Mozzarella Pesto Pizza


What you need:

1 bag store bought pizza dough
1/2 cup of your favorite tomato sauce
2 tablespoons pesto
1 big ball of fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced into large, thin pieces
4 garlic cloves, cut into quarters
alfredo drizzle
vegetable oil for greasing the pan

How to:

1. Preheat the oven to 450 F. Flour the pizza dough so it’s lightly covered. Stretch the pizza fairly thin (it will rise and thicken while cooking) and  Place the dough on a greased cooking sheet or pizza stone.

2. This is the fun part. Add the tomato sauce and spread evenly over the pizza, leaving about 1/4 inch from the edge for a nice crust. Add your sliced mozzarella  spread evenly apart covering the pizza. Place the garlic so it’s also evenly spread out. Using a spoon, “Jackson Pollock” the pesto and literally throw it on the pizza like it’s paint on a canvas. This will ensure even pesto’y flavor and it’s a whole lot of fun. Take another spoon and drizzle some alfredo sauce over the whole thing. It adds some nice extra color and cheesy delicisous flavor. Sprinkle the whole thing with oregano and pop it right in the oven for about 15 minutes or until the crust is a nice golden brown.

3. Take it out of the oven and let it sit for a few minutes. Cut into slices. Add some parmesan cheese and capers and you have yourself a mouth watering pizza.

You’ll be going back for seconds! This makes for a great mid-day snack , or an easy 30-minute meal after a long day of work. Guaranteed to please everyone in the family, you’ll be coming back to this recipe for more. Whenever I find a good recipe I’m always tweaking it or substituting items to make it my own. Not to mention you know your taste buds better than anyone else. With this flavor combination you can add or take away anything. Try adding some roasted tomatoes instead of tomato sauce, or add some caramelized onions for a sweeter taste. The options are endless with pizza and creativity, you just have to give it a shot!

Pizza makes me think that anything is possible.

-Henry Rollins

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