Garden Veggie Pizza with Kale Pesto and Brie

I’m pretty sure that food might be the last thing anyone in America wants to look at right now.

But see it’s pizza, which one might deem a double blorbalicious whammy, but wait. It’s not. It’s tricky math really.

It goes like this. The sum of the firecracker pops plus the amount of brats you ate in less than five minutes, minus the past participle of the total drinks you consumed, divided by the amount of drinks you actually spilled, in the pool, multiplied by the addition of how many desserts you tasted, added to the amount of songs you tried to sing with a guitar to a group of people who interestingly enough left immediately afterwards = this pizza.


But that’s not the tricky part.


If you were in an area with a ban on fireworks (um, what 80% of the country?), then the math goes like this:


The lack of firecracker pops MINUS the number of grilled flank steak slices you inhaled in less than three minutes, divided by the amount of drinks you consumed, take away the present participle of the amount of times you spilled them on innocent young children’s heads, multiplied by the amount of Lisa Loeb songs you forced upon people who were this close to ripping off their own ears, PLUS all that corn on the cob that is still stuck in your teeth and chlorine still stuck in your skin pores, equals…


…this pizza. So basically everything cancels each other out and you have no choice really but to eat this entire dadgum thing.


Which is like, extra credit points.

Thin crust. Light garden-fresh toppings. Slices of melty brie cheese. Colors of the Ireland flag. OH OOPS.

See how tricky math can be?

Your mouth plus this pizza equals liberty and justice for all. Truth.

Garden Veggie Pizza with Kale Pesto and Brie:

What it took for 2 (roughly 10-inch pizzas):

* 1 pound refrigerated pizza dough, divided in half
* 5 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil, divided
* 2 cups sliced zucchini
* 1/2 bunch chopped kale
* 1/4 cup toasted pepitas
* 3 cloves garlic, chopped
* 1/4 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
* 1 cup sliced tomatoes
* 1 wheel of brie, sliced
* coarse salt and freshly ground pepper

Preheat oven to 400.

In a food processor, pulse kale, garlic, pepitas, parmesan cheese, 3 Tbs. oil and a good pinch of salt and pepper and smooth and pesto-y. Set aside.

Heat the remaining oil in a medium skillet and add the zucchini; sauté for 3 minutes, until you see a little color on each side.

Roll out the pizza dough to your desired thinness. Spoon the pesto over each crust. Arrange some zucchini slices on top of the pesto, followed by the tomato slices and brie slices.

Bake for about 15 minutes, or until the dough is cooked and the cheese is browned and melty.

Garnish with extra toasted pepitas and fresh basil if desired!

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35 Responses to Garden Veggie Pizza with Kale Pesto and Brie

  1. Brittany D. July 5, 2012 at 8:38 am #
    Love this. And your math got a little too complicated for me this morning, but I'll trust you and eat this pizza anyway ;)
  2. Ashley July 5, 2012 at 8:44 am #
    I second it being way too early for math... But this pizza - yes, please! Gorgeous, Bev!
  3. Kathryn July 5, 2012 at 8:55 am #
    Now I a) have a Lisa Loeb medley stuck in my head and b) want this pizza. Thanks Bev.
  4. Nutmeg Nanny July 5, 2012 at 9:06 am #
    Yeah, I would totally dig into this pizza! Yum!
  5. Anonymous July 5, 2012 at 10:47 am #
    Looks delicious. I have made pesto out of many things but never kale. I might just have to try that!
  6. Kara July 5, 2012 at 10:48 am #
    That anonymous above was me. Whoops!
  7. The Purple Carrot July 5, 2012 at 10:54 am #
    Yes, please! Never too full for pizza. Ever.
  8. Joelle (on a pink typewriter) July 5, 2012 at 11:45 am #
    This is so creative! I never thought of making a kale pesto.. Actually, I've never made my own pesto period.... i need to get on that.
  9. Cassie July 5, 2012 at 12:50 pm #
    This is beautiful. Kale has made up a large portion of my diet lately, this will fit in there just nicely.
  10. Heather July 5, 2012 at 12:56 pm #
    you know, as much as i ate yesterday i still woke up this morning wondering what i was going to be eating the rest of the day. "no, see i'm not high - it's just that i used to be fat!" classic. maybe i'll go live in a house of cheese too...
  11. Katie @ Epicurean Mom July 5, 2012 at 1:06 pm #
    Holy moly!!!! I want this NOW!!!
  12. Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet July 5, 2012 at 1:28 pm #
    I am dying to try kale pesto! I love that you used garden vegetables on your pizza. Yum!
  13. Averie @ Averie Cooks July 5, 2012 at 1:57 pm #
    If I could script a perfect pizza, this is pretty close to it! Stunning, Bev - and brie, yes, I'll take extra!
  14. Ashley @ Hudson on the Potomac July 5, 2012 at 2:47 pm #
    Brie on pizza! YES!
  15. Katie @ Blonde Ambition July 5, 2012 at 2:53 pm #
    Helloooo big ol' hunks of brie!
  16. Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious July 5, 2012 at 2:59 pm #
    Gorgeous pizza! You know I'm game for anything involving pesto!
  17. Shefy Lindsey July 5, 2012 at 3:02 pm #
    Bev, I went to school with a bunch of engineers, and if they made math half as interesting (and hilarious) as this post, I probably have paid more attention in class! Cannot wait to spin this into a gluten-free pizza! :)
  18. Lisa | With Style and Grace July 5, 2012 at 3:03 pm #
    I could eat this entire pizza!
  19. Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. July 5, 2012 at 5:36 pm #
    Ohhh, kale pesto! You are brilliant. And brie, oh sweet brie, I can never get enough of you!
  20. Stephie @ Eat Your Heart Out July 5, 2012 at 8:11 pm #
    Everything good in the world equals this pizza. Hallelujah, amen.
  21. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar July 5, 2012 at 8:54 pm #
    This is one fancy pizza! Yum!
  22. Ali @ Gimme Some Oven July 6, 2012 at 7:48 am #
    Mmmm...I love kale pesto! And brie! And everything else on this!!! :) And meh to bans on fireworks.
  23. Deborah July 6, 2012 at 9:47 am #
    You had me at brie! Seriously.
  24. Heather Christo July 6, 2012 at 9:48 am #
    this. looks. so. good.
  25. Jen @ Jen's Favorite Cookies July 6, 2012 at 11:16 am #
    Let there be Brie on pizza. We're like bosom buddies now, just because of that! This is gorgeous! Maybe I should be at your 4th of July next year!
  26. Natalie @ Cooking for My Kids July 6, 2012 at 8:07 pm #
    What an amazingly beautiful pizza!
  27. Leah July 10, 2012 at 8:47 am #
    Great pizza, the flavors really went well together! I made it on those 'flatout' wraps instead of pizza dough and it was so tasty, thanks :)
  28. RecipeNewZ July 29, 2012 at 4:42 am #
    This pizza is just too gorgeous! pinned :-)


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