Three Cheese Blackberry Pesto Pizza

One of my kids likes pineapple on her pizza. Just pineapple. Another prefers pepperoni. Just pepperoni. The last two … cheese. Plain ‘ol cheese. Me though? Bring on the toppings! The more obscure the better! One pizza place in my hometown actually adds shredded potato to their pizza and it is out of this world! My recent favorite is a homemade pizza though. The mix of warm blackberries, pesto, and ricotta. My oh my, it’s a real treat that mamas, dads, and adventurous kids will surely enjoy!

Ingredients

  • 1 premade refrigerated pizza crust
  • Heavy drizzle of olive oil
  • 2 cups of blackberries, separated into 1 cup and 1 cup
  • 1/4 cup red onion, finely slivered
  • 1 cup mozarella, shredded
  • 1/2 cup parmesan, shredded
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1/4 cup pesto
  • Optional: Nonna Pia’s balsamic glaze and fresh basil

Directions

Preheat the oven to 500 degrees.

On a 9×12 cookie sheet or pizza pan, roll out the pizza dough. Pierce with a fork throughout and drizzle with olive oil.

In a small mixing bowl smash 1 cup of blackberries. Use a spatula to spread the blackberry mash all over the pizza crust … it’s a sweet sauce instead of a traditional marinara! So fancy!

Top the blackberry mash with red onions, mozzarella, and parmesan. Dollop pesto and ricotta, as much as you like, and sprinkle the remaining blackberries on top.

Bake for 10-15 minutes, just until the cheese starts to bubble.

Drizzle with balsamic or a balsamic glaze and add a sprig or two of fresh basil. I’m obviously obsessed with the Nonni Pia’s variety because I add it to so many recipes. If you love it too, give this recipe a try next!

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Gretchen hails from the beautiful Pacific Northwest along with her husband and two young children. Before transitioning to life as a stay at home mom, Gretchen worked in sales and marketing while earning her Masters in Management and Organizational Leadership. Now her days are focused on managing meal plans and nap times while organizing her sewing stash and children's toy bins. My oh my, how life changes in the blink of an eye! Gretchen writes frequently about natural parenting, becoming more environmentally conscience, her affinity for thrifted treasures, and hopes of making it out of yoga pants each day on her blog That Mama Gretchen (www.thatmamagretchen.com).

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