Pesto and Goat Cheese Pizza

We don’t eat pizza out very often because my kids all think that homemade just tastes so much better! Who am I to argue? The other day I was lucky enough to snag a gluten-free pizza dough ball from our local Earth Fare grocery store so that saved me an incredible amount of time. It is always easy to find a regular or whole wheat pizza dough ball, but gluten-free dough is much harder to come by!

There are no rules for homemade pizza making. I like to let my kids choose their own toppings – the crazier the better.  To make enough pizza to feed four kids, we always need to make two pizzas so there is plenty of room for experimentation. Our experiment this week was a pesto goat cheese pizza. Yum! I bought some delicious pesto recently through our online farmers market and we thought that might be a nice base for a pizza. We topped our pesto with some shredded mozzarella cheese, thinly sliced tomatoes, thinly sliced (local!) red onions, and spoonfuls of goat cheese from The Looking Glass Creamery.  I wouldn’t classify this as a crazy pizza, but the kids definitely enjoyed having a green pizza instead of the traditional red.


Roll out your pizza dough and transfer it to your pizza cooking pan. If you are using gluten-free crust, I recommend you let it cook for about 5 minutes before adding the toppings. Spread the pesto over the crust and then add your additional toppings. Cook for about 12 to 15 minutes at 450 degrees. Enjoy!

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Erin Brighton

I am a native New Englander now living in beautiful Charlotte, North Carolina and enjoying summers in sea-breezy Scituate, Massachusetts with my five small kids and two large dogs. I love to cook easy, local, and gluten-free for friends and family.

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