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Easy Pesto Pizza Recipe


posted: 06/12/17

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This Easy Pesto Pizza Recipe comes together in less than 15 minutes and is a perfect weeknight meal or party appetizer!

up close view of easy pesto pizza recipe garnished with cheese and tomatoes

It’s the first week of Summer Break! It took until like the last week in May for me to feel excited about it and I think it was because that was when I finally got all the kids in their activities for the summer and figured out a work schedule that would actually let me play with my kids this summer. And now I’m PUMPED they are finally out of school! We took them out of activities while we were selling our house and moving so I have #allthemomguilt and I’m ready to see them all jazzed at being back at it.


overhead view of pesto pizza recipe and the ingredients needed to make it

The catch to all of it is that *all* of our summer activities are at night! Like right around the time my family should be eating dinner. Or they end like at the time we usually sit down for dinner. EEEEEP! Every.single.night. So I’m on the hunt for easy dinner recipes that can be prepped ahead of time or have very little prep time and very little cooking time.

That shouldn’t be hard, I mean, this like my job, right? Lol!

Easy Pesto Pizza

So this Easy Pesto Pizza totally fits the bill! It is full of delicious summer flavors of tomatoes and basil and it is literally five minutes of prep and less than ten minutes of cooking time. Which means that you can have this guy on your table in under 15 minutes. Throw together a great summer salad while the pizza is cooking and you are totally set! And it is ridiculously yummy. It would also work perfectly as a fast party appetizer!

easy pesto pizza recipe

The Perfect Cheeses for Pesto Pizza

I love using Crystal Farms Shredded Mozzarella and Shredded Parmesan for this pizza, but you can use any type of cheese you like. They are delicious, natural with few preservatives, and a rich source of protein. Their Shredded Mozzarella is our go-to for pizza night because it melts so perfectly and I want to put their Shredded Parmesan on all.the.things. It adds the perfect zesty bite to so many recipes, especially this pizza.

Store Bought or Homemade Pizza Crust

When we’re tight on time, I like to keep a few tubes of store bought pizza dough on hand. That way you can whip up this pizza in no time. However if you have a few extra minutes, you can do it all from from scratch with my fool proof pizza dough recipe. I promise it’s easy to make and tastes so delicious!

More Great Pesto Recipes

If you can’t get enough pesto in your life try these recipes too! Pop open a can of your favorite pesto sauce and dinner is served!

This Easy Pesto Pizza comes together in less than 15 minutes! A perfect busy weeknight meal or a fun party appetizer!

Overhead close up image of pesto pizza garnished with parmesan, basil and tomato
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Easy Pesto Pizza

Serves: 8 pieces
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Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 20 minutes
This Easy Pesto Pizza Recipe comes together in less than 15 minutes! A perfect busy weeknight meal or a fun party appetizer!


  • 1 store bought thin crust baked, not dough
  • 1/2 cup store bought pesto
  • 2 cups Crystal Farms Shredded Mozzarella
  • 1 roma tomato diced
  • fresh basil
  • 1/4 cup Crystal Farms Shredded Parmesan


  • Preheat your oven to 450 degrees.
  • Spread the pesto over your pizza crust. Top with mozzarella. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven and top with tomato, basil, and shredded parmesan.
Serving: 1piece Calories: 212kcal (11%) Carbohydrates: 13g (4%) Protein: 11g (22%) Fat: 13g (20%) Saturated Fat: 6g (38%) Monounsaturated Fat: 1g Cholesterol: 16mg (5%) Sodium: 540mg (23%) Potassium: 4mg Fiber: 1g (4%) Sugar: 1g (1%) Vitamin A: 500IU (10%) Vitamin C: 4.1mg (5%) Calcium: 230mg (23%) Iron: 1.1mg (6%)
Author: Lisa Longley
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Overhead close up image of pesto pizza garnished with parmesan, basil and tomato

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  1. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust says

    Pesto pizza is my FAVORITE of all time. Summer …. hmmmm. Not sure how I feel yet, except I’m excited to not have to make lunches every day, lol

    • Lisa Longley says

      Okay . . . but you *do* have to make lunches everyday! LOL!

  2. averie @ averie cooks says

    I just made pesto chicken last week but I need to do it with pizza! Looks fabulous!

  3. Sarah E. says

    I used to buy a personal size pesto pizza at the store all the time, but I haven’t been able to find it in the last few weeks…so I am SO happy you posted this. It looks just like it! :)

    • Lisa Longley says

      I hope you like it Sarah!

  4. Naomi @ Parenting Pod says

    what a great pizza recipe. your family would really enjoy this hearty meal for dinner.

    • Lisa Longley says

      Thanks Naomi!

  5. Jennifer @ Show Me the Yummy says

    LOVE pesto on my pizza!

    • Lisa Longley says

      Me too!

  6. Alyssa @ Everyday Maven says

    Pesto is such a great summer ingredient! Perfect for pizza!

    • Lisa Longley says

      Thank you Alyssa!

  7. Nicole says

    I’m obsessed with pesto this year so this pizza is now my latest craving!

  8. Lindsay @ Life, Love and Sugar says

    I would totally pesto all the things!! Love it! This pizza is getting made for dinner!

  9. Kim Beaulieu says

    This is one amazing pizza. I love pesto pizzas and this is seriously gorgeous.

  10. Sheila says

    Enjoyed it, so tasty and irresistible !!!

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