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Roasted Vegetable Pesto Pizza

We have been having homemade Pizza Night the last few Fridays at our house. Besides saving money, it’s actually been great coming up with new creations. I always get stuck eating pepperoni or plain cheese (which I really do love) when we go out because my husband and son out vote me and they just aren’t into the veggies as much as I am.

Last week I had a ton of veggies in the fridge that had to be cooked up. I thought roasting them and using them as toppings for my pizza that night was a good idea. I also caught a glimpse of a large jar of pesto I bought during my last shopping trip to Costco – it was a weak moment, because really, it is a HUGE jar of pesto. This all came together so nicely…

Making your own pizza at home really is so easy, especially now that most grocery stores are carrying pizza dough in their bakery section. I am determined to try making my own pizza dough soon, I have not been successful in the past, but I think it’s time to try again.


I have to tell you, we really loved this pizza. That’s right, we. After my husband ate some of his good ole reliable pepperoni slices, he tried one of mine and actually enjoyed it. The leftovers were even better the next day.

Roasted Vegetable Pesto Pizza
Recipe from Aggie’s Kitchen

store bought or homemade pizza dough
1-2 red bell peppers, chopped
1-2 zucchinis, chopped
2 yellow squash, chopped
red onion, chopped
4-5 garlic cloves, crushed
store bought or homemade pesto
pine nuts
mozzarella cheese, shredded
2 tsp olive oil
salt and pepper

In a large bowl, toss veggies, olive oil and salt and pepper. Spread evenly on large baking sheet and place in a preheated 425 degree oven. Roast vegetables for approximately 20-25 minutes, tossing about halfway through.

Spread pizza dough out on flat surface. Work dough out, pulling and stretching gently until reaching desired size. I use a pizza stone and try to get the dough just slightly larger than the stone since it does tend to shrink back slightly.

Spread pesto evenly over pizza dough. Spread roasted vegetables over pesto. Top with pine nuts and mozzarella. Bake in 425 degree oven for approximately 15-20 minutes or until dough is golden brown and cheese is melted. Be sure to lift pizza up and check that the bottom is browning as well. If it is not, place on lower rack for a few more minutes.

(for a printable version of this recipe click here)

There have been great looking homemade pizzas circulating around blog world…check out here and here and here for some more ideas!

Happy Friday to everyone and enjoy your weekend!!

PS…My friend Kim just started a new interior design blog, Kim’s Design Lounge! It’s full of great ideas on how to transform your spaces!! Go check it out.

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36 Responses to “Roasted Vegetable Pesto Pizza”

  1. Helene posted March 20, 2009 at 1:42 am

    I love making homemade pizza. It smells so good. I like this veggie pesto version.

  2. Paula posted March 20, 2009 at 2:03 am

    Another homerun, Aggie! I love veggies on my pizza, and roasting them first makes them first is a super idea! This is perfect for Lent. 🙂

  3. Meghan posted March 20, 2009 at 2:18 am

    I just made a similar pesto pizza this week with chicken and veges cooked on the stove. Yours looks delicious! Roasting the veges is a great idea – will try that next!

  4. Pamela posted March 20, 2009 at 2:29 am

    This pizza looks incredible!

  5. Kerstin posted March 20, 2009 at 2:42 am

    I love roasted veggie pizzas and yours looks amazing!

  6. Mary posted March 20, 2009 at 2:42 am

    There may be a lot of pizzas circulating in blogland, but yours looks especially good. The colors are wonderful.

  7. Sharon posted March 20, 2009 at 2:57 am

    I’m lovin’ all the veggies on this yummy looking pizza.

  8. Girl Japan posted March 20, 2009 at 4:29 am

    Aggie, this looks darling, the roasted veggies and the hint of Pine Nuts, my favorite gold leaf plate, the contrasts with the pizza.. DIVINE!

  9. zurin posted March 20, 2009 at 8:34 am

    Oh my ur pizza looks soo good! I will have to try this. Thanx 4sharing

  10. Erica posted March 20, 2009 at 11:49 am

    ow! I need to check out your friends new blog- I am maybe the worst decorator alive 😉 Yum! I love roasted veggies!!! Josh— not so much a fan. He likes a few, but no of the really strong flavored ones, like onions!

    Hope you guys have a great weekend 🙂

  11. Lucy posted March 20, 2009 at 12:56 pm

    I just love the enhanced flavors of what roasting veggies bring to anything they’re incorporated with. Your pizza looks great! ,

    I too make pizza’s a few times a month, and so enjoy coming up w/combination’s of whatever I want. 😉

  12. Ninette Enrique posted March 20, 2009 at 1:44 pm

    Looks delicious!

  13. Sara posted March 20, 2009 at 2:22 pm

    Yum and Yum. This looks great! We are big homemade pizza people too. You should absolutely try making your own dough. Sometimes though I will just buy a few dough balls from my favorite pizza place and freeze what I don’t use. It is still better than the canned stuff.

  14. Gloria Chadwick posted March 20, 2009 at 2:44 pm

    I love your pizza and I love how you can put whatever toppings you want on a pizza. I did a pizza post today, too. 🙂

  15. Dawn posted March 20, 2009 at 3:08 pm

    Now that’s a veggie pizza! No take out is ever going to look that good and give you plenty of veggies.

  16. Jenna (KaTom) posted March 20, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    Looks really good…and so colorful!

  17. Maria posted March 20, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    Love the pesto and veggies. Homemade is SO much better than greasy icky take out pizza! Nice job!!!

  18. Bob posted March 20, 2009 at 4:17 pm

    Homemade pizza is the bomb. That looks wicked good, I’ve been wanting to make pesto pizza for some time.

  19. Carrian posted March 20, 2009 at 4:28 pm

    Your pizza looks so delicious!! Don’t you just love homemade?!

  20. RecipeGirl posted March 20, 2009 at 5:29 pm

    This looks just perfect! YUM!

  21. Cathy posted March 20, 2009 at 5:32 pm

    Guess what — I have publix pizza dough thawing in my fridge; I just hadn’t decided what to put on it tonight. Your pesto roasted veggie version just takes this over the top! I just bought a pizza stone and I am hoping that that really helps with getting a nice crispy crust. I can’t wait to try this!

  22. Theresa posted March 20, 2009 at 6:27 pm

    Very nice creation!

  23. Sophie posted March 20, 2009 at 6:32 pm

    Delicious, especially like the addition of the pesto! This puts plain ol’ cheese pizza to shame :).

  24. Patsyk posted March 21, 2009 at 1:27 am

    That is my kind of pizza! My boys would pass on it, they like plain cheese.

  25. Donna-FFW posted March 21, 2009 at 9:54 am

    My goodness, does this ever look delicious. The roasted vegetables ..MMM, such flavor and combined with pesto! Magnificent!So colorful too!

  26. Jeena posted March 21, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    Aggie, every time I visit your blog I think ”I could really eat that!”

    When I saw…pesto pizza..I knew it was going to be gorgeous!

  27. Bridgett posted March 21, 2009 at 9:21 pm

    This veggies pizza looks delicious. Vibrant and full of flavor. Great recipe, Aggie.

  28. unconfidentialcook posted March 21, 2009 at 9:34 pm

    Oh, that looks so good! What a great idea to add the pine nuts–I’ve never done that on pizza. And, why not???

  29. melissa posted March 22, 2009 at 2:36 am

    I need to try making pizza at home, truly. I’m so picky about what goes onto mine – I actually don’t like red sauce on it. Roasted vegetables and pine nuts though, I could go for that. Nice. 🙂

  30. Pearl posted March 22, 2009 at 11:08 pm

    oh my gosh aggie – that looks so good! my mom, who’s a pine nut lover, would adore these 😀

  31. Mary Ann posted March 22, 2009 at 11:25 pm

    This looks so so so so good. We LOVE pesto pizza and the roasted veggies would be perfect on top! Yummy!

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  33. Girl Japan posted March 28, 2009 at 4:04 am

    This is what I call Gourmet pizza, the pine nuts, the contrast in colors with all the veggies,, and pesto! Stunning Aggie!

  34. Jen B. posted April 17, 2009 at 2:17 am

    We just had a version of this pizza tonight for dinner, and it was AWESOME! Thanks so much for the inspiration!!!! I love your blog.

  35. Girl Japan posted May 17, 2009 at 2:28 pm

    And now you had to go and make a fabulous pizza to tug at my inability to not eat pizza- you have me now craving pizza at 12am (Japan time Monday)…. lovely Aggie.

  36. Ari posted August 11, 2010 at 2:12 pm

    I’ve used this recipe multiple times since stumbling upon it about a year ago. It is so delicious, thank you for sharing! My favorite part is the added crunch from the pine nuts. It’s unexpected and adds a great texture. Also, love homemade pesto. Will continue to make!

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