Two Cheese Pesto Tomato Grilled Pizza

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Grilled pizza tastes nothing like a store-bought pizza! Crispy edges with smoky flavor hold the pizza toppings of your imagination. This grilled pizza recipe has a pesto sauce, with smoked mozzarella, ricotta cheese, and vine ripe tomatoes on top.

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Grilled pizza with pesto, ricotta and smoked mozzarella.

As many times as I’ve made pizza, I’ve never grilled it before. I’ve thought about making grilled pizza, then chickened out. I guess I was worried that the dough might slip through the grates or that I’d burn it.
Since we got the new grill last week, I’ve been grilling everything in sight! So I figured this would be a good time to try it out. They do make pizza pans just for the grill, but I threw caution to the wind and grilled the dough right on the grates.

I usually keep a tub of NO-KNEAD dough in my fridge for quick meals. With the dough, I can make quick pizza, bread, pita and more. So making pizza at home is definitely healthier (because it’s not dripping in grease), tastier, and quicker than it is to call the Pizza Man. If you don’t want to make the dough from scratch, use store-bought dough.

For this grilled pizza, I happened to have left-over Pesto in the fridge, but you can easily buy  pre-made Pesto at the grocery store.

Grilled pizza with pesto, ricotta and smoked mozzerella.

Grilled Pizza

Grilled pizza with pesto, smoked mozzarella and ricotta.
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Course Entree
Cuisine Italian


  • 1 batch pizza dough
  • Pesto
  • Smoked mozzarella grated
  • Fresh ricotta
  • Sliced tomatoes
  • Cornmeal for rolling
  • Fresh basil for garnish


  • Prepare and preheat grill to medium
  • Sprinkle cornmeal on floured cloth and roll out dough to desired thickness. (Cornmeal helps prevent dough from sticking to grill grates)
  • Brush both sides of dough with olive oil. Grill pizza until it begins to brown and get grill marks.
  • Remove from grill, spread pesto to the edges of the cooked pizza. Add dollops of ricotta and smoke smoked mozzarella cheese.
  • Return to grill to finish cooking and cheese is melted.
  • Remove pizza from grill and top with fresh tomato slices and fresh basil.
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Pre-heat grill to medium. Pizza dough, homemade or store bought, rolled or patted to desired thickness.


Fresh basil pesto
Traditional Fresh Basil Pesto.

Ricotta. Mozzarella cheese, Smoked or regular, grated. Use cornmeal on both sides of the pizza dough so that it won’t stick to the grates. Brush both sides with olive oil. Grill dough until it begins to brown and gets grill marks. Dough on the grill cooks quickly, so keep an eye on it! Flip it over and grill the other side. I use an inverted cookies sheet, without a lip as a giant spatula.

Use an inverted cookie sheet, (without a rim) to slide the pizza on and off the grill.
Use an inverted cookie sheet, (without a rim) to slide the pizza on and off the grill.

Spread pesto to within an inch of the edge of the cooked pizza dough, add dollops of Ricotta, and some grated cheese. Return to grill, to finish cooking, and  heat through. Remove from the grill and top with fresh tomato slices and fresh basil leaves.

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  1. This looks fantastic! It really is hard to beat the flavors of pesto, fresh tomatoes and cheese! We have a fabulous Weber grill that we love to use but for whatever reason I’ve never tried grilling pizza before. Love the idea and will have to try it!

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