Pesto, Sun-Dried Tomato & Caramelized Onion Pizza

Recipe Summary: Recipe for pesto, sun-dried tomato and caramelized onion pizza – a delicious vegetarian weeknight pizza that is simple to make and packed with flavor.

Pesto, Sun-Dried Tomato & Caramelized Onion Pizza

Recipe Ingredients

  • 1 yellow onion, sliced thinly
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1 raw wheat pizza dough crust, thawed to room temperature
  • 2-3 tablespoons basil pesto
  • 8-12 sun-dried tomatoes packed in olive oil
  • 3-4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • Italian herbs, to taste

Recipe Directions

  1. Peel your yellow onion and slice it in half. Use a mandolin to slice the onion extra thin for caramelization.
  2. Pour 2 teaspoons of olive oil into a wide, shallow skillet or saute pan and heat to medium heat until the oil is shimmering.
  3. Add the sliced onions to the pan and stir to coat with oil. Spread them evenly into a thin layer. Sprinkle a pinch of salt over the onions. Let the onions start to brown and stir occasionally.
  4. Cook for 30 minutes to an hour – low and slow – for the best results. This is a great time to slice up your sun-dried tomatoes into small pieces and mince your garlic.
  5. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
  6. Put some flour (and some cornmeal if you want!) on a table and roll out your pizza dough to your desired crust thickness. With a fork, poke some small holes at random places throughout the crust – this minimizes bubbles.
  7. Spread your desired amount of basil pesto sauce on the crust.
  8. Add your caramelized onions, minced garlic and sundried tomatoes. Top with mozzarrella cheese.
  9. Bake at 400 degrees for 12 to 20 minutes. This variance is so wide because baking time will depend on the thickness of your crust, shape of your pizza and amount of toppings. We always start at 12 minutes, and add time in 2-minute increments until the crust is golden brown and the cheese starts to brown.

Additional Notes

We are often Whole Foods shoppers, so we use their frozen whole wheat pizza dough ball. It’s a great pizza crust!


What’s great about this pizza recipe is that you can add or change almost anything to suit your tastes or whatever you have on-hand in the pantry. Making a great pizza is an imperfect art.

Preparation time: 20 minute(s)

Cooking time: 1 hour(s)

Diet type: Vegetarian

Number of servings (yield): 4

Recipe Rating 4 Stars:  ★★★★☆ 1 review(s)