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Jalapeno and Pecan Pesto Pizza

Oct 16, 2018Posted by guestchefPrint


Thanks to Kenneth Kingswell of Strega Nonas Oven mobile catering in Gainesville, FL for sending in this recipe!

This is a great pesto recipe for people who are lactose intolerant or are vegan.  There is no dairy in this recipe whatsoever.  It’s a great addition to bruschetta, pizza, eggs, fish, and chicken.  Give it a try!  I’ve also made this with almonds & pistachios with great results as well.

Jalapeno & Pecan Pesto Pizza

This is a riff on a Mario Batali recipe. He sells a jalapeno pesto in his Eataly, NY location and I decided to make it southern style.
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Appetizer, Side Dish, Pizza, Bread, Rice And Pasta
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4


  • 2 cups olive oil
  • 1 TBSP sea salt
  • 4 oz pecans pieces
  • 1/4 cup red onion
  • 6-10 each jalapenos


  • Remove stems & seeds from jalapenos. Slice jalapenos lengthwise to make removal of seeds & pith easier. (Note: The jalapenos' spicy heat comes from the pith and ribs of the pepper. Leave a little more in the mix for a hotter sauce, remove as much as possible for a milder sauce.)
  • Heat pecans over medium heat to toast slightly. Cool pecans before adding to the pesto. Add your sea salt to your pecans.
  • Add jalapenos & red onion to food processor and puree while adding your olive oil. Add more oil if needed. Pesto should have the consistency of applesauce. Add your nut & salt mixture and taste -- checking both salt level & oil level. Add more of each if necessary.
  • Set sauce aside and prepare your dough and toppings. Layer them on the dough when you are ready to bake your pizza.


To transform this recipe into a base sauce for a great pizza or flatbread, simply prepare your dough, add a light layer of pesto sauce, and top it with complimentary items. The pictured pizza adds cheese and sliced red onions for a vegetarian treat. Pre-cooked chicken is also a good addition. Remember that the sauce may have real kick to it, so balance that spice with milder flavors on top for a nice balance that allows you to taste the various levels and leave the nuttiness and rich oil flavor of the pesto as the star of the show!
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