Pesto Pizza With Green Beans

Love pesto? Love pizza? This pesto pizza with green beans is for you! Classic tomato sauce is swapped for delicious basil pesto. This is not a pizza rossa – nor a pizza bianca. It’s a pizza verde! And to up the green factor and blink an eye to the original pesto pasta recipe we’re topping it with green beans. And parmesan flakes!

Yes, yes, green beans do feature in authentic pasta al pesto from Liguria. Potatoes, too. As surprising as it may seem, it’s a divine combo. Potatoes give the sauce extra creaminess and the green beans give both flavour and texture. You should definitely try pesto pasta with potatoes and pesto potato salad with green beans!

Pesto pizza with green beans seen from above.

In this post I’m bringing you another fantastic way to enjoy pesto, that is on pizza. And before you even start doubting, yes, this is an authentic Italian recipe. As unusual as it may sound, pesto instead of tomato sauce does feature on Italian pizza menus, especially in its home of Liguria and neighbouring regions.

Pesto pizza ingredients

For detailed quantities please refer to the recipe card at the bottom of this post.

The ingredients needed for the recipe.

Your favourite store-bought pesto is great, but homemade is always better. Try this easy basil pesto with a hand blender – a batch makes enough to use on 2 pizzas.

As for the pizza dough, if you have a trusted store-bought dough go ahead and use that. If you want to go homemade on the dough, too, my easy pizza dough recipe is perfect for one pizza. Have time for a long fermentation and want to make a bigger batch of dough? Definitely give my poolish pizza dough a chance!

Pesto pizza with green beans topped with pine nuts and parmesan flakes.

Step to step instructions

Bring a small pot of water to the boil. Add salt and green beans. Cook for 5 minutes, then drain. Add a sprinkle of salt and 1 tsp olive oil, toss.

Stretch pizza dough to desired thickness. Spread basil pesto evenly on top. Place green beans over the pesto and top with diced mozzarella. Add the pine nuts.

Bake in the pre-heated oven at 250°C (480°F) for 8-10 minutes or until the sides and cheese have nicely browned. Take the pizza out of the oven and top with parmesan flakes and a swirl of olive oil.

Pouring a swirl of olive oil on the finished product.

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Basil Pesto Pizza With Green Beans

Pizza with basil pesto instead of tomato sauce. Topped with green beans, parmesan flakes, pine nuts and a swirl of olive oil.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Keyword green pizza, pesto pizza, pizza with basil pesto
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 1 person
Calories 1888kcal
Author Eva | Electric Blue Food

Ingredients

  • 1 ball pizza dough homemade or store-bought
  • 80 g basil pesto
  • 125 g mozzarella diced
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp pine nuts
  • 20 g parmesan flakes
  • 10 green beans

Instructions

  • Bring a small pot of water to the boil. Add salt and green beans. Cook for 5 minutes, then drain. Add a sprinkle of salt and 1 tsp olive oil, toss.
  • Stretch pizza dough to desired thickness. Spread basil pesto evenly on top. Place green beans over the pesto and top with diced mozzarella. Add the pine nuts.
  • Bake in the pre-heated oven at 250°C (480°F) for 8-10 minutes or until the sides and cheese have nicely browned. Take the pizza out of the oven and top with parmesan flakes and a swirl of olive oil.

Notes

Please notice that the nutritional information provided is made by an online calculator and meant to be used as a guideline only. Pesto contains more fat from the olive oil and pine nuts than regular tomato sauce.
Nutrition Facts
Basil Pesto Pizza With Green Beans
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1888 Calories from Fat 810
% Daily Value*
Fat 90g138%
Saturated Fat 30g188%
Cholesterol 123mg41%
Sodium 4668mg203%
Potassium 296mg8%
Carbohydrates 202g67%
Fiber 9g38%
Sugar 30g33%
Protein 72g144%
Vitamin A 3013IU60%
Vitamin C 7mg8%
Calcium 1004mg100%
Iron 13mg72%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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