Pesto and Grilled Vegetable Pizza



IMG_9456Not so sweet this weekend, but still as tasty as I homemade a “pesto and grilled vegetable pizza”. The eggplants, the thyme, and the basil are from my garden. This is my first experience to grow eggplants in my garden and I’m extremely surprised by how tasty they are.

The pizza is perfect for Friday Fiesta (I’m not counting anymore…), always fun and charming hosting to the party.

Serves 10


For the crust:

  • 350g of wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon of sugar
  • 11g of dry instant yeast
  • A pinch of salt
  • 250ml of lukewarm water (less or more depending the quality of the flour)
  • 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil


  1. In a large bowl add the flour, the yeast, and the sugar.
  2. Mix the ingredients with your fingers.
  3. Add the olive oil and continue to mix.
  4. Pour the water and the salt and knead until you assemble the dough (the dough is compact and firm).
  5. Cover with a kitchen cloth and let the dough rise for 1 hour in a warm place.

For the topping:

  • 2  medium eggplants
  • 2 medium courgettes
  • 4 small tomatoes
  • 1 yellow onion
  • 3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
  • A pinch of salt
  • Thyme


  1. In a large pan add 3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil and the sliced onion.
  2. Cook on a medium heat for 10/15 minutes until they become golden brown.
  3. Transfer the onions to a plate and set aside.
  4. In the same pan add a little of olive oil, the sliced courgettes, the sliced eggplants and the sliced tomatoes.
  5. Cook for 30 minutes, stirring from time to time with a wooden spoon.
  6. Sprinkle with thyme and the salt.
  7. After 30 minutes or when the vegetables are tender, remove from the stove.
  8. Add on the top the onion and set aside.

For the pesto:

  • A small bunch of fresh basil leaves (100g)
  • 50g of grated Parmesan
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 2 tablespoon of pine nut
  • A pinch of salt
  • Extra virgin olive oil


  1. In a food processor or a mini chopper add the basil leaves, the grated Parmesan, the garlic and the pine nut.
  2. Mix all the ingredients together.
  3. Add slowly the olive oil to obtain a smooth mixture.

Final Procedure:

  1. Preheat the oven to 200C degrees.
  2. Dust a clean surface and flatten the dough with a rolling pin the size of your pizza pan (you can make 2 small pizzas or a large one).
  3. Dust your pizza pan and transfer the dough to it.
  4. Spread the pesto on the pizza base.
  5. Add on the top the vegetables.
  6. Bake for 30 minutes (more for a golden brown crust).

Serve hot and drizzle with spicy olive oil.

The weather is hot and this pizza is delicious with all these fresh ingredients and always my little spice on the side.

Bon Appétit!

PS: Here are the pictures of my eggplants and thyme from my garden!!IMG_9473



78 thoughts on “Pesto and Grilled Vegetable Pizza

  1. Nancy

    I see we’re both on an eggplant kick this week! I LOVE your use of it on this pizza. The pizza looks delicious, great mix of ingredients too 🙂 [Beautiful garden too!]

  2. Lori

    Wow! I love pizza, especially vegetable pizza….yours looks amazing! Great thing to bring to Fiesta Friday! Fridays always seem like great days for pizza! And I loved seeing pics of your garden!

  3. Ngan R.

    Yum, what a beautiful pizza! I am so jealous of your herb and eggplant garden. I just planted some basil (indoors, greenhouse window) and am hoping it’ll grow again like last year. Those eggplants look so darling!

    • lapetitepaniere

      Thank you Ngan, eating my own veggies was satisfying! This is the first season I grow eggplants and thankfully it is going well. I am sure your basil will be perfect, and then you can enjoy the next time you make that wonderful pasta dish!

  4. The home cook

    This looks gorgeous. It reminds me of our Saturday night pizzas: veges on mine, ham and cheese on the kids’, everything on his! I love that you haven’t covered it in cheese.

  5. Sylvia

    Wow, what a beautiful pizza Linda!! I love the combination of ingredients and the herbs! And how lucky you are to have such gorgeous things growing in your garden! I am totally hopeless with growing anything, so I always admire people who do! hugs

  6. Patty Nguyen

    I’m so impressed that you grow your own eggplant, Linda! I can only imagine the flavor. Yum! Veggie pizzas are so satisfying, aren’t they? Plus they make me feel less guilty! 😉

  7. saucygander

    In just getting around to leaving a comment now, but the photos from your garden have been in my mind all weekend. What lovely fruits of your labour! I bet the pizza tasted extra delicious with the ingredients from your garden! 😀

  8. Hilda

    I think gardening and cooking really go hand in hand. I am not surprised you are becoming a successful gardener – and envy you for being in a climate where you have eggplants on the vine already. Our snow has just almost disappeared, but as it cleared I found a great patch of purple thyme which looks as if it thinks it’s mid-summer. Such a treat for us. Delicious looking pizza.

    • lapetitepaniere

      Thank you so much Hilda 🙂 I am very fortunate to be able to garden here, although the summer heat is killer (and those little eggplants need quite the amount of water to sustain the heat). I miss having my four seasons, and I am sure you are looking forward to sitting under the sun and eating good pizza 😉

  9. lapetitecasserole

    It’s a shame! You’ve posted a recipe with pizza and I almost missed it??? It looks too yummy to let it goes. I can imagine how happy you were using the eggplants and thyme and basil from your garden!

    • lapetitepaniere

      Ha, ha, ha tu me fais rire Margherita 🙂 The pizza was very tasty with the home made pesto and the veggies from the garden (the little aubergines). It’s an amazing experience and it’s a challenge too (here in Dubai), now I’m waiting for my figs and lemons!

  10. The Novice Gardener

    Gorgeous pizza, Linda! I grow eggplants, too. Still babies right now. And thyme has a permanent spot in my garden. I can’t wait for the eggplants to fruit so I can make this fabulous pizza. Maybe I don’t have to wait. Maybe I’ll just to the market. 🙂

    • lapetitepaniere

      Thank you Angie 🙂 Wow, it seems that many people are gardening, I guess the right season has just arrived! I think you should wait, nothing is more satisfying than eating your own little veggies 🙂 xo

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