Veggie Pesto Pizza

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Veggie Pesto Pizza

Once upon a time there was a little girl who was adorable.

Said little girl used to eat and love pizza. All the live long day.

It didn’t matter what kind it was or what was on it, as long as it was called ‘pizza’, she would eat it.

Well, this little girl turned 3 {which apparently meant 14} and decided to have an opinion about every little pizza topping that wasn’t normal {read: everything but pepperoni}.

One Sunday afternoon her mother decided to make a pizza with “green stuff” on it. “What a great and delicious idea” thought her mother. It had pesto, lots of veggies and lots of cheese {–>to cover all those veggies}. It baked up beautifully and smelled like heaven.

The little girl came running to the table because pizza was for dinner.

But then to her shock and horror, there it was.

Pizza.

With green stuff on it.

How dare they ruin my pizza” thought this little girl.  Her parents tried to force feed serve her this pizza and even picked off the toppings but alas, there was no hope.

So this little girl ate strawberries for dinner. And her parents happily ate her extra slices of pizza.

The End.

Here’s how to make this simply amazing, flavorful “yucky” pizza:

Pizza dough

Start out with some pizza dough. I used my Fail Proof pizza dough recipe and mixed it with half bread flour, half white whole wheat.

Pesto

Once the pizza dough is ready to go, grab some pesto. I totally bought a huge jar of it at Costco over the weekend and plan to use it all up! Mmmm….I love pesto….and Costco. Or you could use homemade pesto!

Pesto on pizza dough

Spread some over your pizza to cover the dough in a thin layer.

Basil and mozzarella

Add on some spinach and fresh mozzarella {or regular mozzarella}

Sliced bell peppers and zucchini

and a bunch of other veggies! I added zucchini, olives, artichoke hearts and green peppers. Y to the UM.

Cheese

Grate over top some cheddar and parmesan to finish it off.

unbaked Veggie Pesto Pizza

Take a step back and contemplate how amazing this is going to taste in approximately 7 minutes.

Veggie Pesto Pizza

Cook the pizza in a screaming hot oven and then top with green onions and tomatoes.

Hot cheese + pesto + veggies + cold tomatoes = happy tummies. Except for those under age 3. Enjoy, folks! 🙂

Veggie Pesto Pizza

You'll love the mouthwatering combination of flavors in this delicious pizza, topped with pesto, loaded with veggies, all on a whole wheat crust!

servings 3 servings
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 25 mins

Ingredients

  • 1/2 recipe Fail Proof Pizza Dough
  • 1/3 cup prepared pesto
  • 1 cup baby spinach loosely packed
  • 6 oz sliced fresh mozzarella
  • 1/3 zucchini sliced very thin
  • 1/4 cup sliced green olives
  • 1/3 cup chopped marinated artichoke hearts
  • 1/2 large green bell pepper sliced
  • 1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated parmigianno reggiano cheese
  • 1 tomato sliced
  • 1 green onion chopped

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 500 degrees. Line pizza pan with parchment {if desired} or lightly spray with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Spread pizza dough out to be 12-14 inches in diameter. Spread pesto over dough. Top with spinach, fresh mozzarella, zucchini, olives, artichokes, green pepper, cheddar and parmesan cheeses.
  • Bake 7-10 minutes or until edges are brown and cheese is bubbly. Remove from oven and cool 5 minutes. Top with tomato slices and green onion. Slice and serve.

Nutrition

Calories: 639kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 39g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Cholesterol: 78mg | Sodium: 1741mg | Potassium: 335mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 2988IU | Vitamin C: 40mg | Calcium: 692mg | Iron: 3mg
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: veggie pesto pizza
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