Cookin’: Homemade Pesto & Artichoke Pizza


Chicken Face and I probably eat the same five meals over and over again. Not out of choice, but rather time. Work, training for an Ironman, and grad school leave little free time for culinary exploration. The truth of the matter is, at this point in time we enjoy food, but long for the day when we’ll up our cooking ante.

For now, we stick to the fast, efficient and tasty basics. When I saw this recipe for artichoke and pesto pizza (two of my all-time favorite ingredients), and it’s super simple directions, I couldn’t resist.

I hopped on over to the store to pick up a few things we didn’t have and was ready to get my pizza on.


Not pictured: black olives


1 package of pizza dough (buy the actual DOUGH people, not the pre-cooked stuff. I chose the garlic and herb dough at Trader Joe’s)

1 small jar of marinated artichokes

Mozzarella cheese


Red onion

Black onion (I don’t care for any other type of olives, so I went with black)



1. Pre-heat oven to 375 and spray your cookie sheets. (Note: I don’t have a pizza stone, so I just went with the cookie sheets. But use a stone if you have one).

2. Flour your dough surface and your hands, and roll, stretch and shape your dough to your hearts content

3. Layer on the goods to your liking.

4. I like to push up the edges to mimic a thicker “crust,” so push if you’re so inclined.

5. Bake for 22 minutes.

That’s literally it. Did I promise you that it’s the easiest pizza ever? Well, I will now. Chicken Face even made his own version with the regular dough, black olives and onions. He needs to work on his shaping a bit…


We topped it all off with the easiest dessert ever, including fresh strawberries straight from the farmer’s market. Sunday night bliss.


What’s your homemade pizza topping of choice?

Happy Running!


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9 Responses to Cookin’: Homemade Pesto & Artichoke Pizza

  1. Anna says:

    I like Rucola Pizza a lot and I love black olives, too. I can not believe I haven`t gotten around to try out anchovies, I really need too. The recipe above looks delicious!

  2. Marlene says:

    YUM homemade pizza is the best! I like goat cheese, spinach and prosciutto!

    Love Chicken Face’s mis-shaped pie. :)

  3. Marie says:

    yummy homemade pizza is the best

  4. Rachel says:

    yummm! i love homemade pizza : )

  5. Andrea says:

    Your pizza looks yummy!! My favorite right now is Buffalo chicken pizza!

  6. Artichoke and pesto sounds so delicious!!! I usually take a frozen pizza and then dress it up with spinach, kale, feta, tomatoes, and onions. Sometimes I will make it a deluxe by adding more veggies like red and green peppers. So yummy!

  7. katie says:

    I have the same jar of pesto in my fridge! I make pesto pizza with chicken or sometimes just with cheese and veggies. mmmm.

  8. Looks excellent – I need to make homemade pizza again soon. Fave pizza toppings is veggies veggies veggies. Any and all.

  9. For homemade pizza, usually I just use whatever leftover is in the fridge, like chicken, ground beef or tuna. Add some garlic and onions, tomato paste, mozzarella, cheddar, pop it in the oven and voila it’s pizza night! Is the Kirkland pesto any good? We’re pesto addicts so that large bottle would be nice!

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