Overhead view of 4 cheese pesto pizza on a round wooden serving board with basil garnish.

4 Cheese Pesto Pizza

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Serving Time Icon 40 MIN
Serves Number Icon Serves 2-4 (Makes two 12-inch (30 cm) pizzas)

Say hello to this addictive 4 Cheese Pesto Pizza that features some of the best local cheeses.


Ontario Mozzarella is what adds those beautiful stringy cheese pulls and a fresh taste, a salty bite from the Ontario Asiago, a mellow nutty flavour from the Ontario Parmesan, and coming in for the win is the Ontario Gorgonzola that packs a flavourful punch.

Prep 20 MIN

Cook 10 MIN Per Pizza

Rising Time 1 HR

Ingredients

Topping

Method

Step 1

Preheat oven to 425ºF (220ºC).

 

Step 2

In a bowl, whisk together flour and salt; set aside.

 

Step 3

In a large bowl, pour in water and dissolve sugar. Sprinkle with yeast and let stand for about 10 minutes or until frothy. Stir in butter. Gradually stir in flour mixture until ragged dough forms.

 

Step 4

Turn out onto lightly floured work surface and knead dough for about 4 minutes or until dough is smooth and no longer sticky. Place in clean oiled bowl; cover and let stand for about 1 hour or until doubled in size.

 

Step 5

Divide dough in half and roll each out into 12-inch (30 cm) rounds. Place each on a pizza pan or baking sheet. Dock the dough with a fork (see tip).

 

Step 6

Toppings: Brush pizza dough outer edges lightly with butter and sprinkle with Italian seasoning. Spread pesto among both pizza rounds; except where the seasoning is. Top each with mozzarella, Asiago, Gorgonzola, and Parmesan.  Bake for about 10 minutes or until edge is crisp and golden. Remove from oven and sprinkle with basil to serve. Drizzle with balsamic glaze, if using.

Tip

Docking the dough helps to prevent air bubbles that might occur during baking. Using the tines of the fork, gently prick the dough all over trying not to go all the way through to the other side.

Nutritional Information

One Serving (1/2 of a 12-Inch (30 cm) Pizza)

Calories 1070
Protein 44 g
Carbohydrates 77 g
Fat 67 g
Saturated Fat 29 g
Trans Fat 0.5 g
Cholesterol 125 mg
Sodium 1800 mg
Fibre 5 g
Sugars 2 g

Top 5 Nutrients: Folate ≥108%DV, Selenium ≥107%DV, Thiamin ≥95% DV, Niacin ≥89%DV, Calcium 65%DV.

Basil Pesto

Makes about 1 cup (250 mL).

Ingredients

Method

 

Step 1

In food processor, pulse basil leaves, cheese, pine nuts, garlic, salt, and pepper. With machine running, slowly drizzle in enough of the oil until smooth. Scrape into resealable container and refrigerate for up to 3 days or freezer for up to 1month.

Nutritional Information

One Serving (2 tbsp (30 mL) of Basil Pesto)

Calories 250
Protein 5 g
Carbohydrates 1 g
Fat 27 g
Saturated Fat 5 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 10 mg
Sodium 220 mg
Fibre 0 g
Sugars 0 g

Top 5 Nutrients: Vitamin K ≥39%DV, Manganese ≥22%DV, Calcium 10% DV, Niacin ≥8%DV, Riboflavin 5%DV.

Arugula Asiago Pesto

For a peppery bite, switch up basil for this unique pesto.

 

Makes about 3/4 cup (175 mL).

Ingredients

Method

 

Step 1

Combine arugula, parsley, cheese and oil in food processor and puree until smooth. Pulse in garlic and salt. Refrigerate until ready to use.

Nutritional Information

One Serving (2 tbsp (30 mL) of Basil Pesto)

Calories 150
Protein 3 g
Carbohydrates 2 g
Fat 15 g
Saturated Fat 3 g
Trans Fat 0.3 g
Cholesterol 10 mg
Sodium 125 mg
Fibre 0 g
Sugars 0 g

Top 5 Nutrients: Vitamin K ≥143%DV, Vitamin C ≥25%DV, Vitamin E ≥10% DV, Calcium 7%DV, Iron 5%DV.

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