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Cheesy Basil Pizza with Burrata

May 10, 2019 (Last Updated: May 11, 2019)

This is one for the pizza lovers out there…homemade Cheesy Basil Pizza made with fresh pesto, creamy burrata and sprinkled with pine nuts. Now, this is gonna truly transform your pizza night!

An overhead shot of a cheesy basil pizza with pesto and burrata

This basil pizza is everything. It’s made with homemade pizza dough and has a simple white base of mozzarella and parmesan.

Yup, there’s no tomato in sight and trust me you ain’t gonna miss it one bit.

Making Pizza Dough From Scratch

Pizza dough is so easy to make at home and you don’t need a machine (I always do it by hand). It takes only 10 minutes to prepare and if you have the time to wait on it proving 4-8 hours then it’s so worth it. Here’s a recipe for my Basic Pizza Dough that works perfectly every time!

Alternatively, you can use my Instant Pizza Dough Recipe which is similar to a flatbread style dough and will give you thin pizza crusts in 10 minutes or you can use storebought pizza dough if you need to.

The Toppings

I’ve used homemade basil pesto to top this pizza which goes on after it’s been in the oven so you keep all of the bold and fresh flavours. 

Whatever you do don’t use storebought or pre-jarred pesto because it won’t taste anything near as good as this. You can make pesto from scratch in around 2 minutes (literally) and it’s so worth it.

Then there’s burrata…is there anything better in life? A mozzarella balloon filled with cream and stracciatella…oh my god it’s incredible and it just takes this basil pizza to the next level.

How to Make Cheesy Basil Pizza with Burrata – Step By Step

You can find step by step photos and instructions on how to make homemade pizza dough here. You also find the BEST recipe for homemade pesto here, it takes 2 minutes to make and tastes incredible!

Divide the pizza dough into two balls or four if you prefer smaller pizzas. Roll one ball of dough out to your desired thickness remembering it will rise in the oven so always roll the dough thinner than you really want.

Step by step photos for making basil pizza with burrata

Dust a baking tray or pizza stone with fine semolina or regular flour then transfer the rolled out dough to the tray. Repeat with the second ball of dough and place of a second tray. If you don’t have two trays do the second pizza after the first one comes out of the oven.

Cover the base with mozzarella and parmesan and bake in the oven for 10 minutes until the crust is golden and cheese is bubbling and melted (photos 1 & 2).

Remove from the oven and top with pesto, burrata and a sprinkling of pepper and pine nuts (photos 2 & 4).

A basil pizza with burrata and pesto on a wooden surface with glasses of white wine in the background

Top Tips for Making Cheesy Basil Pizza

  • Pre-heat the oven to your highest setting before baking.
  • Leave the pizza dough to rise for 4-8 hours if possible. I’ve used pizza dough after only 1-2 hours and although it’s still delicious it won’t be as light and airy.
  • Make homemade pesto…never buy storebought or this pizza won’t taste anything like it should.
  • If you can’t find burrata you can use more mozzarella or go for something different like taleggio.
  • Always put the burrata and pesto on after you have cooked the pizza for best flavour and texture.
  • Use semolina or regular flour to dust your baking trays with to stop the pizza sticking and to help give a nice crispy crust.

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Cheesy Basil Pizza

This is one for the pizza lovers out there...homemade Cheesy Basil Pizza made with fresh pesto, creamy burrata and sprinkled with pine nuts. Now, this is gonna truly transform your pizza night!

Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 2 large pizzas (serves 6-8)
Calories 294kcal
Author Emily Kemp

Ingredients

Instructions

  • You can find step by step photos and instructions on how to make homemade pizza dough here. You also find the BEST recipe for homemade pesto here, it takes 2 minutes to make and tastes incredible!
  • Divide the pizza dough into two balls or four if you prefer smaller pizzas. Roll one ball of dough out to your desired thickness remembering it will rise in the oven so always roll the dough thinner than you really want.
  • Dust a baking tray or pizza stone with fine semolina or regular flour then transfer the rolled out dough to the tray. Repeat with the second ball of dough and place of a second tray. If you don't have two trays do the second pizza after the first one comes out of the oven.
  • Cover the base with mozzarella and parmesan and bake in the oven for 10 minutes until the crust is golden and cheese is bubbling and melted.
  • Remove from the oven and top with pesto, burrata and a sprinkling of pepper and pine nuts.

Notes

  • Pre-heat the oven to your highest setting before baking.
  • Leave the pizza dough to rise for 4-8 hours if possible. I've used pizza dough after only 1-2 hours and although it's still delicious it won't be as light and airy.
  • Make homemade pesto...never buy storebought or this pizza won't taste anything like it should.
  • If you can't find burrata you can use more mozzarella or go for something different like taleggio.
  • Always put the burrata and pesto on after you have cooked the pizza for best flavour and texture.
  • Use semolina or regular flour to dust your baking trays with to stop the pizza sticking and to help give a nice crispy crust.

Nutrition

Calories: 294kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 22mg | Sodium: 546mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 4.2% | Calcium: 20.1% | Iron: 9.7%
Helpful Info for All Recipes
  • I always use extra virgin olive oil in all of my recipes unless stated otherwise
  • When I use canned or jarred tomatoes of any kind I always use this brand for the best results and flavour
  • All vegetables are medium sized unless stated otherwise
  • All recipes are tested and developed using a fan oven
  • Read more about how the nutritional information is calculated here
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10 Comments

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    Rosa
    May 19, 2019 at 3:06 pm

    Burrata is one of my favourite cheeses and this pizza sounds so tasty!!

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    Deanne
    May 19, 2019 at 2:55 pm

    This looks perfect for summertime! I love the blend of flavors, can’t wait to try it!

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    Bintu | Recipes From A Pantry
    May 19, 2019 at 2:18 pm

    This sounds so flavourful and delicious! I love making my own pizza and I’ll definitely be giving this one a try!

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    Helen of Fuss Free Flavours
    May 19, 2019 at 2:05 pm

    This pizza sounds so delicious, so simple with amazing flavours. The kind of pizza I much prefer. Ideal for any day of the week.

  • Reply
    claudia
    May 19, 2019 at 1:12 pm

    I would glady eat this right now for even breakfast! I love your style of cooking its just perfect and how we like to use ingredients! Bella!

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