Homemade Pizza with cherry tomatoes & fresh basil

Okay. So who doesn’t love pizza? It’s defiantly something we eat quite a lot in our house. I was a little  intimidated about making  pizza from scratch at home for a long time. I finally gave it a try and was very happy with the results! I can say that since everyone has their own opinion about pizza dough it might take you a few tries with a few different recipes to find that special one that works for you. I love Sicilian pizza and I love thin NY style pizza I love all pizza. The particular pizza dough recipe I used gave me a crust that was slightly crispy on the outside and soft, chewy and pillow like on the inside (just my type). Once I added all of the toppings to the dough I brushed the crust with a little extra virgin olive oil and a mixture of dried oregano, thyme and rosemary. I will post a link that will take you to the pizza dough recipe I used. But experiment with any dough you have or want to try.You can even find fresh pizza dough at most grocery stores these days but making it at home is where the fun is at.

Homemade Pizza with cherry tomatoes & fresh basil

Fresh pizza dough

Pizza sauce -any type either jarred or homemade (I used homemade sauce I’ll post that recipe soon hopefully :)

Cherry tomatoes -halved (no perfect amount here just whatever works for your taste buds.)

Fresh mozzarella -8 oz sliced

Shredded mozzarella -8oz (or the more the better in my opinion. I love gooey cheesy pizza yum)

Fresh basil leaves

Fresh parsley

Look at that gooey cheese and basil....YUM!

To make the pizza:

Preheat oven to 425 degress. Make sure if you have a pizza stone you preheat that ahead of time. I do have a stone but half the time I just don’t want to be bothered with the hassle of it. Instead I used a large cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. It makes the pizza VERY easy to move around before and after cooking. (this is what I do 95% of the time.)

On a floured surface, divide the dough into 2 balls, or either several small balls to make personal sized pizzas. Roll out the dough until its your desired thickness. Top with sauce, shredded mozzarella, sliced mozzarella, and cherry tomatoes. I also sprinkled some Italian herbs over the pizza before I baked it just for extra flavor.

Bake for about 12-15 minutes or until the edges are a golden brown and the cheese is starting to bubble and melt.

Remove from the oven and top with fresh basil leaves. I also added extra basil that I julienned along with some finely chopped parsley. It was sooooooo good.

–> here is the link to the pizza dough I tried in this recipe: I used a mix of 1/2 bread flour & 1/2 all purpose flour.


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13 Responses “Homemade Pizza with cherry tomatoes & fresh basil”

  1. Anonymous December 20, 2011 8:47 am #

    Looks SO good!!!

  2. simplylovefood December 20, 2011 9:52 am #

    Thank you!

  3. Lauren December 20, 2011 10:31 pm #

    That picture with the square pieces and shallow depth of field is beautiful! Looks good enough to eat. Do you have a page where you discuss your food photography and equipment? :)

  4. Cindy December 20, 2011 11:13 pm #

    I love homemade pizza too!
    They’re just fun and delicious at the same time!

  5. Ann December 21, 2011 8:24 am #

    Looks perfect. Love the thin crust.

  6. simplylovefood December 21, 2011 9:09 am #

    Thank you Lauren! No I don’t (yet) but maybe I should I add that into my blog? I can tell you that I ONLY shoot my photos in natural light and never use a flash. I also use a nikon D80 along with a 50mm lens. This lens is so small, so light and has so many great things about it that I love. It is great for very low light and takes excellent portraits. If there is anything you’d like to know i’d be more than happy to answer your questions :) Thank you for the comment!

  7. simplylovefood December 21, 2011 9:12 am #

    Ann I love ALL types of pizza but this particular crust was great! Not to thick but not paper thin. YUMMMMM

  8. simplylovefood December 21, 2011 9:13 am #

    Cindy – I agree….I think I had more fun making them than my son did LOL!

  9. Nilsa Mangano December 23, 2011 5:10 pm #

    Looks simply yummy…..Will try it right after Christmas…I can’t wait!

  10. Izzi December 28, 2011 1:37 pm #

    That pizza looks gorgeous. I love that it’s not too cheesy.

  11. simplylovefood December 28, 2011 2:01 pm #

    Thank you. I love fresh basil on pizza more so than cheese :)

  12. darkchemicaltv October 10, 2013 10:21 am #

    Looks yummy, your blog is simply amazing so simple but so creative and interesting good work, keep it up I always love looking at your blog.

  13. simplylovefood October 21, 2013 10:00 am #

    thank you SO much!

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