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Pesto Pizza with Goat Cheese, Kale, and Mushrooms

  • Author: Raquel Smith
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 1 pizza 1x


This vegetarian pesto pizza has mushrooms, goat cheese, and kale. With store-bought dough, it’s an easy and delicious meal to make at home.


  • 1 pound prepared pizza dough
  • All-purpose flour, for dusting
  • 8 ounces sliced mushrooms
  • 1 bunch kale
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1/3 cup pesto
  • 1/3 cup crumbled goat cheese
  • Crushed red pepper flakes (optional)


  1. If the dough is cold, let it sit out at room temperature for 1 hour before shaping.
  2. Preheat oven to 500°F. If using, place a pizza or baking stone in the oven until hot.
  3. Dust a flat work surface with flour. Place the dough on top, and dust it with more flour. Shape it into a circle using your hands or a rolling pin.
  4. Remove the thick stems from the kale, then roughly chop the leaves. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large skillet. Add the mushrooms. Cook, tossing often, until the released juices are mostly evaporated, about 7 minutes. Add the kale and cook for 1 minute, just until softened. Mix in the salt. Remove from heat and set aside.
  5. Place the shaped dough on a piece of parchment paper. Use a pastry brush to spread the remaining tablespoon of olive oil over the entire surface.
  6. Spread the pesto on the dough. Scatter the mushrooms and kale over the pesto. Top with the crumbled goat cheese.
  7. Transfer with the parchment paper onto the hot pizza stone. Alternately, place with the parchment paper on a baking sheet pan. Cook for about 8-10 minutes, until the crust is lightly browned and the cheese has melted.
  8. Remove to a cooling rack and let cool for 5 minutes. Transfer to a cutting board and cut into slices.
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: Pizza
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Vegetarian

Keywords: pizza, baking, vegetarian, goat cheese, kale, mushrooms