Pesto Ground Beef Pizza


When I make pizza it’s usually different every time, but sometime last year I made a pizza with pesto and ground beef that turned out so yummy that I actually wrote down the recipe. I made it again last night and, oh, it was good. If you’re in the mood for homemade pizza soon, here’s the recipe:

1 whole wheat pizza dough shell (I make my own with Cooking Light’s Whole Wheat Pizza Dough recipe, and I save the second dough portion in the freezer for later use)
1/3 cup green pesto (or enough to lightly cover the shell; I use Cooking Light’s Cilantro Walnut Pesto recipe, but any pesto will likely do)
3/4 lb ground beef
1 medium onion, diced
1 medium yellow pepper, diced
 1 1/2 to 2 cups mixture hard cheese (I’ve used combinations of mozzarella, cheddar, smoked cheddar, garlic & chives, and gouda in various versions), grated

Pre-make pizza dough and roll into a shell on a greased stoneware pizza pan.  Pre-make pesto according to recipe directions.  Freeze remaining pesto in small portions (eg. 1/4 cup) for later use. 

Preheat oven to 475 F. 

Spread pesto onto the ready-made or unbaked pizza shell. Fry up the ground beef and onions together until cooked through and add to pizza. Spread out yellow peppers on pizza. Top with grated cheeses.

Put in oven and bake for 12 minutes or until the cheese is golden on top.  Remove from oven and let sit for 10 minutes.  Cut and serve.

5 thoughts on “Pesto Ground Beef Pizza

  1. Wow! We were just talking about wanting to make something with walnut pesto, so this suits us perfectly. Thanks so much for the idea. We usually buy spelt dough from Bubby Rose’s on Cook Street and keep a large stash in the freezer. Mmmmm.

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    • Wow, I’m so excited that you guys love the recipe! I actually have forgotten about it a little bit, so this is a great reminder to pull it out and make it again. Thanks! PS Have marked your blog to read again. Great to see you on the web.

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