Main Dishes

Pesto Goat Cheese Pizza

This pesto and goat cheese pizza is the perfect summer pizza. I use a gluten-free crust and make my own pesto to avoid gluten and tree nuts.

I saw Meredith’s Pesto & Goat Cheese Pizza and I KNEW I had to make it ASAP. I even had homemade pesto in my freezer just waiting for such an occasion!

I called my husband and had him bring home the ingredients and made it that very night. It just so happened to be our first 80-degree day, and we enjoyed our dinner outside on the deck. Turns out, it’s the perfect summer pizza.

pesto and goat cheese pizza

My kids like goat cheese, but I wasn’t sure how it would go over with the pesto and tomatoes and no sauce, but they all loved it and begged me to make it every week. I just might do that!

My son is allergic to nuts, so I always make my own pesto. I also eat gluten-free, so I have a particular pizza shell that I like. It’s by Against The Grain, and it’s soooo good. Even my family likes it, and they don’t have to eat gluten-free.

Here’s my version of the recipe along with instructions on making homemade pesto.

Pesto & Goat Cheese Pizza {gluten free}
Recipe Type: Main Dish
Author: Jo-Lynne Shane
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Serves: 2 pizzas
  • Pesto
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley leaves
  • 1-1/2 cups fresh basil leaves
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • juice from 1 lemon
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • Pizza
  • 2 pizza shells (for gluten free, try Against the Grain – so good!)
  • 1/2 cup pesto (see recipe above, or your favorite store brand)
  • 2 fresh, ripe tomatoes
  • 4 oz goat cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Make the pesto by combining all the ingredients in your food processor and pureeing until smooth.
  2. Preheat the oven according to your pizza shell directions.
  3. Lay out your pizza shells on your favorite stone or pizza pan.
  4. Spread pesto evenly over both shells.
  5. Place tomatoes on top of pesto in a single layer.
  6. Sprinkle with goat cheese.
  7. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, if desired.
  8. Bake until golden brown on top.
  9. Cool slightly before slicing. Serve warm or at room temp.
All measurements are approximate. Adjust for personal taste.


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  1. That looks so delicious!!!! What a great recipe for spring & summer. I bet it would make a great appetizer too – I may even try making it on the grill this summer 🙂

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