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homemade pizza with roasted broccoli, pesto, lemons, goat cheese crumbles, and almonds on cutting board

Roasted Broccoli Pesto Pizza

Pizza night, anyone? This homemade pizza is packed with good-for-you ingredients like hemp seed pesto, broccoli, almonds, goat cheese, and lemons. Top with a sprinkle of red pepper flakes for added goodness. Option to make this dairy-free and vegan by omitting the goat cheese - add an extra sprinkle of nutritional yeast instead!
Cuisine Italian
Keyword broccoli, pesto, pizza
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4


  • Pizza dough of choice - enough to make one 12-inch pizza crust
  • 1.5 cups broccoli florets (small pieces)
  • 1/4 cup goat cheese (omit for vegan recipe)
  • 1/4 cup almonds, chopped
  • 1/2 lemon
  • Approx. 1-2 tbsp olive oil (to grease baking sheet)

Hemp seed pesto

  • 2 cups fresh basil (about 2 large handfuls)
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 cup hemp seeds
  • 1/3 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • salt + pepper (to taste)

Optional Toppings

  • Sprinkle of red pepper flakes, squeeze of lemon juice, drizzle of extra virgin olive oil
  • Sprinkle of nutritional yeast (if vegan)


  • Prepare pizza dough/crust according to package instructions, making about a 12-inch pizza crust. Preheat oven to temperature as indicated on dough package (usually ~450F). Grease a large baking sheet with olive oil and add prepared dough to baking sheet. Place dough in the oven for about 5 minutes, then remove to add toppings.
  • Meanwhile, make hemp seed pesto by adding all pesto ingredients to a food processor. Blend until a green paste forms. Adjust seasoning as desired.
  • Chop broccoli into small florets and slice 1/2 a lemon into thin slices.
  • Remove pizza from the oven, then top with hemp seed pesto (spread evenly over top with a spoon or spatula, leaving about a 3/4-inch space for the crust). Add broccoli, goat cheese, lemon slices, and chopped almonds. Ensure that ingredients are evenly distributed.
  • Return pizza to the oven, and cook for another 15 minutes, or until the crust is golden.
  • Once pizza is done, remove from the oven and add remaining toppings as desired, such as red pepper flakes, a squeeze of lemon juice, or an extra drizzle of olive oil. Enjoy!


*To make vegan/dairy-free - simply omit the goat cheese (the pesto does not contain dairy). Can add a sprinkle of nutritional yeast to the pizza for extra "cheesy" flavour.
*To make gluten-free - purchase a gluten free pizza crust.
*If eating the lemon peel seems like too much for you, feel free to omit from the pizza. Instead, squeeze fresh lemon over top before serving!