Meg’s Cooking Corner

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Tomato Basil Pizza

We love to make homemade pizzas around our house. I usually will make one kid-friendly (a.k.a. boring pepperoni) pizza for the kids, and one fun pizza for my husband and I. Our favorites are bbq chicken bacon, chicken pesto, or my new favorite creation: tomato basil pizza. I had a bunch of leftover fresh mozzarella cheese, tomatoes and basil leaves from making my favorite tomato caprese salad, and decided to use them in a pizza. The result was a pizza that is fresh, satisfying, simple to make and so good!

Fresh Tomato Basil Pizza

fresh mozzarella cheese, grate a little and cut the rest into slices
1-2 tomatoes, sliced thin
fresh basil leaves, cut into long strips
fresh grated parmesan cheese

pizza crust (try my favorite bread machine dough recipe or this one)

Pizza sauce: (makes enough sauce for 2 pizzas)
1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes
1 small can tomato paste
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp dried basil
1 tsp garlic salt

Preheat oven to 400. Make pizza dough as directed. Roll dough out onto pizza pan. Set aside. Combine all pizza sauce ingredients in food processor or blender and blend until smooth. Pour over crust. Sprinkle some grated mozzarella cheese over sauce. Arrange fresh mozzarella slices, tomato slices and fresh basil leaves around pizza (see picture). Sprinkle with more grated mozzarella cheese and grated parmesan cheese. Bake for 15-25 min until golden brown and bubbling.

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