Pesto Stovetop Pizza ~ Pizza in just 20 minutes!



My kids love pizza. I discovered it very late… hehe… My initial days of making pizza did not receive so much enthusiasm so I was kind of slow on it. But once we started having Papa Johns, all the kids need is pizza. That too not any pizza, something that has a proper pizza like crust and looks and tastes like pizza. But who has the time to wait till the yeast does its job and the oven gets done. I mean on an average to make a pizza, you need at least an hour and a half and I don’t have that kind of time, period! πŸ˜€ That is when I chanced upon on this video and decided to make it as soon as possible. But I prefer making the dough separate and put it on the pan, so that is what exactly I went ahead with. Frankly, I didn’t like the dough with what the link came up with. It was too sticky and was nothing like a dough. I played around it and waited with abated breath to see how the pizza turns out and TADAA! Seriously, I would not want to wait to so long to have pizza from now on… πŸ™‚




The dough came in together in just five minutes. The pesto sauce hardly took a couple of minutes, assembling another couple of minutes and then on the stove for 10 to 12 minutes. And then you have your pizza ready! The crust was as good as a normal yeasted base and nobody would make out that it was instant! I was a bit worried about having an uncooked center but no, it was perfectly cooked. Do follow the instructions carefully and you will not go wrong, InShaAllah… πŸ™‚


The kids loved it to the core. I was not sure how they would take the pesto filling but they loved the “green thing”. πŸ˜€ Top it up with anything you like and rest of the process is the same. Being a blogger, the excitement comes from finding something that can really help you enjoy your food and I am super happy that I have come across this delicious way of making pizza, the “pizza way”! Before moving onto the recipe, some pizza recipes that are already on the blog:

Chicken Nuggets Vegetable Pizza

Spicy Chicken Pizza

Pizza Rolls

Mini Chicken Pizza with Wholewheat Base

Mushroom Capsicum Pizza with No-Yeast Base




3.75 from 4 votes

Pesto Stovetop Pizza ~ Pizza in just 20 minutes!

Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4
Author Rafeeda


  • A drizzle of olive oil for the pan
  • Mozarella cheese as required
  • 3/4 cup packed basil leaves
  • 8 walnuts
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 1/4 cup all purpose flour + more as required
  • 1 tsp instant yeast
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 2/3 cup warm water


  • For the pesto, grind all the ingredients till smooth. Set aside.
  • Combine the ingredients from flour to water and combine to make a dough. Add more flour as required and knead into a smooth dough.
  • Heat an 8 inch saucepan till hot. Drizzle up some olive oil.
  • Spread the dough on the hot pan till round. Spread the pesto over it and sprinkle the mozarella cheese.
  • Keep on medium high flame, covered for two minutes.
  • Reduce to the lowest flame, and cook for another 8 to 10 minutes till done.
  • Switch off and slowly slide the pizza onto a plate. Cut into slice and serve!

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    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:


  1. looks so perfect.. So tempting as it is quite simple and tasty recipe

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Veena…

  2. 4 stars
    Something very innovative and classic! Love the pizza!!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Bharathy…

  3. This is so lovely..!! Here my daughty loves pizzza…. ! This is so easy and yummy….! “They love the green thing..”- So cute words πŸ™‚

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Remya…

  4. That’s lot of CHEESE…it looks droolicious!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Angie…

  5. Drooling pizza!!!…..we too love papa johns pizza.. pizza is due this week for the kids .

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Nusrath…

  6. Woah! 20 mins pizza ready? Thats amazing! Pizza is one thing i am yet to try! I have made pesto but end up having all as he didnt like the green thing lol. But should try this dough!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      This is for you to try… πŸ˜‰ Thank you so much Fami…

  7. 4 stars
    This looks great! I’m a big fan of pesto too, I’ll definitely be looking forward to giving this a try insha’Allah πŸ™‚

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      JazakAllah Khair Khawlah… πŸ™‚

  8. Love the pesto on it Rafee. Pizza is a love language for me????

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Tisa… πŸ™‚

  9. I just love pesto ..this pizza looks so yummy ..lovely pics as well

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Gloria…

  10. Yummm…. my boys love pizza as well this one is so easy to make too

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Nammi…

  11. The pizza looks fabulous. How many pizzas were you able to make with the above said quantity? That would help in knowing how thick the pizza base should be. I recently saw a quick pizza on one of the cookery shows where instead of dough, they made a batter of it and poured it on pan like a pancake and then topped it. That is on my to do list.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      The pizza you see in the picture is what I could make… an 8 inch sized one… I have head of the batter type, it is called dosa pizza it seems, hehe… Thank you so much Ria for pointing it out, will update the post accordingly…

  12. From long I was thinking to make stove top pizza…but somehow not getting good yeast….this pesto topped pizza is making me drool……

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Lubna…

  13. O woow… pizza in 20 minutes?

    Count me in.

    I can’t wait to try this out the kiddies krew. It is quite innovative.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Amina…

  14. 4 stars
    Wow it looks so delicious.
    Never tried this before but definitely will,soon Inshaa Allah as I am a huge pizza lover❀
    -Team Ayeina

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      JazakAllah Khair… πŸ™‚

  15. This looks delicious! I have never tried making pizza on the stove top!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Nazima…

  16. It was probably not a good idea to go through this post so late in the night! That pizza looks so good! I could just go through the screen and pick a slice!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Ayesha… definitely not a good idea! Hehe…

  17. Oh em geee this looks so good. I love pesto and I love that you made your own here. I’m drooling!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Chelsea…

  18. Oh my… this just sounds delicious!!! I LOVE pesto and combined with pizza bread/dough – YUM!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Umme Hafsa…

  19. 3 stars
    DROOOOOOLLLLLLLLLL!!! I’m all about home made pizza, even though I like it spicy but I love trying new recipes out. Thank you for sharing πŸ˜€ ( and

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      The beauty of this is that the toppings are totally your call! Just keep the base same… πŸ™‚ Thanks a lot Zainab…

  20. Awesome recipe dear.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks Rumana…

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