Thursday, April 28, 2011

Pesto Pizza-- Guest Recipe

Steaming hot Pesto Pizza
This recipe comes straight from the kitchen of my father-in-law.  They recently got a new house and he has thoroughly enjoyed experimenting in his new kitchen.  This is one of the many yummy dishes he has come up with.

Pesto Pizza

1 pizza crust
4 oz pesto sauce
4 oz fresh mozzarella cut into 1/4 to ½ inch thick slices and 1 to 2 inches square
1-2 Tbsp Olive Oil
1-2 cloves of garlic chopped
8 oz fresh baby spinach
¼ tsp crushed red pepper flakes
1 red bell pepper
fresh ground black pepper
¼ cup of black olives halved or sliced
1 oz shredded parmesan or other cheese of your choice

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
Heat oil in large pan.  Add garlic and saute until just slightly browned. Toss spinach in pan.  Add salt, pepper and crushed red pepper.  Cover and reduce heat.  Cook, stirring occasionally until spinach has wilted.  Drain the liquid and set spinach aside.  Cut red pepper into strips.  Lightly coat pepper and grill with oil. Grill until tender, turning if occasionally.  Sprinkle strips with salt and pepper.  Remove from grill and set aside.

To assemble the pizza, spread pesto sauce evenly over crust leaving a 3/4 inch rim, so oil does not drip while cooking.  Distribute mozzarella, spinach, red peppers and black olives over the pesto.  Sprinkle parmesan cheese on top.  Place pizza directly on oven rack or use a pizza stone.  Bake for about 10 minutes or until center is hot.  Raise oven temperature to broil and brown the cheese for 1-2 minutes.  Remove let cool slightly then serve and slice.



  1. I made this again today...delicious as before. It is very important to not spread the pesto too close to the edge (as I did this time) since it is very oily and will start to run off of the edge. So use just enough to thinly cover the pizza crust and stay at least 3/4 inch away from the edge and it should be fine. It will taste great either way but it is better to not cause a mess.

  2. Kathy, you definitely know how to grab a reader and keep her here. This pizza photo looks delicious. Now must go exploring and see your other recipes. Great blog!

  3. Oh my goodness, that looks delicious! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

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  5. That looks so delicious! And I just had dinner.