Pesto, Tomato and Mozzarella Pizza


Posting two similar recipes in quick succession isn’t something that I’d usually indulge in, but time has been short recently and pizzas are awfully quick and simple to make; particularly when using pre-prepared dough. While on the subject of dough, a couple of you weren’t sure how the quality of it would be affected by being frozen for a few days. It seems that all fears of any dough-damage were entirely misplaced, as it produced a base of exactly the same quality. However, one must ensure that the dough has completely thawed before use. Indeed, I would suggest that one ought really to remove it from any chilled environment overnight before using it for pizza. Those of you who suggested that such an act would degrade the dough ought to feel ashamed. I wasn’t aware that faith in my instruction had waned quite that much!

In my last pizza post it was suggested that tomato-based pizzas aren’t necessarily worth blogging about since everyone knows how to make them. Clearly, I have remained steadfast in my convictions and have produced a delicious pesto-based specimen. As most of you will know, the flavours found atop this pizza are essentially the constituent parts of the classic caprese salad and this creation does a great job of showcasing the combination. One important thing to remember when making this pizza is not to over-do the amount of mozzarella; you’d be surprised at how much it can overwhelm a dish. It really is a case of less-is-more.

Now, as you know, I’m not much of an anecdotal blogger, but here’s a good one for you. Yesterday evening, five prime physical specimens and I took to the football pitch for a game of six-aside football. Unfortunately, my previous claim that all of us were prime physical specimens is easily refuted and we lost by a stunning margin. Indeed, when I tell you that our side got absolutely destroyed by a team which scored, on average, 1.04 goals per minute over a 26 minute match, you’ll soon work out that we lost 27-0. Now, I’m not unfit by any stretch of the imagination – I’ve just returned from circuits – but, we had no idea how to play against a more than competent side that had been going for six years; we had been playing together for 5 minutes. Anyway, I thought that anecdote would go rather well with this delicious pizza.

Pesto, Tomato and Mozzarella Pizza

Serves 2-4


• 1 ball of dough, preferably homemade

• 2 tbsp basil pesto, see here for more info

• 6-7 cherry tomatoes, halved

• 60g mozzarella cheese


1. Pre-heat the oven to 220C. Stretch the dough out into a pizza base and spread it with pesto.

2. Add the cherry tomatoes and mozzarella and bake for around 10-15 minutes, until golden and hard underneath. Enjoy with a salad, the one depicted is composed entirely of watercress.

Cost: As mentioned previously, the dough for this pizza should set one back around 15-20p, which is very cheap. However, due to the lack of mushrooms this pizza ought to come in a little under the last. Indeed, the entire creation should set one back no more than £1.30, which is an absolute steal!

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99 comments on “Pesto, Tomato and Mozzarella Pizza

  1. cookinginsens
    July 5, 2012 at 8:34 pm

    I love pesto pizzas! Good one Frugal!

  2. thesinglegourmetandtraveller
    July 5, 2012 at 8:37 pm

    That pizza looks wonderful!

  3. Grace @ Cultural Life
    July 5, 2012 at 8:44 pm

    That looks wonderful indeed! You should publish a ‘Frugal Feeding’ cookbook. I bet it would be a bestseller!

    • frugalfeeding
      July 5, 2012 at 11:19 pm

      I’d love to do that, but I have no idea how to get into it 😀

  4. countrywoodsmoke
    July 5, 2012 at 9:05 pm

    that looks awesome! I love pesto pizzas, this looks delish

    • frugalfeeding
      July 5, 2012 at 11:04 pm

      Thanks! Me too, they really do. I hope you like my next pizza too.

  5. Celia @ Fig Jam and Lime Cordial
    July 5, 2012 at 9:19 pm

    Pizza like this is perfect fare with beer after a football loss.. 🙂 Or for any other time!

  6. The PaperCup Kitchen
    July 5, 2012 at 9:22 pm

    Nick!!!!! This looks divine..trying it this weekend!! 😀

  7. lorrielorrieb
    July 5, 2012 at 9:31 pm

    In my opinion, there can never be too many posts about pizza!

    • frugalfeeding
      July 5, 2012 at 11:03 pm

      Exactly, which is why I’ll do another next week 😀

  8. veghotpot
    July 5, 2012 at 9:43 pm

    Mmmm you’ve done it again, taken something I’ve eaten quite a lot before and produced an even better version! Your pizza base looks amazing and I love the cherry tomatoes instead of slices of tomatoes. Yum!

    • frugalfeeding
      July 5, 2012 at 11:02 pm

      Thanks! What a compliment :D. Cherry tomatoes are great and are coming down in price at the moment.

  9. katonasoapbox
    July 5, 2012 at 9:50 pm

    This will definitely be gracing my dining room table top one day next week!

  10. Elaina @ Flavour
    July 5, 2012 at 9:51 pm

    Gosh I love pesto on a pizza…and what I love even more than that is half cut cherry tomatoes & balls of mozzarella…sure reminds me of my time in europe! 🙂 Beautiful post…happy you posted another pizza one 🙂

    • frugalfeeding
      July 5, 2012 at 11:01 pm

      Awesome! Thanks so much. There’ll be another next week – I have one ball of dough left.

  11. baconbiscuit212
    July 5, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    I don’t think dough suffers at all from freezing. Plenty of people freeze it! Even restaurants. I agree with you: t’s one of those things that seems the same if you freeze it or not. Your pesto pizza looks delicious. Simple toppings are always the best, aren’t they?

    And sorry you got annihilated on the football pitch. If it makes you feel better, I think 27-0 is an excellent lose for a team that had only been playing together for 5 minutes 😉

    • frugalfeeding
      July 5, 2012 at 11:01 pm

      Your thought is quite right… Thanks – yes they are! Haha – the opposition were top of the league too 😀

  12. onceuponarecipe
    July 5, 2012 at 10:21 pm

    Love the anecdote – and the pizza! Sorry about your loss, sounds like you’ll need to practice before the next game! 😉

  13. thekalechronicles
    July 5, 2012 at 11:32 pm

    Good-looking meal, with the various greens (hue). Tasty, too, I’d imagine.

  14. Keep Calm and Eat On
    July 5, 2012 at 11:36 pm

    All time favorite combo. My mother (in India) who isn’t as crazy about food like us lot often talks about this pizza she had when she was visiting. Total comfort.

  15. makingitwithdanielle
    July 6, 2012 at 12:14 am

    Have you ever tried making pesto with arugula leaves instead of basil? Give it a smokier taste because of the peppery flavor of the arugula… I think it would go great with a pizza! This looks delicious!

    • frugalfeeding
      July 9, 2012 at 9:39 pm

      Yes! There is a recipe for it already on my blog. I was toying with doing that actually.

  16. Michelle
    July 6, 2012 at 1:12 am

    I love having pizza dough in the freezer. Makes for such a simple dinner. Love your top photo!

    • frugalfeeding
      July 9, 2012 at 9:39 pm

      Exactly! Thanks, Michelle. I think I’ll make sure I always have some on stock.

  17. Laurie
    July 6, 2012 at 3:09 am

    Your pizzas look great! By any remote chance do you have a gluten-free pizza crust that you like? I haven’t been so thrilled with the ones that I have made.

    • frugalfeeding
      July 9, 2012 at 9:38 pm

      Thanks! Umm, not yet I’m afraid. Perhaps I’ll get round to it though!

      • Laurie
        July 10, 2012 at 8:03 pm

        Don’t go out of your way. The ones that I have tried aren’t very good. I can do gluten-free baked goods, I just can’t get a pizza crust recipe right.

  18. flowercityfoodie
    July 6, 2012 at 3:51 am

    Thanks for the tips about freezing the dough. I think my previous problem with frozen pizza dough was that I didn’t let it get warm enough before baking. I did completely thaw it, but it was still kind of cold when I cooked it, hence the problems with sogginess. I’ll have to try it again!

    • frugalfeeding
      July 9, 2012 at 9:38 pm

      It’s fine to leave it out. The problem if it’s still cold is that it takes longer to cook.

  19. sarwatabbasi
    July 6, 2012 at 5:38 am

    Looks yummy!

  20. Eat Healthy Be Happy
    July 6, 2012 at 6:12 am

    I love pesto! I actually made this same pizza the other day but I roasted the cherry tomatoes for about an hour before adding them to the pizza. Yum! 🙂

    • frugalfeeding
      July 9, 2012 at 9:37 pm

      Awesome! Good idea, though I like them a little fresher in this case.

  21. Stephanie
    July 6, 2012 at 7:07 am

    Love homemade pizzas! My husband used to be adamant about making the dough himself, but we recently discovered a local market that sells excellent fresh dough. Last weekend we had another family over for dinner and everyone made their own pizza… so much fun!

    • frugalfeeding
      July 9, 2012 at 9:36 pm

      Me too! It’s the only way. It must have been, though I still think you should make your own, it doesn’t take long.

  22. Sue
    July 6, 2012 at 7:18 am

    I love the look of that pizza, both raw and cooked, such zingy colours, somehow you just KNOW it’s going to taste good.

    Someone has just recommended to me a pizza dough made with simply 1 cup of flour and 1 cup of yogurt, sounds like it would be billowy ight, I have to give it a go, and now I’ll be using this topping.

    Sue xx

    • frugalfeeding
      July 9, 2012 at 9:35 pm

      Thanks!I know, looked so good. Does sound very light. I may try it in time.

  23. Juls
    July 6, 2012 at 7:31 am

    I’ve never thought of putting a caprese topping on a pizza but, truly, it is a magnificent idea (I keep repeating the mistake of ‘too much mozzarella’ because there’s a little voice in my head saying ‘Julsy, you can NEVER have too much cheese’. Yes, yes you can.)

  24. Jenny
    July 6, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    Good to see the frozen dough in action, this one looks amazing!

  25. NativeNM
    July 6, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    For the love of Pesto, that looks Amazing!

  26. NickkiT
    July 6, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    That looks amazing. There’s nothing like a home made pizza, no shop bought one could ever come close!

  27. Heather
    July 6, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    I love how vibrant the pesto is – so green!

    Nothing beats homemade pizza 🙂

  28. Willow
    July 7, 2012 at 2:04 am

    Gorgeous! Love these flavors together, and that pesto sounds just incredible. Wish I had a slice!

  29. Baker Bettie
    July 7, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    Mmmm this looks and sounds lovely. Your pictures are also gorgeous! Did you get a new camera?

  30. cakeboule
    July 7, 2012 at 2:48 pm

    Yum! Pesto on pizza that’s a new one for me – sounds great and I too could eat a big slice of that right now.

  31. Pasta Princess
    July 7, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    This is my all time favorite pizza with the addition of grilled chicken …can’t be beat!

    • frugalfeeding
      July 9, 2012 at 9:32 pm

      It cannot! Though, I wouldn’t personally add the chicken.

  32. Peggy
    July 7, 2012 at 9:08 pm

    My basil plants are flourishing – I think I’ll be making some of this pesto pizza once I land my hands on some ripened tomatoes =)

    • frugalfeeding
      July 9, 2012 at 9:31 pm

      Awesome! You should, it’s such a good use for pesto.

  33. Karen
    July 7, 2012 at 9:46 pm

    Nice looking pizza…full of summer flavors. I love using basil and tomatoes as both ingredients are so versatile.

  34. Korena in the Kitchen
    July 8, 2012 at 1:19 am

    Well now I want pizza – seems like a good way to break in my new oven! Keep them coming! It took me a while, but now I totally agree with the “less is more” approach to toppings.

    • frugalfeeding
      July 9, 2012 at 9:30 pm

      I want more :D. Less is more is always the way, in my opinion. Except with chocolate 😀

  35. Kaz & Ang (@MeltingMoments_)
    July 8, 2012 at 2:27 am

    Yum. Can’t wait to try this 🙂

  36. Just A Smidgen
    July 8, 2012 at 3:35 am

    I love this!! Who cares about the score.. you’ve got this pizza! “Winning”!! I know a friend gave me frozen pizza dough before and I’m embarrassed to admit I never used it.. because I didn’t know how to thaw it out.. Had I read this post… but I didn’t know you back then.. 😀 ps I betcha coulda beat those guys if you played after eating the pizza!!!

    • frugalfeeding
      July 9, 2012 at 9:29 pm

      Haha, thanks! You really should have used it. I doubt it… we had no chance.

  37. Aimee@clevermuffin
    July 8, 2012 at 7:38 am

    I’m so glad to know that about frozen pizza dough and thinks it more than warrants two posts in quick succession on a similar topic.

    I for one always end up with left over dough and often tossing being unsure about the freezing. I am now the wiser 🙂 maybe you should offer these tips to your opposing footy team and distract them in to submission.

    • frugalfeeding
      July 9, 2012 at 9:29 pm

      Haha, well there’ll be a third soon. Haha – I don’t think they’d care, aimee!

  38. tanyamhudson
    July 9, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    Nice to know that you can freeze the dough! And the flavor combination on this pizza is one of my favorites. 🙂

    • frugalfeeding
      July 9, 2012 at 9:28 pm

      It is, so useful! Thanks – it was so yum, Tanya.

  39. glutenfreehappytummy
    July 9, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    yum yum yum! i love pesto with a passion:) haha

  40. Mama's Gotta Bake
    July 9, 2012 at 6:26 pm

    Looks good Frugal. Mama loves her pizza!

  41. Liz Tesar
    July 10, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    umm! I love pesto, this looks great!

    • frugalfeeding
      July 16, 2012 at 8:50 pm

      Thanks! I’m convinced that pesto is one of the best ever inventions.

  42. egg me on
    July 10, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    I’ve into cherry & grape tomatoes a lot the past season, so this is great.

  43. crisgzr
    July 10, 2012 at 9:19 pm

    Seriously, there is no reason not to make your own pizza! Calorie and taste-wise always a better deal! I do not think two pizza recipes so close are any odder than 2 soups, salads or sandwiches. We are so conditioned by the pizza parlor to think they are a special occasion meal! Frugal to me means re-inventing how I think of food! Another great post! Due to current restrictions I can not eat all these but I can enjoy or make them for DH…

    • frugalfeeding
      July 16, 2012 at 8:43 pm

      Exactly! There’ll be another very soon! I’m sorry you can’t enjoy them yourself, but you should definitely try making them 😀

  44. TammyeHoney
    July 11, 2012 at 12:09 am

    Using goat cheese and a few artichoke hearts and I am so drooling here and used to drive to get this pizza in Rochester, NY lol….

  45. garkyeats
    July 12, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    Beeeeeatiful! It’s almost lunchtime here, and I wish I had a piece of that pizza(!)

    • frugalfeeding
      July 16, 2012 at 8:56 pm

      Thanks! It’s a really shame that you haven’t.

  46. P. K. Newby
    August 4, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    Love making pizza. I have a few pics and posts in the backlog myself; yours looks terrific! Thanks for your visit to The Nutrition Doctor is In the Kitchen! Cheers, PK

  47. Rachael
    September 16, 2012 at 2:47 pm

    This looks so delicious, will have to try it some time. I love pesto! Great blog all round too 🙂

    • frugalfeeding
      September 16, 2012 at 4:42 pm

      Thanks so much! It was a really delicious pizza.

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