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Pesto Veggie Pizza

This pesto pizza is so good it takes a real effort to only eat one portion.

I have not yet figured out the trick to homemade pizza dough. I have tried several and they are ok but none of them are excellent. If you don’t have time to make pizza dough the local grocery usually has some in the freezer section. I remove the dough from the freezer in the morning and let it rest on the counter all day. Another option is to go to your local pizza shop and see if they will sell you only the dough. Most places will for about $2.00. 

Oven Baked & Stove Top

If you have zero ingredients then this recipe will cost about $17.11 as of April 2022.

I am assuming you have salt and pepper and do not add it into the recipe total cost.

Recipe serves: 4

Serving size: 1/4 of the pizza

Equipment needed: 1 pizza pan/stone/sheet pan and 1 sauté pan

Total time: 30 minutes

Equipment

Let's grocery shop!

I am assuming you have salt and pepper. It is not included in pantry and spices.

Pantry & Spices

Total: $5.13 as of April 2022

  • corn meal $2.36
  • olive oil 17 fl oz $2.77

Grocery

Total: $11.98 as of April 2022

  • 1 green pepper $0.78
  • 1 zucchini $0.81
  • 1 bulb garlic $0.48
  • 1 onion $0.62
  • 1 jar pesto 6 oz $2.84
  • 1 bag shredded mozzarella cheese $1.98
  • 1 parmesan romano cheese $1.98
  • 1 ready to bake pizza dough $2.49

Let's prep!

Let's cook!

  1. Set your dough on the counter to rest 
  2. Heat a sauté pan on medium with 1 teaspoon of olive oil
  3. Sauté peppers, onions, garlic, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon of pepper until onions are crisp tender. This will take about 4-5 minutes. Add the zucchini for 2 – 4 minutes. 
  4. Remove garlic and throw away or you can chop and add to the pizza. Let mixture cool. 
  5. Preheat oven to dough instructions
  6. Spread 1/2 tablespoon of cornmeal to the bottom of the pizza pan
  7. Sprinkle a little flour on the counter and shape dough using your fingers. I start from the center and keeping working to the edges while spinning the dough. 
  8. Once dough is shaped add it to your pizza pan or paddle then dress the dough evenly with:
    • 1/2 cup of pesto
    • 1 cup mozzarella cheese
    • vegetables
    • 2 tablespoons parmesan cheese
  9. Bake as directed. Lift the bottom of the pizza to check to see if it is cooked. The bottom should be brown and crisp. 
  10. Let the pizza rest for 5 minutes then slice and enjoy!

This recipe can also be found in Menu 1 – Family of 2

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