Make Your Own Oven-baked Pizza

This isn’t a recipe so much as inspiration for your own pizza creation. The best part about making pizza is how creative you can be.

First you’ll pre-heat your oven to 400˚.

Next, roll out a store-bough or handmade pizza dough to fit your pan or pizza stone. Then, and I mean this, just top it with whatever you’ve got!

Start with sauce – tomato, pesto, garlic butter – it’s up to you. When we do tomato we add lots of oregano.

Next step may be a matter of personal opinion. Jon likes to put all the toppings on and then the cheese last so the cheese browns over everything. I like to put the cheese first, then veggies and then anything I want to crisp a bit, like pineapple and kale. Usually I win because I’m bossy like that.

The cheese is also up to you, but I prefer fresh mozzarella, the kind that’s floating in water. I just slice it thin and place it artfully across the pizza (as shown below):

Pesto pizza uncooked

Then pop that bad-boy in the oven and twenty minutes later, voila! If necessary you can set it under the broiler for a few minutes to brown.

Sprinkl fresh basil or parsley over the top and a dash of chili flakes and you’re good to go!

Homemade Pesto Pizza
Homemade Pesto Pizza with Caramelized Onions, Zucchini & Spinach

Here’s a close-up you can print out and eat at home (yeah, don’t do that):

Pesto Pizza Close-up
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