Pesto and Grilled Vegetable Pizza

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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

Ingredients:

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

Procedure:

  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

Procedure:

  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

Procedure:

  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

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78 Comments Add yours

  1. I love pesto and I love eggplants. This would be a great way to combine them!

    1. Oh yes, Aruna 🙂 A wonderful combination! Have a great weekend!

  2. now that is one amazing pizza! and the pictures are brilliant…

    1. Thanks Dimple 🙂 The pizza was good and the crust crunchy!

  3. Mmmmmmm……lovely!!!!

  4. Serena says:

    I see!!!! Now I feel like having breakfast with this amazing looking pizza!!!! Wow!!! :-)))

    1. The pizza was very tasty with the Basil pesto but next time I will try your beautiful Rocket pesto recipe 🙂 Enjoy your weekend!

  5. I love your photographs so pretty! And those eggplants look so fresh and lovely ♡

    1. Thank you, Maulshri 🙂 I felt so satisfied with my eggplants growing in my garden this year, more eggplants recipe 😀

      1. I know how it feels its so satisfying and rewarding and I personally feel so close to nature wgen I am doing my gardening and more eggplant recipes are always welcome Xx

  6. Mmmm this looks good! Home grown eggplant! I don’t think I can grow aubergine in Belfast, too cold here. (My parents in Japan grow them outside.) It must taste wonderful.

    1. Thank you. What about trying to grow them indoors? I’m sure it would work out! Enjoy the rest of the weekend 🙂

  7. RuPaL says:

    Beautiful garden! The pizza looks fresh and flavourful

    1. Thanks Rupal 🙂 The garden is blooming and the pizza was a success. I hope you enjoyed your weekend!

  8. thebrookcook says:

    I freeze my leftover pesto to use on pizza- SO FABULOUS! I love your toppings- YUM!

    1. Thank you 🙂 Do try, I’m sure you will like it and please give me your feedback!

  9. Nancy says:

    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!]

    1. Thank you Nancy, yes it seems like eggplant season is back on! I decided to put my little veggies to use and make a pizza.
      Hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend 🙂

  10. safia-safou says:

    koul sba3bssan3a LInda cuisine ‘jardinage et tout vraiment bravo !!!!!! 🙂

    1. Ha, ha, ha Dahaktini Safia, tu devrais l’essayer; tu as de la chance d’avoir de si beaux legumes et toujours frais au marche. Bonne semaine, Safou 🙂

  11. Lori says:

    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!

    1. Thank you so much Lori 🙂 Yes, the pizza was good and the Fiesta too! The garden is coming slowly and I’m waiting for my little figs 🙂
      Have a great weekend!

  12. Ngan R. says:

    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!

    1. 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!

  13. I love pesto pizza! I think its so much tastier than tomato sauce!!

    1. Thank you, Shatarupa 🙂 I agree, it’s different than tomato sauce, here the pesto sauce enhance a lot the flavors of this pizza and so easy to prepare too!

  14. 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.

    1. Thank you for your kind words 🙂 My son was surprised to see no cheese on the pizza (he still found no problem finishing his piece 😛 ). Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

      1. A Home Cook says:

        So we gave it a go and it was a great success. Thanks for the inspiration.

      2. Oh wow, thanks! I am so happy you enjoyed this recipe 🙂 It’s my pleasure to share and have a great weekend!

  15. 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

    1. Thank you Sylvia 🙂 The sunny weather has turned me into a part time gardener. I started herbs last year, but am determined to grow my little veggies. No you must not give up!! xo

  16. Arl's World says:

    This looks absolutely wonderful! Vegetable pizza is my favorite and I love pesto. Thanks for bringing it to Fiesta Friday!

    1. Thank you & my pleasure 🙂 Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

  17. This looks delicious, love the pictures of the baby eggplant and thyme. I still have snow in my garden 😦

    1. Thank you so much 🙂
      Still snow? Don’t worry I know the feeling! I am sure it will soon go away and you can soon start to enjoy your garden!

  18. Patty Nguyen says:

    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! 😉

    1. Thank you Patty 🙂
      Last year I grew herbs, and this year I started with a few vegetables 😀
      Yes I definitely agree with you, was very satisfying since I used my own little veggies!

  19. What a lovely vegetable to grow! Your pizza is very appetizing. Pieced together so well.

    1. Thank you Seana 🙂
      My first vegetable pizza experience – great (and tasty) experience!
      Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

  20. saucygander says:

    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! 😀

    1. Thank you so much Saucy! The sunny weather has turned me into a mini-gardener. It was definitely satisfying eating my own little veggies 😀 Hope you had a great weekend 🙂

  21. This is a lovely pizza. Love the pictures of your eggplants & thyme 🙂

    1. Thank you very much Naina 🙂

  22. Lisa says:

    Linda – this looks incredible! What a stunning presentation. So beautiful with all the colors of the vegetables!

    1. Thank you Lisa for your kind words 🙂
      The summer time colors are coming out!!
      Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

  23. flippenblog says:

    I have an instant pizza deficiency I need to rectify when I read this!

    1. Thank you so much for your great comment, Elmarie 🙂 It’s time to try!

  24. Pesto always adds a nice touch to any recipe but for some reason I have never put it on a pizza. Obviously I need to try this – I actually still have some pesto in the freezer so maybe…

    1. Juju, you will love it 🙂 The pesto gives a delicious taste to the pizza, I think I’ll use it more often. Please, don’t forget to give me your feedback!

  25. Such beautiful ingredients for topping a pizza! Love the idea of using pesto to bring it all together! Thanks for sharing.

    1. Thank you so much, Margot 🙂 It’s my pleasure to share!

  26. Hilda says:

    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.

    1. 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 😉

  27. 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!

    1. 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!

  28. This pizza looks absolutely divine! Love the pesto on the base and the grilled veggies look amazing! Lovely recipe, I’m going to try it out!

    1. Thank you so much Jessica 🙂 The pizza turned out so good, the pesto was full of pine nuts flavors and the veggies too. I used a stone on the grill and it worked out very well!

  29. That looks absolutely delicious!

  30. Linda – you nailed it right on the head with this one! so many gorgeous flavors and textures…i’m obsessed!

    1. Thanks Alicia 🙂 My first time making pesto pizza and it was delicious!

  31. 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. 🙂

    1. 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

  32. CakePants says:

    This looks delicious! Sounds like a perfect, lighter pizza for spring, chock full of veggies! That’s so cool that you grow your own eggplant 🙂

  33. Aditi says:

    mmm.. yummy! 🙂 And those pictures from your garden are so wonderful!

    1. Thank you so much, Aditi 🙂 The pizza was yummy and so fresh!

  34. Linda Junior says:

    It’s very original ! et ca doit être très très bon ! 😀

    1. Merci, elle est tres bonne ma petite Junior 😉

    1. Oh wow, thank you so much! I am so happy you enjoyed this recipe 🙂

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