Pesto Pizza 6

Pesto Pizza

Easy pesto pizza

Pizza is a family favorite meal. One of my children eats pizza every single day.  We decided to elevate pizza night and we turned a plain pizza into a delicious deep dish pesto pizza. You can make your own pesto or you can save time and buy some Barilla creamy Genovese pesto. This pesto sauce is imported from Parma, Italy, and is made with very high-quality ingredients. From start to finish this recipe is made in only three hours. This preserves the integrity of the ingredients and delivers an amazing taste for us to enjoy. Barilla pesto is very rich and smooth and is a great addition to so many recipes. It is ready to use immediately, right out of the jar.

Barilla creamy genovese pesto jar

This pesto pizza recipe is full of flavor. Not only is there some pesto added into the crust before it rises, it is also spread on top of the crust before it par bakes. Before you start your dough, you must prove the dough, or let your yeast activate. This is what it should look like below after it has been sitting for 10 minutes. You should have a nice foamy surface on top of the yeast, sugar, water mixture.

yeast, sugar and warm water proofs and becomes foamy on top

There are two special ingredients in this pizza recipe. The first ingredient is diastatic dry malt. If you cannot find it, you can leave it out. Amazon carries it, which is where I bought it. Diastatic dry malt is a fantastic ingredient to add to your bread and pizza dough. You only need a small amount (a teaspoon) to give your dough a better rise, browner crust. and excellent texture.

secret pizza ingredient: diastatic dry malt powder

Adding some pesto to the dough before it rises and on top of the risen dough gives this pesto pizza a fantastic flavor.

add some pesto right into your pizza dough for extra flavor

The second special ingredient in this recipe is Barilla pesto in a jar. This pesto tastes delicious and brings an excellent flavor to this recipe.

Barilla pesto

It is important to slice your tomatoes and season them, then let them rest on a clean paper towel so that they are not too liquidy and keep your pizza from being soggy.

tomatoes with seasoning

Par bake your crust with a nice layer of pesto on top. Then add your favorite toppings. We used seasoned tomato slices, two kinds of mozzarella, and parmesan cheese.

pesto pizza with tomatoes

Slice your mozzarella cheese and place it on top of the tomatoes. Add in some basil and lots more cheese.

sliced mozzarella on top of pesto pizza

This is the unbaked pesto pizza. Look at all the yummy cheese, basil and pesto on top.

unbaked pesto pizza

Bake it for 15-20 more minutes and it comes out looking like this.

easy pesto pizza

What else can you do with pesto?

Pesto is such a versatile ingredient. There are many things you can do with a jar of pesto.

  • Marinate proteins
  • Mix it with some pasta
  • Spread it on some bread
  • Drizzle it onto a side dish
  • Add it to meatballs or burgers
  • Mix it with mayo and spread on your favorite sandwich
  • Add to some hummus
  • Add it to a grilled cheese
  • Add it to your pizza, for the most delicious pizza ever!

Pesto Pizza

Pesto Pizza


  • 1 and 1/3 cup warm water
  • 1 tsp yeast
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 4 cups flour
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp malt powder (optional)
  • olive oil
  • 1 jar of pesto sauce
  • Toppings:
  • marinara sauce
  • mozzarella cheese
  • parmesan cheese
  • tomatoes
  • basil


  1. Make your pizza crust.
  2. Start it early in the morning so it has time to rise.
  3. Combine 1 and 1/3 cups of warm water with 1 tsp yeast and 1 tsp sugar.
  4. Stir until combined and let sit for 10 minutes until foamy.
  5. In a separate bowl combine 4 cups flour, 2 tsp salt, 1 tsp sugar, 1 tsp malt powder(optional)
  6. Stir until combined.
  7. Slowly add in the yeast mixture.
  8. Mix ingredients until combined.
  9. Add in 1/2 TB olive oil and 2 TB. of pesto.
  10. Knead until you have a nice ball of dough.
  11. Put the dough into an oiled bowl and cover with a towel or saran wrap and let rise in a warm spot for 6 hours or more.
  12. Preheat oven to 450
  13. Pour a generous amount of olive oil into the bottom of your pan.
  14. Press the dough into your 9x13 pan and push your fingers in to make holes.
  15. Cover the pan with saran wrap and let sit for 15 minutes more.
  16. Uncover the dough and press to the edges.
  17. Press your fingers into the dough and make some holes.
  18. Spread on some more olive oil, then spread a generous amount of pesto on top.
  19. Bake for 15 minutes.
  20. Take out of the oven and add on any toppings that you like.
  21. We added tomatoes, mozzarella, basil, and parmesan.
  22. Add more dots of pesto to the top of the pizza.
  23. Bake for 15-20 more minutes until brown and the cheese is bubbly.
  24. Enjoy!

To find a store that sells Barilla pesto near you, please click here. Follow Barilla on their website, Facebook, or Instagram to keep up with all their delicious new products.

If you are a visual person you can watch the video of how to make the pesto pizza here:

This recipe was sponsored by Barilla. I received this product for free from Moms Meet in order to create this recipe. All ideas, photos, recipes, and thoughts are 100% my own. Compensation was provided. This page may contain affiliate links.

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