Sunday, July 19, 2020

Savory Sunday: Mushroom Basil Pizza

By Anastazja Kolodziej

It’s summertime, which means that for many of us, our basil is in full growth mode. This recipe, which uses basil from our community garden plot, is a good choice for those days when you want something seasonal that’s different from the regular tomato sauce pizza. 

·  Pizza dough (homemade or store-bought)
·  1 cup basil, with some extra as garnish
·  1/2 cup olive oil
·  About 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
·  1 large clove of garlic
·  Salt, to taste
·  5 Mushrooms,sliced
·  Mozzarella cheese
1.   Combine basil, oil, Parmesan and garlic in a food processor and blend well. You can also use an immersion blender, which is what I used. You may need to add more oil if the mixture is too thick to blend.
2.   Spread out pizza dough on a baking sheet and preheat the oven to 530 degrees.
3.   Spread basil sauce on pizza dough. Add mozzarella and mushrooms. I used fresh mozzarella, which adds an additional dimension to the pizza.
4.   Bake for about 13 minutes, or until the crust has browned.
5.   Top with fresh basil leaves.
This recipe makes one medium pizza, enough for dinner for two people.


"Savory Sunday" is a weekly summer blog series with seasonal recipes from the garden.
About the Author:
 Anastazja Kolodziej is a rising senior at the University of Maryland, double majoring in multiplatform journalism and the classics (Ancient Greek and Latin). On campus, she serves as an assistant managing editor at The Diamondback.


  1. We just had this pizza for dinner with basil from our garden and sourdough crust-the most delicious pizza I ever baked at home! It was so easy to make, as the directions were so clear, and the list of ingredients was short. Thank you Anastazja for this great recipe.

    1. Great to hear that you had success and enjoyed it! I will pass your thanks on the Anastazja.


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