Tomato Pesto Pizza


Tomato Pesto Pizza
If you love the flavor of pesto you’re going to love this pizza.  I use whatever tomatoes we have: garden-fresh or store-bought like roma or campari.   After it’s all baked up with the pesto and cheese we never can tell if we don’t use fresh.  This tomato pesto pizza is flavorful and refreshing (if pizza can be called refreshing), and seems like a gourmet pizza.  It’s one of our favorites.

Recipe notes: If you’re going to make homemade pizza it’s really worth it to invest in a pizza paddle and a pizza stone.  In my opinion, the pizza stone is essential for a well-cooked crust and gives it that crusty outer layer with soft chewy bread inside and the center of the pizza cooks thoroughly and doesn’t leave any soggy areas.  You could get by without a pizza paddle but it makes it easy and safe to slide the pizza on and off the flaming hot stone.

*45-60 minutes before baking, place the pizza stone on the center rack in a cold oven and preheat the oven to 500 degrees.

Tomato Pesto Pizza


  • 1/2 recipe of The Best Pizza Dough ~ If you want to make this all whole wheat and no refined sugar, substitute whole wheat flour in place of the all-purpose white flour and use 3 tablespoons honey and no sugar.
  • 1/2 cup pesto
  • 3 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 3 tomatoes, sliced
  • salt
  • pepper
  • parmesan cheese
  • dried basil


  1. Cut a piece of parchment paper and place it on your pizza paddle. Lightly spray the parchment paper with cooking spray.
  2. Working with your hands, spread out the pizza dough on the parchment paper to mostly cover the pizza paddle.
  3. Use a spoon to spread the pesto over the dough.
  4. Sprinkle your desired amount of mozzarella cheese over the pesto.
  5. Arrange the tomatoes on top of the cheese, sprinkle with salt, pepper, basil, and parmesan cheese.
  6. Slide the pizza (and parchment paper) onto the hot pizza stone and bake for about 5-6 minutes, depending on your oven and your desired doneness.
  7. Remove from the oven and allow to sit for 5 minutes before slicing.



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One Response to Tomato Pesto Pizza

  1. Ashey @ 3 Little Greenwoods June 29, 2014 at 8:12 pm #

    Oh my goodness this pizza is making my mouth water! Thanks for the recipe!
    ~ Ashley

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