Goat Cheese – Pesto Pizza with Fresh Vegetables

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I love experimenting with recipes. I have several “basic recipes” that can be tweaked to suit the mood or the ingredients I have on hand. Mix and Match Muffins is one example. There’s no end to the different combinations you can create in a muffin, particularly if you have a bag of the dry mix on hand.

Pizza is another great recipe to experiment with. Once you have the dough ready, you can vary the toppings at will. Worried that you might not love the flavor combination? Well, divide the dough ball into smaller pieces and experiment with mini pizzas. You’ll get a taste of that new pizza without being stuck eating it all if it’s a train wreck.

Recently, I took some of my favorite flavors and put them on a pizza. And it was delish!

Goat Cheese and Pesto Pizza with Fresh Vegetables

I love baked goat cheese. One of my favorite appetizers involves roasted garlic, baked goat cheese, and sourdough bread. S’pose I should blog that one….

When we go to fancy pizza restaurants where you order individually sized pizzas, the goat cheese pizza is where I land. Always. Every time. Love that flavor.

But, often goat cheese can be expensive. It’s a definite splurge. Unless I find it really cheap on markdown. Then I buy several logs and freeze them. Worked like a charm and I could add a good cheap eat to my pizza at will.

5 from 1 vote
Goat Cheese Pesto Pizza with Fresh Vegetables
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
20 mins
 

Light and refreshing, but packed with flavor, this pizza is slathered with pesto and dotted with goat cheese and fresh veggies. A perfect meatless dinner any night of the week!

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: goat cheese pizza, homemade pizza, pesto pizza
Servings: 8 slices
Calories: 197 kcal
Author: Jessica Fisher
Ingredients
  • 12- inch pizza crust
  • 1/2 cup basil pesto sauce
  • 1 roma tomato, seeded and diced
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1/4 red onion, diced
  • 8 ounces mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 cup goat cheese crumbles
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 475 degrees. Spray a 12-inch pizza pan or screen with nonstick cooking spray. Fit the pizza dough into the pan, stretching to fit.
  2. Spread the pesto sauce across the dough to cover. Distribute the tomato, bell pepper, and onion pieces across the pizza. Sprinkle the cheeses over the top.

  3. Bake the pizza for 8 to 9 minutes or until the cheese is bubbly and the crust is crisp. Remove to a cutting surface to slice. Serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

Promptly store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator, for up to 4 days.

Nutritional values are approximate and based on 1/8 of a pizza.

Nutrition Facts
Goat Cheese Pesto Pizza with Fresh Vegetables
Amount Per Serving
Calories 197 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Cholesterol 30mg10%
Sodium 403mg18%
Potassium 61mg2%
Carbohydrates 5g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 10g20%
Vitamin A 948IU19%
Vitamin C 11mg13%
Calcium 188mg19%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

About Jessica Fisher

I believe anyone can prepare delicious meals—no matter their budget.

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Comments

  1. Lori H says

    I adore goat cheese! This pizza looks wonderful and I will have to try it soon. And the appetizer with goat cheese, roasted garlic, and sourdough bread? PLEASE share. Must have. 🙂

  2. nancy says

    i love goat cheese. had some on crackers this past weekend with a hot pepper jelly. addicting.

    as for pizza, we tried a new one this weekend. used 1/4 c. ranch dressing for the sauce and added chopped grilled chicken, green onions, diced tomatoes and a blend of mozzarella and cheddar cheese. very tasty.

    • Jessica says

      I’m going to have to try ranch. Never done that before. You think homemade ranch will work?

  3. Anne says

    That sounds like a delicious pizza! Costco sells logs of goat cheese for $4-something, which is the best price I’ve seen ANYwhere. Trader Joe’s has a decent price, too, but still doesn’t compare to the costco price.

    • Jessica says

      I love Costco for its cheap cheese.

  4. AllieZirkle says

    I wonder if a spinach pesto would work for this too? Looks tasty!

    • Jessica says

      Yes, definitely sub a diff kind of pesto if you like. Artichoke pesto from TJs would be good, too.

  5. Kate says

    Goat cheese is one of my favorite ways to make pizza night something a little special. This one looks wonderful!

  6. Darcy says

    I saw this today, knew I was making homemade pesto for the first time, and made a version of this on baguettes instead of pizza dough. The best stuff ever. I think I could live on it 🙂

  7. Was this pizza ever delic! We had it tonight and all four of us LOVED IT! I’ve never had such good response from all of them.

    Thanks!

  8. I like to make chicken pizza with half alfredo sauce and half pesto, I’ll have to try it with goat cheese, that sounds good!

  9. I just happen to have some pesto that my brother gave me, and I think I will try this pizza this week. I love goat cheese too. Never thought about freezing it. I do freeze mozza cheese on a regular basis and cheddar occasionally. But never thought about goat cheese. Do you take it out of the wrapper to freeze it? Will have to try this!!

    • Jessica says

      They were small logs of goat cheese, so I just froze them in the package.

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