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Easy Pesto Pizza Recipe

Our Test Kitchen kneaded basil, oregano and Parmesan cheese into packaged bread dough for this full-flavored crust. Purchased pesto sauce keeps it big on taste and convenience.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min. YIELD:6-8 servings


  • 1 loaf (1 pound) frozen bread dough, thawed
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 cup prepared pesto
  • 1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese


  • 1. Place dough on a lightly floured surface; let rest for 10 minutes. Knead in 1/4 cup cheese, basil and oregano. Roll into a 12-in. circle; place on a greased 12-in. pizza pan. Prick with a fork. Bake at 425° for 10 minutes.
  • 2. Spread pesto sauce over the crust. Sprinkle with mushrooms, mozzarella cheese and remaining cheese. Bake 8-10 minutes longer or until golden brown. Yield: 6-8 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 259 calories, 11g fat (4g saturated fat), 17mg cholesterol, 513mg sodium, 31g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 2g fiber), 12g protein.

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Sweet Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sweet red wine.