Caprese Pizza with Basil Pesto
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The best of both worlds: gluten-free pizza + Caprese Salad in one quick and easy meal! This recipe gives two basil pesto options: a classic basil pesto and a vegan, nut-free basil pesto. Both are easy, gluten-free and delicious! Plus, as a bonus: we've provided the recipe for my son's pizza sauce for a Margherita pizza.
Recipe type: Dinner, Lunch, Appetizer
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Vegetarian, Vegan optional
Serves: 1 pizza
Caprese Pizza
  • 1 gluten-free pizza crust (prepare according to package)
  • fresh mozzarella, 4-6 slices according to taste and size of pizza
  • 1-2 fresh tomatoes, sliced (option to roast them first if not super fresh)
  • a few spoonfuls of prepared basil pesto (see recipe for vegan and non-vegan version below)
  • balsamic glaze (optional)(we used Monaro Federzoni).
  • 1 handful of Fresh Basil, chopped for topping
Vegan Basil Pesto (recipe from Urban Kitchen Apothecary)
  • 2 cups fresh basil leaves
  • 1 large garlic clove
  • ⅓ cup pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
  • 1 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • ⅓ cup olive oil
  • pinch of sea salt + black pepper
Alternatively, Basil Pesto (non-vegan)
  • 2 cups fresh basil leaves
  • ½ cup freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano
  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons raw unsalted almonds
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon rice wine vinegar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon black pepper
Pizza Sauce for Margherita Pizza
  • 1-2 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 28 oz can San Marzano Tomatoes
  • 1-2 tablespoons oregano
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt (more or less to taste)
  • 3-4 fresh basil leaves
Caprese Pizza
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees or temperature recommended by the pizza crust you're using.
  2. If roasting tomatoes, gently toss tomatoes in olive oil and a dash of salt. Place in a single layer on a baking sheet and roast for 10 minutes.
  3. While tomatoes roast, make the pesto.
  4. If not roasting tomatoes, Add the pesto to pizza crust leaving an inch around the edge, then fresh mozzarella, tomatoes and bake 10 minutes or until cheese melted and tomatoes warmed.
  5. If roasting tomatoes, top pizza crust with pesto, leaving an inch around the edge, top with cheese, and bake 5-10 minutes or until cheese melted. Then top the melted cheese with the roasted tomatoes.
  6. Finish with a drizzle of balsamic glaze and fresh basil.
Vegan Basil Pesto
  1. Blend all the pesto ingredients together using a food processor or blender.
  2. Note: I didn't have any trouble blending it in a blender but if too thick or difficult to blend add an additional 1-2 tbsp olive oil
  3. Set aside
Basil Pesto (not- vegan)
  1. Place basil, garlic and almonds in a food processor and run/pulse several times until finely minced
  2. Add salt and pepper and pulse a few more times.
  3. With the food processor running, stream olive oil into the top of the food processor. Scrape down the sides as needed and run food processor until well combined and mixture is smooth.
  4. Add cheese and process briefly until just combined.
  5. Add rice wine vinegar and pulse a few times until just combined.
  6. Can be made ahead and kept in seal container in the refrigerator.
Pizza Sauce for Margharita Pizza
  1. In a medium sauce pan, heat olive oil over medium heat until shimmering, not burning. Add garlic and let cook 30 seconds - 1 minutes, until just starting to brown and fragrant.
  2. Add entire can of tomatoes including liquid. Using the back of a wood spoon, break apart tomatoes until mostly crushed. Add oregano and stir to combine. Once tomatoes begin to boil, reduce heat to low and let simmer 15 minutes.
  3. Add salt and fresh basil, let simmer another 10 minutes.
  4. Using an immersion blender, blend sauce until tomatoes all broken down and sauce well combined.
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