Pesto Spinach “Christmas” Pizza

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Pesto Spinach Christmas Pizza

We couldn’t resist with our pizza-themed giveaway not to give you a holiday pizza idea!  While cookie decorating is not our forte, we may have found our niche in themed pizzas (there’s got to be a market for this somewhere!).

This pizza is a mix of everything we love on a pizza – basil pesto (frozen from this summer), spinach, red onion, and sundried tomatoes, with just a dusting of cheese. Since we were trying to get the beautiful green of the Christmas tree to shine through, we used less cheese than normal – which actually helped to highlight the flavor of the pesto. I found it surprisingly delicious, since we were honestly going more for looks with this one!

Give it a try if you’re looking for a fun holiday treat – and don’t forget to enter the giveaway to win your very own pizza stone and pizza peel to help with the process!

Click here for a chance to win!

For more pizza inspiration
Greek Pizza
Mexican Pizza
Pesto Pizza
Pizza Margherita
Roasted Red Pepper Pita Pizzas
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Pesto Spinach “Christmas” Pizza

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  • Author: a Couple Cooks
  • Yield: 1 pizza


  • 1 pizza dough
  • 1/2 cup pesto (frozen from summer, or store-bought)
  • A few cups spinach
  • A few handfuls shredded mozzarella or pizza blend cheese
  • 6 to 8 sundried tomatoes, packed in oil
  • 1 red onion
  • Kosher salt


  1. Prepare the dough using either the stand mixer or food processor methods (you also can knead by hand; follow this videoinstruction for more). Follow the preparation instructions in the dough recipe if prepared in advance.
  2. Place your pizza stone in the oven and preheat to 500°F.
  3. Prepare the toppings: Chiffonade the spinach. Finely slice the red onion. Drain and slice the sundried tomatoes in half.
  4. When the oven is ready, stretch the dough into a triangle shape; use a pizza cutter if necessary to create a tree shape (use the scraps for the tree trunk). Place it on a floured pizza peel or pull the pizza stone out of the oven and carefully place the dough on it.
  5. Quickly assemble the pizza: Thinly spread a bit of pesto over the dough, then sprinkle on as much mozzarella cheese as you like. Top with spinach, red onion, and sundried tomatoes in an artistic pattern. Sprinkle with a bit of kosher salt.
  6. Bake the pizza: Transfer the pizza to the oven, and bake until the cheese and crust are nicely browned, about 5 to 7 minutes.



  • Reply
    Lauren @ Healthy Food For Living
    December 14, 2011 at 6:49 am

    So clever! We eat a LOT of homemade pizza around these parts, but I honestly never thought to form the dough into a festive shape. The combination of ingredients on this pie sounds delicious.

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    Skinny Fat Kid
    December 14, 2011 at 10:22 am

    Looks so good! I too love making my own pizza but typically just shape it to my baking pan or stone…the new possibilities are endless!

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    Jill @ A Cook's Nook
    December 14, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    that’s so cute! I feel good when I don’t over knead the dough, shapes might be beyond me!

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    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts
    December 14, 2011 at 6:43 pm

    I love pesto on pizza! This is such a fun shape. I might have to try to do this with my 6 year old next week, he would love it!

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      December 16, 2011 at 9:02 am

      Oh, that’s awesome! I would have loved this as a kid too!!

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    December 15, 2011 at 9:19 am

    Ahh! So cute! I love love love it! I’m just like a 6 yo when it comes to Christmas I guess. lol

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      December 16, 2011 at 9:02 am

      Haha, I think I am too! The older I get the more I love it :)

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    December 15, 2011 at 10:41 am

    Love this!

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    January 8, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    This is so cute… love your blog.

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    December 7, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    God molto bello

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    Charlene from Okllahoma
    June 4, 2014 at 5:01 pm

    On my Pasto pizzas I spread pesto on the pizza dough..f/b cooked sliced/diced chicken, black olives and roasted garlic and a sprinkle of parmesan cheese. And top it off with some fresh basil leaves..
    . Soooooo! very good

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    Bib Popper
    December 7, 2014 at 7:48 am

    mmmm looking tasty and fun!

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    Roshani Khanna
    August 31, 2016 at 2:34 am

    Delicious!! Now you are making me hungry Sonja! the dressing sounds so good, absolutely loving this! Pinned!

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    Shilpa Malhotra
    October 24, 2016 at 3:49 am

    Such a great idea. This sounds so zesty and delicious! I cannot wait to try it out!

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    Riya Ahuja
    January 3, 2017 at 4:57 am

    This looks delicious and I need to make this recipe soon! Thanks for sharing!

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