Slow Roasted Tomatoes and Arugula Pesto Pizza

August 3, 2012 by Kari Karch

Spring is in the air and it’s a time for new beginnings and healthy recipes to boot. My recipe for Slow Roasted Tomatoes and Arugula Pesto Pizza will not only tantalize your taste buds, but will hopefully evoke a childhood memory like it did for me.


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1 grape tomatoes

2 cloves garlic smashed

1 tablespoons fresh thyme

1 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

0.5 teaspoons kosher salt

0.5 teaspoons cracked black pepper

2 cup arugula

1 clove garlic

0.25 cup pine nuts

0.5 cup parmesan reggiano

0.5 teaspoons kosher salt

0.25 teaspoons pepper

0.25 cup extra virgin olive oil

1 pounds fresh mozzarella cheese

1 pounds pizza dough store-bought



Preheat oven to to 250°. Cut the tomatoes in half and place on a baking sheet. Toss with the garlic, thyme, oil, salt, and pepper. Roast in the oven for 2 hours or until shriveled but still moist. Remove and allow to cool. While the tomatoes are roasting, make the pesto by placing the arugula, garlic, pine nuts, cheese, salt and pepper. Pulse until combined and slowly drizzle in the oil making a paste. Turn the heat up to 450° after the tomatoes are done. On a lightly floured work surface, roll out the dough into a 14-inch circle, 1/4 to 1/8 inch thick. Transfer the dough to the prepared baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil. Spread the pesto mixture on the pizza leaving a 1 inch border. Top with mozzarella slices and scatter the roasted tomatoes on top. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until crust is golden brown. Right before serving, drizzle with olive oil and grate cheese on top. ENJOY!

Kari Karch

Kari Karch is a 19-year veteran of the culinary industry, creator of Kiss the Cook, and the head chef and spokesperson for the Kenmore brand. She has made many notable appearances on ABC Morning News, on WGN, on the Cooking Channel and as a judge for the World Food Championships.