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pesto pizza recipe

delicious pesto pizza made with a whole wheat pizza dough, veggies and homemade pesto sauce. 

5 from 1 vote
total time:
20minutes

pesto pizza recipe with step by step pics. pesto pizza is one of our favorite pizzas. pesto is a basil and nut based sauce from italy. you can even call it as basil chutney in indian language. the flavors and aroma of the pesto sauce in a vegetarian pizza takes it to a new level. if you like pesto, then you will also like pizza made with pesto.

pesto pizza recipe

many years back i had shared the recipe of pesto made with almonds. i still use this recipe to make pesto with almonds, cashews or walnuts. you can check the recipe here – pesto sauce.

adding homemade pesto in the pizza tastes always good, but you can even use store brought bottled pesto.

for the pizza base, i have used my whole wheat pizza dough. in the step by step pictorial, i have mentioned in detail on making the wheat pizza dough. you can even make this pizza with your favorite pizza dough.

the whole wheat pizza dough recipe is a simple and easy method made from 100% whole wheat flour or atta. this dough gives a soft textured pizza base – one which is crisp from outside after getting baked. there is no denseness or chewiness felt in the pizza bread.

also do note that i have used a stand mixer to knead the dough, but its also easy to knead the pizza dough with hands. just make sure that the dough is kneaded till smooth, soft and supple.

you can make regular pizzas or thin crust pizzas. the recipe makes for 7 thin crust pesto pizzas.

few more pizza recipes on blog are:

pesto pizza recipe below:

pesto pizza recipe
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pesto pizza recipe

delicious pesto pizza made with a whole wheat pizza dough, veggies and homemade pesto sauce. 
course main course, snacks
cuisine italian
prep time 5 minutes
cook time 15 minutes
total time 20 minutes
servings 7 thin crust pesto pizza
author dassana amit

ingredients (1 cup = 250 ml)

for pizza dough:

  • 3 cups whole wheat flour (atta) OR 360 grams whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon instant yeast OR 3 grams of instant yeast
  • ½ teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup water – you can also add 1.25 cups water OR add as required depending upon the quality of wheat flour

for pesto pizza toppings:

  • 1 medium onion , cut in 1 cm cubes
  • 1 medium capsicum cut in 1 cm cubes
  • 1 medium tomato, seeds removed and cut in 1 cm cubes
  • cup boiled corn or steamed corn kernels
  • 7 to 8 black olives , sliced or add as required
  • ½ cup pesto sauce or as required
  • mozzarella cheese or pizza cheese as required
  • dried oregano as required
  • dried or fresh basil as required, optional
  • red chili flakes as required, optional

how to make pesto pizza recipe

making pizza dough:

  1. take 1 teaspoon instant yeast (3 grams) in a mixing bowl or in the stand mixer bowl.

  2. add ½ teaspoon sugar and 1 cup water and mix well.

  3. next add 3 cups whole wheat flour, 1 teaspoon salt and 3 tablespoons olive oil.

  4. if you do not have olive oil, use any neutral flavoured oil.

  5. then add 1 tablespoon lemon juice. you can also use 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar or white vinegar instead of lemon juice.

  6. attach the bowl to a stand mixer with the hook attachment. on a medium-high speed knead the dough. if kneading with hands, then mix everything very well and then knead for atleast 8 to 10 minutes.

  7. the dough should be smooth, pliable and soft. if the dough looks dry, then you can add some water while kneading. if the dough looks sticky, then you can sprinkle some flour.

  8. spread some water all over the dough.

  9. cover with a lid or a kitchen towel and allow to leaven for 45 minutes to 2 hours till the dough increases in volume and doubles up. if using dry active yeast, then keep for 2 hours to 3 hours or more. timing varies with the temperature conditions in your city.

  10. the pizza dough will nicely increase in volume and double up.

  11. knead the dough lightly again and then you can directly make pizzas from these. or you can keep them covered in a tight box or pan. spread some olive oil all over the dough before placing them in the box.

  12. cover the box or pan with a tight fitting lid. keep in refrigerator or freeze the whole wheat pizza dough. in the refrigerator this dough stays good for 4 to 5 days. in the freezer, you can store for a couple of weeks.

preparation for making pesto pizza:

  1. chop onion, tomato and capsicum (green bell pepper) in 1 cm cubes. keep the veggies aside. i have also added ⅓ cup steamed sweet corn and some olives. you can add your choice of veggies in the pizza.

  2. also preheat oven to its maximum temperature for 15 to 20 minutes before baking. 

  3. grease a 9 inch pan or tray with some extra virgin olive oil. sprinkle some flour all over. you can even use cornmeal or semolina for sprinkling.
  4. take a medium to large sized pizza dough ball and sprinkle some flour on it.
  5. roll to a thin pizza having 0.3 to 0.5 cm thickness.
  6. carefully lift and place the pizza in the greased baking pan or tray.

making pesto pizza:

  1. spread pesto sauce all over the pizza. you can add less or more as per your needs.
  2. now top with mozzarella cheese or pizza cheese as required.
  3. place the mix vegetables, steamed corn and olive slices.

  4. keep the pizza pan in the center rack using both the top and bottom heating elements in the preheated oven. also keep your oven’s highest temperature. my oven has 250 degrees celsius as the highest. you can also keep the pizza pan in the centre rack.
  5. after the cheese got golden, i kept the pizza pan on the lowest tray and kept only the bottom heating element on. this is to make the pizza base crisp and crusty. in case cheese does not turn golden, then keep the tray either in the centre or top rack and keep only the top heating element on. but do keep a check as this way the cheese gets browned faster and the pizza sides can burn also.

  6. bake pesto pizza for 10 to 15 minutes till the base gets golden and the cheese also melts and gets golden.
  7. before serving pesto pizza, add some dried oregano or red chili flakes or fresh or dried basil if you want. you can also drizzle some extra virgin olive on the pesto pizza before serving. serve pesto pizza hot.

recipe notes

if using dry active yeast or fresh yeast:
  • dissolve the yeast in 1 cup warm water + ½ teaspoon sugar solution. cover the bowl and let the yeast proof for 10 to 15 minutes.
  • the water should be warm and not on the cooler side or hot. or else the yeast solution will not get proofed or activated.
  • when the yeast solution has become bubbly and frothy, then mix it with the whole wheat flour, olive oil, salt and lemon juice. knead to a smooth dough.
  • spread some water or olive oil all over the dough. cover the bowl and allow the dough to leaven for 2 to 3 hours or more (depends on the temperature conditions in your city).

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how to make pesto pizza recipe:

a) making pizza dough:

1. take 1 teaspoon instant yeast (3 grams) in a mixing bowl or in the stand mixer bowl.

making pesto pizza recipe

2. add ½ teaspoon sugar.

making pesto pizza recipe

3. add 1 cup water and mix well.

making pesto pizza recipe

4. next add 3 cups whole wheat flour and 1 teaspoon salt.

making pesto pizza recipe

5. add 3 tablespoons olive oil. if you do not have olive oil, use any neutral flavoured oil.

making pesto pizza recipe

6. then add 1 tablespoon lemon juice. you can also use 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar or white vinegar instead of lemon juice.

making pesto pizza recipe

7. attach the bowl to a stand mixer with the hook attachment. on a medium-high speed knead the dough. if kneading with hands, then mix everything very well and then knead for atleast 8 to 10 minutes.

making pesto pizza recipe

8. the dough should be smooth, pliable and soft. if the dough looks dry, then you can add some water while kneading. if the dough looks sticky, then you can sprinkle some flour.

making pesto pizza recipe

9. spread some water all over the dough.

making pesto pizza recipe

10. cover with a lid or a kitchen towel and allow to leaven for 45 minutes to 2 hours till the dough increases in volume and doubles up. if using dry active yeast, then keep for 2 hours to 3 hours or more. timing varies with the temperature conditions in your city.

making pesto pizza recipe

10. the pizza dough will nicely increase in volume and double up.

making pesto pizza recipe

11. knead the dough lightly again and then you can directly make pizzas from these. or you can keep them covered in a tight box or pan. spread some olive oil all over the dough before placing them in the box. cover the box or pan with a tight fitting lid. keep in refrigerator or freeze the whole wheat pizza dough. in the refrigerator this dough stays good for 4 to 5 days. in the freezer, you can store for a couple of weeks.

making pesto pizza recipe

b) preparation for making pesto pizza:

13. chop 1 medium onion, 1 medium tomato, 1 medium capsicum (green bell pepper) in 1 cm cubes. keep the veggies aside. i have also added ⅓ cup steamed sweet corn and 8 olives (sliced). you can add your choice of veggies in the pizza. also preheat oven to its maximum temperature for 15 to 20 minutes before baking. my oven has 250 degrees celsius as the highest temperature.

making pesto pizza recipe

14. grease a 9 inch pan or tray with some extra virgin olive oil. sprinkle some flour all over. you can even use cornmeal or semolina for sprinkling.

making pesto pizza recipe

15. take a medium to large sized pizza dough ball and sprinkle some flour on it.

making pesto pizza recipe

16. roll to a thin pizza having 0.3 to 0.5 cm thickness.

 

making pesto pizza recipe

18. carefully lift and place the pizza in the greased baking pan or tray.

making pesto pizza recipe

making pesto pizza:

19. spread pesto sauce all over the pizza. you can add less or more as per your needs.

making pesto pizza recipe

20. now top with mozzarella cheese or pizza cheese as required.

making pesto pizza recipe

21. place the mix vegetables, steamed corn and olive slices. do not add too much of the raw veggies as then the pizza can become moist & soggy due to the juices from the vegetables.

making pesto pizza recipe

22. keep the pizza pan in the center rack using both the top and bottom heating elements in the preheated oven. also keep your oven’s highest temperature. my oven has 250 degrees celsius as the highest. you can also keep the pizza pan in the centre rack.

making pesto pizza recipe

23. after cheese got golden, i kept the pizza pan on the lowest tray and kept only the bottom heating element on. this is to make the pizza base crisp and crusty. in case the cheese does not turn golden, then keep the tray either in the centre or top rack and keep only the top heating element on. but do keep a check as this way the cheese gets browned faster and the pizza sides can burn also.

making pesto pizza recipe

24. bake pesto pizza for 10 to 15 minutes till the base gets golden and the cheese also melts and gets golden.

pesto pizza recipe

25. before serving pesto pizza, add some dried oregano or red chili flakes or fresh or dried basil if you want. you can also drizzle some extra virgin olive on the pesto pizza before serving. serve pesto pizza hot.

pesto pizza recipe

dassana amit
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i started vegrecipesofindia.com in feb 2009. it is a pure vegetarian blog and shares recipes with step by step photos that will help you to make delicious and tasty vegetarian food easily.

i am passionate about cooking from childhood and learnt cooking from my elders. having a home science degree greatly enhanced my cooking & baking skills and took it to a different level which i now share as foolproof recipes. i was trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.


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