You need to try this absolutely amazing basil Pesto Pizza with Fresh Tomatoes. It is made with the 2 ingredient pizza dough and an easy fresh, homemade basil pesto recipe.
Drizzle some balsamic vinegar or balsamic glaze for a Caprese Pizza version of this Pesto Pizza and savor every bite!
2 Ingredient pizza dough
Yes, this gorgeous pizza you see here is made with the two ingredient pizza dough: plain Greek yogurt and self-rising flour.
This Greek yogurt pizza dough is super easy, and best of all, quick. No rising time, no messing around with activating yeast, none of that yeasty business.
Yes, the yogurt pizza dough does require about 4 minutes of kneading, but we can totally manage that in order to proudly say we made pizza from scratch, right?
To make 2 ingredient pizza dough, you mix 1 cup of plain unsweetened Greek yogurt with 1.5 cups of self-rising flour, stir together with a fork until it gets all clumpy, then knead it together into a smooth ball.
Then let it sit while you prep the rest of the toppings.
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How to make self-rising flour for pizza dough
If you don't have self-rising flour on hand, have no fear! First, you can always order some here, or by using the "get ingredients" button in my recipe card. But you can also make some yourself!
This recipe needs 1.5 cups self-rising flour, so you can use 1.5 cups all purpose flour and add 1.5 teaspoons baking powder and 3/4 teaspoons sea salt. Mix it together, and then combine with the Greek yogurt!
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What kind of yogurt is best to use for pizza dough, you ask?
Well, obviously use plain and unsweetened Greek yogurt, not vanilla flavored or anything like that. You can use ANY kind of fat % you like - I've done this with fat-free all the way up to 4% milk fat Greek yogurt. They all work great.
The more milk fat, the richer the dough tastes, obviously, but only slightly. If you're counting calories, use 0% fat Greek yogurt and roll the pizza out real thin. 🙂
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Now onto the best part of the pizza: the pesto topping. I have a pesto recipe that I swear by, it's a lemon basil pesto that I use in my pesto crostini recipe. For this pizza, I sometimes skip the lemon because lemons are not a typical pizza ingredient.
But sometimes I like to get a little crazy and I go with the lemony pesto. 🙂
To make basil pesto, I first pulse fresh basil leaves, a garlic clove, pine nuts (if using) and chunks of Parmesan or Romano cheese in a small food processor (I have this Cuisinart one and I love it!).
You can also make pesto out of parsley, or use half parsley and half basil. It all comes out good! You can skip the pine nuts, if you're on a budget. If you do use pine nuts, store the rest of the bag in the fridge to make them last longer! You can get some here.
Then I add some salt, pepper, and drizzle in olive oil.
I love using this olive oil for pesto, it has a nice flavor without being too overpowering, and it's not too expensive for when you need to use a lot of it.
To make pesto pizza, I like to add some pesto to the pizza before it bakes and also save some for after it bakes. When basil pesto bakes, it loses some of its vibrant green color, so adding fresh pesto on top of pizza brings it back to life, and adds more garlicky basil pesto goodness to every bite.
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Pesto pizza toppings
This pesto pizza has fresh mozzarella and fresh tomato slices on top. I also add a generous sprinkling of dried oregano (get some here), red pepper flakes (read my note on that below!), and freshly grated Parmesan or Romano cheese.
Of course, you can use any toppings you like for your pesto pizza, and you can absolutely just use good old shredded mozzarella cheese. No one is trying to out-do each other here, we're just here to enjoy a gorgeous basil pesto pizza, no matter what other toppings we choose to add.
A note about adding red pepper flakes: Pesto is an oil-based sauce, which means that it really dissolves / absorbs the spicy flavor from red pepper flakes, and disperses that flavor all over the pizza. Unless you like things spicy, be cautious about adding red pepper flakes to this pizza because it will taste spicier than you imagine.
Sometimes I finish this basil pesto pizza with a generous drizzle of balsamic glaze, for a super easy Caprese pizza. I absolutely love this stuff and the sweet and savory flavor combination of the balsamic glaze and garlicky pesto. You can get some here.
Whatever you choose to put on your pesto pizza, I hope you get to make this! It is absolutely delicious, quick to make, and the Greek yogurt pizza dough is a fun "hack" to remember when you're short on time and want to make pizza from scratch.
Looking for other easy pizza and flatbread recipes?
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- Caramelized onion, fig, and goat cheese flatbread
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For the pizza
- 1 cup plain unsweetened Greek yogurt (fat-free or any milk fat %)
- 1.5 cups self rising flour, plus 1-4 tablespoons more (see notes)
- 1/2 cup pesto, divided (see recipe below)
- 8 oz fresh mozzarella, thinly sliced
- 1/2 cup freshly shredded Romano or Parmesan cheese (or 1/4 cup store-bought)
- 2 plum tomatoes, thinly sliced
- Olive oil spray
- Optional: few pinches of Garlic powder, oregano, red pepper flakes
- Optional: balsamic glaze
For the pesto
- 1 cup fresh basil leaves, tightly packed (from 1 large bunch)
- 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan or Romano cheese
- 1/4 cup toasted pine nuts (optional)
- 1 clove garlic
- Zest of 1 lemon (optional)
- Juice of 1/2 lemon (1 tablespoon, optional)
- 1/4 cup high quality extra virgin olive oil
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- Freshly ground black pepper , to taste
- Preheat oven to 425F. Line a large baking sheet (or 2 medium baking sheets) with parchment paper and spray with olive oil spray.
- Make the dough: Combine 1 cup of Greek yogurt and 1.5 cups of self-rising flour in a medium bowl and mix with a spoon to make a rough crumbly dough. Then use your hands to knead it together until it is all combined into one smooth ball. Knead for 3-4 minutes, adding a tablespoon or two of flour if the dough is sticking to your hands a lot. Cover and let it rest while you prepare the rest of the toppings. It will not rise - that is okay.
- Make the pesto: In a small food processor, pulse together the fresh basil, Parmesan cheese, pine nuts (if using), and garlic clove until everything is broken up into tiny pieces. Add the lemon juice and zest (if using), olive oil, salt, and pepper. Pulse a few times until well combined.
- Make the pizza: Roll out the pizza dough to the shape of your baking pan(s), dusting your rolling pin with flour if needed. For a neat looking crust,tuck the edges of the dough underneath and press down with your fingers to form the rim. Transfer the pizza dough to the baking sheet lined with greased parchment paper.
- Top the pizza: Spread half the pesto over the dough, top with mozzarella, fresh tomato slices, shredded Parmesan cheese, and a few sprinkles of oregano, garlic powder, or red pepper flakes, if using.
- Bake the pizza: Place the pizza into the preheated oven and bake at 425F for 12-15 minutes, or until the edges of the pizza dough are a light golden color. Top with dollops of remaining fresh pesto. Allow to cool before slicing. Drizzle with balsamic glaze, if using.
In place of self-rising flour, you can use 1.5 cups regular all purpose flour (or white whole wheat flour) and add 1.5 teaspoons baking powder and 3/4 teaspoons sea salt.
Depending on how thick your Greek yogurt is, you might need to add more flour. Start with 1.5 cups and add a tablespoon at a time if the dough feels too sticky when you mix it together. You'll also need some more flour for dusting the rolling pin and rolling surface.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 275Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 27mgSodium: 320mgCarbohydrates: 21gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 14g
The nutritional information displayed is just an estimate and will vary depending on the actual ingredients and brands used and the exact amounts used. Please consult with a dietitian or nutritionist if you are actually tracking nutritional information for health reasons.