Homemade pizza is a family favorite at our house and this Pesto Meatball Pizza is my new go to recipe!
I went out to the garden to water this evening and I think my basil plant is ready for another trimming and that means another batch of pesto. My new favorite pesto dish has to be these Pesto Meatballs, especially when topping a pizza!
These were hands down my favorite meatballs ever! I loved that they were bite sized and just bursting with flavor from my homemade pesto.
Here’s the annual first day of school photo of Emmet, I didn’t even broach the subject of taking one of Tucker…. he’s a senior and not interested in mom’s picture taking! He can’t wait for senior pictures, oh wait, that’s me.
So it’s been a good week and I’ve been way busier than I anticipated but lots of work is a good thing. So finally I’m sharing this wonderful pizza recipe that I know you are going to love.
for the meatballs
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1/3 cup pesto, I used my Roasted Garlic Basil Pesto
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
for the pizzas
- 2 prepared pizza dough, homemade or store bought
- 2 cups marinara
- 2 cups shredded cheese - I used a combination of Cheddar and Pepper-Jack
- fresh basil for garnish
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Add ground beef, pesto, egg and salt into a bowl and mix together with a wooden spoon until well combined.
Scoop meatballs with a teaspoon and roll into balls. Place on a baking sheet about 1/2 inch apart.
Bake for 15 minutes or until meatballs are cooked through, remove from oven and set aside.
Raise oven temperature to 500 degrees.
Roll each pizza dough into about a 12 inch circle or to desired thickness.
Place in an iron skillet or a baking sheet.
Add one cup of sauce over each crust, top each with half of meatballs. Sprinkle with cheese.
Bake for 10 minutes and lower oven to 475 degrees. Continue to cook an additional 10-15 minutes or until crust is golden brown.
Garnish with basil.