Pea & Pesto Pizza
[dropcap style=”font-size: 60px; color: #9b9b9b;”] F[/dropcap]riday night pizza was a staple in our house in my pre-diabetes days. IT took a rest for quite a while until I discovered my favourite Low Carb pizza bases using cauliflower and almond meal.
While my Irishman is a staunch pizza traditionalist, he’s happy eating my Cauliflower ‘Pizza’ creations. Even something like this which has a very un-traditional sauce of pesto.
He said to tell you this one should be called ‘Pea-zza’. Dad joke warning!
This pizza is still lovely with a regular pizza base so don’t feel like you need to go low carb to enjoy it! And a big shout out to the lovely Andrea Bemis from Dishing Up the Dirt for inspiring this tasty (not-so-authentic) topping combo.
enough for 2
takes 30 minutes
1 large pizza base or cauliflower pizza base
200g (1 cup) pesto
1-2 handfuls frozen peas
2 handfuls bocconcini or mozzarella, torn.
baby spinach leaves, to serve
squeeze lemon, to serve
1. Preheat your oven to 200C (400F).
3. Spread pesto over you base. If the pesto is very stiff, stir in a little olive oil to make it more spreadable. Scatter over frozen peas (don’t worry about defrosting) and cheese.
4. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until cheese is melted and the pizza is cooked through.
5. Slice into wedges and top with baby spinach and a squeeze lemon before serving.
WINE MATCH: A crisp dry white like a Sauvignon Blanc or Riesling.
Variations & Substitutions
carnivore – add chopped bacon or salami with the peas or serve draped with prosciutto.
crunchy – scatter over pine nuts before baking.
dairy-free – use a dairy-free pesto and top with pinenuts instead of the cheese on top.
regular pizza base – see my favourite recipe here.
cauliflower pizza base – recipe here. Good with broccoli subbed for the cauli (even Finbarello enjoyed it!).
gluten-free / paleo / low carb – use my cauli pizza base.
Watch the video recipe on You Tube.
Best when hot from the oven. However leftovers are super tasty hot or cold. And I did reheat it for dinner the other day after my photo shoot. Was surprised how good it tasted.
Have fun in the kitchen!
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