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I don’t remember how I came across Korena In the Kitchen’s recipe. It looks so fantastic and I just had to try it, even though I didn’t have all the ingredients she used. One day I will make the pizza, ingredient for ingredient. Until then, this version was very satisfying.

Roasted Mushroom Pesto Pizza

For the pesto:

  • 5 ounces baby portabellos
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 garlic cloves, smashed
  • 1/4 ounce dried shiitake mushroom
  • 1/4 cup boiling water
  • 1 tbsp shallot, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme leaves
  • 2 tbsp fresh parsley
  • 2 tbsp grated parmesan cheese
  • 3 tbsp olive oil

For the toppings:

  • 1 cup fresh baby spinach leaves
  • 4 slices of bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1/2 cup oven roasted tomatoes
  • Desired amount of Parmesan and mozzarella cheeses (Korena used fontina.)

Place the 5 ounces of mushrooms on a foil lined baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil; salt and pepper as desired. Bake mushrooms for 5 minutes at 450 degrees. Add the smashed garlic to the mushrooms and bake another 5 minutes. 

While the mushrooms are roasting, soak the shiitakes in the boiling water.

In a food processor, add the roasted mushrooms, soaked mushrooms and their water, parsley, shallots, thyme, Parmesan cheese, and oil.

Pulse until the mushrooms are in small pieces and spreadable.

On a prepared 12 inch pizza crust, spread the mushroom pesto. Top with spinach, bacon, tomatoes, and cheeses.

Bake at 450 degrees for 10 minutes or until cheese is lightly browning.