October 30, 2020

Pesto Pizza

Pesto pizza- A perfect choice for pesto lover and great combination added to your pizza list.  This pizza is loaded with flavors of fresh basil, juicy tomatoes and richness of mozzarella. Topping list for this might look small but every ingredient makes this pizza a perfect one. I prefer to use homemade fresh basil pesto which is very easy to prepare but you can use the store bought also. Recipe for homemade pizza dough and basil pesto links are mentioned under Related recipe section. Give this recipe a try and would love to hear your feedback. Enjoy!!!

Cuisine: Italian | Recipe Category: Lunch & Dinner,
Prep Time: 10 Min | Cook Time: 15 Min | Serving: 1 large Pizza



Pizza dough, Click here for Pizza dough recipe

For one pizza


Pesto sauce, Click here Basil Pesto Sauce recipe

½ cup


Fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced

8 ounces


Ripe tomato, sliced

2 pc


Black pepper, crushed

To taste


Basil leaves, torn

¼ cup

Step by Step Instruction: [ Hide Images]

  1. Slice the tomatoes into 1/8-inch-thick slices and place the slices on kitchen towel to drain the juice.  
  2. Set an oven rack in the bottom position and preheat the oven to 450°F. Lightly coat a baking sheet/pizza tray with oil or line it with foil/butter paper.
  3. Now lightly dust a work surface with flour and roll or stretch the pizza dough into desired shape. I have rolled my pizza into rectangle shape for this recipe. 
  4. Once you rolled the pizza dough, place it on the baking sheet and stretch or press it again so that it almost touches the edge of the pan or as required.
  5. Spread pesto sauce evenly over the rolled pizza dough leaving ½ inch border.
  6. Top with mozzarella cheese slices, tomato slices followed by few of the torn fresh basil leaves.
  7. Season the pizza with fresh crushed black pepper. Place the pizza in oven and bake it for 10-15 minutes or until the crust is crisp and golden. Broil it for few  seconds for browning.
  8. Transfer the pizza to a cutting board and sprinkle remaining torn basil leaves. You can drizzle some pesto sauce over pizza at this point also.
  9. Cut into slices and serve hot.