If you’re a fan of the classic Caprese salad, then you will love this Caprese Pizza that features the same trio of fresh and flavorful ingredients. Perfect for a family dinner or a friendly gathering, this pizza adds an Italian flair to any mealtime. Here’s how to make it in about 5 minutes of active preparation time, with additional baking time.


  • 1 pre-made pizza dough or your favorite homemade pizza dough
  • 2 large ripe tomatoes, thinly sliced
  • 8 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced
  • Fresh basil leaves, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic glaze (optional)


  1. Preheat your oven to the highest setting, typically 475–500°F (245–260°C). If you have a pizza stone, put it in the oven now to heat up.
  2. On a floured surface, roll out your pizza dough to your desired thickness and transfer it to a pizza peel or an inverted baking sheet dusted with cornmeal or flour.
  3. Drizzle the olive oil over the surface of the dough. Use a pastry brush or the back of a spoon to spread it evenly.
  4. Arrange the tomato slices over the dough, leaving a small border for the crust. Season the tomatoes with salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Add the fresh mozzarella slices on top of the tomatoes.
  6. Transfer the pizza to the preheated pizza stone or place the baking sheet in the oven.
  7. Bake for about 10–15 minutes, or until the crust is golden and the cheese is bubbly and starting to brown.
  8. Once out of the oven, let the pizza rest for a minute, and then sprinkle fresh basil leaves over the top. The residual heat will gently wilt the basil.
  9. If desired, drizzle a balsamic glaze over the pizza for an extra flavor dimension.
  10. Use a pizza cutter or a sharp knife to slice and serve while warm.

This Caprese Pizza is a simple yet impressive dish that’s sure to be a hit at your table. The fresh flavors are perfect for any occasion and are especially delightful during the summer when tomatoes and basil are at their peak!

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