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Easy Pesto Pizza Recipe


posted: 07/30/23

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Pesto pizza is so easy to make and perfect with my homemade pesto sauce. You are going to love this great twist on pizza.

Overhead photo of Pesto Pizza. Tomatoes and bottle opener next to pizza.

Pizza night is a favorite in our house. We could have pizza once a week and never tire of it. While our favorite way to do it is to make many small pizzas with my delicious homemade pizza dough and letting everyone top their own, this large Pesto Pizza is perfect for making for guests.

Made with my homemade pesto sauce, the flavors of the pesto, cheese, tomatoes, and fresh basil combine in a way that makes you feel like you are eating at a high end pizzeria. You will love this delicious twist on pizza.

Pesto on Pizza

Making pizza with pesto replaces the need for a pizza sauce. The bright, fresh flavor of basil in the simple sauce is so delicious. While you can buy a jar of pesto from the store for this recipe, it is easy to make your own and totally worth it. You can control the flavors and keep it in your refrigerator for weeks.

Pesto Sauce Recipe

This homemade basil pesto sauce is easy to make and so fresh. You will love this pesto in so many recipes!
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How to Make Homemade Pesto Pizza

Below is a brief overview of how this pizza with pesto comes together. For the full recipe including all measurements, scroll to the recipe card at the bottom of the post.

  • Spread the pesto on the pizza crust. Top with mozzarella.
  • Bake. The cheese will be melted and crust firm.
  • Add remaining toppings. Top with tomato, basil, and shredded parmesan.

Shredding Cheese for Pizza

This recipe uses both mozzarella and parmesan cheeses. I recommend shredding your own cheese from a block for both of these to get the freshest flavor and best melting. Pre-shredded cheese is covered in preservatives to help keep its shape, which prevents it from melting well. And if there is one thing you want on pizza, it is melty and gooey cheese. It is worth it to shred your own.

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Pizza Crust

One of the reasons that pizza night is such a hit in my house is because of my homemade pizza dough recipe. It comes from my mom, it is totally fool proof, and absolutely delicious. You will want to check out this recipe for pizza dough recipe, it has so many great reviews. I promise it’s easy to make and tastes so delicious!

Of course if you are tight on time you can use store-bought dough. I highly recommend finding a brand where the dough comes in a bag. It is, typically, a million times better than the dough you roll out from the can.

Perfect Pizza Dough Recipe

This pizza dough is one that we use in our house weekly and it always turns out perfectly. I share the secret to making sure it works everytime!
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The Toppings

The simple combination of basil pesto, cheese, tomatoes, and a little fresh basil is perfect on this pizza. With that being said, just pesto and cheese would be delicious if you don’t like tomatoes.

You could also add some cooked chicken to get some protein and create a chicken pesto pizza! Like in my Chicken Pesto Pasta, chicken and pesto go great together.

Baking Pizza

Whenever we make pizza, we use a pizza stone. We actually own two because that way we can make two pizzas in quick succession. You’ll notice that the dough recipe above makes enough for two 12 inch pizzas, so owning two stones is a must.

You can absolutely make pizza on a regular baking sheet, but I can’t recommend a stone enough. It helps make the crust crispy so that it cooks in equal measure with the cheeses on top.


Pizza Stone

Using a pizza stone makes for the most crisp crust on a pizza. You will love it!
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Overhead photo of Pesto Pizza cut into slices

More Great Pesto Recipes

If you can’t get enough pesto in your life try these recipes too! Make a batch of fresh pesto sauce to keep in your refrigerator and dinner is served.

If you make this basil pesto pizza recipe or any of my other recipes, please leave a comment and let me know what you think!

Overhead photo of Pesto Pizza. Tomatoes and bottle opener next to pizza.
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Easy Pesto Pizza

Serves: 8 pieces
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Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 20 minutes
Pesto pizza is so easy to make and perfect with my homemade pesto sauce. You are going to love this great twist on pizza.


  • 1 pizza dough
  • 1/2 cup pesto
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese shredded
  • 1 roma tomato diced
  • fresh basil
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan shredded


  • Preheat your oven to 450 degrees.
  • Spread the pesto over your pizza dough.Top with mozzarella. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until the cheese is melted and the crust is firm.
  • 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 photo of Pesto Pizza. Tomatoes and bottle opener next to pizza.

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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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