HN Kitchen: Basil Pesto Caprese Pizza

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Basil has anti-inflammatory (neutralizes free radicals that cause DNA damage and disease) and anti-aging properties, as well as an abundance of Vitamin A, Vitamin K, Calcium, and Iron. The nutrients in this herb are even good for cardiovascular (heart) health. It also happens to be the star of the homemade pesto sauce for our pizzas, which are an easy way to incorporate whole grains, fresh herbs, and vegetables into your diet. If you are feeling creative, add some grilled chicken as a topping or some extra veggies.

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Basil Pesto Caprese Pizzas


Basil Pesto:

2 cups packed fresh basil leaves

2 cloves garlic

1/4 cup pine nuts

2/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil, divided

Sea salt and black pepper, to taste

1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

For Pizzas:

5 whole wheat pita breads

2 cups grape tomatoes, halved

8 oz. fresh Mozzarella, torn into pieces

Sea salt and black pepper, to taste

1/4 cup fresh basil, torn into small pieces


For Basil Pesto:

Pulse basil, garlic, and pine nuts in a food processor until coarsely chopped. Add oil and continue blending until smooth. Season lightly with salt and pepper. Transfer the pesto to a bowl or jar. Mix in the Parmesan cheese.

For Caprese Pizzas:

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Place 5 pita breads on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or foil. Spread each with a spoonful of basil pesto. Top equally with tomatoes and mozzarella. Bake for 10 minutes, or until cheese is melted. Remove from oven and sprinkle pizzas with salt, pepper and fresh basil. Serve warm.


HN Kitchen: Basil Pesto Caprese Pizza

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