American Pizza with Basil Pesto

American Pizza with Basil Pesto

The piping hot tomatoes and rich cheddar cheese melt together on top of a basil-scented pizza.

Ingredients: 1 pizza (25-30 cm)

Mild cheddar cheese
1 handful (grated)
Basil pesto Step 2
as needed
Pizza dough
Recipe ID: 1198384
For the tomato sauce
Canned whole tomatoes
100 g
1 g


1. Shred the cheese.
2. For the basil pesto, blend a handful of basil, about 100 ml of olive oil, 2 dashes of salt, and one clove of garlic for the sauce.
3. Add the canned tomatoes and salt to a bowl and mash with your hands. Preheat the oven to 250℃ along with the baking pan.
4. Transfer the dough to a floured work surface, and roll out to a 25 cm diameter circle. Make sure to roll it outwards from the center and leave a lip around the edges for the crust.
5. Transfer the dough to a piece of aluminium foil. Spread with the tomato sauce, and scatter with a generous amount of cheese.
6. Place sliced tomato on top, and drizzle on the Step 2 basil sauce in a spiral, working from the outside in. Bake in the oven at 250℃ for 10 minutes.

Story Behind this Recipe

I made some pesto from fresh spring basil I harvested from my garden, and topped it on my favorite pizza.