Wild Nettle Pesto Pizza

We’re foraging nettles to make a ‘super food’ pesto for our feature in July/August issue. Nettles grow abundantly in Ireland, but are more often looked at as weeds than the nutrient dense plants they really are. With high levels of Vitamins A and C, iron, and protein, they make a very tasty and free ingredient for your summer pizza.

wild nettle pesto recipe

Ingredients - Pesto

  • 50g of young wild nettle leaves

  • 50g of fresh basil leaves

  • 50g parmesan cheese

  • 1 garlic clove

  • 50g pine nuts, toasted

  • 50ml extra virgin olive oil


1 - Bring a pot of water to the boil, then drop in the nettles and cook for 2 minutes.

2 - Drain and run the nettles under cold water. Squeeze out as much water as possible and chop. (if you don’t want to use nettles, you can use 100g of fresh basil)

3 - Put the nettles, fresh basil and the rest of the ingredients in a food processor and blitz to a rough paste.

4 - Transfer to a clean jar or bowl.

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Ingredients -

  • Pizza da Piero pizza bases

  • Pizza Sauce

  • 80g nettle and basil pesto

  • 150g of blue cheese, crumbled

  • 2 red onions

  • 400g fresh tomatoes

  • Olive Oil

Method -

1 - Pre heat your oven to the highest temperature

2 - Peel and slice the onions into rounds

3 - Preheat a grill pan. Toss your sliced onion in olive oil and grill on both sides until onion is tender and caramelised .

4 - Dice the fresh tomato, toss in olive oil and season with salt and pepper.

5 - Spread the pizza sauce on to the pizza base and scatter the blue cheese on top.

6 - Bake in the oven for 3 - 5 minutes

7 - Remove the pizza from the oven and using a spoon, dot on the pesto.

8 - Scatter the grilled red onion, top with the fresh tomato and serve.

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Tomato, Mozzarella & Basil Pesto Pizza

Ever since we found out Award Winning Food Blogger, Shilpa Razniewska of Soulful and Healthy was a fan of our bases, we knew we had to get her to share a pizza recipe with us! It is inspired by her very own trip to Italy’s idyllic Lake Como and the flavours on this pizza are just summer on a plate. This pizza is the perfect treat on weekends and kids will love it too!

Like us, Shilpa is passionate about making and eating healthy, wholesome food. Not only one of the best food bloggers in Ireland, Shilpa is a talented food stylist and food photographer. Check out her beautiful and delicious recipes on Instagram 📸 soulful_and_healthy

Cliona & Piero

When I first moved to Ireland in 2012 my husband and I were exploring different kinds of cuisines and different ways of cooking as well. It was that time we discovered Piero’s pizza bases and when we first tried it at home, I was quite impressed by its quality, it was nothing like a ready-made base bought from the store. The texture is same as you would make at home. So, since 2012 I can’t even count the number of times, we have made different varieties of pizza using Piero’s pizza base and it has never disappointed us at all. The quality and taste are the same even now as it was when we used it for the first time.

Although I have learnt to make my own pizza base at home, at times when I don’t feel like making it but still crave for a pizza we always go for this base. I love that it is thin crust and stone baked. It’s light and delicious! We hardly order take away these days after we found out this amazing base.

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This pizza is inspired by one of our trips to Italy in the beginning of 2012, when I went to meet my husband, back then my boyfriend. We visited the town of Lake Como and it was absolutely beautiful, I am so glad we went back there again in summer years after with our little boy. We had dinner at a restaurant in Lake Como and there we ordered pizza which was topped rocket leaves.

This recipe I am sharing is inspired by the pizza we ate there. After that we made these many times at home and each time using Piero’s pizza base and it reminded us of our trip to Italy.

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The perfect stone baked and thin crust is ideal for a quick, delicious and tasty pizza anytime. Topped with beef tomatoes, mozzarella balls, pesto and fresh rocket leaves it is the perfect combination of all things delicious.

I am sharing my version of this pizza you can make it however you like it too. With any toppings of your choice. For the sauce I prefer using simple passata, you can use pizza sauce as well. Piero's stone baked pizza bases are great for any kind of topping, or even a simple Pizza Margarita!

I really hope you enjoy this pizza as much as we have been enjoying it for years.

Ingredients -

  • 2 Piero's Stonebaked pizza bases

  • 1 cup Pizza sauce or passata

  • 1 thinly chopped beef tomato

  • 1 Mozzarella ball sliced

  • 2 tsp pesto

  • 1 cup grated mozzarella

  • Freshly ground pepper to season

  • 1/2 tsp dried Italian mixed herbs

  • Handful of fresh rocket leaves to serve

Method -

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 250 degree Celsius

  2. Spread the pizza sauce on each pizza, sprinkle mozzarella, arrange the tomatoes and mozzarella slices

  3. Add the pesto on the sliced mozzarella. Season with dried herbs and fresh ground pepper

  4. Bake in the pre-heated oven for 5 to 7 minutes

  5. When serving garnish with fresh rocket leave. Bon Appetit!

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