Veggie Garden Pesto Pizza

This Veggie Garden Pizza Pesto recipe is the perfect summer or early fall recipe to use up those garden vegetables or to take advantage of the farmer’s market. There is a homemade pesto sauce and it’s topped with arugula for a fresh, healthy, and delicious pizza.

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garden veggie pesto pizza on a pizza peel

This Veggie Garden Pesto Pizza is inspired by one of my favorite restaurants I used to frequent when I lived in San Francisco called Park Chow. It’s no longer in business, but I’ve tried to recreate my favorite pizza and I think I got pretty close.

This pizza has fresh heirloom tomatoes, fresh corn, homemade pesto, fresh mozzarella cheese and is topped with fresh arugula. That’s a lot of fresh ingredients! If you are looking for a way to use up your summer and early fall vegetables from your garden or just love veggies in general, this is the pizza for you!

If you love making homemade pizza, check out my Fig and Prosciutto Pizza recipe!

arugula pesto veggie pizza

Ingredients Needed to Make Veggie Garden Pesto Pizza

All of the ingredients for this pizza are either fresh produce or made from scratch. But, if you don’t want to make everything from scratch, you can use store-bought pizza crust and/or pesto.

The veggies I love on this pizza are heirloom tomatoes, sweet corn, and arugula. This pizza tastes like summer!

You will also need cheese, of course. I used a pre-sliced fresh mozzarella. Fresh mozzarella is always a good idea on pizza, but you can use whatever cheese you love or have on hand.

garden veggie pesto pizza ingredients

What are Heirloom Tomatoes?

According to Bon Appetit, “The seeds are what make an heirloom tomato an heirloom tomato. They are passed down from season to season, taken by the farmers from the tomato plants that produced the best fruit. This process allows farmers to select for certain desirable traits like juiciness, size, shape, or color. Heirloom tomatoes are also often open-pollinated, which means that they are pollinated naturally, by birds, insects, wind, or human hands. No weird science-y genetic modification here.”

Although heirloom tomatoes can look a little strange in shape and color, they taste unbelievable and have so much more flavor than your typical grocery store tomato, in my opinion. Since heirloom tomatoes have become much more popular over the years, you can find them in most grocery stores in the summer and early fall.

heirloom tomatoes in a bowl
Heirloom tomatoes from my garden!

Tools for Making Pizza at Home

A pizza stone is a must-have for making pizza at home. When you preheat the stone, it helps achieve a crispy crust. Having a pizza peel to move the pizza to and from the oven is also helpful and makes pizza baking safe…that stone gets hot! This set from Cuisinart has all of your pizza baking needs all in one!

Tips for Making the Best Homemade Pesto Pizza

  • I like to bake my homemade crust for 3-4 minutes before adding the toppings. This helps prevent a soggy middle, especially when using fresh tomatoes, and it also makes it easier to move the crust after topping.
  • For an extra layer of flavor, coat the fresh arugula with a light coat of olive oil before placing it on top of the baked pizza.
  • Use a pizza peel for an easy and safe way to place the crust on the pizza stone and remove it as well.
  • No pizza stone? Use a large baking sheet or pizza baking pan. There is no need to preheat the pan and make sure to adjust bake time as needed.
heirloom tomato, corn and arugula pizza

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garden veggie pesto pizza on a pizza peel

Veggie Garden Pesto Pizza

This Veggie Garden Pizza with Pesto uses all fresh ingredients and is loaded with summer vegetables!
5 from 20 votes
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 1 12″ pizza
Calories: 198kcal
Author: EmilyFabulous

Equipment

  • pizza stone or pizza pan
  • Rolling Pin

Ingredients

  • 1 pizza crust homemade or store-bought
  • 3-4 tablespoon pesto homemade or store-bought
  • 6 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese (I used pre-sliced)
  • 1-2 medium heirloom tomatoes, sliced
  • 1 cob fresh sweet corn, remove from the cob
  • 1 ounces fresh arugula a little over a cup

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven and pizza stone at 500Β°F. Roll out the pizza dough to a 12" round (if you made my homemade crust, this will be half of the dough). Once the oven is preheated, place the rolled-out crust in the oven and bake for 3-4 minutes and remove it from the oven. This step is optional, but I find that it creates a crispier crust and prevents a soggy bottom from the heavy ingredients.
    pizza crust after blind bake
  • Spread on a layer of pesto then add the cheese, tomato slices, and corn. Bake for an additional 10-15 minutes until the cheese is melted and the crust is brown around the edges.
    garden veggie pizza before baking
  • Remove the pizza from the oven and place the arugula on top. Enjoy immediately!
    arugula pesto veggie pizza

Notes

  • I like to bake my homemade crust for 3-4 minutes before adding the toppings. This helps prevent a soggy middle, especially when using fresh tomatoes, and it also makes it easier to move the crust after topping.
  • For an extra layer of flavor, coat the fresh arugula with a light coat of olive oil before placing it on top of the baked pizza.
  • Use a pizza peel for an easy and safe way to place the crust on the pizza stone and remove it as well.
  • No pizza stone? Use a large baking sheet or pizza baking pan. There is no need to preheat the pan and make sure to adjust bake time as needed.

Nutrition

Serving: 1slice | Calories: 198kcal | Carbohydrates: 21.5g | Protein: 9.6g | Fat: 8.3g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 13mg | Sodium: 606mg | Potassium: 111mg | Fiber: 1.3g | Sugar: 0.9g | Calcium: 45mg | Iron: 1mg

Any nutrition calculations are only estimates using online calculators. Please verify using your own data.

veggie garden pizza with fresh arugula on top

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