Whole Wheat Pesto Pizza with Fresh Arugula and Parmesan
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Cook Time: 10 minutes
- Total Time: 25 minutes
- Yield: 2 12-inch pizzas
- Category: Entree
- Cuisine: Italian
Pesto pizza baked in a cast iron pan, topped with arugula and parmesan.
- One batch of easy whole wheat pizza dough
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2/3 cup sauce (try homemade basil pesto or arugula pesto, store bought pesto or red sauce would also work)
- Optional: Finely chopped preserved lemon or a sprinkling of lemon salt
- 1/2 pound low-moisture mozzarella cheese, grated
- 5 ounces baby arugula (several cups’ worth, or one whole clamshell container of it)
- Parmesan, a block of it for shaving (you won’t use much)
- 1 lemon, sliced in half
- Red pepper flakes and freshly ground black pepper
- Prepare the pizza dough 6 to 18 hours in advance and let it rest. Feel free to substitute white whole wheat flour or whole wheat pastry flour for the whole wheat flour and/or whole wheat pastry flour for the all-purpose flour.
- Preheat the oven to 500 degrees. Grease a 12-inch cast iron skillet with olive oil. Lightly dust your hands with flour and fold the dough over a few times, then divide the dough in half. Place one half of the dough in the skillet and gently spread it out over the surface of the pan and up the sides. Try not to break the dough, but spread it out as evenly and thinly as possible. Brush on some olive oil.
- Top the dough with half of your sauce, spread evenly. Sprinkle chopped preserved lemon or lemon salt around the edges, if using. Top with half of your grated mozzarella. Bake for 10 minutes or so, until the cheese is bubbling on top.
- Remove from the oven and transfer to a cutting board using a big spatula. Give it a few minutes to rest, then top with arugula, fresh parmesan shavings, and big sprinkle of lemon juice. Slice and serve with red pepper flakes and black pepper on the side.
- Yields two 12-inch pizzas.
- If you sense that you will have leftovers, leave off the arugula until you’re ready to eat the leftover slices. Lemon juice eventually wilts the arugula, and you don’t want to reheat the pizza with delicate greens on top.