Fresh Basil Pesto

Basil and Cauliflower PizzaAre you trying to get more vegetables in your diet? Love pizza? I am constantly looking for creative ways to incorporate more vegetables into the comfort foods we already love as a family.

Friday Night Pizza will never be the same. While shopping at the store today I saw some beautiful fresh basil. The aroma was phenomenal and in that moment I decided to make homemade pesto tonight. In addition to the fresh basil I also found a ready made cauliflower pizza crust in the freezer section of the store. Jackpot! Dinner solved.

Complete transparency and total confession – I have never made fresh pesto until tonight. It was a home-run. Half the family wanted pizza and the other half wanted pasta so I made both. My husband loved his cauliflower pizza crust with the basil pesto as the sauce base and piled high with sausage, mushrooms and cheese. The rest of us had fettuccine covered in basil pesto and topped with perfectly fried crispy bacon. It was a total win for me because I felt like I was cheating by only making the basil pesto that was used in two ways. The crust was already done thanks to the marketing genius who took the labor out of making homemade cauliflower crust and I just boiled water for the pasta.

I used a food processor but a high powered blender would do the same thing. I also substituted a few of the ingredients the recipe called for due to food allergies. I left out the pine nuts completely and used Follow-Your-Heart brand vegan cheese as a substitute. It was simply delicious. I hope you will try this recipe and be sure to let me know how you altered the recipe to make it your own!