Category Archives: basil pesto

Butternut Squash Pizza Recipe

Butternut Squash Pizza

Every Autumn my mom makes an amazing butternut squash lasagna. I have wanted to use the key ingredients from her recipe for a pizza since the beginning of my pizza project, so when a butternut squash was included in our share from The Good Food Collective I jumped at the opportunity.

I diced the butternut squash, sprayed it with canola oil, added some salt and pepper, then roasted it in the oven until it softened a bit. For a base to the pizza, I blended ricotta cheese with pesto sauce, then spread that on the pre-baked dough. I added the squash and sauteed onions and then let it bake.

This pizza was a great idea; it was so delicious! The roasted squash had a sweet flavor that complimented the pesto cheese spread very well. My butternut squash pizza was a great kick-off to the fall pizza season!

Pesto Pepperoni Pizza Recipe

We recently invited Andrew’s students Lauren and Ashley (and Ashley’s boyfriend Scott)  to the house to celebrate the end of the school year. At Ashley’s request I prepared a Buffalo Chicken Wing pizza, but wasn’t sure what to make for the second pizza. Andrew suggested a traditional pepperoni pizza, but I thought it would be fun to combine two pizza from last year into one mouth watering pizza: my Pesto Pizza (#26) and my Pepperoni  Pizza (#52).

I started by spreading homemade pesto sauce on pre-baked dough. Next, I sprinkled on mozzarella cheese and loaded on the pepperoni. The simple nature in which I prepared the pizza did not reflect its taste. It was fantastic! One of my favorite sauces and one of my favorite toppings together to make pesto pepperoni pizza. Delish!

Grilled Basil Pesto, Chicken and Peppers Pizza Recipe

Grilled pizza season is here! We removed the cover, dusted it off and fired up the grill. One of my favorite things about grilling pizza is the team work Andrew and I put in to make these beautiful creations. He started by grilling chicken that had been stewing in a lemon garlic marinade. Andrew then sliced the grilled chicken while I rolled out the dough and placed it on my new grill pan.

We grilled the dough for  four minutes, then flipped it over. Next, we started assembling the toppings. First to go on was homemade basil pesto sauce, then mozzarella cheese, chicken and roasted red peppers. We grilled the pizza four additional minutes, until the bottom was nice and crispy. I then moved the pizza to the top shelf and closed the lid until the cheese melted. The grill cooks the dough in such a different way than in the oven. The crust turns out lighter, airy and crispier. The toppings had a smoky flavor and the whole pizza was brilliant!