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Zucchini and Green Pesto Pizza

Super simple and healthy, this zuchinni pesto pizza is great for summer dining.
Makes 2 medium pizzas.
Course Main Course
Cuisine New Zealand
Keyword Pizza, Zucchini
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Dough Rising Time 45 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 416kcal

Ingredients

Pizza Dough

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 8 g instant yeast
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • ¾ cup warm water
  • Extra flour for dusting

Green Pesto

  • 1 cup packed fresh greens silverbeet, spinach, kumara leaves, squash leaves…
  • 1 cup fresh basil
  • Juice and zest of 1 small lemon
  • 1/4 Cup Grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 clove garlic
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 3-4 tbsp olive oil
  • black pepper

Toppings

  • 2 small zucchini thinly sliced
  • 4 tbsp pinenuts
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 200 g fresh mozzarella
  • black pepper and salt

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, add the flour, yeast, sugar, salt and stir to combine.
  • Pour in the olive oil and water and use a fork to combine it into a shaggy dough.
  • Tip the dough on a floured bench and knead for around 5 minutes until the dough ball is smooth. Place it in a lightly greased bowl and cover with a damp tea towel. Leave it to rise in a warm place for around 45 minutes.
  • In a small food processor, combine the garden greens, basil, garlic, lemon, salt and pepper and olive oil. Blitz into a pesto paste. Set it aside.
  • Heat the oven to 190 °C  regualr oven, or 210 °C  fan-bake.
  • Once the dough has risen, tip it out onto a lightly floured bench. Divide it into 2 pieces and roll each piece into a circle base, about 3mm thick.
  • Spread the green pesto on the bases, leaving about 1/2 cm of border.
  • Layer on the zuchinni slices and sprinkle on the pinenuts. Use a pastry brush to brush the tops of the zucchini with the olive oil and sprinkle with a pinch of salt.
  • Bake the pizzas for around 20 minutes until the pizza base is a deep golden brown and the zuchinni slices have shrivelled and shrunk.
  • Remove the pizza from the oven and add on chunks of fresh mozzerella. Sprinkle with a little more black pepper.
    Serve hot.

Nutrition

Calories: 416kcal | Carbohydrates: 53g | Protein: 11g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 380mg | Potassium: 233mg | Fiber: 11g | Iron: 3mg