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20 Minute Meals: White Pizza with Tomato & Basil

White Pizza with Tomato & Basil #festfoods Who doesn’t love pizza?  At my house it’s a weekly treat.  Sometimes pizza can be loaded with calories and saturated fat, so the recipe I’m sharing with you today is lightened-up, yet still full of flavor!  It combines a hearty whole grain crust with rich pesto sauce, creamy cheeses, juicy tomatoes and fresh basil {my favorite}.  This pizza will become a staple in your house, too!

20 Minute Meals: 

White Pizza with Tomato & Basil

Recipe and photo adapted by Cooking Light

  Ingredients: 12-inch whole grain pizza crust

1 tsp. cornmeal

Cooking Spray

3 Tbsp. refrigerated pesto with basil

½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese

½ cup part-skim ricotta cheese

½ cup Roma tomatoes {about 2 whole}, sliced

¼ tsp. freshly cracked black pepper

¼ cup fresh basil leaves

Dash crushed red pepper {optional}  


  1. Preheat oven broiler to high.
  2. Place a baking sheet in oven; heat for 10 minutes.
  3. While baking sheet heats, place crust on another baking sheet sprinkled with cornmeal. Lightly coat crust with cooking spray.  Spread pesto evenly over crust, leaving a 1-inch border; sprinkle mozzarella evenly over pesto.  Dollop ricotta evenly over mozzarella.  Slide crust onto preheated baking sheet.
  4. Broil 5 inches from heat for 5 minutes or until cheese begins to melt. Remove from oven; top evenly with tomatoes, black pepper and basil.  Sprinkle with red pepper, if desired.
  5. Cut into 8 slices.

  Serves: 6 *Per Serving:  Calories 210, Total Fat 11g (Saturated 2.5g, Trans 0g), Cholesterol 10mg, Sodium 360mg, Total Carbohydrate 19g (Dietary Fiber 2g, Sugars 1g), Protein 9g, Vitamin A 10%, Vitamin C 6%, Calcium 15%, Iron 10%  

Julie Andrews is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) with Festival Foods and is certified by the state of Wisconsin.

White Pizza with Tomato & Basil

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