Pesto Pizza

This pesto pizza is the ideal meal for a busy evening. Recipe shows how easy it is to make homemade pizza dough with instructions on freezing the dough for later uses. Make one large pizza to serve a group or a single serving pizza with this versatile recipe.

A single slice of pesto pizza topped with shredded mozzarella cheese and zucchini, yellow squash, and red pepper slices plated with a sprig of rosemary and a glass of red wine in the background
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You’ll love the fresh flavors in this homemade pesto pizza!

Homemade pizza dough is one of the things that make homemade pizza so wonderful. You just can’t beat the flavor and texture of homemade pizza dough.  

With this pesto pizza recipe, I’m going to show you how easy it is to make your own homemade pizza – including the dough, quickly and effortlessly.

The pizza dough featured in this recipe will actually yield enough for two to three single serving pizzas. But, I also show how you can divide up and freeze the pizza dough to make a single serving pizza.

How To Freeze Pizza Dough

Scroll down to the recipe box for the complete ingredient list and instructions.

After mixing the ingredients together for the pizza dough and after the dough rises, it can easily be frozen.

Step 1

Divide the dough into three pieces.

Step 2

Roll each piece of dough into a ball lightly coat with oil.

Step 3

Freeze each one in a separate zip-top freezer bag.  

Pizza dough will stay good for up the 3 months in the freezer. When you’re ready to make your pizza, put the bag with the ball of dough in the refrigerator and thaw.

Overhead view of a small plated slice of pesto pizza and the rest of the pizza on a larger plate next to a glass of red wine and a small bowl of pesto all on a burlap fabric cloth on a wooden table with two sprigs of rosemary and a red napkin

How To Make Pesto

You can certainly purchase jarred pesto at your local grocery for convenience. If you’d like to make your own pesto, here is my easy recipe:

Ingredients in Pesto

  •  fresh spinach
  • toasted pine nuts
  • garlic
  • lemon juice
  • olive oil
  • Parmesan cheese
  • salt 

A food processor is the easiest way I’ve found to make pesto. Just add the ingredients to a food processor and pulse into smooth.

This pesto recipe will yield enough for a few small pizzas.

If you choose to make homemade pesto and use it with this pizza recipe, store the rest in a covered container in the refrigerator. Consider using the pesto in breakfast recipes, in a dip, mixed with pasta, or with Chicken Margherita.

Homemade pesto will keep for a week if covered in the refrigerator.

My friends at Hamilton Beach recently sent me their Hamilton Beach Professional Dicing Food Processor.  

This heavy duty, commercial quality food processor does it all! It dices, slices, shreds, chops, mixes, purees and even kneads dough. I used it for every step of this pizza making process, including kneading the pizza dough, making the pesto, shredding the cheese and slicing and chopping the vegetables.

You certainly don’t need a food processor to make a pizza. However, I thought this pesto pizza would be a wonderful recipe to demonstrate how awesome and useful this food processor is.  

Honestly, making pizza dough in a food processor is a game changer – it allows me to make homemade pizza so quickly and easily.

Let’s begin with the dough…

The pizza dough mixes up easily and the kneading is hands-free.  The dough blade does all the work.

Overhead view of pizza dough in a food processor

While the dough is rising, use the chopping/mixing blade to make the pesto.

Spinach, toasted pine nuts, garlic, lemon juice, olive oil, and shredded parmesan cheese in a food processor
Ingredients for pesto all chopped and smoothed together in a food processor

By switching to the slicing disc, you can evenly slice the zucchini, squash and red pepper.

You can even choose how thick you want the slices of vegetables to be. The adjustable slicing blade has 14 thickness settings.

Sliced zucchini in a food processor

The mozzarella cheese shreds quickly with the shredding disc…

Shredded mozzarella cheese in a food processor

Once you have all of the components of the pizza are ready, roll out the dough and add the toppings to the pizza.

The pizza bakes in the oven for about 10 minutes.

Disclosure: We are partnering with Hamilton Beach on this post. Thank you so much for supporting the brands we so carefully choose to work with.  All opinions expressed are our own.

Enjoy!

Vegetable Pesto Pizza For One

Easy recipe for Vegetable Pesto Pizza For One, including instructions for freezing and storing pizza dough. A great recipe for anyone cooking for one.
Prep Time1 hr 30 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time1 hr 40 mins
Course: Main, Main Dish
Servings: 1 person
Author: Joanie Zisk

Ingredients

FOR THE PIZZA DOUGH

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon instant yeast
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 3/4 cup lukewarm water
  • olive oil

FOR THE PESTO

  • 4 cups spinach , loosely packed
  • 1/2 cup toasted pine nuts
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup freshly shredded Parmesan cheese
  • salt , to taste

TOPPINGS

  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 small zucchini
  • 1 small yellow squash
  • 1 red pepper

Instructions

TO MAKE THE PIZZA DOUGH

  • Put the flour, yeast and salt in a food processor with a dough blade.  Turn the machine on and pulse a few times.  
  • Pour in the water and process until the mixture forms a slightly sticky ball about 45 seconds. (See Notes)
  • Rub a little olive oil on your hands and shape the dough into a ball.  Place the ball of dough into a large greased bowl.  Cover the bowl and let the dough rise, 1 to 1 1/2 hours.
  • Divide the dough into three even pieces.  Shape each piece of dough into a ball and lightly coat with olive oil.  
  • To freeze pizza dough, place the pizza dough balls into 3 separate freezer bags and seal.  These will keep in the freezer for up to 3 months.  When you’re ready to use them, place one of the balls of dough in the refrigerator to thaw. Thaw overnight.  To make the pizza, roll out the dough and bake as usual.

TO MAKE THE PESTO

  • Combine the spinach, pine nuts, garlic and lemon juice in a food processor. Lightly pulse.  
  • With the machine running, gradually add the olive oil blending until the mixture is creamy. Add the parmesan and pulse. Season with salt to taste.

TO SLICE THE VEGETABLES

  • Either use the slicing disc if slicing the vegetables in the food processor or thinly slice the vegetables with a knife.

TO ASSEMBLE

  • Heat oven to 450 degrees F.
  • Place 1 ball of dough on a heavily floured surface.  Using your fingers or the heel of your hand, stretch the dough into a circle of about 1/4-inch thickness.
  • Top with pesto.
  • Add the shredded cheese.
  • Scatter the vegetables over the cheese.
  • Bake for 10 minutes or until cheese is melted and crust is lightly browned.

Notes

You may also use a stand mixer or make the pizza dough in a large bowl following these instructions…
Combine the flour, instant yeast and salt in a large bowl.  Pour in the water and mix until you have a shaggy, sticky dough.
Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface.  Knead the dough until all of the flour is incorporated, and the dough is smooth and elastic.  If the dough is still sticking to your hands, work in more flour, one tablespoon at a time until the dough is smooth.
Follow above instructions for letting the dough rise, assembling and baking the pizza.

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29 thoughts on “Pesto Pizza”

  1. 5 stars
    Yum, that looks and sounds delicious. I love that it can be just for one- so perfect for the busy nights when alone. I would love to try and make my favorite salsa in this!

  2. Can't wait to try this pizza. Having a food processor would make it much easier. It definitely would help with increasing my veggie intake and making of homemade nut butters.

  3. 5 stars
    A food processor is essential for making light fluffy biscuits with ice and flour and little chunks of frozen butter. It is also really good to have if you make your own dog food. Ours is turkey or beef (browned) with oatmeal, carrots, peas, blue berries, spinach, parsley, chia seeds, coconut, phytonutrients, and a can of pumpkin pulp. It makes the dogs glow.

  4. This sounds great pesto sauce. Must try. Love that it is a small amount cause I am sure my boys won't try this lol.. thanks for a chance

  5. 5 stars
    I would love to win a Hamilton Beach food processor! I would make my Basil Pesto, hummus, pie crust and pizza dough!

  6. My favorite thing is homemade nut butters, so I would love a food processor so I can make my own! Thanks for such a great review! This food processor would be amazing in my kitchen!

  7. 5 stars
    I follow you daily.I love Zagleft! I love that you do recipes for one or two. I am a big pizza fan, as I try to eat clean as much as possible, this would make them so much easier to prepare. in fact, this processor would make my cooking so much easier. Thank you!!

  8. Being a widow, I love all your recipes because of the small amounts. A food processor would be perfect for prep work in so many of the recipes. So many recipes, so little time!
    Waiting patiently for a cookbook!?

  9. 5 stars
    We're vegans with food allergies so tons of savory & sweet uses for the awesome food processor! 1st up would be banana ice cream & some raw desserts for Hubster's sweet tooth! 😉

  10. Kimberly @ Berly's Kitchen

    Pesto is one of my favorite pasta toppings, but I've never used it on pizza. Not sure why not either because it sounds delicious, especially with fresh vegetables. This looks really good!

  11. 4 stars
    I would love a heavy duty food processor like this one. I would like to try making my own pizza dough, breads, dips, purses, etc.. I think I could make more foods for my picky eaters and make them faster, too! Thank you for the recipe and the chance to win!

  12. Oh my word this looks so yummy!!! I would love to make pie crusts and this pizza dough with the food processor. I don't own a food processor, I never realized everything they can do! I can't wait to make this pizza!!!!

  13. 5 stars
    I use a food processor most when I make soup – it's such a time saver for all the veggies. I love the dicing features of this one.

  14. I'd love to have one of these Hamilton Beach Food Processors! The first thing I would make is my own nut butters or hummus. It would also make canning season a whole lot easier!

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