Lauren Kelly Nutritionist

Better Health, Better Food, Better You

How about Pesto Arugula Yellow Tomato Pizza with fresh Basil for Meatless Monday?

on March 19, 2012

This recipe is so easy and sooooo delicious!  The pesto and the sweetness of the yellow tomatoes compliment each other so well!  Making pizzas are easy and a great way to get the kiddies involved.  Hey, maybe they will even try it with all the veggies??  This is a perfect meatless meal 🙂

Ingredients:

1 package of whole wheat dough ( I used Trader Joe’s)

3 cups fresh arugula

1 pint of yellow cherry tomatoes, cut in half

2 cups of pizza sauce, I made my own but I have used Trader Joe’s sauce before and it’s good

1 cup reduced fat mozzarella cheese

1/4 cup freshly torn basil leaves

1/2 cup pesto, I used homemade (see below) but again I have used Trader Joe’s before

For the Pesto:
4 ounces extra virgin olive oil
3 garlic cloves
1 ½ ounces pine nuts
2 ounces parmesan cheese
2 ounces fresh basil leaves , torn

Add ingredients to Vita-Mix (or other blender) in the order displayed.
Turn machine to Variable Speed 1, then increase quickly to Variable Speed 7.
Blend for 1 minute. 

Make sure you leave the dough out on the counter for at least 30 minutes to make sure it rises.  I usually spray my pizza pan with canola oil spray first so dough doesn’t stick.   After dough has risen, knead it and work into whatever shape you like.  You can put flour on your hands to make sure it’s not too sticky.

Spread sauce evenly on top of dough.  Next, spread pesto evenly on top.   Saute’ arugula in a small pan until soft.  Once done, pour evenly over pizza.  Next sprinkle cheese, add sliced tomatoes and add fresh basil on top.

Bake at 425 for about 10-15 minutes, until crust is light brown and cheese has melted.  Enjoy!!

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3 responses to “How about Pesto Arugula Yellow Tomato Pizza with fresh Basil for Meatless Monday?

  1. Dee at Deelicious Sweets says:

    Great pizza! I love that you used a pesto. I have a few pizza crusts I need to do something with. This is a great idea. Thanks for the inspiration!

  2. Delish!!! Lovely pizza Lauren! 🙂

  3. Lesley says:

    I love the sound of this! All awesome ingredients 🙂

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