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Roasted Tomato Pesto Pizza

You need only 3 ingredients for the topping on this flavorful vegetarian thin crust pizza. Homemade pizza has never been so easy!

You need only 3 ingredients for the topping on this flavorful vegetarian thin crust pizza. Homemade pizza has never been so easy!

You need only 3 ingredients for the topping on this flavorful vegetarian thin crust pizza. Homemade pizza has never been so easy!

Ever since I learned making homemade pizza from scratch back in January, I’ve been obsessed! Who knew that it’s crazy easy to make a homemade pizza? The dough and all!! (Confession: I still have a stash of frozen pizzas in the freezer for emergencies. Don’t blame me, sometimes I  just don’t have energy to cook. Did you see the big news?? That’s why!)

But I’m telling ya, if you never tried making pizza at home, you should! Right. This. Minute. Ok, maybe not right now, but this Friday?

Today’s pizza is so simple, requires only 3 main ingredients for the topping, yet the flavors are on point!! Well, it’s pesto, mozzarella and fresh garden cherry tomatoes!! How can it not be flavorful, right? No excuses, get on it!

You need only 3 ingredients for the topping on this flavorful vegetarian thin crust pizza. Homemade pizza has never been so easy!

I always, always recommend to start with block of cheese (no pre-shredded stuff here) and grate them yourself for the best result.

Cherry tomatoes are not required to be fresh from the garden, but it’s that time of year where you can get plenty of them. Use them! 

And pesto! Oh my gosh, I love pesto. I make a huge batch of it and store them in the freezer. It’s so handy for quick pasta dinners, delicious on breads, and for pizza!!

Roasted tomato pesto pizza- step by step photo tutorial

Oh and the pizza dough is made the night before, so it can get enough time to develop complex flavors while you’re sleeping. And you don’t have to do a thing except for mixing all the ingredients, thoroughly need the dough and throw it in the fridge overnight. When you’re ready to make the pizza, bring out the dough to room temperature, let it rise for couple of hours and it’ll be so soft and ready for you to stretch into a pizza crust! Absolutely beautiful dough, I’m so in love with it.

If you love thin crust pizzas as much as I do, read my tips and tricks on how to get best thin crust here in this post

You need only 3 ingredients for the topping on this flavorful vegetarian thin crust pizza. Homemade pizza has never been so easy!

Here’s to pizza night!! 

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Roasted Tomato Pesto Pizza

You need only 3 ingredients for the topping on this flavorful vegetarian thin crust pizza. Homemade pizza has never been so easy!

Yield: 2 10-inch pizzas

Ingredients:

For pizza dough:

  • ½ teaspoon active yeast
  • 2/3 cup (155ml) lukewarm water
  • ½ teaspoon sugar
  • 2 cups (250gr) bread, or all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil 
  • Corn meal for dusting

For topping:

  • 8oz (250gr) mozzarella cheese
  • 1 ½ cups (8oz/250gr) cherry tomatoes
  • ¼ cup pesto
  • Ground black pepper

Directions:

  1. In a small bowl, sprinkle the yeast into 1/3 of cup (80gr) of lukewarm water. (Don’t use hot water, or it will kill the yeast.) Add the sugar and let it proof for 5 minutes. The mixture will start foaming, which means the yeast is alive.
  2. In a large mixing bowl with dough hook attachment, combine flour, salt, yeast mixture and the remaining 1/3 cup (75ml) of lukewarm water on low speed. (Alternatively, you can make this dough by hand.) Once the dough start coming together, add the olive oil. Keep kneading the dough for about 10 minutes. The dough should be soft and slightly sticky. Transfer onto a counter and cut into 2 equal parts. Form each dough into a ball, generously oil them and put them into separate ziplock bags. Refrigerate overnight.
  3. The next day, bring the dough out of the fridge. Let it rise at room temperature for 1-2 hours.
  4. Preheat the oven to 475°F (250°C).
  5. Meanwhile, prepare the topping. Grate the mozzarella cheese on a box grater. Cut the cherry tomatoes in half lengthwise.
  6. On a lightly floured surface, gently flatten each dough and stretch them into 8-10-inch circles, leaving the edges slightly thicker. Transfer the dough onto a baking sheet, lightly dusted with corn meal. Spread the pesto evenly on each pizza crust. Divide the tomatoes on both pizzas equally and top with grated mozzarella cheese. Bake each pizza for 10-12 minutes, or until the cheese is bubbling and the crust is golden brown. If needed, broil the pizza during the last minute for additional browning. Remove from the oven and let it rest for couple minutes, before cutting.

For step-by-step photos and additional notes, read the post above.

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24 comments

  1. Oh my! This looks so amazing! Pinned and tweeted. We love partying with you and  we appreciate you stopping by! Please take a minute to stop by next week,  so we can pin and tweet your new creation. The party starts on Monday at 7 pm! Have a great Saturday! Lou Lou Girls

  2. Hi!  Thank you for the delicious recipes!  The pizza looks wonderful.  I’m taking part in a blog tour and will be putting a link to your blog on mine.  There’s no need to do anything, I just want to make some new friends!  Thanks.
    Joan

  3. This recipe looks so delicious! Hi, I’m Anita visiting from Artsy Fartsy Link Party.

  4. What a brilliant combination for pizza!  So simple and yet so enticing!  And I agree that homemade pizza is superb!

  5. Looks awe-mazing!  Thanks for sharing Shinee!

  6. this pizza looks so incredibly delicious! i have yet to make my own pizzas at home, thinking it might be time! will be giving this a try soon, thank you for sharing! pinning 🙂

  7. Mmmm….pizza! You had me at cheese. And pesto. And….you get the idea! I could eat pizza every single day and this one’s a winner. Thanks so much for linking up with us at Best of the Weekend!

  8. This looks amazing, Shinee!! I love thin crust pizza and pesto so this is right up my alley. I was debating what to make for lunch, but now you’ve solved my problem! Looks fantastic 🙂

    P.S. I filled out the survey, but I couldn’t think of anything I don’t enjoy about your site! You’re doing an awesome job, deary! XO

    • Oh thank you so much, Beeta, for filling out the survey! It’s so helpful. And I’m glad you don’t have any disappointments on my site. If anything comes up in the future, please let me know though. 😉

  9. Shinee,
    Congrats and what a yummy pizza! I’ve pinned it to my Friday Night Pizza Night board because I’m always looking for ideas on how to perk up our family pizza nights.
    Thanks!

  10. The perfect, easy to make pizza, love this so much!

  11. This pizza looks amazing! I love pesto on a pizza even more than I love tomato sauce!

  12. This pizza looks delicious! I love pesto 🙂 Pinning!

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