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This Pesto Pizza with Feta Stuffed Crust is perfect for those nights when you’re looking for really good pizza, but don’t want to head out. Homemade pizza dough baked up with a feta stuffed crust, topped with basil pesto, three kinds of cheese, roasted red peppers, pepperoni, and a house style “pizza seasoning”. As soon as the pizza comes out of the oven, top with basil, slice, eat, and ENJOY. Every last bite of this pizza is delicious and will leave you wanting more. The cheese-filled garlicky herb crust is basically like garlic bread and makes for one delicious pizza!

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You know, some weeks really are just better than others. Last week I struggled big time. Everything I made I wasn’t feeling the most confident about. Fortunately, this week is totally different. I’ve really loved every recipe I’ve made. So much so that I’m sharing them with you guys as soon as possible. Like Monday’s Gordita CRUNCH tacos and now today’s Pesto Pizza with Feta Stuffed Crust.

I had this idea earlier in the week. And while I had about 10% of my brain questioning the idea, the other 90% of my brain was nothing short of excited. So, I didn’t second it guess it like I usually do. Instead, I just created it. And you guys, this pizza is really just everything delicious.

I’m so excited to be sharing it here today. I feel like it’s perfect for this week since so many of us are really freezing our butts off with this winter weather!

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(pizza before baking)

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The Idea.

If you’re on Tiktok, you know all about the feta pasta that has basically broken the internet. I feel like it’s everywhere right now. Every other person is currently remaking it and then sharing the recipe. Look, I’m sure that pasta really is delicious, but if someone has already shared it, you probably don’t need to see it from me.

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So, that kind of left me thinking about feta cheese. I love feta, but so often it’s just used for salads and things like that. So I kept thinking and thinking. And thinking more, and then? I had the idea to do a feta stuffed crust pizza. It’s actually a recipe I did way, way, way back when I first started to cook for my family. But I had forgotten all about it until now. The idea obviously excited me. So, as I said above, I left my doubts behind and created the recipe.

And in my eyes? It might just be the perfect pizza. It’s truly just SO GOOD. As in roll your eyes back, eat a slice, and then immediately go back for seconds… before everyone else gets at. Dramatic, but for me personally, that’s the truth.

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Here are the details. First, the crust.

It’s essential to this pizza and really sets it apart from all others. If I had to describe the crust, it’s cheesy garlic bread for your pizza. It’s DELICIOUS.

And it is really easy to make. Just take pizza dough…I always make mine at home, but store-bought is great too…use what’s easiest for you! Roll the dough out, then stuff it with a mix of feta cheese, mozzarella cheese, garlic, and herbs around the edge.

The garlic herbs mix is just basil, oregano, garlic, and chili flakes…very similar to what you might find in your favorite garlic bread. But then there’s feta? it’s the real stand-out. As it bakes inside the crust, it turns melty and creates the perfect cheesy crust situation. One that people don’t expect…but of course love.

Pesto Pizza with Feta Stuffed Crust | halfbakedharvest.comNow the toppings.

I kept them simpler since the crust is already so delicious and flavorful.

I did a little basil pesto, three kinds of cheese, roasted red peppers, and pepperoni. The pesto base is my favorite, but the pepperonis really are what excite me most. I just love a good cheesy pepperoni pizza. This one is just a touch more, hmm, let’s go with elevated than all the rest!

That said, the pepperoni is completely optional. If you don’t enjoy pepperoni…leave them off!

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Assemble and bake.

I like to bake the pizza on a sheet pan, or in a pizza oven, or in the upper position of the oven at a super high temp. Ideally, at the highest temp your oven will go! It’s key to a really beautiful crust.

The pizza cooks pretty fast, so in less than fifteen minutes you’ll have amazing pizza. AND…your kitchen will smell incredible. Like cheesy garlic bread baking away, but with a pizza twist! As soon as the pizza comes out of the oven, slice it, top it with basil, and eat. This one is meant to be eaten hot…preferably while sitting by a crackling fire with your favorite people…and maybe a drink in hand too. Live it up pizza night, you know?!

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Looking for other wintery pizzas? Here are a few to try:

Sheet Pan Buffalo Chicken Pizza

Balsamic Mushroom Fontina Pizza

Shredded Brussels Sprout and Bacon Pizza

Lastly, if you make this Pesto Pizza with Feta Stuffed Crust be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! Above all, I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!

Pesto Pizza with Feta Stuffed Crust

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories Per Serving: 385 kcal

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Ingredients

Instructions

  • 1. Position the oven rack in the upper 1/3 portion of your oven. Preheat the oven to 500° F. for at least 30 minutes before baking, preferably 1-2 hours ahead. If you have a baking stone, start preheating it.
    2. To make the herb seasoning, combine the basil, oregano, grated garlic, lemon zest, and a pinch of red pepper flakes.
    3. Combine the feta, 1/3 cup mozzarella, and 2 tablespoons of the herb seasoning in a bowl.
    4. On a lightly floured surface, push/roll the pizza dough out until it is pretty thin (about a 12-14 inch circle). Place the pizza dough on a lightly oiled sheet pan. Arrange the feta cheese mix around the edge of the dough. Fold the edges of the dough over the cheese, pinching to seal the cheese inside.
    5. Spread on the pesto and olives. Sprinkle on 2/3 cup mozzarella, the fontina, and parmesan. Add the red peppers and pepperoni. Sprinkle the remaining herb seasoning over top.
    6. Slide into the preheated oven and bake for 10 minutes, rotate the pizza, and bake another 3-5 minutes or until the crust is golden and the cheese has melted. Top the pizza with fresh basil. ENJOY!

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  1. 4 stars
    Made this tonight and it is very good! However, I do think it tends to be on the salty side… between the olives and feta and pepperoni, it’s a little bit much. But the peppers add a nice sweetness!

  2. 5 stars
    Tonight was the 3rd time I’ve made this-my company said it was the best pizza they’d ever had!! Used the no-knead crust from your 2nd cookbook. Also made your vintage chocolate peanut butter pie for dessert, and that was a winner, too! Seriously considering giving away all my other cookbooks and just making your recipes from now on!!

    1. Hey Missy,
      Thanks so much for making this recipe, I am thrilled that it was enjoyed! Have a great Sunday:) xTieghan

  3. 5 stars
    Made this tonight as directed (using freshly made kale pesto and Trader Joe’s dough), and it is the BEST homemade pizza I’ve ever had! My husband says maybe the best he’s ever had, period! Thank you for the wonderful recipe! We’ll be adding this to our family pizza night rotation for sure!!

    1. Hey Carey,
      Happy Sunday! Thanks so much for making this recipe, I am thrilled that it was enjoyed! xTieghan

  4. 5 stars
    Made this tonight and it was excellent. I don’t think I stretched my dough enough as I’m not used to working with dough. It came out very thick, but still delicious. Big puffy crust stuffed with delicious feta and mozzarella! We used (frozen) pesto that was made with basil from last summer. Delicious combo of toppings. Will keep this in rotation!

    1. Hey Missy,
      Thanks so much for making this recipe, I am delighted that it was enjoyed! Have a great weekend! xTieghan

  5. 4 stars
    Made this tonight. Great recipe and easy to follow. When I make it again I will leave out the lemon but otherwise great taste!

  6. 5 stars
    So easy to make and so good.
    Since I’m on Weight Watchers I substitute the Pizza dough with the 2 ingredient dough and used fat free products, but my family loved it.

  7. 4 stars
    So yummy! I did the store bought, pre made Kroger dough. I thought I rolled it out thin enough, but I definitely accidentally made deep dish pizzas lol. Flavors are amazing! But I am a thin crust person for sure. If you’re reading this before you make it, I’d say get it as paper thin as you can! Still loved it! Flavors are amazing.

  8. 5 stars
    Great recipe! Took quite a bit longer than expected because I had an uncooperative (store-bought) pizza crust, but I loved the flavors of the oregano, basil, and lemon. I ended up using feta and an Italian cheese mix I could find at my supermarket, but it still tasted amazing. The stuffed crust made this really special, and my family loved it!

    1. Hey Jordan,
      Thanks a bunch for giving this recipe a try, I am thrilled that it was enjoyed! Have a great week:) xTieghan

  9. I made this last night! I’m super proud of myself for stuffing a crust for the first time! It was delicious! It took a little longer than I thought. But it was worth it!

    1. Hey Crystal,
      Thanks a bunch for giving this recipe a try, I am thrilled that it was enjoyed! Have a great week:) xTieghan

  10. 4 stars
    This was sooo tasty 😁
    I had a dough fail because I didn’t use HBH recipe (lesson learnt), had to use premade bases instead and spread the ‘stuffing’ around the edges. About the best home made pizza I’ve made. And very happy with left overs for lunch today, winning!

    1. Hey Marilla,
      I am absolutely delighted that you enjoyed the recipe, thanks for making it! Have the best week☀️ xTieghan

  11. 5 stars
    We made this tonight and my family said it was “ridiculous!”. Thank you for a tasty recipe! 😊

    1. Hey Michelle,
      I am thrilled this recipe was enjoyed, thanks a lot for making it! Happy Sunday! xTieghan

  12. 5 stars
    This pizza was so incredibly good! The pesto, olives and feta work together so well. The stuffed crust was the perfect treat at the end. Will definitely make again!

  13. 5 stars
    Fantastic! Whole family enjoyed this. Easy, and bonus – house smelled really good – that seasoning blend took it over the top. Thank you, Tieghan!

    1. Hey Lori,
      Thanks a lot for giving the recipe a try, I am delighted that the recipe was enjoyed! Happy Sunday! xTieghan

  14. 5 stars
    I make pizza most Friday nights and I’m always looking for new twists. We tried this one last week and my husband said “I think this is the best pizza you’ve ever made!” The combination of stuffed crust, pesto base, roasted peppers and pepperoni toppings is a pure WINNER!

    1. Hey Trish,
      Thanks a lot for giving the recipe a try, I am delighted that the recipe was enjoyed! Happy Sunday! xTieghan

  15. 4 stars
    Good evening,
    Ok I attempted to make the pizza and I will say the pizza came out really good except for the crust. My daughter made the crust by sallybakingaddition.com. She made it with a pot pie and it was to die for, so when it was all beautiful and done the crust tasted like shortbread cookies with no sugar,so I used the same crust for the pizza. I followed the recipe exactly! I have a pic but I don’t think I can upload on this website. I must say had I made a “pizza crust”. It would have been a ten. Not your fault of course.

  16. 5 stars
    I made this last night and it was amazing!!! Next to your Brussels sprouts/bacon pizza, this is my all-time favorite. It’s an explosion of flavors in delicious combination. I was feeling a little lazy, so just used mozz, feta, lemon juice and pepper in the stuffed crust, and it was still delicious. I replaced the fontina with gouda because I had it. Otherwise, I used your homemade pesto which was an excellent idea for the base. I had it for lunch today, and it was even better the second time around. Thank you for giving my cooking new life!

  17. 5 stars
    I made this with friends on Friday, and we have homemade pizza-making parties fairly regularly. Several commented that this was the best homemade pizza they’d ever had, and I have to agree! I will definitely make this again. The flavors were incredible, and I want to douse everything I eat in the herb seasoning!

  18. 5 stars
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  19. 5 stars
    Wow! Just wow. I made this tonight for my very picky husband. He LOVED it. We swapped out pepperoni for Trader Joe’s peppered turkey bacon. It’s what we had on hand. Honestly, my favorite pizza recipe from Half Baked Harvest. Thank you!

  20. i love the sound of this recipe!! i really wanna try it, but i was wondering if it would work using a frozen cauliflower pizza crust? i’ve started to love it way more than regular pizza dough and wasn’t sure if it would work with the recipe or if you had any ideas as to how to do so? thanks!!!

    1. Hey Emma,
      Sure, I think that would work well, I’m just not sure if you would be able to do the stuffed crust. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

  21. 5 stars
    It’s 9:15 in the morning and I am making this pizza. I am now waiting for the oven to get to 500 but the pizza looks so good that I could eat it raw…I know I’m gonna LOVE LOVE LOVE this. Again, thank you for sharing your talent with all of us.

  22. Question – recipe calls for crumbled feta and shredded mozz, but in your pic up top, you’ve got some kind of cubed cheese. Can you clear that up please? Cannot wait to try this!! Thanks!

    1. Hey Toni,
      It’s just some cubed mozzarella. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

  23. Hi! So I stumbled across your site looking for pizza recipes (and other recipes in general) and am super pumped to try out so many of them! I’ve been in Antarctica for the past 18 months and haven’t cooked during that time so I am REALLY looking forward to going home and trying out some of these… the queso fundido taquitos, the spinach and artichoke soft pretzels, ALL OF THE RAMEN. Everything looks positively amazing! Thank you for the inspiration and recipes!

    1. Hey Tori,
      Thanks so much for your kind message! Wow, 18 months in Antarctica, sounds pretty awesome! I hope you love the recipes:) xTieghan

  24. will be making this soon with few subs i love pizza soooooooooooo much will dm you if i make this and let you know how it goes Thanks Ramya