Main Dish Recipes

Vegetarian Recipe #16: Pesto and Goat Cheese Pizza

I know, I know. I love goat cheese. It’s just. . .  do you know how tasty that stuff is? And how cheap it is at Costco? (One of my friends has a membership and buys me a 20 ounce package for $6 whenever she goes).

Also, you know why there is a picture of one slice of this pizza rather than the whole pizza? Because this was the only piece left. And as soon as I took the picture, I ate half of that slice too.

Pesto and Goat Cheese Pizza
(adapted from The Way the Cookie Crumbles)

Makes 1 14-inch pizza

One pizza crust dough (this is my favorite recipe. I use half and then freeze the other half)

3 roma tomatoes
Olive oil
Salt & pepper

2 ounces goat cheese,softened
2 tablespoons pesto
Large pinch red pepper flakes
1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
¼ cup (½ ounce) freshly grated parmesan

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a small baking sheet or pan with foil. Slice the tomatoes in half lengthwise and scoop out as many of the seeds as you can. Cut the tomatoes into large chunks (about six per half), place in pan, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast in oven for about 40 minutes, or until they’re getting shriveled and the edges are turning a little dark.

Increase oven heat to 500 degrees.

Roll out the pizza dough and mix goat cheese, pesto, and red pepper flakes together. Spread over the pizza crust. Sprinkle the mozzarella cheese over the top. Scatter the roasted tomatoes over the cheese then sprinkle the Parmesan on top.

Carefully place pizza on pizza stone and cook for 8 minutes.

Remove and let sit for about ten minutes before slicing and serving.

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  • Reply Laura {a spoonful of joy} April 16, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    i love goat cheese too! this combo sounds delicious. we have pizza for dinner almost every saturday night so i'm going to have to try this soon! thanks!

  • Reply Saskia April 16, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    I fully concur, goat cheese is amazing.

  • Reply lifeofadoctorswife April 16, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    Mmmmm goat cheese… Goat cheese is one of those foods that I enjoy SO MUCH, I feel compelled to push it at people. My poor mother in law – she HATES goat cheese. And I have to forcibly restrain myself from saying things like, "but just try it! It's so good! You'll love it if you give it a chance!" I mean, I BELIEVE that… but I also hate tomatoes and hate when people try to push them at me. So it would be kind of hypocritical to do that very thing to my MIL.

  • Reply Chrissie April 16, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    Oh my goodness, that pizza looks delicious…

    Also, I loved your post over at Stacked & starred it for future reference – what a great list! Sidenote: I too loved Wednesday Wars, and recently learned that the author not only attended my college, but was also a fellow English major there. Pretty neat, right? (I thought so, anyway!)

  • Reply Noelle April 16, 2012 at 5:20 pm

    I dreamed that I had goat cheese on a pizza last night. I must have been anticipating this post! Thanks for the recipe 🙂

  • Reply Ashley and Dave April 16, 2012 at 8:14 pm

    Yum. can you make me a pizza on your fancy pizza stone when we come visit?! It might be true that we don't have any future plans on ever going to Texas…but someday…and I want THIS. Thanks!

  • Reply Rosebriars April 17, 2012 at 3:26 am

    I haven't had good experiences with goat cheese in the past, but since I want to start urban homesteading I'd better learn to like it! I really love your blog.

    Sidenote: I read your post in Stackedbooks. I'm excited to check out some new authors. There's a blog you should check out:

  • Reply Angela Noelle April 17, 2012 at 7:39 am

    I lament that it would cost me a quarter of our weekly shopping bill to purchase the ingredients required to make this mouth-watering wonder. We may live with hobbits, but oh how our food is pricey here. /sigh

  • Reply preethi May 2, 2012 at 5:07 am

    Mmm – this looks delish. And that's my favorite crust recipe, too, except I make the whole thing and we have leftovers for lunch. I'm still inclined to think we must eat way more than you.

  • Reply preethi May 2, 2012 at 5:12 am

    Also, I'm assuming Angela lives in NZ – and she is not kidding about the food there. Cheese was approximately the same price as gold. Oh how I do love some things about the US.

  • Reply Abby February 19, 2013 at 2:23 am

    Janssen, I made this for dinner tonight and it was sooo good! I used a store-bought pizza crust, but maybe next time I'll plan ahead and make the dough from scratch. Boyfriend said (and I quote): "This is pretty good for a meal with no meat." (He had seconds, so I think it was a winner.)

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