Pesto Pizza with Grana Padano & Prosciutto di San Daniele
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Pesto Pizza with Grana Padano and Prosciutto di San Daniele

An easy peasy pizza base, topped with delicious homemade pesto made with Grana Padano, and finished with Prosciutto di San Daniele, rocket and more Grana Padano.
Recipe Type Main Course, Pizza
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Serves 4
Author Eb Gargano


Pizza Bases

  • 600 g strong white flour
  • 7 g fast action dried yeast
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil plus extra for greasing the trays
  • 350 ml lukewarm water


  • Large bunch of basil roughly 60g
  • 100 g pine nuts toasted
  • 100 ml good quality olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves grated or crushed
  • 100 g Grana Padano grated

Pizza toppings

  • 100 g Prosciutto di San Daniele ripped into small strips
  • 50 g rocket
  • 50 g pine nuts toasted
  • 100 g Grana Padano shavings


Pizza Bases

  1. Combine the flour, yeast and salt in a large mixing bowl. Add the water, plus 2 tablespoons of olive oil, and stir together.
  2. Tip the dough out onto a floured surface and knead for 10 minutes.
  3. Return the dough to the bowl, cover with clingfilm and leave in a warm place for 45 minutes.
  4. Pre heat your oven to 220C and grease 4 pizza trays lightly using olive oil.
  5. After 45 minutes, knead the dough lightly to knock out the air, then divide into 4 and roll out to fit into your pizza trays. Cook the pizza bases for 10 minutes before adding your toppings – they should be light golden brown.


  1. Lightly toast all your pine nuts in a large non-stick frying pan until golden brown – take care not to burn them.
  2. Place 100g of the pine nuts in a food processor and add all the basil, 2 garlic cloves and 100ml olive oil. Blitz to a smooth paste. Alternatively place all the ingredients in a jug or bowl and blitz with a hand blender until smooth.
  3. Stir in the grated cheese.
  4. When the pizza bases have cooked for 10 minutes, remove from the oven and spread over the homemade pesto.

Pizza Toppings

  1. Add the Prosciutto di San Daniele, and return to the oven for 3 minutes – do not allow the pesto or prosciutto to burn!!
  2. Remove the pizzas from the oven and top with rocket, Grana Padano and the remaining 50g of toasted pine nuts.


In addition to preparation and cooking times you will also need to allow 45 minutes for proving the pizza dough.