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Basil Pesto Italian Pizza Recipe Recipe

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Makes 3 pizzas – feeds 4-6 people
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We love using our Golden Home Pizza Crusts to create fun pizzas at home that you can’t order at the local pizza place. Have your kids top their own pizzas or have a pizza topping party and then grill the pizzas outside! Grilling adds an extra char to the bottom of the cracker thin crispy crust and won’t heat up your house. Here Heather shows you how easy it is to grill pizza at home and provides recipe inspiration for a unique and delicious pizza. What’s your favorite homemade pizza topping combination?


  • 3 Golden Home Pizza Crust (1 bag)
  • 2 can Pastorelli Pizza Sauce (16 oz cans)
  • 6 Tbsp Mezzetta Basil Pesto
  • 1 lb Leahy’s Bulk Italian Sausage (cooked)
  • 30 slice Mozzarella Cheese (sliced thin—you can also purchase a block of Mozzarella and shred it)
  • 2 Red Bell Pepper (if you prefer)
  • Olive Oil (sliced)


  1. Cook your Italian sausage in a frying pan until browned. Drain and pat dry.

  2. Lay out the pizza crusts, and brush each one with olive oil.

  3. Mix the pizza sauce and basil pesto together. Spread mixture evenly over all three pizza crusts, leaving a small area near the outside of each crust uncovered in sauce.

  4. Spread bell pepper slices and Italian sausage evenly over the sauce on each pizza, and finish by cover each pizza evenly with the Mozzarella cheese.

  5. Heat your grill to medium heat and let heat for 10 minutes prior to putting pizza on, to allow for grates to heat up.

  6. Place your pizzas directly on the grill and cook over medium heat for 2-3 minutes. Rotate the pizza 180° (to allow the front to cook evenly with the back) and cook for another 2-3 minutes or until all cheese is melted. Keep an eye on the heat to make sure the bottom of the crust does not burn.

  7. Remove from heat, let rest for 2 minutes, slice and enjoy!

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