Arugula Pesto Pizza

Update your next pizza night with this arugula pesto pizza with prosciutto on homemade whole wheat crust!


  • ¾ cup water, heated between 120 and 130 degrees F
  • 1 (1/4 ounce) package instant active dry yeast
  • 1 tsp agave syrup Or honey
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbl olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 2 cups arugula
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup walnuts
  • ¼ cup parmesan cheese
  • ½ lb (8 ounces) mozzarella cheese, sliced
  • ½ cup asiago cheese, shredded
  • ¼ lb prosciutto, thinly sliced


1. For the dough, In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine the warm water with the yeast and agave syrup. Let the yeast dissolve, about 3 minutes. Fit the electric mixer with a dough hook and add in the flour, salt, and olive oil. Mix on medium-low speed for about 10 minutes, adding more flour if the dough sticks to the sides of the bowl. Transfer dough to a floured surface and knead by hand about 10 times. Form the dough into a ball and transfer to a bowl greased with olive oil. Cover with a clean kitchen towel and let rise at room temperature for 30 minutes. Use dough immediately or cover in plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to 1 day.
2. Meanwhile, make the arugula pesto. In a food processor, pulse the garlic a few times so it is minced. Add in the arugula and pulse a few more times. With the motor running, stream in the olive oil. Add in the walnuts, parmesan cheese, and season with salt and pepper. (I under salted a bit because the cheese and prosciutto are salty)
3. Preheat the oven to 500ºF. If your dough has been in the refrigerator, let it rest at room temperature for 15 minutes. Stretch the dough by hand into a 13 X 5 inch pizza pan. Spread the pesto evenly (you might have extra pesto). Top with the cheeses and prosciutto. Bake for about 12 minutes until crust is crisp and cheese is beginning to brown.

Makes 1 (13 X 5 inch) round pizza

Serves 4 (2 slices each)

Emily Jacobs is a Santa Barbara City College culinary school graduate and food blogger. See for more.

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