This vegetarian pesto pizza recipe uses pesto and feta cheese instead of tomato sauce and mozzarella. You can turn it into a Greek-inspired delight by topping it with artichokes, Kalamata olives, and sun-dried tomatoes as you desire.
For convenience, you can start with a pre-made pizza crust and have your pizza ready in less time than it takes to call for delivery. The Wheat Foods Council provided this recipe.
Parmesan cheese is used in the typical basil pesto you see in grocery stores. Some vegetarians avoid Parmesan cheese unless they can be assured it is made with microbial or vegetable rennet. Animal rennet is extracted after butchering and is required for the production of imported Parmesan cheese with the Parmigiano Reggiano designation. If this is a concern for you, be sure to look for pesto with a vegetarian label, or make your own pesto using cheese made without animal rennet.
If you want to turn this recipe into a vegan recipe, you should look for pesto made with a soy cheese or nut cheese and also substitute a soy-based feta cheese.
- 1 (15-inch) pizza crust (pre-made)
- 1/2 cup pesto
- 6 ounces feta cheese (crumbled)
- Optional: 1 (6-ounce) jar artichokes (drained and chopped)
- Optional: 1/3 cup hydrated sun-dried tomatoes (sliced)
- Optional: 1/2 cup Kalamata olives (chopped)
Pre-heat the oven to 400 F.
Spread the pesto sauce over crust. Sprinkle on the feta cheese. Add the optional artichokes, sun-dried tomatoes, and olives to your liking.
Bake your pesto pizza for 15 minutes or until heated through and the crust is browned.
Cut and serve the pizza.
Enjoy this pizza with a fresh green salad for a healthy lunch or dinner. Refrigerate any leftover pizza and reheat it later.
Frozen pre-made pizza crusts are readily available at the supermarket and are vegetarian. You may also find fresh pre-made crusts available at your grocery store.
If you have extra time, it is worthwhile to make your own pizza dough. A whole wheat vegan pizza dough may add just the right touch. If you'd rather avoid gluten, you can make a vegan cornmeal pizza crust instead.
For that fresh yeast dough texture without having to let the dough rise, many grocery stores have pizza dough available in the refrigerated section next to the cheese and typical pizza toppings. You only need to roll it out, add the toppings, and bake it per their recommendations. Frozen pizza dough is available from Rhodes and other brands. You let it thaw before shaping the dough. Be sure to wear an apron to keep stray flour off your clothes, and you will have to clean up your rolling pin, board, and the inevitable dusting of flour on the countertop and floor.