Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Pesto, Ricotta, and Cherry Tomato Pizza

I made some pesto a while back and let me tell you, I ALWAYS have extra when I make pesto. Often times I’ll forget about it in the back of the fridge and have to throw it away a few weeks later (gross!). This go around, I decided to put my leftovers in an airtight container and freeze it until I had something to do with it.

Well, my friends, I have found THE thing to make using up that extra pesto… this amazing pizza:

Seriously, I’m still drooling over it. I had it for dinner last night, lunch today, and I MAY be contemplating finishing off that last piece tonight… yah, that good. I can’t stop thinking about the daggum thing! Oh, and I’m pretty sure I’ve got some rank garlic breath going on, but I totally don’t care.

This pie is the best I’ve had in a long time!

Do yourself a favor and make this pizza TONIGHT!

You can buy pesto at the grocery store if you don’t have any on hand, but it’s super easy to make (basil, garlic, pine nuts and/or walnuts, parmesan cheese, and olive oil – blended up in a food processor – I love Ina Garten’s recipe as a base). Freeze the extra and defrost for future use!  

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Pesto, Ricotta, and Cherry Tomato Pizza

No real recipe with this easy delicious pizza - the ingredients are just approximate quantities!


1 pound pizza dough
1/3-1/2 cup pesto
8 ounces mozzarella, shredded
3-4 ounces ricotta cheese
1 cup cherry tomatoes

flour, for dusting
cornmeal, for the pizza stone


Preheat the oven to 425° F (use the convection option for an extra crispy crust!) with the pizza stone in the oven. If you do not have a pizza stone, preheat a baking sheet in the oven and keep in mind cooking times may be longer.

Roll dough out into a large circle. Sprinkly pre-heated stone with cornmeal and carefully place dough onto stone to allow to par-bake for 4-6 mintutes. Carefully remove crust from oven using a pizza peel. Spread pesto over entire crust in an even and thin layer. Sprinkle with fresh mozzarella. Scoop ricotta evenly over pizza using a small cookie dough scoop (use as much or as little as you like). Evenly spread the tomatoes on top.

Bake at 425° until cheese is melted and bubbly and the tomatoes begin to burst (8-12 minutes). Turn heat down to 400° if the crust is getting too dark. Remove from oven and serve with fresh parmesan and crushed red pepper flakes.


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14 Responses to “Pesto, Ricotta, and Cherry Tomato Pizza”

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    Casey @ Pocket Full of Sunshine — December 6, 2011 @ 3:13 pm

    I’ve been looking for the perfect pizza to try out my new pizza stone—I’m thinking this is it!! 🙂

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    Bev Weidner — December 6, 2011 @ 3:44 pm

    This pizza is the gateway to my SOUL.

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    Chels R. — December 6, 2011 @ 4:08 pm

    That pizza took my breath away! Wow- I am so going to make this!

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    Cassie — December 6, 2011 @ 5:21 pm

    I could eat my weight in this. I am in love with pesto!

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    LizAndrsn — December 6, 2011 @ 5:55 pm

    That pizza looks like pure heaven!

    About that frozen pesto — you’re freezing it in ice cube trays, aren’t you? They make the best add-in for soups in a pinch and nothing goes to waste. Just a thought…….

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    Katie — December 7, 2011 @ 1:08 am

    That pizza looks SO yum!!! One of my favorite flavor combos!

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    Rhonda — December 7, 2011 @ 10:09 am

    It is so colorful, looks absolutely delicious.

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    jennifer @ peanut butter and Peppers — December 7, 2011 @ 10:14 am

    The pizza looks amazing! I love pesto, which my hubby did, I guess I could cut the dough in half, make his traditional pizza and make mine pesto! Yum!!

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    Mike — December 7, 2011 @ 1:43 pm

    oh so good. make 2 pies next time please!

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    ErinsFoodFiles — December 7, 2011 @ 10:02 pm

    This sounds amazing! I’m jealous you have the patience to photograph your pizza. I made an AMAZING pizza the other night, and thought I might get to photograph the leftovers, but there were none! We didn’t wait, and just started eating. 😉

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    carly {carlyklock} — December 12, 2011 @ 11:53 pm

    this pizza is gorgeous! and so festive. 🙂

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    Megan — December 13, 2011 @ 10:41 am

    This looks delishious! I’ve recently started following your blog and I just love it! The recipes are always so inspiring and the pictures are just beautiful!

    For this pizza, did you use grocery store pizza dough and did you bake it on a pizza stone? I have a Pampered Chef pizza stone but I’ve never had good success with the Publix dough. Your crust looks wonderful, so I was just wondering how you did it. Do you think the convection oven is the trick?

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    Chelsea — December 19, 2011 @ 10:16 am

    All of your pizzas always look so delicious! I’m curious what kind of pizza dough do you buy? Or do you make your own? I usually buy dough from Trader Joe’s but mine never looks as great as yours!

    • Kristina replied: — December 19th, 2011 @ 4:41 pm

      i use Publix store bought… i think the trick is the hight temp and pizza stone – i prebake my crust without the toppings, then add the toppings and bake again until the cheese is melted!

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