Pesto Pizza

Pesto Pizza

PIZZA! I love it, so much so I had to bring this back to show you AGAIN! We make pizza usually once a week. It’s so quick & easy. Well, okay if you have the right tools, it’s quick and easy! But fear not, I’m here with a super simple recipe! You’ll probably want to pick up a pizza peel. Once you have one of those it will make baking Pizza a ton easier. No more wrangling with a cookie sheet trying to get the pizza out of the oven. No more almost burning yourselves, NOPE! You’re going to thank me.

Pesto Pizza


We’ve topped this pizza with pesto and mushrooms. It’s a quick and easy vegetarian option. But as always, you can top your pizza with just about anything your heart desires ; )

Baci!


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Pesto Pizza
What you’ll need:
Dough: (this dough recipe makes enough for 2 medium pizzas)
4 cups Bread Flour
2 teaspoons Yeast
2 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 1/4 – 1 1/2 cups of Warm Water

Toppings: (enough for 1 pizza)
3-4 tablespoons  Pesto
1- 1 1/2 cups of Grated Mozzarella Cheese
1/2 cup of fresh mushrooms – sliced
salt/pepper

What to do:
1. In your stand mixer Add the flour, yeast, olive oil & salt. On low mix together with paddle attachment to incorporate. WHILE mixer is running gradually add in water. After you have added 1 1/4 cups of water IF the dough is still not coming together in a ball then add the remainder of the water. Your dough should be soft and tacky but not sticky. If necessary add more flour or water until this consistency is reached.

2. Add this point, remove paddle attachment and  attach dough hook. Knead dough for approx 6-8 minutes. Remove dough from mixing bowl. Add a drizzle of olive oil (enough to coat bottom and sides). Return dough to bowl. Cover with saran wrap and let dough rise for 1 1/2 hours OR until dough has doubled in size.

3. Once your dough is ready. Place your pizza stone into cold oven. Preheat oven to 500 degrees. Place your dough ball onto a well floured surface. Cut dough in half with a dough scrapper (move one half back to bowl & re-cover until you are ready to roll it out).

4. Roll your dough out with a rolling pin until it’s fairly thin & is large enough to fit ontop of your pizza stone. At this point, transfer the pizza dough onto a floured pizza peel. Drizzle the top with Olive Oil.

5. Spread the Pesto onto dough leaving about an 1″ border from sides. Sprinkle cheese and mushrooms on. Add any additional toppings you like. Season pizza with salt and pepper. Gently shake pizza off of pizza peel onto pizza stone. Bake for approx 6-8 minutes or until crust is crisp and cheese is bubbling. Cook time will depend on how thick your crust is and the amount of toppings you use. Carefully remove pizza from oven using pizza peel. Slice and serve.

Buon Appetito!

 

36 Comments

  1. 1
    Christy B /

    Ooooo — a pizza peel! I needed one of those the other night. Looks like a good time to get one and support you too.

    Grazie!

  2. 2

    Great recipe! I have had trouble with my pizza getting crisp. I will give this a try. Thanks!

  3. 3

    I miss my peel, it split and I had to toss it. Next one I get is going to be steel, I’m not screwing around anymore. Heh. The pizza looks great, pesto is the bomb.

  4. 4

    Ok, no fair letting me look at that pizza first thing in the morning, I mean, c’mon…the rest of the day is SHOT! I want pizza NOW! I have been wanting a pizza peel…sounds like I’ll be coming to the twitter party! Woot!

  5. 5

    Your site is just beautiful. I have never used a pizza peel before. I will have to check it out. Your pizza looks great!

  6. 6

    Wish I could make it to the party tonight but we had plans with friends who we haven’t seen in a while. I am LOVING that pizza peel, though.

  7. 7
  8. 8
    Nicole /

    Mmm. Might need pizza. Might need pizza peel. Oh, who am I kidding, I need both!

  9. 9
    NJJ /

    Love the Stick Hand blender because it would be easy to store and save me so much time in the kitchen!

  10. 10
    Tracy P /

    I would love to have the Le Creuset – Round French Oven, 9 Qt. I’ve been wanting one for forever. Just can’t afford it right now.

    @cloud10277

  11. 11
    Christy B /

    Love the creme brulee set and the microplaner. Just picked up the pizza peel at the group price — lovely deal, btw!
    Thanks

  12. 12

    From twitter party:
    I would love Home & Garden
    Kitchen Aid Professional 600 Series, 575 Watts, with Pouring Shield – ONYX BLACK

    That pizza is making me hungry too

  13. 13
    Summer /

    I love the pizza stone.

  14. 14

    Chicago Metallic Creme Brulee 6-Piece Set I love making creme brulee and this would be a lifesaver!

  15. 15
    @lovemy21b /

    love this Le Creuset – Round French Oven, 9 Qt – Cherry

  16. 16
    Crystal Warren /

    We eat mucho homemade pizzas so I’d love to have the Dexter Russell Pizza Cutter, 2 3/4″ Wheel, Aluminum Handle

  17. 17

    I love the Boos round chopping block! It’s a gorgeous cutting board.

  18. 18

    Oh, Paula, you know what I like – KitchenAid mixers! You can never have too many! Also adore that red Le Creuset pot because red IS my color, hehe! Having fun tonight? I’m sending you virtual whoopie pies – num, num,num :-)

  19. 19

    this pizza peel looks faboosh. Lurve it!

  20. 20
    Caity /

    Too many choices to pick just one!! Obviously the KitchenAid mixer (since I’ve been lusting over one for years now), but that chopping block looks divine, as does the pizza peel, I love making pizza at home!

  21. 21

    I have the KitchenAid mixer and a Le Creuset dutch oven, but I have my eye on a new baking stone!

    Luv your blog, Paula.

    Dan

  22. 22

    I also am in love with the KitchenAid mixer, so that would be my top pick. But I have another one too…the Silpat…still don’t have one!

  23. 23

    I just started making sourdough pizzas so this stone would be very useful.

  24. 24
    Bet /

    Oh the pizza peel at the group price is a steal! I would love to have one!!!

    I really like the Le Creuset – Round French Oven, 9 Qt… I can smell great things cooking in that pot!!! YUMMY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Twitter party? This is my first to attend!!! Off to watch the tweets.

  25. 25
    NJJ /

    I want that le creust french oven too! :D

  26. 26
    Sarah Morris /

    Really want a pizza stone!

  27. 27

    We make pizza all the time at my house and I am the person that using a cooking sheet. I would this pizza peel, we love homemade.

  28. 28

    I need the Silpat because mine disappeared at the macaron workshop and the scale because I still have not made a batch of macarons at home as I lack the proper equipment =)

  29. 29

    I would Paula but it’s my birthday so other plans!!! Have fun!!

  30. 30

    I wish I could have made your party but I had to work last night. I have a Kitchen Aid mixer (cobalt blue – my fave color) and I LOVE it!! Has made my life SO much easier!! I also have a pizza stone…for awhile it wasn’t working out for me as the pizza dough would stick no matter what I did. It works great when I put the dough on foil and place that on the stone. The pizza turned out really crispy which is what I like.

    So a pizza peel would be great in order to slide the pizzas in and out!! ;)

  31. 31
    lisa bailey /

    This pizza looks so good. Simple and fresh ingredients are always the best! I didn’t get the pizza peel but I did buy the creme brulee baking rack. I’ve already used and love it!!!

  32. 32
    susitravl /

    Everything you have i great but I really want to try the Vic Firth French Pin because my skills with a rolling pin have gone downhill – I don’t know what is wrong. Time to upgrade my equipment!

  33. 33
    Michelle Cox /

    Just found your website – really enjoying it.

  34. 34
    Teri /

    You have great giveaways! Hard to choose between all the great things available. The gift certificate would make a good start towards something wonderful.

  35. 35

    Pizza looks amazing….. my first real visit to your site and I am really impressed!

    zest

  36. 36

    Hey! I’m new to your blog and just wanted to say hi! I found it during the Bertolli Twitter chat :)

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