A Fresh Take on Pizza Night

By Shawn Syphus
Created December 8, 2016
Garden Pizza with Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto
Turn your summer garden bounty into an easy and fresh dinner that the whole family will love! MORE+ LESS-

This is only my second season of gardening (well, since I’ve actually been able to have something survive), and I’m hooked. There’s nothing better than growing your own produce right in your own backyard. While gardening might not be for everyone, this pizza is sure to please everyone! It’s packed full of delicious flavors, from sun-dried tomato pesto to fresh basil and topped with gooey melted cheese. 

Whether you have produce from your garden or you just want to take advantage of your local farmer’s market, you’re going to love this quick and easy pizza.

Garden Pizza with Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto

Start by par-baking your Pillsbury pizza crust. I rolled mine out thin to give it a nice crisp crust. 

Once your dough is partially baked you’ll want to spread on a thin layer of the sun dried tomato pesto. To save time I just use the jarred variety, but if your garden is over flowing with tomatoes like mine was last year (lesson learned, 12 tomato plants is about 8 too many) than feel free to make your own!

Pizza dough topped with sun dried tomato pesto

Lay down some zucchini slices and fresh grape tomatoes (cherry tomatoes would work as well). Something magical happens with tomatoes are cooked at a high temperature. They become sweet and burst with delicious flavor!

Pizza dough topped with sun-dried tomato pesto, zucchini slices, and grape tomatoes

I used fresh mozzarella for this pizza. It’s a softer cheese and usually sold in the shape of a ball. The easiest way to get thin slices is by using a non-flavored dental floss. Sounds weird, but it totally works!

Pizza dough topped with sun-dried tomato pesto, zucchini slices, grape tomatoes, and slices of mozzarella

Bake the pizza for an additional 10 to 12 minutes or until the cheese is melted and the crust is a golden brown. Top it with some fresh basil leaves and a sprinkle of fresh cracked pepper! How gorgeous is that? Eating your veggies never tasted so good!