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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Pesto Pizza with Mozzarella, Tomatoes and Basil

I love pizza. Enough said. There isn't much to this pizza but its a classic delicious combination and you can make a whole pie at home for a fraction of the cost to order this! Since I've started making pizza I will get inspiration from restaurants pies or go browse the pizza section at Whole Foods which is always updated with new seasonal toppings and combinations. A good'ol pesto pizza though, with mozzarella and tomatoes, can be found at almost any pie shop. It takes no time to put together and there is very little prep work so this is perfect for a week night meal! Even better, it can feed a group of people....or just two very hungry people.

Pesto Pizza with Mozzarella, Tomatoes and Basil
(Makes one pie)

1 package refrigerated pizza dough (I used Trader Joe's garlic and herb dough)
Pesto sauce
Mozzarella sliced
1 large tomato sliced
1 handful fresh basil

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Roll out dough on a floured surface and place on a pan. Drizzle dough with olive oil and poke holes all over it using a fork. Bake in the oven for 7-9 minutes, or just until the dough is slightly puffy with a tinge of gold color.
2. Remove from oven and generously slather the pesto sauce. Place the mozzarella slices on top followed by the tomato slices. Bake in the oven for about 15 minutes. Remove and immediately place basil leaves on it. As the pizza cools it will absorb the basil flavor and the basil will cook slightly.

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