This is my go to pizza to make. It makes pizza night feel so much fancy and more special feeling than an ordinary slice of pie, and comes together in minutes. I would recommend pairing this with a nice glass of white wine and a side salad for your next date night in. Or for your crazy busy night next week, it is also perfect!
It starts with a store bought dough. I can not stress how helpful these can be to keep on hand. We currently have seven in our freezer and they are going fast! Perfect for when I know things are going to hectic or I will be getting home late. All I have to do is let it rise for an hour (I have no problem finding things to do in that time such as dishes, putting in a load of laundry, and washing my hair) then roll it out and top with anything we have in the fridge! Literally…I have made “cleaning out the fridge pizzas” that were half my favorite topping and half mashed potatoes like the Mashed potato bacon and scallion Pizza (link) and it was a huge hit!
I don’t exactly remember how or even when I started making this Ricotta and Pesto Pizza but I know that Johnny and I can’t seem to get enough of it. It has garlic, ricotta, pesto, mozzarella, and parmesan cheese. What’s not to love?! The pesto has a nice herby bite to it while the ricotta is smooth and creamy. The mozzarella and parmesan melt nicely to hold everything together. I like to either alternate rows of the Pesto and ricotta or to do alternating dollops. Either way you get some of each on every piece!
- 1 store bought pizza dough
- 5 cloves of garlic, chopped
- 2 cups of mozzarella cheese, shredded
- ½ cup plus of store bought pesto
- ½ cup of ricotta
- ¼ cup of parmesan cheese, shredded
- Preheat oven according to the store bought dough directions and roll the crust out
- Sprinkle the garlic over the crust and then top with half the mozzarella cheese
- Dollop the pesto and ricotta evenly over the pizza
- Top with the remaining mozzarella and parmesan, focusing the parm on the crust
- Bake according to the crust instructions, wait 5 minutes before cutting
Thanks to my brother for helping shoot (and eat!) this pizza and for being my hand model!