Pesto Pizza Squares Recipe

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Our Test Kitchen offers this alternative to traditional baked pizza. With pesto sauce, tomatoes, olives and fresh mushroom, it's a flavorful variation of the more common vegetable pizza.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 2 tubes (8 ounces each) refrigerated crescent rolls
  • 1 cup tightly packed fresh basil
  • 1/4 cup tightly packed fresh parsley
  • 1/4 cup tightly packed fresh cilantro
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup whipped cream cheese
  • 3 plum tomatoes
  • 3/4 cup chopped fresh mushrooms
  • 1/3 cup sliced ripe olives

Nutritional Facts

3 each: 167 calories, 13g fat (4g saturated fat), 9mg cholesterol, 231mg sodium, 9g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 0 fiber), 3g protein.


  1. Unroll crescent dough into a greased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan; press seams together and build up edges. Prick dough with a fork. Bake at 375° for 11-13 minutes or until golden brown; cool completely on a wire rack.
  2. In a food processor, combine the basil, parsley, cilantro, garlic, oil and Parmesan cheese; cover and puree until smooth. Transfer to a bowl; add sour cream and cream cheese. Spread over crust.
  3. Halve tomatoes lengthwise and thinly slice widthwise; arrange over basil mixture. Top with mushrooms and olives. Refrigerate until serving. Cut into bite-size squares. Yield: 3 dozen.
Originally published as Pesto Pizza Squares in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2001, p196

Light-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.

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