Being from New Jersey, I am a lover of pizza. I remember when I first moved to Charleston, there was NO good pizza anywhere to be found. Of course, that was almost ten years ago. Since then, Stew and I have found our favorite pizza spots in town. Monza is our absolute favorite. That’s more of a brick oven style pizzeria. Then, there’s La Pizzeria, which is a great pizza-by-the-slice place. And, finally, there’s Whole Foods. Don’t knock it till you rock it people! They actually make a really delicious pie!
Now, pizza isn’t the healthiest food on the block, so I created a way to have my pizza and eat it to! I make my own, and I use tortillas! This is one of Stew and my favorite ways to eat pizza. It has a nice thin and crispy crust, and it’s so much healthier! We make all different kinds of pizzas like this. I usually make the basic margarita, but this time, I decided to switch it up. I made a homemade pesto sauce (which is so easy!) and topped it with fresh mozzarella, green peppers, tomatoes, and basil YUM!
I start by making the pesto while I preheat the oven. I combine the basil, walnuts, garlic, salt, and pepper in the food processor. Blend until combined. I use a spatula to scrape down the sides and pulse again. Then, I turn the processor on, and stream in the olive oil. Once it comes together, I add in the cheese, and give it another pulse. DONE!
It really comes together so quickly. I dress the pizza and bake it on a cookie sheet. The whole process only takes about 20 minutes. That’s faster than it takes to go to the store and pick up take out! This pizza is quick, cheap, easy, and delicious! What more do you need?
(Makes enough for 2 tortilla pizzas)
1 cup fresh basil
2 Tbsp walnuts
1 clove garlic, peeled
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
2 Tbsp olive oil
2 Tbsp grated parmesan cheese
Combine the basil, walnuts, garlic, salt, and pepper in the food processor. Blend until combined. Use a spatula to scrape down the sides and pulse a few more times. Turn the processor on, and stream in the olive oil. Once it comes together, add in the cheese, and give it another pulse. Store in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer.
(Makes 2 tortilla pizzas)
1 serving pesto recipe above
2 tortillas (I used whole wheat)
1 roma tomato, sliced
1/2 green bell pepper, sliced
2 oz. fresh mozzarella, sliced
basil, for garnish
parmesan, for garnish
Preheat the oven to 415ºF. Place the tortillas on an un greased cookie sheet. Spread the pesto on each tortilla. Place the sliced tomatoes, peppers, and mozzarella on each pizza. Bake for 12 minutes. Broil for about 1 minute to crisp the crust even more. Top with fresh basil and parmesan cheese if desired.