Puff Pastry Pizza with Pesto Rosso, Tomatoes, Fresh Mozzarella and Basil

Pesto Rosso, part II

This is what started it all – my quest to perfect Pesto Rosso, that is.

Well, except that it was a mini-pizza we had for a starter.

After I made the second batch I decided a proper Pizza Pesto Rosso was in order.

In the past I’ve tried Mozzarella di Bufala on pizza and it didn’t work well… It gave off a lot of liquid as it was heated, making the pizza a bit soggy and / or requiring me to pour it off.

This summer I noticed a ‘store brand’ mozzarella that was really cheap, about 10% of the price of a good mozzarella.

I bought some… It was actually quite good. I wouldn’t use it for a Caprese Salad but it worked very well in anything that was cooked.

Like this pizza.

Puff Pastry Pizza with Pesto Rosso, Tomatoes, Fresh Mozzarella and Basil

Total time: 30 minutes


  • 1 sheet puff pastry
  • 2 large Roma tomatoes, very thinly sliced
  • 1/3 cup pesto rosso
  • 1 ball fresh mozzarella, thinly sliced
  • 4 slices dry-cured ham, roughly chopped (Prosciutto, Serrano, Bayonne)
  • 1/3 cup olives, roughly chopped
  • lots of fresh basil, torn



  • Lay the pastry crust out on a baking sheet.
  • Spread the pesto rosso almost to the edge.
  • Arrange the tomato slices on the pesto.
  • Arrange the ham, olives and cheese on the tomatoes.
  • Bake in a preheated oven, 400F (200C) for 15 – 20 minutes, or until crust and top are golden brown.
  • Remove, top with basil, slice and serve.

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You could, of course, use regular pesto….

Last night a couple of trailers showed up and dumped this in our field behind the potager


This morning we stacked it.


In case you’re wondering, that’s 10 cubic meters of wood – each a meter long.

It’s for next year…. This year’s is cut and stacked in the barn.

What did you do today?

As long as I was out and about with my camera….

Everybody loves the sunflowers for the 2 weeks or so they’re in bloom.

This is what they look like for the month or two before harvest.

Not quite as pretty.

sunflowers_brownOnce the field is completely brown they’ll be harvested.

In the meantime the birds are getting their share.

If you want nutrition information, try this site: Calorie Count

3 thoughts on “Puff Pastry Pizza with Pesto Rosso, Tomatoes, Fresh Mozzarella and Basil”

  1. My day is just starting but I have got my coffee and taken the Cocopop to the park – before it began to rain. Gym and then work – certainly not wildly exciting !!

  2. Well, I swam in the early morning, then a friend and I went to a museum to see an exhibition before lunching at a nearby restaurant. Then came home and walked my very patient, sweet dog. I have stacked my share of wood but, happily, those days are past. 🙂

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