Friday, August 10, 2012

Classic Pesto Sauce and Pizza Dough

I just found this pesto recipe and I love it!  My new favorite is making this pesto sauce and spreading it on pizza dough, topping it with fresh tomatoes and/or sauteed mushrooms and then top with Mozzarella cheese.  This recipe takes a tiny bit of work, but is so yummy!  Hint:  Make your dough first, then make the pesto while the dough is rising.   Also, this pesto can be used for anything, not just pizza!

Pesto Sauce
In food processor:
2/3 cup loosely packed fresh basil
2 Tbsp pine nuts
1 peeled garlic clove
1/2 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper

Continue processing while gradually adding:
  1/3 cup olive oil
  1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese

This makes 1/2 cup pesto which is enough to spread on one pizza dough (below).

Pizza Dough
In mixer, add 2 1/4 cup flour.  Set aside.

In smaller bowl, mix together:
1 pkg yeast
1/2 Tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt

Add 3/4 cup WARM water.  Stir until dissolved.
Add 1 1/2 Tbsp oil.  Stir well.
Add yeast mixture to flour and mix very well.  Dough will be sticky!

Place dough in a greased bowl and cover with plastic wrap.  Allow to rise for about 30-45 minutes in a warm place.

Spread some extra flour out on your clean kitchen counter.  Place dough on counter and knead a few times before you roll dough out to fit your pizza pan or baking sheet.  Use more flour as needed, to prevent sticking.  Add toppings and bake at 450 for about 15-20 minutes.


Red Chestnut Photography said...

Thank you Denise! Love a good pesto recipe for summer basil! Ummmm will have to try! Hope you are having a wonderful summer!

Donna said...

I will try to make this ts weekend. We eat pizza every Sunday night. This Sunday, mama may have a surprise up her sleeve:). Thanks!

Happy Four said...

So excited to see a new recipe and it looks amazing. Denise, can't wait to try it. Thank you :)