Pesto, Pine nut, & Prosciutto Pizza

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One of our favorite pizzas in the city is from a restaurant called Osteria. It is divine but…a little expensive (a small pizza goes for about 20 dollars). I knew I could come up with just as delicious version at home at a much, much, much cheaper price! It’s a really quick meal to throw together on nights that I’m too busy to spend too much time in the kitchen. With a little help of pre-made ingredients, you can have this meal prepared from start to finish, including cooking time, in about 20 minutes. It’s way better (in my opinion) then standard delivery. I know pine nuts can be a pricy ingredient, but if you store them in your freezer they will last for about 6 months! I often make my own pesto in the summer, but during the fall and winter months I rely on a very good quality store bought kind because it’s easier when fresh items aren’t as readily available (plus I’ve been so busy studying for exams as of late, I don’t have much time to make my own).

The Ingredients:

  • Pre-made pizza dough or your favorite homemade recipe (we buy ours from Whole Foods for around $2.50 and it’s made fresh daily)
  • Fresh mozzarella
  • Homemade or store-bought pesto
  • Prosciutto
  • Pine nuts

How to:

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  • In the mean time, roll out pizza dough to desired thickness–if you bought if from the store, I find it’s best to leave it out on the counter for 15 minutes or so, so the gluten relaxes a bit and doesn’t recoil every time you try to stretch the dough
  • Spoon desired amount of pesto over dough and add thinly sliced mozzarella cheese–make sure you don’t add too much, or else your pizza will get kind of soggy…I love cheese but just keep in mind that as it cooks it will spread out
  • Add about 1/4 cup of pine nuts to a small, dry sauté pan over medium heat
  • Lightly toast the pine nuts but keep a good eye on them so they don’t burn
  • Add thinly sliced prosciutto to pizza as well as toasted pine nuts
  • Allow to bake for 12-18 minutes
  • Remove pizza from oven and add fresh cracked black pepper and red pepper flakes if desired (and if you have it, some fresh parmesan!) Enjoy!
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