Grilled Pizza with Ricotta and Pesto

  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 20 min
  • Prep: 10 min
  • Cook: 10 min
  • Yield: 8 small pizzas
  • Nutrition Info
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2 ounces pizza dough

Flour, for rolling surface

Extra-virgin olive oil

1/2 cup basil pesto 

2 cups ricotta cheese, preferably whole milk

4 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan

Salt and freshly ground black pepper


  1. Prepare a medium-hot fire in your grill, or heat a cast-iron grill pan over medium heat.
  2. Roll the pizza dough into 8 small pizzas, each about 1/8-inch thick and 3 inches round. 
  3. Lightly brush both sides of the pizzas with oil. Grill the pizzas over medium heat until the first side is nicely browned and firm to the touch, 3 to 5 minutes. Turn the pizzas over on the grill. Spoon about 2 teaspoons of pesto on each pizza, spreading it to the edges. On top of each pizza, spoon 4 teaspoons of ricotta cheese, in little balls. Cook the pizzas until the ricotta just begins to melt, 3 to 5 minutes from the moment you turned the pizzas. Sprinkle Parmesan over the top of each pizza. Season with salt and freshly ground pepper. Serve warm.

Cook’s Note

Entertaining Notes: You don't need to make your own dough, not for a party of 8 people. Buy it from a local pizzeria. To work ahead, roll the dough into rounds about a half hour before your guests arrive and stack them, dusted with flour, at room temperature, between sheets of parchment paper.

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