I first tried this pizza at my friends’ house, Carla and Patrick, and they got the recipe from one of their friends, Beth (see Beth’s original recipe here). Yes, it’s not a traditional Italian pizza, but the flavours are delicious! I also love it when recipes go from one home to another and get exchanged between friends. This pizza can be made in no time if you rely on store-bought products, or you can try to make everything from scratch… so many possibilities! As with much of my cooking, my version of this recipe has no set quantities for the ingredients, so feel free to try different options or create your own version!
Pizza dough (I got some great whole wheat dough from a local bakery)
Onion, diced finely
Salt and pepper
Red pepper, diced
Grated cheese (I used Harvati with jalapeños, but any cheese or combination of cheeses will work)
Put a splash of oil in a pan and throw in some finely diced onion, cook for a couple of minutes and then add the ground beef. Let the beef cook well, stirring often; once ready season with salt and pepper. Preheat oven to about 375. Lightly coat a baking pan with a little bit of oil, roll the pizza dough in the shape and size of your baking pan and place dough on pan. Place pan with dough in the oven for a few minutes, until the dough starts to brown. Take pizza shell out of the oven, spread a light coat of pesto on it, then put the cooked ground beef on top, the diced red pepper and finally sprinkle generously with the grated cheese. Put the pizza back in the oven until the cheese melts.