How to Make Your Own Pesto + 3 Cheese Roasted Tomato Pesto Pizza

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Growing up, my Mom taught me the importance of cooking with fresh, simple ingredients, and how to bring joy to those around you through delicious & special meals that she'd spend hours creating.
For Cam and I, anything with pesto in it is a joy.

There was a shop near my apartment in Padova, Italy that sold theee. best. pesto.
I would literally stop in there every time I walked to class on the other side of town to buy some.
You'll need:
about 2-3 cups of fresh basil leaves
pinch of salt
squeeze of lemon
about 4-5 cloves of garlic
1 cup of olive oil (depending on how thick you'd like it)
1-2 cups of Parmigiano
About 1/4 Pine Nuts {if you have them}
Blend all of the ingredients. Add more olive oil or cheese as it needs.
Use the pesto in lieu of tomato sauce. Add mozzarella, asiago, parm, and roasted cherry tomatoes.
I followed my usual pizza steps from here.

How to use your leftover pesto? On top of bbq grilled salmon
w/ lemon & white wine angel hair pasta.
It was incredible.

Happy Wednesday!


  1. Would you say your pesto is the besto? Reminded me of a FRIENDS episode! YUM! xoxo A-

  2. I have been looking for an easy pesto sauce, can't wait to try it. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Can't wait to try your pesto! I always keep a jar in the house to spread on a sandwich or mix with quinoa or pasta. YUM :)

  4. Oh god, I want to make this now. It looks really delicious and really quite simple

  5. NOM NOM NOM! its only 9:30am and i'm now craving this pizza! pesto is my fave.

    xo the egg out west.

  6. Anonymous21.3.12

    agreed. my. mouth. is. watering.
    I think I'll make this this weekend!
    Also makes me remember the amaaaaaaaaaazing pesto lasagna we ate massive quantities of in Cinque Terra! love you! lanneybear

  7. yummmm...I soo could go for a slice right about now!

  8. Yum - I love pesto too! I'll always make it with leftover basil and just freeze it for later.

  9. So so so good! Wow! And just looking at this post I'm really curious to see what your kitchen looks like. Just from this peak I think it's probably awesome!

  10. Ummm, Yummm!
    ♥ Kyna

  11. Ah! I can't wait to make this! I love the way you talk about cooking - that's how I am too, and it's so much fun to share good meals with good ingredients with the people you love!

  12. now i am hungry :) looks great!!

  13. It looks divine..... I've never made pesto but your recipe looks easy enough for even me to give it whirl!!!

  14. Yum! I love pesto and this does look so simple to make. must try this asap :)

  15. Yummy! Can't wait to try this! ( :

  16. YUM! I love pesto!!!

  17. i just discovered that pesto makes me extremely gassy.

  18. oh how i always love a new pesto recipee!!!! it is so healthy and natural-tasting, if you know what i mean by that. i loooove pesto alla genovese.

    i made my own jar of pesto last summer, here is the recipe:


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