Veggie Pesto Pizza

Veggie Pesto Pizza Final Once upon a time there was a little girl who was adorable.

Said little girl used to eat and love pizza. All the live long day.

It didn’t matter what kind it was or what was on it, as long as it was called ‘pizza’, she would eat it.

Well, this little girl turned 3 {which apparently meant 14} and decided to have an opinion about every little pizza topping that wasn’t normal {read: everything but pepperoni}.

One Sunday afternoon her mother decided to make a pizza with “green stuff” on it. “What a great and delicious idea” thought her mother. It had pesto, lots of veggies and lots of cheese {–>to cover all those veggies}. It baked up beautifully and smelled like heaven.

The little girl came running to the table because pizza was for dinner.

But then to her shock and horror, there it was.

Pizza.

With green stuff on it.

How dare they ruin my pizza” thought this little girl. ┬áHer parents tried to force feed serve her this pizza and even picked off the toppings but alas, there was no hope.

So this little girl ate strawberries for dinner. And her parents happily ate her extra slices of pizza.

The End.

Here’s how to make this simply amazing, flavorful “yucky” pizza:

Veggie Pesto Pizza Dough Start out with some pizza dough. I used my Fail Proof recipe and mixed it with half bread flour, half white whole wheat.

Veggie Pesto Pizza 1 Once the pizza dough is ready to go, grab some pesto. I totally bought a huge jar of it at Costco over the weekend and plan to use it all up! Mmmm….I love pesto….and Costco.

Veggie Pesto Pizza 2 Spread some over your pizza to cover the dough in a thin layer.

Veggie Pesto Pizza 3 Add on some spinach and fresh mozzarella {or regular mozzarella}

Veggie Pesto Pizza 4 and a bunch of other veggies! I added zucchini, olives, artichoke hearts and green peppers. Y to the UM.

Veggie Pesto Pizza 5 Grate over top some cheddar and parmesan to finish it off.

Veggie Pesto Pizza 6 Take a step back and contemplate how amazing this is going to taste in approximately 7 minutes.

Veggie Pesto Pizza Final 1 Cook the pizza in a screaming hot oven and then top with green onions and tomatoes.

Hot cheese + pesto + veggies + cold tomatoes = happy tummies. Except for those under age 3. Enjoy, folks! :)

Veggie Pesto Pizza

Yield: 1 large, 3-4 servings

Ingredients:

1/2 recipe Fail Proof Pizza Dough
1/3 cup prepared pesto
1 cup baby spinach {loosely packed}
6 oz. sliced fresh mozzarella
1/3 zucchini, sliced very thin
1/4 cup sliced green olives
1/3 cup chopped marinated artichoke hearts
1/2 large green bell pepper, sliced
1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese
1/2 cup grated parmigianno reggiano cheese
1 tomato, sliced
1 green onion, chopped

Directions:

Preheat oven to 500 degrees. Line pizza pan with parchment {if desired} or lightly spray with non-stick cooking spray. Spread pizza dough out to be 12-14 inches in diameter. Spread pesto over dough. Top with spinach, fresh mozzarella, zucchini, olives, artichokes, green pepper, cheddar and parmesan cheeses. Bake 7-10 minutes or until edges are brown and cheese is bubbly. Remove from oven and cool 5 minutes. Top with tomato slices and green onion. Slice and serve.

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