Pizza gets a healthy spin with toppings of kale pesto, roasted sweet potatoes, and brie.
sweet potato and brie pizza with kale pesto

I’m a girl on a mission.

A pizza mission.

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After all, we are nigh on one of the top 5 pizza takeout days of the year.

And I’d kind of prefer it if you didn’t stuff your face with grease, cheese, questionable cured meat, and high fructose corn syrup-laden sauce atop a cardboard crust. (Domino’s, Papa John’s, and Pizza Hut – I’m talking to you.)

Especially when homemade pizza is just SO.EASY. and can be topped with all of your favorite healthy toppings. (Or not-so-healthy toppings. But at least you’ll know what they are and from whence they came.)

Like kale pesto, roasted sweet potatoes, and a solid dose of brie.

Resolutions don’t have to stop for the superbowl, after all.

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I overcomplicated things a bit by making my own pizza dough (even though that, too, is super simple), but you can totally buy premade pizza dough from your favorite supermarket (I know Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s carry it) or pick some up from your local pizzeria (they’ll usually sell it to you on the cheap) if making your own feels ridiculously overwhelming. Throw on all your favorite toppings, bake at super high temps for 10 minutes, and you are good to go.

Here we are, just changing the world (and the way we celebrate the superbowl). One pizza at a time.

sweet potato and brie pizza with kale pesto

This is my submission to Recipe Redux, the theme of which for this month is healthy pizzas!

Sweet Potato and Brie Pizza with Kale Pesto
 
Pizza gets a healthy spin with toppings of kale pesto, roasted sweet potatoes, and brie.
Yield: 1 pizza
Ingredients
  • 1 recipe for pizza dough
  • 1 large sweet potato, peeled and cut into ½-inch dice
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 bunch lacinato kale, leaves only
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • ¼ cup sliced almonds
  • ¼ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • salt, to taste
  • 6 oz brie, thinly sliced
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 400.
  2. While pizza dough is rising, toss sweet potato cubes with olive oil. Spread onto a parchment-lined baking sheet. Sprinkle with salt. Roast for 30 minutes or until tender. Set aside.
  3. Bring a medium pot of salted water to a boil. Boil the kale for 30 seconds. Remove with tongs and use paper towels to squeeze dry.
  4. In a food processor, combine the cooked kale, lemon juice, almonds, and parmesan cheese. Process until coarsely chopped. Add in the olive oil and process until pureed. Season to taste with salt.
  5. Increase oven temperature to 500.
  6. Spread pizza dough out onto a greased pizza pan. Spread the pesto over the pizza, leaving a 1-inch edge all around. Sprinkle with sweet potato cubes and slices of brie. Bake for 10 minutes or until bottom is brown, dough is cooked, and cheese is melted.
  7. Let rest for 5 minutes before slicing and serving.
Notes
An Eats Well With Others Original
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1-2 slices

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82 Responses to Sweet Potato, Kale Pesto, and Brie Pizza

  1. Sam says:

    Sweet potato and brie is one of my favorite pizzas. I usually put a pile of spinach or arugula on top, but next time I’m using kale pesto instead! (Of course, now I want pizza for dinner instead of the tofu, vegetables and noodles I was going to make tonight…)

  2. Katerina says:

    I could eat pizza every single day! This is right up my alley!

  3. Loving this healthy pizza inspiration Joanne! Kale pesto is one of my favorites!

  4. Love love love! We’re always looking for new, creative homemade pizza toppings. I’d love to try this version! :)

  5. It was a bad idea to look at this pizza before breakfast! I love these cheesy goodness and the kale pesto sounds amazing!

  6. You get me EVERY. TIME. with sweet potatoes. Mmmm, this looks amazing. And maybe Josh will willingly eat kale if it’s on pizza ;-)

  7. Trisha says:

    I’ve been talking about kale pesto for a while now and my family keeps looking at me like I’m crazy. Thank you for confirming that I’m not!!

  8. Why did I look at this before going into lab meeting? Now my brain will be all Brie and sweet potatoes…yummm!!

  9. I am loving the colors of this pizza! And man, do I want a bite!

  10. I love making my own pizza but never make anything this creative. That needs to change stat.

  11. Kathryn says:

    Love the sound of this pizza – such great flavours and so much better than any of that mass produced stuff!

  12. Abby says:

    It’s too early here to be witty, I freaking love this pizza.

  13. Joanne – so when you open up your pizzeria – I could be your sampler!
    :)
    Homemade pizzas like yours rock!

  14. Mag says:

    Hi Joanne,
    Thx for yet another superb recipe! One question though, what’s the weight of “1 bunch kale”. Overhere they’re only sold in 500 gram package of freshly shredded kale ….

  15. Julia says:

    Shoot me dead, girl. Shoot. me. dead. :)

  16. LOVE it! Veggies and pizza have never looked so yummy especially with brie!

  17. Mimi says:

    Oh my gawd this looks like the best pizza EVER!

  18. danielle says:

    We make homemade pizza all the time – I love your flavor choices. Pinning this one!

  19. SallyBR says:

    Your pizza gave me great inspiration! I’ve got one of those spiral cutter thingies and the other day I used it on sweet potato, then quickly sauteed the strands in very little oil. It turned out great! I bet I could use those strands as topping for pizza with some kale and brie…. following along your footsteps… gotta try this!

  20. Daniela says:

    Pizza mission very successfully completed, Joanne!
    Looks delicious, is healthy and light and easy to prepare.

  21. this is my kind of pizza although I have never tried brie on pizza before.

  22. Aaaaah! How amazing is this pizza?!

    Answer: SO amazing.

  23. Meg says:

    This looks fantastic — and I love the addition of brie! Man, I love cheese.

  24. sandra says:

    I totally should have gone with pesto – mine came out too dry. Oh well, live and learn.. there are many more opportunities for making pizza. Am I right???

  25. sandra says:

    loving how the brie rind made a geometric pattern on yours. gotta try that!

  26. Susan says:

    There is so much awesome going on with this pizza. I don’t know perhaps lunch should have been at your place instead today. :-)

  27. A very healthy pizza! Love the flavours, Joanne.

  28. A combination of my favorite foods! Pizza- check. Kale-check. Brie….well, I hope there’s some left for the pizza because I rip into it the second I get back from the store.

  29. Making pizza at home is one of my favorite weekend meals, and I am totally going to steal your topping idea here. It looks so good!

  30. Deena Kakaya says:

    Brie and kale pesto? It’s a very loud, “mmmmmm” from me x

  31. This pizza mission is all kinds of fabulous! I’ve never had brie on pizza…and that’s just wrong.

  32. Kate says:

    What’s funny is that the Superbowl is the one day of the year we order the oil laden, greasy, cardboard crusted pizza! It’s kind of a tradition and a break from the ordinary, which for us is much more similar to this homebaked pizza goodness.

  33. Joyti says:

    I hadn’t seen your new layout, I really like it. Gorgeous!

    And your pizza sounds DELICIOUS. Yum!

  34. Brie? Brilliant choice for a topping. Love the idea of sweet potato too. Great combination of flavors!

  35. Healthy pizza with awesome flavours, the kale pesto is the best part :D
    Delicious!

    Cheers
    CCU

  36. I think pizza nirvana was achieved when you made this!

  37. I never eat pizza, but this I can do. That crust is perfection. Love sweet potatoes and kale! Do you deliver????

  38. Confession: I just ate pizza from the best NY-style pizza joint in town last night. And seriously, yours looks better. Your toppings look amazing and so healthy. All pizza should be like this. :)

  39. Eileen says:

    What are the other top four pizza takeout days? :) Kale and sweet potato sound like such a great plan for winter pizza!

  40. Lynn says:

    I always think I can’t make pizza, but you are giving me the courage to do it. Thank you -

  41. Hotly Spiced says:

    Yes, I too can’t stand pizza from those chain stores. How can anyone eat it? I love to make my own pizza – it’s such fun. I think the almonds and the brie in this would lift this to being outstanding xx

  42. Susan says:

    What a beautiful and healthy pizza, Joanne! I already am thinking of so many other ways your kale pesto could be used too. Your butternut squash strata below also sounds wonderful.

  43. What a wonderful combination !
    It looks so delicious!

  44. Homemade pizza is better than anything you can buy in a food chain, you’re right! This one looks so delish with the butternut squash and brie. Oh, I LOVE brie ; )

  45. Kristi says:

    I’m all about making my own pizza these days, compared to buying. If only I could get my daughter onboard, I’d be set. I haven’t brought myself to try sweet potato on pizza. I’m going to have to give it a try one day soon, just because I need to know if I like it.

  46. Megan says:

    The whole thing looks so good, but that Brie especially! Definitely better to make your own pizza!

  47. Pam says:

    Why have I never thought of adding brie to pizza? You are brilliant my friend and this pizza is making me drool. Seriously.

  48. ramblingtart says:

    I like your addition of sliced almonds, luv. :-) That is such a unique thing to put on pizza and would taste so nice toasted. :-)

  49. What beautiful photos! And your recipe is amazing. So many of my favorite ingredients — sweet potato and kale — and a clever use of brie cheese. Love it :)

  50. I’m not much of a pizza eater but clearly I’m in the minority. I do love your combination though…very healthy

  51. I cannot wait to make this – kale pesto with brie and sweet potato?? Sign me up!

  52. divine as always! this looks like the best healthiest pizza I have ever seen

  53. Christine says:

    Delicious looking pizza! Love the idea of using brie…so decadent!

  54. I love homemade pizza. This one sounds yummy and so healthy, I love it!!

  55. My eye totally went straight to the brie. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen it on a pizza. But why not? It’s magical and pizza’s magical so they should totally be paired together!

  56. My stepson will love this pizza topping combination :)

  57. Monet says:

    Beautiful work Joanne! I love the thought of having brie on my pizza too. Wow! I’m hungry now!

  58. Monica says:

    With this snow storm, I think I could use two of these pizzas today! Never had brie on pizza and it looks divine!

  59. daphne says:

    It looks perfect Joanne. I got to say, you are creative with your vegetables!

  60. Omg, did I need pizza yesterday. Or just brie. A lot of brie.

  61. Erika says:

    I salute your mission and applaud the toppings! Brie?!?!?! Sweet potato?? Kale pesto! I want to host a superbowl party just so I can make this!

  62. This sounds really delicious, I need to get out of my comfort zone and into more non-traditional pizzas – if you know what I mean. Great recipe!

  63. beti says:

    You got me with pizza but really the combination seems a bit strange, I like to try new recipes and this one seems to have it all, the sweetness of the potato, the strong flavor of Brie and the saltiness of Kale

  64. Kale pesto? What a good idea. I don’t really like the flavor much so this is a good way to hide it so I can eat this healthy green.

  65. Wait, I fall off the blogosphere for a day and we both make pizza?! What a great surprise! I noticed that you loved pizza which is awesome; The kale pesto is killing me – I need some!

  66. tigerfish says:

    Love the chunks of brie in there! The briny cheese balance the sweet potatoes and pesto so well.

  67. Reeni says:

    I’ll take one of your gourmet pizzas over those chains(eww) any day and every day! Sweet potatoes and brie together rock!

  68. Love the combos! I’ve never had brie on a pizza before but I bet it’s salty perfection! :)

  69. Homemade pizza is the best. And putting brie on it? Genius!

  70. you’ve inspired me to make kale pesto next week! I’m trying with pasta and I can’t wait!

  71. Corina says:

    This is such a lovely pizza. I often make my own dough too and it really is easy. I’ll have to try the kale pesto.

  72. Kara says:

    What a perfect topping combo. Inspired now to try making kale pesto!

  73. this pizza is a piece of art! love it!

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  75. Haley says:

    Oooo What a good looking pizza. I wouldn’t have thought to put brie and sweet potato together, it sounds delicious!

  76. Teffy says:

    Ooo looks so so good!
    I’ve actually got kale and squash (instead of sweet potato) which I could use, so definitely making use of this recipe this week.

    {Teffy’s Perks} X

  77. Nutmeg Nanny says:

    The toppings on this pizza are incredible, what a delicious combination :)

  78. Shannon says:

    i am so behind on posts- but i want this pizza!!

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