Goats Cheese, Pesto and Cherry Tomato Pizza

Goats cheese, pesto and cherry tomato pizza

What do you do when you end up with out of date very ripe goats cheese, a handful of cherry tomatoes and some pesto in the fridge? Easy, make a goats cheese, pesto and cherry tomato pizza. 

One of the perks of my new job is having to ‘dispose’ of cheese which has exceeded its sell by date. Most cheeses are generally still perfectly OK to eat when the date is up, as long as there is no mould where there shouldn’t be mould, but they can’t be sold. Therefore instead of going in the bin, any out of date (but still edible) cheese ends up either in my fridge or my parents fridge depending on who gets to it first. A couple of weeks ago there were a few pieces of Capricorn goats cheese that had been neglected on the shelf so I took them home.

I’ve been making quite a lot of pizzas lately with a pesto base partly because I’ve been too lazy to make a tomato sauce, and partly because I fancied having something different. Using green pesto as a pizza base is also a great way to sneak in some extra veggies. I’ve tried adding kale which works quite well and I think spinach or rocket would be good too. For this pizza I just used a basil pesto because that’s what I had in the fridge but you could use your favourite homemade or jarred pesto here.

Goats cheese, pesto and cherry tomato pizza

Like most pizzas, this is also delicious served cold. In fact, that was how my parents and I enjoyed the first version of this pizza because I made it on a Friday evening ready for lunch at work the following day. Saturday is our busiest day of the week which means lunch needs to be eaten quickly when we can grab a spare 5 minutes. Cold pizza is always a winner at lunchtime for me.

Goats Cheese, Pesto and Cherry Tomato Pizza
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Homemade pizza is so easy to make. Goats cheese, pesto and cherry tomatoes make the perfect toppings.
Recipe type: Main
Serves: 1 pizza
Pizza Base:
  • 225g strong white bread flour
  • 150ml lukewarm water
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp dried active yeast (reactivated following packet instructions) or 1 x 7g sachet fast action yeast
  • ½ tsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
To shape the dough:
  • 2 tbsp coarse polenta
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 5 tbsp basil pesto
  • 100g soft ripe goats cheese, sliced
  • 10 cherry tomatoes, halved
  1. Add all of the pizza base ingredients to a large bowl and bring together into a soft dough. Turn the dough out onto a lightly oiled clean worktop and knead by hand for 10 minutes until smooth and elastic. Alternatively use the dough hook attachments on a hand mixer and knead for 5 minutes in the bowl.
  2. Shape the dough into a ball and place in a lightly oiled bowl, cover with clingfilm and leave to prove for 1 hour or until doubled in size.
  3. When the dough has risen preheat the oven to 200°C.
  4. Mix the polenta and flour together and spread evenly over a large baking tray.
  5. Knock back the risen dough and knead lightly then place it on the polenta dusted tray and shape into a circle approximately 30cm in diameter. The flour and polenta will stop the pizza base sticking to the tray.
  6. When you're happy with the size and shape of your pizza base add the toppings. Spread over the pesto, I find using the back of a spoon helps it to spread more easily. Then scatter over the slices of goats cheese and halved cherry tomatoes.
  7. Cook the pizza for 15-20 minutes until golden on top and the cheese is bubbling.
  8. Serve in slices with your favourite salad.
If you happen to own a baking/pizza stone then you can use it to cook the pizza. Place the stone in the oven before you turn it on then heat up to 200°C. When ready to cook the pizza, carefully transfer it from the polenta dusted tray to the stone using a pizza peel if you have one or use a wide fish slice or similar.

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Goats cheese, pesto and cherry tomato pizza

For more veggie pizza ideas check out Planet Veggie’s tortilla pizza,  Farmersgirl Kitchen’s courgette and hummus pizza, Tin and Thyme’s squash, walnut and goats cheese pizza, easy English muffin pizzas by Eats Amazing, samphire and goats cheese pizza by The Hedgecombers, cauliflower pizza by Emily’s Recipes & Reviews, chickpea flour pizza by Nadia’s Healthy Kitchen, mushroom, pesto and asparagus pizza by Family Friends Food or a broccoli and asparagus pizza with a balsamic glaze by Supper in the Suburbs.

  • Bintu | Recipes From A Pantry
    December 5, 2015 at 12:59 am

    Hmmmm, I love pesto on pizza so I am all over this one.
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  • Lucy @ BakingQueen74
    December 5, 2015 at 8:59 am

    That looks delicious! I hope to join in with Bready Steady Cook this month time permitting 🙂
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  • Gingey Bites
    December 5, 2015 at 11:31 am

    Yummy – such a classic flavour combo and I’m very jealous that you get to ‘dispose’ of so much cheese! Sounds like a dream job! Teehee
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  • Helen @
    December 5, 2015 at 9:22 pm

    Goats cheese on a pizza – yes please! Yum.
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  • Sarah James
    December 8, 2015 at 1:03 pm

    What a fab job, I love Goats cheese. Your pizza looks delicious Jen, pesto is a great idea & I like the sound of using rocket or kale.
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  • Sargento
    December 18, 2015 at 2:00 am

    Yummy and mouth watering food, thanks for sharing. I’ll try this pizza recipe with my friends on weekends. I’m sure they will surely love it.