We are major pizza lovers in this house, and you better believe that we are all about make pizza from scratch as well! This particular pizza is a nice change from the red sauce for a vibrant veggie focused dish! This recipe for Goat Cheese Pesto and Asparagus Pizza will bring a fresh, vibrant spin to your homemade pizza night!
What’s on this pizza?
Basil Pesto. First we start with a classic basil pesto as the sauce for this pizza. Homemade pesto takes no time to make and is so versatile to use in a variety of dishes in addition to this pasta. So we like to make it and keep a jar in our fridge for pizza, pasta, toast, sandwiches, and more!
Three Goat Cheeses. We used three different goat cheeses on this pizza to give it several levels of flavor. The first is a hard aged goat cheese – any will do. Then we used a younger semi-soft goat cheese and fresh goat cheese. These three cheeses have different flavor profiles and really add something special to the pizza.
Calabrian Chili Peppers. We have a jar of these in our house at all times to add a bit of spice to our favorite pasta dishes, and it is fabulous on pizza. We generally buy THIS one, but any brand you can get your hands on will work for this pizza.
Asparagus Tips. Since we wanted to focus on the greens on this pizza, we added blanched asparagus tips on top as well. The asparagus tips give the pizza an additional texture component and are perfect with the pesto and goat cheeses.
Once the pizza comes out of the oven, we add high-quality extra virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar and mixed microgreens as the final touches! We know you will love this combo of flavors on this pizza!
Pizza Cooking Times
The cooking time on your pizza will greatly depend on how hot your oven gets and if you have a pizza stone or not. We highly encourage using a pizza stone (we have THIS one) to get that crust nice and crisp. But if not, heating your pizza pan/baking sheet in the oven for 5 minutes before placing your pizza in the oven will help get a crispier crust.
Our oven gets up to 550°F so we preheat it with the pizza stone inside for at least 30 minutes before we plan to make our pizza. Our pizzas cook within 3 minutes at this heat generally. If your oven only reaches 450°F or 500°F, your pizza may take a bit longer.
Watch your pizza as it cooks and once the crust has a nice golden brown color and the center is bubbling, your pizza should be ready.
We hope you enjoy this recipe for Goat Cheese Pesto and Asparagus Pizza! If you give it a try, leave us a comment below or tag us on Instagram @cooking_with_wine!
Looking for more recipes like this? Check these out:
- Truffle Mushroom White Pizza
- Summer Pasta (Pasta D’Estate)
- Roasted Red Pepper Pesto and Mozzarella Babka
- Cherry Tomato Garlic Basil Risotto
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