Apr 7, 2011

Pesto Pizza

It is Sweet Punch time again! This time Divya selected Pizza as the bake. I loved baking the pizza. The base took no more than 10 minutes to put together. It tasted delicious too. For the toppings, I kept it simple by using a store bought pizza sauce and topped it with fresh pesto sauce, cherry tomatoes, black olives and cheese. The pizza toppings are inspired by a pizza we get at a local pizzeria. It is more of the mediterranean style toppings. Mozzarella would have been a great addition, but since I did not have it, I used a combination of shredded cheeses.  I halved the recipe for the pizza base and made one medium sized pizza.

A great way to make a quick and delicious meal.

For the base (Makes two crusts)
(Recipe Source: The Pioneer Woman)
Active Dry or Instant Yeast - 1 teaspoon
All-Purpose Flour - 4 cups
Kosher Salt - 1 teaspoon
Extra Virgin Olive Oil - 1/3 cup

For the toppings
Pizza sauce - 3 tablespoons
Fresh Pesto - 2 teaspoons
Cherry tomatoes
Shredded cheese
Oregano - 1/2 teaspoon
Parmesan cheese - 1 tablespoon


Sprinkle yeast over 1 1/2 cups warm (not lukewarm) water.

In a mixer, combine flour and salt. With the mixer running on low speed (with paddle attachment), drizzle in olive oil until combined with flour. Next, pour in yeast/water mixture and mix until just combined.
Coat a separate mixing bowl with a light drizzle of olive oil, and form the dough into a ball. Toss to coat dough in olive oil, then cover the bowl tightly with plastic wrap and store in the fridge until you need it. 
Sprinkle the pizza stone or baking sheet with cornmeal/semolina.Roll out the pizza to your liking[thin/thick]. Spread the oil over the dough. Spread enough pizza sauce over the base. 

Then add all other toppings - pesto sauce, cherry tomatoes, olives and  oregano.

Then top with required amount of cheese.

Preheat oven to 500F.
Bake for about 15-20 minutes or till the cheese starts bubbling and the pizza is evenly cooked/browned.

Serve hot! Think before you order your pizza next time, when it can be made so easily at home!


  1. wow...Looks so tempting...Never thought of using pesto ....Thanks...

  2. yum yum yum.....will definitely try it!!!!!

  3. Pizza looks yumm. Combination of pizza sauce and pesto must have be super. Delicious.

  4. Awesome looking pizza. Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe.

    Hamaree Rasoi

  5. I am a huge pizza fan. I am a frequent customer of dominos. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

  6. Pizza looks so inviting.......loved the use of pesto sauce...:)

  7. Love the toppings on your pizza..agree with the ease of making the dough!!Thanks for baking with us!!

  8. Looks yummy !!
    hey btw whats the Sweet Punch time ?? :-) Sorry to be the ignoramus !!

  9. Pesto in a pizza! Very flavourful and mouthwatering!

  10. Looks deliciously yum. Home made pizzas are the best...

  11. @Mom Chef, Sweet Punch posting date is the 7th of each month.

  12. Delicious pizza, love those topping,irresistible!

  13. woww..pesto in pizza?? mouthwatering...

  14. I love pesto pizza.. infact i made a big batch of pesto yday and used it to make panini... Nice toppings.

  15. They look yummm...... I love pesto sauce on my pizza tooo.....
    Wot a coincidence...My last post is pizzza.. .and the sweet punch is Pizza too :)

  16. Looks sooo...good...A nice touch by adding pesto..A must-try :)
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  17. Thanks for passing from my blog. We've lost touch. Your pizza looks so tempting that now I want to make some.

  18. Pizza looks very yummy...Ur blog is so nice :).Really wonderful!!Inspiring for a new blogger like me. I'm a Follower too..


  19. Pizza is Tuesday's dinner this week :-)

  20. Love the bubbling cheese on here Divya! Awesome pretty pizza and perfectly done!


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