Pesto and Goat Cheese Pizza | Incredible Fresh Flavors!

Looking for something simple yet sophisticated? Try this Pesto and Goat Cheese pizza! Everyone loves the light, tangy, and fresh taste. This post shows you how to make it.

Pesto and Goat Cheese Pizza

This pizza is a fabulous way to switch up your usual tomato-based pizza sauce. Because let’s face it, red sauce–no matter how good–can get old after a while.  

That’s why I like to add a killer alfredo and a few pesto options to my pizza sauce arsenal. 

I made THIS pizza a couple of months ago and it turned out fantastic. Ever since it’s been my go-to dish for a laid-back Sunday brunch or even ladies’ night! 

Pair it up with some strawberry mint lemonade or infused water and you’re golden. 

The tangy goat cheese is complemented by the juicy, sweet tomatoes in this recipe. And everything gets a nice lift from the crisp, delicate spinach. 

The flavors are reminiscent of a Greek or Mediterranean-style pizza and could easily be adapted by exchanging the goat cheese for feta (and adding some Kalamata olives). I made fresh pesto for this as well, which I would strongly recommend.

Ready to try this pesto and goat cheese pizza goodness? Let’s go! 

Pesto and Goat Cheese Pizza

What Is On This Pesto and Goat Cheese Pizza?

We’re using simple but really fresh ingredients to make this delicious recipe.

Here’s all you need…

  • Pizza crust: We’re making a light and airy crust that complements the delicate flavors. 
  • Pesto sauce: This healthy sauce is actually high in antioxidants (coming from the mix of nuts, olive oil, and cheese). 
  • Roma tomatoes (thinly sliced): Tomatoes are good for your heart and pack tons of vitamins and nutrients. Make sure to use fresh and plump ones!
  • Goat cheese: Did you know you’re getting 6 grams of protein with a combination of copper, phosphorus, and calcium in every serving?
  • Garlic: Apart from the garlicky goodness and antioxidants, it contains essential nutrients, boosts immunity, and lowers blood pressure. 
  • Spinach: Say hello to my favorite superfood starlet. This wonderful leafy green provides a great dose of immunity-boosting and anti-inflammatory benefits. Trying to eat more superfoods? Check out my 5 Day Superfood Meal Plan!
Pesto and Goat Cheese Pizza

How Do You Make Pesto And Goat Cheese Pizza?

It’s incredibly easy to make! (Though you will find more details on the recipe below.)

Here’s what you need to do:

  1. You will first preheat your oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Spread the pesto on the pizza dough and leave around an inch for the edge of the crust.
  3. Next, spread the goat cheese over your pesto across the pizza. You’ll want to make sure it’s crumbled into small pieces spread evenly.
  4. Arrange the tomato slices over the goat cheese together with the garlic. 
  5. Bake the pizza for around 5-10 minutes or until the crust edges are golden.
  6. After removing it from the oven, let it cool for a few minutes (for the cheese to set).
  7. Once you’re done the pizza, cover it generously with spinach or arugula. 
Pesto and Goat Cheese Pizza

What Does Goat Cheese Pair Well With?

This pizza wouldn’t be the same without the goat cheese. Its creamy texture and distinct flavor make it a standalone ingredient. And you know what? Goat cheese is actually quite versatile.

If you’re wondering what recipes you can best pair this divine cheese with, here are some ideas:

  • Creamy Rosemary & Goat Cheese Chicken Pasta (You’ll get nothing but a luscious spoonful of creaminess in every bite with this pasta. Imagine melted goat cheese with the cozy flavors of rosemary and chicken. Perfection.) 
  • Pesto & Goat Cheese Burger (A juicy, meaty patty balanced with tangy goat cheese? Uhhh, yeah. You’ll never forget this burger. 
Pesto and Goat Cheese Pizza

Does Goat Cheese Melt Well?

When exposed to heat, goat cheese softens but it doesn’t melt like your usual mozzarella or cheddar cheese. It gets warm and soft (but doesn’t puddle or flatten).

So you can expect it to remain in clumps when using it for pizza. When mixed with hot pasta, however, the cheese changes into a heavenly saucy consistency. Try my Creamy Rosemary & Goat Cheese Chicken Pasta if you’d like to partake.

Is Most Goat Cheese Pasteurized?

Yes, most goat cheese is pasteurized. In the United States, 99% of soft, fresh, and spreadable cheeses (including mozzarella, fresh goat cheese, feta, and ricotta) must be pasteurized.

It’s easy to check the labels when shopping to see if it’s made from pasteurized milk. If you’re at a restaurant, you can also ask to be sure. 

Pesto and Goat Cheese Pizza

How To Store This Pizza?

You can make this pizza ahead of time for those emergency dinners, and it’s easy to store until needed. 

All you have to do is partially bake your dough. This helps prevent it from being sticky or soggy. You can then add the toppings to the dough and wrap each pizza with foil (or in an airtight freezer-friendly container). Easy!

Gotta store some leftovers? Simply store any extra slices inside an airtight container in your fridge. When you’re ready to eat again, simply reheat. 

Check my post on Ultimate Guide to the Best Meal Prep Containers if you’re looking to level up your container game.

Pesto and Goat Cheese Pizza

More Healthy Pizza Recipes

More pizza recipes coming through! Light, savory, and ultra-delicious — you’ll definitely want more than a slice!

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Pesto and Goat Cheese Pizza
Pesto and Goat Cheese Pizza
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
40 mins
This Pesto and Goat Cheese Pizza is a great way to change up your average tomato sauce-based pizza.
Categories: Dinner
Difficulty: Easy
Keyword: goat cheese pizza, pesto goat cheese pizza, pesto pizza sauce
Servings: 8 slices
Calories: 409 kcal
Author: Lacey Baier of A Sweet Pea Chef
  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Spread the pesto on the pizza dough, leaving about an inch around the outside edge for the crust.
  3. Spread or crumble the goat cheese across the pizza.  Arrange the tomato slices over the goat cheese.  Sprinkle as evenly as possible with the garlic.
  4. Place the pizza into the oven and bake for 5 to 10 minutes or until the crust edges are golden.  After taking the pizza out of the oven, allow it to cool for a few minutes so that the cheese has time to set. After a couple minutes, cover the pizza with a few handfuls of spinach or arugula.
Nutrition Facts
Pesto and Goat Cheese Pizza
Amount Per Serving (1 slice)
Calories 409 Calories from Fat 194
% Daily Value*
Fat 21.5g33%
Saturated Fat 5.9g30%
Cholesterol 13.6mg5%
Sodium 352mg15%
Carbohydrates 41.6g14%
Fiber 2.2g9%
Sugar 2.6g3%
Protein 12.8g26%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Lacey Baier

Hey there! I’m Lacey Baier and I’d like to welcome you! I’m a healthy lifestyle influencer and the creator of this clean-eating blog and YouTube channel, as well as cleanish, my clean-eating supplement brand. My recipes have been published on Food Network, Good Morning America, FoxNews, Tastemade, Fitness Magazine, and much more. I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and four kiddos. Let’s get started!

10 thoughts on “Pesto and Goat Cheese Pizza | Incredible Fresh Flavors!

  1. Lacey you nailed it again. Thank you so much for all of your recipes. So far I’ve made about 10 and I have (and will) make every single one of them again. Somehow, you manage to create recipes where every ingredient is imperative and at the same time, its never too many ingredients. You speak my recipe language, THANK YOU! Hope you’re well!

  2. I came across your website when looking for chocolate chip cookie recipes and I ended up staying a while! Your recipes look creative, different and inspiring. Your photos are great!

    I am going to try this recipe this weekend. I have one child who only eats pizza and pesto pasta and one child who loves everything healthy especially goat cheese. This might appease them both!

    Oh and I think I will have to get a pasta attachment for my KitchenAid too right after I get my first LeCreuset dutch oven!

    Thanks for all!

    1. Hi Lara! Thanks so much for your positive feedback of my site — I’m glad you have enjoyed looking at it.

      I hope you and your family enjoy the Pesto and Goat Cheese Pizza — it sounds right up your alley. It’s a big favorite in our home. Fingers crossed both kiddos like it!

      Thanks for stopping by!

  3. This is fantastic! Made it for the first time tonight. It’s going to go in to our regular rotation. Thanks!

  4. I have been dying to make pizza lately but you are right…the tomato sauce gets a little old. I love this fresh alternative. (And goat cheese. I LOVE goat cheese).

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