Pesto Tomato Roasted Red Pepper Pizza

The good thing about home made pizzas is you don’t have to deal with ugly cardboard smell of the pizza box. The better thing about home pizzas is you don’t have to reheat the slices which have turned cold by the time its delivered home, you pay and exchange thank yous with the delivery guy. And the best thing about home made pizzas is you can play with the toppings, size, shape of your pizza and its definitely not going to leave a dent in your wallet however gourmet you decide to make your pizza. So its a win-win-win right?

I usually buy my pizza dough from Trader Joe’s, but any pizza store will sell it to you by the pound. I like my pizza crust thin, so I have used 2/3 of the dough purchased. If you like yours thick and chewy, use the full quantity. I used the remaining 1/3 on another day and loved the crust even better.

Ingredients

1 pound pizza dough( I used garlic herb dough from trader joes)

2 teaspoons store bought pesto

1 roma tomato sliced

8-10 pitted kalamata olives sliced

1 roasted red pepper cut into strips ( I used store bought roasted red peppers)

5-6 fresh basil leaves chopped

1/2 pound fresh mozzarella cheese log thinly sliced ( I used trader joes part skim mozzarella)

1/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese

Method

1. Preheat oven to the highest setting ( mine was 550F)

2. Take the pizza dough ( I used 2/3 of the dough) on a lightly greased pizza pan and stretch by hand to get the desired thickness.

3. Smear pesto evenly on the pizza.

4. Place the sliced mozzarella on top of pesto.

5. Lay the slices of tomato on top of the cheese.

6. Add the rest of the toppings and basil leaves.

7. Add shredded parmesan on top and bake for 8-10 minutes or until you get a golden brown crust.

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