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Pesto Pizza with Fresh Tomatoes & Mozzarella

Pesto Pizza is the perfect delicious change from a regular Pizza Margherita,  a creamy Pesto makes the perfect base, then topped with slices of fresh tomatoes and shredded mozzarella.  Pizza night never tasted so good!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time12 mins
Total Time32 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: easy gourmet pizza, easy pizza recipe idea
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 439kcal
Author: Rosemary Molloy / An Italian in my Kitchen


  • 1 pizza dough (either a good store bought or homemade)
  • 5 tablespoons arugula pesto (or basil if you prefer)
  • 1 cup shredded firm mozzarella
  • 2-3 ripe but firm tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • pinch salt


  • Make homemade Pizza Dough  as per instructions,  let dough** rest for approximately 15-20 minutes before rolling
  • Pre heat oven to 425 F (220 C).
  • Shape the dough into a lightly greased pizza or cookie sheet, spread the Arugula Pesto or Basil Pesto (if you prefer) on top, then top with shredded mozzarella and sliced tomatoes.  Drizzle with a tablespoon of olive oil and sprinkle with a little salt. Bake for approximately 10-12 minutes or until crust is baked and cheese is melted.  Let sit 5 minutes before serving. Enjoy!
  • **Whether store bought or homemade pizza dough should rest for approximately 20 minutes before shaping into a round or oval shape. It keeps the dough from springing back when shaping.


Calories: 439kcal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 23mg | Sodium: 1060mg | Potassium: 167mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 1080IU | Vitamin C: 8.4mg | Calcium: 178mg | Iron: 3mg