The Great Green Pizza

The Great Green Pizza

If chlorophyll could turn you green, then this pizza would make you into the incredible hulk. A happy, satiated hulk that is very content with his/her dining decision.

The peas and asparagus on this pizza retain just enough of natural crunch to provide a nice textural contrast while developing a faint sweetness under the heat of the oven. The roasted green onions bring a mild but noticeable flavor that winds up somewhere between biting onion and soothing vegetable. Combined with creamy mozzarella and sharp, salty parmesan cheese against a backdrop of aromatic pesto makes this a delicious and multi-dimensional dish.

With a light sauce, veg-heavy toppings and just the right amount of cheese, this pizza is perfect for the warm summer months. Find yourself a park or a patio and enjoy while you soak up the rays!

The Great Green Pizza (serves 2-3)

Dough Ingredients

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 dry yeast packet
  • 3/4 cup lukewarm water
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

Greens

Topping Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup of pesto
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup of freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • 8 oz. of fresh mozzarella, torn into small pieces
  • 2/3 cup of green peas
  • 2/3 cup of asparagus, ends trimmed and chopped into 1/2 inch slices
  • 2/3 cup of green onion, chopped

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, salt and yeast and mix until evenly distributed. Slowly add the water and oil while mixing with a fork. Knead the dough until it becomes a smooth, firm ball, adding additional flour or water if it’s too sticky or dry.
  2. Pour a little extra olive oil over the dough and gently coat the surface. Cover the bowl and place it in a warm area until the dough has doubled in size, about 1 hour. This is plenty of time to prep all of your toppings.
  3. Pre-heat your oven to 425 degrees. Roll or spread the dough out over a lightly greased baking sheet. Combine the pesto with the additional olive oil and spread it evenly over the dough. Sprinkle the mozzarella, parmesan, green peas, asparagus and green onion on top of the sauce.
  4. Put the pizza in the oven and cook for 12-15 minutes, until the cheese is compeltely melted and the crust is golden brown on the outer edges. Remove the pizza from the oven and allow it to cool for about 5 minutes before cutting and serving.

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