Basil Pesto Focaccia


Basil Pesto Focaccia

Basil Pesto Focaccia
17 Min
10 Min

Whether you enjoy this beloved Italian recipe as an appetizer, snack, or perfect go-along, your family will be begging for more. The Italian flavors all blend together for a combination that'll have everyone reaching for seconds. When they ask what it is, just tell them it's our Basil Pesto Focaccia! We can guarantee that "Focaccia" will be everyone's favorite new thing about Italy! 

What You'll Need

  • 2 tablespoons cornmeal
  • 1 (10-ounce) can refrigerated pizza crust
  • 1 cup fresh basil (see Tip)
  • 1/3 cup walnuts or pine nuts
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 plum tomatoes, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup (2 ounces) Italian-blend cheese

What to Do

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray then sprinkle with cornmeal. Unroll pizza crust and place over cornmeal. Bake 5 to 7 minutes or until golden brown.
  2. In a blender or food processor, blend basil, walnuts, olive oil, garlic, salt, and pepper until well combined, stopping occasionally to scrape down sides. This will be the best pesto you ever tasted. Spread pesto evenly over crust.
  3. Arrange tomato slices over pesto. Sprinkle with cheese.
  4. Bake 5 to 7 minutes or until cheese is melted. Cut into strips, and serve immediately.

Test Kitchen Tip!

  • No time to make pesto? No problem. Skip those ingredients, and use 1/3 cup prepared pesto instead. You'll find it with canned tomato products or pasta sauces in the supermarket.

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