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pesto veggie pizza

Pesto Veggie Pizza

Pesto Veggie Pizza

Ingredients

  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast

  • 1 cup warm water (110° to 115°)

  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese

  • 2 tablespoons canola oil

  • 1 tablespoon sugar

  • 1 tablespoon dried basil

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 to 1-1/2 cups whole wheat flour

  • 3-1/2 cups fresh baby spinach

  • 1/4 cup prepared pesto

  • 1-3/4 cups coarsely chopped fresh broccoli

  • 3/4 cup chopped green pepper

  • 2 green onions, chopped

  • 4 garlic cloves, minced

  • 2 cups shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese

Directions

  • In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add the Parmesan cheese, oil, sugar, basil, salt, all-purpose flour and 3/4 cup whole wheat flour. Beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining whole wheat flour to form a soft dough (dough will be sticky).
  • Turn onto a lightly floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Cover and let rest for 10 minutes.
  • Roll dough into a 16-in. x 12-in. rectangle. Transfer to a baking sheet coated with cooking spray; build up edges slightly. Prick dough with a fork. Bake at 375° for 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned.
  • Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, bring 1/2 in. of water to a boil. Add spinach; cover and boil for 3-5 minutes or until wilted. Drain and place in a food processor. Add pesto; cover and process until blended.
  • Spread over pizza crust. Top with broccoli, green pepper, green onions, garlic and mozzarella cheese. Bake 10-12 minutes or until cheese is melted. Yield: 6 servings.
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