Pesto Prosciutto Pizza

by Erin

Pizza nights are my version of a creating meals that clean out the fridge. And sometimes it results in the best pizzas ever like this pesto prosciutto pizza! After all, how can you go wrong with pesto?

Pesto Prosciutto Pizza 1

We make homemade pizza fairly often, usually using whatever random sauces and toppings are leftover in the fridge form other recipes that week. Last time, I threw together some frozen homemade pesto from last summer, Mozzarella pearls (that I had bought for some reason but forgot why), feta, prosciutto (that I also forgot I bought, maybe it had something to do with the Mozzarella), and kale. A little sprinkle or Italian seasoning and garlic salt and holy crap this may be one of the best pizzas I’ve made in awhile. Thankfully I remembered what I put on it to be able to recreate it again for photo ops.

Pesto Prosciutto Pizza 2

While the toppings may vary from week to week, pizza night usually starts with putting a pizza stone in the oven to warm up while the dough rises. But sometimes I don’t feel like dealing with sprinkling cornmeal on my pizza peel, transferring the dough on the hot stone in the hot to cook, and then removing it from the stone to a cutting board because you really should not cut on a pizza stone or peel. While it’s usually worth it, that’s a lot of extra stuff to clean! So I cheated and busted out my new Non-Stick Pro Pizza Pan from OXO. With a micro-textured pattern this pan has improved airflow resulting in even baking and a crispy crust like I’d expect from cooking on my pizza stone.

Pesto Prosciutto Pizza 3

Another handy multi-purpose gadget (that has me thinking a pizza party like the ones I used to throw in middle school is in order), is the Complete Grate & Slice Set which has four different cutting options including coarse and medium grates, and straight and julienne slices. It can be used over bowls or plates or placed on top of the lid, which doubles as a container for collecting and measuring. That’s my kind of highly functioning gadget, as I have limited space and don’t want to deal with single-function tools.

Pesto Prosciutto Pizza GIF

Last but not least, the 4″ Pizza Wheel is made from clear, slick plastic that prevents cheese from sticking and won’t damage non-stick pans (such as the pizza pan I used). I am always impressed at how sharp plastic tools can be (I have a knife too that I underestimated once and nearly took off the tip of my finger) and appreciate having appropriate tools to use with my nonstick pans. Look mom, no scratches!

Pesto Prosciutto Pizza 6

One year ago: Churro Cookies with Chocolate Dipping Sauce

Two years ago: Dill Potato Salad

Three years ago: Gluten-Free Brownie for One

Five years ago: Strawberry Fruit Dip

Six years ago: Homemade Whole Wheat Spinach and Ricotta Ravioli with Tomato-Pancetta Butter


Serves 3-4


1 recipe pizza dough, risen

1/4 cup basil pesto

8 oz. fresh Mozzarella, shredded (or I used pearls)

4 oz. feta, shredded or crumbled

2 oz. prosciutto, chopped

1 cup loosely packed chopped kale leaves

Italian seasoning

Garlic salt


  1. Preheat in the oven to 400°F with a rack on the bottom third.
  2. On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to desired size and transfer to a pizza pan.
  3. Spread pesto evenly over the dough, top with the cheeses, prosciutto, kale, and sprinkle with desired amount of seasoning.
  4. Bake for 20 minutes or until it the crust turns golden and the cheese starts to bubble. Allow to cool slightly before slicing.

Source: The Spiffy Cookie original

Disclosure: I was provided with complimentary product from OXO. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Kylee from Kylee Cooks May 1, 2017 - 9:20 pm

What a gorgeous looking pizza! I love the addition of kale, and the pesto pairs amazingly!

traditionallymodernfood May 1, 2017 - 2:28 pm

I like pesto pizza never thought about adding kale to the pizza. this is nice way to make kids eat kale, super healthy and yummy treat

spiffycookie May 1, 2017 - 2:59 pm

It gets crispy on top so it adds fun texture too

Natalie | Natalie's Food & Health May 1, 2017 - 9:46 am

I love using pesto instead of sauce on pizza. It gives pizza so much more flavor. This kale-prosciutto-mozzarella-basil pesto combo is very interesting. I’ll give it a try this Friday! Looks fab!

spiffycookie May 1, 2017 - 10:00 am

Yayyyy report back!

Amy May 1, 2017 - 9:38 am

Friday night pizza night is always a fave around here and I love trying new and different pizza recipes! This looks right up my alley!

spiffycookie May 1, 2017 - 10:00 am

Definitely throw it into the mix next time and let me know what you think!

swathi May 1, 2017 - 12:10 am

Whenever cooking experiment get success is wonderful feeling. Your pesto prosciutto pizza is fresh and unique ingredients like kale. I like that you made it is delicious one with various ingredients. Homemade pesto is always best.

spiffycookie May 1, 2017 - 8:34 am

Seriously, I cannot wait for my basil plant to get growing so I can make more!

Donna April 30, 2017 - 10:56 pm

I love recipes that use up all the leftovers, they are always the best! This sounds absolutely delicious!

spiffycookie May 1, 2017 - 8:34 am

Thanks Donna!

Molly Kumar April 30, 2017 - 9:01 pm

WoW, the combination of Pesto+Prosciutto sounds amazing in a pizza and it looks so pretty too. I’d totally try this recipe along with a glass of chilled wine for that happy meal :)

Marisa Franca @ All Our Way April 30, 2017 - 7:54 pm

All you had to say was pizza for me to be up front and center waiting for a slice — or two. It really looks delicious and as many pizzas as we’ve made I’ve never made it with kale. What a great idea. I love getting our kale at Trader Joe. It would be perfect for this.

spiffycookie April 30, 2017 - 9:01 pm

I love the texture adds to kale, I hope you try it!

Sandhya Ramakrishnan April 30, 2017 - 10:35 am

Pizza is definitely something that can take any kind of topping on top. We can use our imagination and make it as creative as we can. Love the idea of using pesto on the pizza. I love the flavor of pesto and this will be something we all will love.

Gloria @ Homemade & Yummy April 29, 2017 - 6:46 pm

We love making homemade pizza. Now that grilling season is here…we move from baking to the bbq. What a great way to use pesto. This would be great with glass of wine. Perfect weekend meal.

spiffycookie April 30, 2017 - 9:01 pm

I’ve only dabbled in grilled pizza a few times but I’ll definitely be doing more of it this summer!

ManilaSpoon April 29, 2017 - 1:10 pm

With all that tasty ingredients and pesto as base sauce, I can just imagine an explosion of flavors in my mouth! This is the kind of pizza my whole family will enjoy!!

spiffycookie April 30, 2017 - 9:01 pm

Seriously, it’s so good!

Eileen April 29, 2017 - 10:15 am

We make lots of pizza at home too. Especially in the summer when I make pizza on the grill. I love the flavor combinations in this pizza, the salty feta and cream mozzarella together is probably great. We often do “empty the fridge” pizzas too! It’s a great way to get rid of bits and pieces.

spiffycookie April 30, 2017 - 9:02 pm

Love that you do empty the fridge pizzas too!

Adriana Lopez Martn April 29, 2017 - 12:30 am

I love pizza bianca or with pesto this looks so good and the pairing with the prosciutto is incredible, I need a slice =)

Veena Azmanov April 28, 2017 - 4:58 pm

Now that’s my kind of pizza. I love pesto and kale on my pizza. We make homemade pizza often and this looks like what I want to try next. Yum… !

spiffycookie April 30, 2017 - 9:02 pm

Homemade pizza is so much fun. We often say we should order pizza but end up making it ourselves because it’s better and probably takes the same amount of time!

Stephanie@ApplesforCJ April 28, 2017 - 2:00 pm

I’m kind of the same way with pizza. Sometimes I just want to throw whatever I have in the fridge on top of it and hope for the best and you’re Right sometimes they are the best. This looks fabulous!

spiffycookie April 28, 2017 - 3:42 pm

It’s so fun experimenting and seeing what you can pull off!

peter @Feed Your Soul Too April 28, 2017 - 12:37 pm

I prefer non-tomato bases for the sauce on pizza. Your pesto makes this such a fresh pizza. The prosciutto adds the right level of balance and salt.

spiffycookie April 28, 2017 - 3:41 pm

Pesto on pizza is my favorite for sure! I hope you try it Peter.

Marlynn | UrbanBlissLife April 28, 2017 - 11:59 am

This pizza looks delicious! I love that pesto pizza is easy to make dairy-free for folks like me, too. The kale and prosciutto toppings combo sounds like a winner!


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