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!
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).
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.