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The Best Pesto Pizza | Gluten-Free

by Capri Lilly

Pesto Pizza topped with peppery arugula, balsamic vinegar, shaved parmesan, and toasted pine nuts! It doesn’t get any better than this! Plus, the homemade pesto base is a perfect zesty, creamy, nutty blend, taking this pizza to a whole new level!

If you love delicious homemade pizza, you’ll want to check out my Spinach Artichoke Pizza Recipe or Perfect Gluten-Free Cauliflower Crust Recipe next!

I made this pizza for the first time while trying Banza’s Recipe: Pesto Pizza with Arugula, Balsamic, and Pine Nuts. My recipe is an adaptation of their original recipe with the primary difference being the pesto sauce.

It may be tempting to purchase a pre-made pesto sauce, but don’t —trust me! The vibrant pesto sauce in this recipe makes all the difference! All you need is a blender, a few simple ingredients, and the pesto can be made in less than five minutes!

This pesto pizza is an absolute treat! It’s pretty much a salad in the form of pizza, haha! It has arugula on it, right!? But honestly, this pizza is one of my favorite go-to’s for a quick, filling, flavor-bursting meal!

What You Need To Make This Pesto Pizza Recipe

Pizza Crust: I like to use Banza Gluten-Free Chickpea Crust.

Pesto: This quick 5-minute pesto is made with pine nuts, cashews, garlic, basil, arugula, and olive oil. The cashews make the pesto super creamy with an added nutty flavor!

Parmesan: The crust is topped with freshly shaved parmesan and baked until golden. Then, the toppings are added, with the last being more freshly shaved parmesan!

Arugula: The pizza is topped with a heaping amount of fresh arugula.

Pine Nuts: You’ll need pine nuts for the pesto, but will also toast up a few to use as a topping for the pizza!

Balsamic Vinegar: The pizza is topped with balsamic vinegar, which provides a tangy flavor and brings everything together!

How To Make Pesto Pizza

  1. Grab your crust and sprinkle on a layer of parmesan cheese. Bake the crust according to package instructions, or until the crust is golden and cooked through.
  2. While the crust is in the oven, make the pesto. Place the pesto ingredients in the blender, and blend until smooth, while leaving a bit of texture.
  3. Spread the pesto onto the pizza crust. Then, top with arugula, pine nuts, and parmesan cheese! Drizzle on balsamic vinegar and olive oil.
  4. Slice and Enjoy!!

What To Eat With Your Pesto Pizza

Looking for something to pair with your pizza?! Try these:

Baked Sweet Potato Fries

Roasted Tomato Basil Soup

Crispy Polenta Fries

Buffalo Cauliflower Wings

I hope you enjoy this Pesto Pizza Recipe!


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Pesto Pizza Recipe | Gluten-Free

Pesto Pizza topped with peppery arugula, balsamic vinegar, shaved parmesan, and toasted pine nuts! It doesn't get any better than this! Plus, the homemade pesto base is a perfect zesty, creamy, nutty blend, taking this pizza to a whole new level!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Dinner, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: arugula, Easy Pesto Recipe, gluten free pizza, homemade pizza, pesto, pizza
Servings: 2
Calories: 292kcal
Author: Capri Lilly

Ingredients

  • 1 Pizza Crust
  • 2 tbsp Parmesan Cheese, shaved
  • 1.5 cup Arugula, packed
  • 1 tbsp Toasted Pine Nuts
  • Olive Oil & Balsamic Vinegar, for drizzling

GFB Pesto Recipe (1/4 cup needed)

  • 1/3 cup Raw Cashews
  • 1/4 cup Olive Oil
  • 1/3 cup Arugula, packed
  • 1/4 cup Basil, packed
  • 2 Garlic cloves
  • 1/4 tsp Sea Salt

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400°F
  • Grab your crust and sprinkle on a layer of parmesan cheese. Bake the crust according to package instructions, or until the crust is golden and cooked through.
  • While the crust is in the oven, make the pesto. Place the pesto ingredients in the blender, and blend until smooth, while leaving a bit of texture.
  • Spread the pesto onto the pizza crust. Then, top with arugula, pine nuts, and parmesan cheese! Drizzle on balsamic vinegar and olive oil.
  • Slice and Enjoy!!

Notes

Recipe adapted from Banza Pesto Pizza Recipe
You can easily make this pizza vegan by omitting the parmesan cheese. 

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