Pistachio Pesto Pizza with Crème Fraîche and Roasted Garlic (plus a KitchenAid® giveaway!)

Pistachio Pesto Pizza with Crème Fraîche and Roasted Garlic is the ideal pizza for anyone who loves pistachios. Plus, you’ll be left with some extra pesto to spread all over your favorite bread so you can keep the pistachio goodness around for a while.

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Calling all pistachio lovers… All you lovers of the green nuts, all you pistachio-obsessed folks who literally can’t get enough of that salty, savory flavor!

This is the only pizza recipe you need to make for the rest of your lives.

I know that’s a bold statement to make, but that’s just how strongly I feel about the pistachio pesto that’s slathered all over this crispy pizza crust.

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This recipe is one that I had to figure out how to make at home after I indulged in the entire thing in Charleston, SC this June. I 100% ate the entire pizza. There was no regret. I didn’t care that I didn’t share. I had to have every bite because good lord it was so damn delicious.

There’s one secret to making the perfect pesto…

You want me to say pistachios here, but that’s not what I’m gonna say.

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It’s a food processor. You might be rolling your eyes and thinking “well DUH” but it’s so so sooooo necessary. I have actually tried to make it without one. I ended up slicing my hand open, with basil leaves all over the floor, tears in my eyes, wondering why the hell I didn’t just buy the dang food processor when I was at the store 2 hours earlier.

Of course, there are good and bad food processors out there. There are also GREAT ones. Enter the KitchenAid® 9-Cup Food Processor with ExactSlice™ System. When I say GREAT, I really mean fantastic/amazing/knock-your-socks-off GREAT. I have been using this food processor for EVERYTHING since I got it and I am constantly finding new uses for it. It holds a crazy amount of food in it (I mean, 9 CUPS), but it also comes with this little mini bowl insert so you can make smaller things (read: pistachio pesto) without battling with a giant blade and bowl.

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It slices, chops, and purees. I think it could probably help me launch pistachio pesto into space if I wanted to (and no, I don’t mean all over my ceiling because it won’t start without the lid firmly locked in place – no messy disasters here!).

Just whip up this pesto, slather it on pizza with roasted garlic (because all the YES), and melt on some crème fraîche. You seriously won’t believe the difference that lil’ bit o’ dairy makes.

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Not to mention how easy it all is with this freakin’ amazing food processor.

KitchenAid® seriously knows their stuff, you guys. So get on it and enter the giveaway below the recipe!

Disclosure: I received free product from KitchenAid® as part of this giveaway and post. As always, all opinions and recipe are my own. Thanks for supporting the brands that support Cake ‘n Knife!

Pistachio Pesto Pizza with Crème Fraîche and Roasted Garlic

Yield: Serves 4 to 6

Prep Time:10 minutes

Cook Time:2 hours

Total Time:2 hours 10 minutes

Fresh homemade pistachio pizza makes this pizza so rich and flavorful. Topped with some crème fraîche to make you completely lose your mind!


  • 1 lb pizza dough
  • 1 head of garlic, top cut off
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/3 cup creme fraiche

Pistachio Pesto

  • 1/2 cup pistachios shelled
  • 1/2 cup basil
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1/3 cup grated parmesan
  • 1 1/2 tsp lemon zest
  • 1 cup olive oil


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Peel off the outside papery layers of the head of garlic, leaving the rest of the head in tact. Cut off the top and drizzle with 1 tsp olive oil. Wrap in foil and bake for 40 minutes until tender. Bake in additional 10 minute increments as needed if the garlic isn’t tender after 40 minutes. Squeeze out the roasted garlic cloves when it’s cool enough to handle. Set aside.
  3. In the bowl of the KitchenAid® food processor (using the mini bowl attachment), pulse together pistachios, basil, garlic cloves, parmesan, scallions and lemon zest. Set the food processor to high and slowly drizzle in 1 cup olive oil through the opening in the top. Store in the refrigerator until ready to use.
  4. Roll out pizza dough on a lightly floured flat surface into desired shape (rectangle or circle). Place on greased sheet pan or warmed pizza stone and bake 12 to 15 minutes until golden brown.
  5. Add the roasted garlic cloves on the baked crust and top with mozzarella cheese. Bake 5 minutes, or until cheese is melted.
  6. Spread the pizza with a layer of pistachio pesto (yes, you will have pesto leftover!) and dollop creme fraiche around the pizza. Bake an additional 5 minutes, or until the creme fraiche is melted.
  7. Remove from the oven and serve immediately.
Note: this pizza is note ideal for leftovers so be sure to eat it all! Not that it will be a problem to do that.. trust me.
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52 Responses to “Pistachio Pesto Pizza with Crème Fraîche and Roasted Garlic (plus a KitchenAid® giveaway!)”

  1. Lisa Stover — August 23, 2016 at 7:11 am (#)

    I would probably make some fresh salsa. I don’t really like the chunky kind. I think the kind you get at the restaurant is better 🙂

  2. Rust — August 23, 2016 at 7:23 am (#)

    The first thing I would make is sauerkraut with shredded cabbage.

  3. Liz S. — August 23, 2016 at 8:09 am (#)

    The first thing that I will make with the food processor, if I win, is a batch of Chocolate Chip Blondies.

  4. grace — August 23, 2016 at 8:22 am (#)

    salsa!  we’ve reached tomato overload!

  5. Shawn Stover — August 23, 2016 at 9:41 am (#)

    Spaghetti sauce

  6. William Snow — August 23, 2016 at 9:43 am (#)

    The first thing I will make WHEN I win the food processor is spicy hummus. 

  7. Dpham — August 23, 2016 at 10:34 am (#)

    I would make basil pesto with the food processor to add to delicious and fast pasta!

  8. Denise E. — August 23, 2016 at 10:40 am (#)

    I would love to make some roasted tomato sauce with the new food processor. Lots of tomatoes in my garden and I am getting overwhelmed!

  9. Jeffrey — August 23, 2016 at 10:53 am (#)

    I would like to make my own nut butters or hummus.

  10. Jeffrey — August 23, 2016 at 11:00 am (#)

    I believe the link for KitchenAid in the Rafflecopter is wrong.

  11. alicia szemon — August 23, 2016 at 11:06 am (#)

    I would use it to crush up some gram crackers so make some yummy cheesecake!

  12. stephanie macdonald — August 23, 2016 at 12:34 pm (#)

    my very own hummus!!

  13. Lisa Williams — August 23, 2016 at 12:39 pm (#)

    I think I will make some of my fabulous spaghetti sauce.

  14. carol clark — August 23, 2016 at 1:21 pm (#)

    id make humus and some some cashew butter i like

  15. Steph — August 23, 2016 at 1:46 pm (#)

    I will make pesto first 

  16. Will G — August 23, 2016 at 3:51 pm (#)

    I would make spaghetti sauce!

  17. Rana Durham — August 23, 2016 at 4:15 pm (#)

    i would make veggies empandas

  18. HS — August 23, 2016 at 6:20 pm (#)

    I would make hummus first.

  19. Jillian Too — August 23, 2016 at 6:25 pm (#)

    I’d love to use it to make peanut butter and experiment with different flavors.

  20. Rachel — August 23, 2016 at 7:20 pm (#)

    I would make salsa with my food processor if I won.

  21. Laura Bernard — August 23, 2016 at 7:31 pm (#)

    I would make guacamole and pesto!

  22. Nataly Carbonell — August 23, 2016 at 8:28 pm (#)

    I’d try this cauliflower mac n cheese recipe I saw online!

    • Meghan B. — August 24, 2016 at 11:49 am (#)

      Oooo cauliflower mac n cheese?! I’m gonna have to invite myself over if you win!

  23. Julie Wood — August 24, 2016 at 6:19 am (#)

    I am going to make my healthy salsa with this food processor!

  24. Karen D — August 24, 2016 at 12:52 pm (#)

    I would shred everything for coleslaw, since I don’t have the greatest knife skills

  25. Jessica N — August 24, 2016 at 2:44 pm (#)

    I would make pouches of fruit and veggies for my girls to take to school for lunch and snack. 

  26. cheryl larimer — August 24, 2016 at 6:50 pm (#)

    The first thing I would make is garlic aoli and homemade mayonnaise.

  27. Samantha — August 24, 2016 at 8:19 pm (#)

    I’d use up all the Jalapenos in the garden and make a delicious salsa.

  28. Annette — August 24, 2016 at 8:43 pm (#)

    The first thing I’d make is my favorite Italian soup that requires much chopping.

  29. carol johnson — August 24, 2016 at 8:55 pm (#)

    I’d learn how to make a good salsa.

  30. Lisa L — August 25, 2016 at 7:37 am (#)

    I would make fresh salsa from my garden.

  31. Rachel Travis — August 25, 2016 at 11:57 am (#)

    Ooooh I would make hummus!!

  32. Stacey Roberson — August 25, 2016 at 2:23 pm (#)

    I would make homemade black bean veggie burgers.

  33. Dana Esker — August 25, 2016 at 7:55 pm (#)

    I would make some hummus

  34. Brenda Haines — August 26, 2016 at 7:54 am (#)

    I would make my mom’s famous salsa first. Thanks for the chance!

  35. karen r — August 27, 2016 at 10:19 am (#)

    I’d make gazpacho!

  36. Lindsay C. — August 27, 2016 at 10:53 am (#)

    I would first use the food processor to help me make French Macarons! But your pizza looks absolutely delicious and would definitely use it to make the pesto as well! 

  37. Ali C — August 27, 2016 at 2:10 pm (#)

    I would make coleslaw.

  38. Carolsue — August 28, 2016 at 12:10 am (#)

    I would make guacamole first if I were to win

  39. Tonya Atkinson — August 29, 2016 at 3:14 pm (#)

    I would probably make some sort of pesto. Or chop up onions and bell peppers for a meatloaf.

  40. Kelly D — August 29, 2016 at 7:55 pm (#)

    I would make hummus.

  41. Robin Abrams — August 30, 2016 at 7:27 am (#)

    I would make some good salsa first with this if I am the lucky winner

  42. Natalie — August 30, 2016 at 3:27 pm (#)

    I would use the food processor to make homemade breadcrumbs to use in a watermelon soup.

  43. Kim Leonard — August 30, 2016 at 8:03 pm (#)

    I would make a tasty cheese queso using some fresh jalapeno peppers from my garden for some heat.

  44. Kim Leonard — August 30, 2016 at 8:07 pm (#)

    I would make some pie dough with fresh apples for French Apple Tart

  45. christina purvis — September 2, 2016 at 8:33 am (#)

    I would love to make some salsa!

  46. Michele Pineda — September 2, 2016 at 3:20 pm (#)

    Fresh pico de gallo using cilantro, onions and tomatoes and jalapenos from the garden….my husband eats it on anything and everything lol.

  47. Susan Christy — September 2, 2016 at 9:29 pm (#)

    I’d make some fresh salsa.

  48. Rebecca — September 4, 2016 at 3:42 pm (#)

    If my tomatillo plants are doing as well as they seem to be, I should be all set to make some tomatillo salsa to break in a new food processor!

  49. Kathryn Mcneal — September 4, 2016 at 4:44 pm (#)

    I’d probably make a crumble for a homemade cheesecake, or a chutney is something i’ve always wanted to try before.

  50. Breanna Pollard — September 4, 2016 at 9:38 pm (#)


  51. Janice Cooper — September 4, 2016 at 9:43 pm (#)

    I would make a sauce for my veggie lasagna

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