Zucchini Pesto Pizza

Remember how I'm temporarily living in an apartment with a closet-sized kitchen without several essential cooking appliances?

Well, last weekend I have this delicious pizza idea. So I chop up the toppings, mix up the dough, pour the dough onto the counter...and have a heartbreaking realization.

My rolling pin is roughly 1200 miles away in the drawer in my kitchen...
my dear, dear kitchen that I didn't know how much I loved until I moved.

So what do you do without a rolling pin?

You use your hands.

Yes, I painstakingly used my palms and fingers to "roll out" (squish out) the pizza dough.

But trust me, friends.

It was worth every single squish.

It's worth it for the basil-y garlic-y pesto, tender veggies, fresh mozzarella, and crispy whole-wheat crust.

You have to try it.

(This is one of those recipes where you don't have to measure the toppings exactly. Use however much you want!)

Zucchini Pesto Pizza
8 servings
1 recipe whole-wheat pizza dough (I love this one)
6-8 oz basil pesto
1-2 cups fresh, roughly-chopped spinach
1 small zucchini, thinly sliced
1 large tomato, thinly sliced
1 cup sliced mushrooms
1/2 cup sundried tomatoes
8 oz buffalo mozzarella, sliced
grated parmesan cheese, for sprinkling

Roll (or squish) out pizza dough, bake at 450 degrees for 3-4 minutes, then slather on the pesto and layer the rest of the toppings, sprinkling parmesan cheese on top. Bake for another 8-10 minutes.


Sarah said...

You could try using a can :) This looks delicious. We are making pesto tonight!

Kristin said...

Haha, yeah, a can would have been a good idea! I thought about using a cup, but we only have wine glasses and tea cups with handles. Thanks for the idea!

Preston said...

I don't have a rolling pin either; I usually use the Pam can! It actually does the job pretty well!

Kristin said...

Pam can! Great idea!

Kara Anderson said...

This one's a winner! My pesto sauce was a little too runny and if you didn't eat the pizza fast enough the crust went soggy. But the flavors were all there and fantastic :) Keep them coming Nitz. My pregnant belly loves you...

Hoggey Bears said...

We LOVED this!

Kristin said...

Yay, I'm glad you loved it! Thanks. :)

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