Are you looking for a quick and easy weeknight dinner idea with bursts of flavors? Look no further than these garlicky pesto flatbread pizzas! These pizzas can be ready in just 15 minutes and are packed full of fresh tomatoes, basil and arugula.
Pizza is the one thing that my hubby and I love to indulge in, and these flatbread pizzas are perfect when we don't have a lot of time in the evenings. This recipe is perfect when you have some leftover veggies that you need to use up. I must tell you these flatbread pizzas are SO simple to put together, and with a delicious medley of tomatoes, pesto, arugula, and fresh basil, you can convince yourself that you are eating a salad! At least that’s what I like to tell myself 😉
If you are looking for a recipe that will satisfy your taste buds, this is the one! The recipe is simply amazing, and it is tailored to meet your unique dietary needs! We’ve had a pretty warm fall so far here in Virginia (up until this week anyway….brr!) and I had a lot of tomatoes to use up, so it was the perfect time to share these flatbreads with you guys! I love throwing on fresh tomatoes while the hubs really likes sun-dried tomatoes so I decided to use a mixture of both.
What makes these flatbread pizzas unforgettable is the use of Alessi's sun-dried tomatoes, which are packed in extra virgin olive oil and are handpicked from the vines when they are juicy, red and fragrantly ripe to ensure they have tons of flavor. Alessi also offers a delicious garlic purée that I brushed over top of each flatbread so that the garlic flavor could bake right into the pizzas. Do not skip this step! Garlic purée is essentially fresh garlic that is blended until smooth and mixed with olive oil and a little sea salt, making it perfect for adding flavor to all kinds of dishes!
After brushing the flatbreads with a little garlic purée and popping them in the oven for about 5 minutes to crisp up, I then spread on the pesto, a few chunks of mozzarella and topped everything with the tomatoes. Then just sprinkle with a little salt and pepper and they are ready for the oven! Easy right? These pizzas really only take another 10 minutes to finish cooking which is why I love using flatbreads. No dough to worry about and super quick to throw together.
Then when you take them out, top them with a handful of arugula, fresh torn basil, and a little extra red pepper flakes if you’re feeling spicy 😉 You could also drizzle your pizzas with a little balsamic vinegar for some additional flavor!These pizzas are the healthiest option for a quick and easy weeknight dinner, unlike delivery that tends to be loaded with calories.
As you can see below, this recipe doesn’t take much measuring so feel free to use as little or as much of the ingredients as you like! 'That’s the great thing about throwing pizzas like this together during the week, it doesn’t take much time or effort, and you can just use up whatever you have on hand in your fridge. Feel free to throw on slices of bell pepper, squash or even caramelized onions, and adding cooked chicken or prosciutto can easily make this a more filling meal!
Pesto Flatbread Pizzas
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 15 mins
2 whole grain naan flatbreads
1 Tbsp Alessi garlic purée
1/2 cup pesto
6 slices fresh mozzarella, 1/3-inch thick
1/2 lb tomatoes (I used a variety), thinly sliced
1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes
Salt and pepper, to taste
2 cups arugula
Fresh basil leaves, torn
Red pepper flakes, to taste
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Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
Brush the flatbreads with garlic purée and place them in the oven for about 3 to 5 minutes just to crisp up.
Spread pesto evenly over flatbreads and top with slices of mozzarella and tomatoes. Season with salt and pepper and place flatbreads in the oven on a prepared baking sheet for 10 to 13 minutes, until cheese is bubbling, and edges are crisp.
Remove from oven and top with arugula, fresh basil, and red pepper flakes, if desired. Slice and enjoy!
Serving Size: 1/2 flatbread
Sugar: 7.2 g
Sodium: 1,163.3 mg
Fat: 19.2 g
Saturated Fat: 5.9 g
Carbohydrates: 37.1 g
Fiber: 5.8 g
Protein: 16.7 g
* Please note that all nutrition information are just estimates. Values will vary among brands, so we encourage you to calculate these on your own for most accurate results.
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