Pesto Pizza with Goat Cheese & Roasted Kale

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This vegetarian pesto pizza has mushrooms, goat cheese, and sauteed kale on top. Easy & delicious – it’s seriously my new favorite pizza!



  1. If the dough is refrigerated, allow to sit at room temperature for 1 hour before shaping.
  2. Preheat your oven to 500°F. Dust a flat surface (large cutting board, countertop) and your hands with flour. Shape it into a circle-ish using your hands or a rolling pin.*
  3. Remove the thick stems from the kale, then chop the leaves into 1″ pieces. Heat 1 Tbsp olive oil in a large skillet and add the mushrooms. Cook, tossing often, until the released juices are mostly evaporated, about 7 minutes. Add the kale and cook for 1 minute, just until softened a bit. Remove from the heat.
  4. Place the shaped dough on a piece of parchment. Use a pastry brush to brush the remaining 1 Tbsp olive oil over the dough, including the “crust” part where you won’t be putting any toppings.
  5. Spread the pesto out over the dough, then top with the mushrooms and kale (you might have a bit extra depending on how thick of a crust you made). Finally, top with the goat cheese.
  6. Remove excess parchment with a pair of scissors, then use a pizza peel to slide into the oven onto a pizza stone* and cook for about 8 minutes.
  7. Remove to a cooling rack and let cool 5 minutes. Transfer to a cutting board and cut into slices. Eat!


– Shaping pizza is a work of art. See these videos for some tips. Shaping by hand is nicer to the dough, but feel free to use a rolling pin.

– When shaping, the dough will want to spring back a lot (i.e. it won’t want to get any bigger). When this happens, let it rest for 10 minutes, prep your other ingredients, and come back to it later.

– A larger pizza will mean a thinner crust but will use more toppings. A smaller one will mean a thicker crust. Shape however you like!

– If you don’t have a pizza stone, just bake it on the parchment on a baking sheet. You can even shape it into a rectangle shape to make it fit better, if you want.

– This pizza fed AJ and I for one night, so double the recipe if you’re feeding more people.