goat cheese and caramelized onions!
match made in heaven right??!
Kelly @ Laughter, Strength, and Food says
Oh…you and your pizza. I have to save up all of the amazing recipes I’ve been seeing until Lent is over! I’ll be eating pizza for a a month straight!! (and I won’t be complaining!) 😉
girl you are going to be set!!
[email protected] for the Soul says
hubba hubbba! This looks so delicious!! I just pinned it haha. And it reminds me of a SUPER healthified version of the Korean sweet potato-filled crust golden pizza from a franchise rest. called “Love Letter”, and there’s one called “Mr. Pizza.” Not sure if they have it in other places other than Korea and Cali though!
umm yummmmmm!!! that sounds so good.
Susan (Oliepants) says
Wonderful! The sweet potato and carmelized onion/goat cheese combo is drool-worthy. And I am so behind on the socca crust – b/c I have some chickpea flour that I need to use just for this purpose.
Such an amazing recipe. The crust recipe is basically how I make my sweet potato falafel, I roll them in little balls and bake them. I really need to try it as a crust!
yes! you would love it!
Talia @ Bite Size Wellness says
Adding balsamic to caramelized onions. Why did I never think about doing that? Duh! This is why I love healthy living blogs…you were inspired by several different people to create your pizza masterpiece and then you spread the love. Genius I say!
it’s soooo good! takes them up a notch 🙂
Maria @ Pappa Don't Preach says
Yesterday was such a pizza day! The blog blogosphere had tons of fresh recipes that I can’t wait to try! Oddly enough – I made my first gluten free pizza on Sunday evening. Can’t wait to try your recipe.. I love me some sweet potatoes! YUM!
omg i know! it’s like pizza overload today!
Courtney @ Fitness With A Fork says
I definitely need to try this! Sounds awesome! 🙂
hope you like it!!
Dena @ 40 Fit in the Mitt says
Wow! You knocked it out of the park with this recipe. Also thanks for doing so much work for the Foodie Penpals Program! It’s obvious that you really put your heart into this program and lots of time!
thank you and you’re welcome! glad to have you on board 🙂
Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance says
Wheat-free sweet potato crust!? Oooh girl, you KNOW i’m pinning this!
Yellow Haired Girl says
Oh my goodness – a SWEET POTATO CRUST?! You are a genius, my friend. I will definitely be making this! And soon 🙂
awesome! let me know how you like it!!
Amanda - RunToTheFinish says
i cordially invite you to my house to cook for me 🙂
anytime!!! i so wish i could!
Kristen @ swanky dietitian says
This looks incredible!! And I just LOVE goat cheese on pizza.
I totally just drooled reading this. YUMMMM
Sara @ The Foodie Diaries says
It may have been a long title, but you had me at “carmelized onion” 🙂
Pure2raw twins says
this makes me really miss socca, it has been so long since we have made it. the socca pizza looks great!!! YUM
Matt @ The Athlete's Plate says
Jillian @ sprinkle massacre says
I have been meaning to buy chickpea flour for so long. When I went to place my order on iHerb last week they were sold out 🙁 I need to make the crust recipe as soon as I get it — looks delicious!!!
oh no!!! don’t give up. it’s so worth it!
(what runs) Lori says
DElicious! I love your version. Looks super tasty! And definitely looks like everyone enjoyed it. 😉
it was a hit, to say the least 🙂
Ahhhhhhh! This looks amazing! I love goat cheese, it is the BEST!
Will have to make this sometime for sure!
thank you! let me know how you like it!
Meredith @ DareYouTo says
sweet potato crust is the most novel thing i’ve heard in a long time. adding this one to the list!
Yum!! I made this today and it was delicious!! Couldn’t find chickpea flour so I used a different type of flour but it still turned out great.
wondering if canned sweet potato puree might work here, and how much to use?? i’ve got a couple cans of organic puree left over from a pie i made!
hmmm, i think it should work. i’d start with 3/4 c and work up from there. I’ve found that a medium sweet potato usually makes about 1/2 c of pureed/mashed once cooked, but i think if it’s canned it will be a bit thinner and more liquidy than just mashing up sweet potatoes so i’d start with less and then add more if you think it’s needed!
what would the nutritional info be for this?
i’ve never calculated it, but there are some free nutrition calcs you could plug the info into!
I am SO making this for dinner tonight!