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homemade pizza with pesto, baby portobello mushrooms, gorgonzola and walnuts with sesame see crust cut into squares on parchment paper

Pesto, Mushroom, Gorgonzola Pizza (Without Tomato Sauce)

  • Author: Katelyn
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 12 square pieces 1x


A unique pizza smothered in pesto and topped with gorgonzola cheese, Portobello mushrooms and chopped walnuts with the most amazing sesame seed crust, all baked to golden perfection. A copycat version of the “Shear Delight” from Asheville Brewing Company is one of the best pizza combinations you’ll ever taste!


  • 1 store bought ready-to-bake pizza dough or my Easy Homemade Pizza Dough
  • Olive oil for greasing pan and brushing the crust (can use cornmeal instead of oil to prevent crust from sticking)
  • 12 tablespoons sesame seeds (I like to go heavy on the sesame seeds, its the best part!)
  • 1/4 cup pesto
  • 1 1/22 cups shredded mozzarella cheese (depending on how cheesy you like your pizza)
  • 4 ounces baby Portobello mushrooms, sliced 
  • 2 ounces gorgonzola cheese, crumbled into Nickle sized pieces
  • 3 Tablespoons chopped walnuts


  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F
  2. Spread your pizza dough out into a circle or rectangle on a pizza stone or baking sheet. (If using a baking sheet, you will need to either grease the pan with a tablespoon of olive oil or sprinkle with cornmeal to prevent sticking). 
  3. Brush the edges of the pizza with olive oil and sprinkle the crust with sesame seeds.
  4. Cover the center of the pizza in a thin layer of pesto and top with shredded mozzarella cheese.
  5. Add your toppings (sliced mushrooms, bits of gorgonzola cheese, walnuts).
  6. Bake for 13 to 15 minutes until top is golden and crust is cooked through. 


Don’t forget to top with some red pepper flakes if you like a little heat!

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Mains
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: Pizza

Keywords: pesto, gorgonzola, vegetarian, pizza, sesame seeds

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