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Quick and Easy Pesto Pizza

You can use any store bought crust for this recipe, or try my easy Whole Wheat Pizza Dough. I like making these as personal pizzas for the kids since they cook so fast, but you can also make one large pizza. See the Notes at the bottom for that info.
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 399kcal


  • 1 recipe Whole Wheat Pizza Dough or 13-16 ounces fresh store-bought pizza dough
  • 1 tablespoon cornmeal
  • 3/4 cup purchased or homemade pesto
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Grated Parmesan optional


  • Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.
  • To make small personal pizzas: Divide the dough into 6-8 sections. Stretch to make circles that are about 6-8 inches in diameter and about 1/4-1/2 inch thick. Place onto a pizza stone or baking sheet dusted with cornmeal. (You may need to bake on more than one pizza stone or baking sheet.)
  • Top each round with 2 tablespoons pesto and 1/3 cup cheese.
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the cheese is melted and golden brown and the crust sounds hollow when you tap it.
  • Remove from oven and let cool slightly. Cut into wedges or sticks and serve warm topped with grated Parmesan cheese, if desired.


  • Store any leftovers, once cooled, in an airtight container or wrapped in foil in the fridge for up to 3 days. Warm briefly to serve.
  • Use any store bought pesto or my Spinach Pesto.
  • To make as one large pizza: Spread into a 14-16-inch diameter circle on a pizza stone or baking sheet dusted with cornmeal. You can also stretch it into a rectangle, aiming for it to be about 1/4-1/2 inch thick. Bake for 10 minutes before you add the cheese. Remove from the oven, add the cheese, and bake for 4-6 minutes or until the cheese is melted and lightly golden brown. Baking this way will ensure that the center of the dough is cooked through, which takes a little longer with a large pizza.
  • Dairy-free: Use a favorite dairy-free cheese.


Calories: 399kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 32mg | Sodium: 995mg | Potassium: 34mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 877IU | Calcium: 239mg | Iron: 2mg