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In this amazing bruschetta pizza the crispy crust is topped with mozzarella, juicy summer tomatoes, fresh basil, garlic and extra virgin olive oil.
It’s crispy, fresh, juicy, garlicky, AND SO GOOD.
Inspired by this simple Italian bruschetta dip, this no-frills pizza recipe proves that you can make a wonderful pizza just using a few simple quality ingredients.
No balsamic vinegar, no unnecessary extras, only crispy pizza crust, fresh mozzarella, good quality extra virgin olive oil and delicious summer produce coming out of the gardens right now.
Think of juicy tomatoes, garlic and pops of fresh basil. Loads of flavor, seriously.
For the pizza crust, I use my easy no-knead pizza dough, a no-brainer one-bowl recipe that works every single time. But you’re welcome to use a store-bought dough or your favorite recipe.
For the scrumptious topping, once the freshly baked pizza crust has crisped up and the fresh mozzarella is gloriously melty, I scatter the juicy bruschetta mixture on top along with a drizzle of olive oil. And it’s done!
Trust me, it’s super simple but incredibly good.
And if you grow tomatoes and basil in your garden, this is your ultimate summer pizza recipe sure to please any pizza-lover.
Bruschetta pizza is fresh, perfect for sharing, and for all of us to love!
List of the ingredients
- No-knead pizza dough (or pre-made crust or your fav recipe)
- Mozzarella (fresh or pre-shredded)
- Fresh ripe tomatoes
- Basil leaves
- Fresh garlic
- Extra virgin olive oil
How to make bruschetta pizza
(Note: this is a quick description, the full recipe is at the bottom of the page)
- Start by making this 1-bowl dough (or use your fav recipe), and let it rest.
- When the dough is ready, make the gorgeous bruschetta topping using ripe tomatoes at room temperature.
- Dice the tomatoes into 1/4-inch chunks then add to a bowl.
- Add chopped basil, grated garlic, olive oil, salt, and toss to combine.
- Taste and adjust the seasoning as needed.
- Stretch the pizza dough into a large rectangle.
- Top with mozzarella and add a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil.
- Bake until golden, crispy and the mozzarella is melted.
- Drain the bruschetta mixture and scatter it all over the freshly baked pizza.
- Top with extra basil leaves, extra virgin olive oil, and season to taste.
- Enjoy it!
Note: loosely drain the diced tomatoes before adding them to the pizza otherwise their juice will make the pizza crust soggy.
Best ingredients for your bruschetta pizza
Pizza dough: I use my fav no-knead pizza dough that is a breeze to whip up in 1 bowl and makes a light and crispy crust. But you’re welcome to pick up ready made dough from your grocery store or use your fav dough recipe.
Mozzarella: I love fresh whole milk mozzarella balls packed in water, the best mozzarella for pizza. But the shredded low moisture option works too.
Tomatoes: use ripe juicy tomatoes at room temperature and scoop out excess water and seeds if using large tomatoes. Cherry tomatoes, grape or Roma tomatoes, or big heirloom tomatoes work for this pizza.
Fresh basil: only chopped fresh basil here. No dried stuff.
Extra virgin olive oil: for the best flavor, I add a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil before and after baking.
Salt and pepper: make sure you add salt (both mozzarella and tomato toppings need them!). Sea salt flakes before serving are great too!
Check out all the tips here, below I’ve put together the most important!
- Preheat the oven, always!
- Bake the pizza on the bottom rack of the oven, close to the heating element.
- Stretch the pizza dough using your fingers, don’t use a rolling pin!
- Bake your pizza on a hot pizza stone or pizza steel. Alternatively, you can use a baking tray and make sure the pizza stone is inside during preheat, so it’s already hot when you bake your pizza.
- Use parchment paper and a pizza peel (or the back of a baking sheet) to transfer your pizza to the hot stone and back to add the eggs.
Did somebody say pizza recipes?!
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- Mozzarella pizza
- Pizza with eggplants
- Fresh tomato pizza
- Pizza with peppers
- Quick Caprese pizza
If you make this bruschetta pizza, or you have a question, let me know by leaving a comment. I would love to hear from you and get your feedback! x
- 1 easy pizza dough (or your fav dough)
Bruschetta pizza topping
- 2 (125 grams each) mozzarella balls packed in water (or shredded low moisture mozzarella)*
- ¾ lb (340 grams) ripe tomatoes at room temperature, diced*
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
- ½ teaspoon fine salt (plus extra sea salt flakes to serve, optional)
- ½ – 1 teaspoon grated garlic, use more if you wish
- 3 tablespoons basil leaves, chopped
- Follow the easy no-knead pizza recipe through step 5, including shaping the pizza and preheating the oven.
- Prepare the cheese: if using fresh mozzarella in water, slice or dice it and place it on a kitchen towel or kitchen paper. Add another folded piece of paper towel on top, pat it dry to absorb excess moisture let it dry for at least 10 minutes.
- Make the bruschetta topping: using a sharp serrated knife and a chopping board, cut the tomatoes into small neat cubes and place them in a bowl with basil, garlic (start with ½ tsp and adjust to taste), olive oil and salt and toss to combine. Taste and adjust the seasoning.
- Shape the dough: when the dough is ready follow step 5, place the paper sheet or parchment paper onto a pizza peel or onto the back of a rimmed baking sheet. Then place the dough on this parchment paper, and starting from the center, gently press it out with your fingers until you get approx a 9×13 inch pizza and top with diced mozzarella and a drizzle of olive oil before baking.
- Bake the pizza: when the oven is hot, use the pizza peel to carefully transfer the pizza onto the preheated pizza stone. Bake the pizza until the mozzarella cheese and crust are nicely browned, approx 15 minutes. But each oven is different, keep an eye on it (e.g. in a forced fan oven it will take about 8-10 minutes).
- Serve: loosely drain the bruschetta mixture and scatter it evenly over the freshly baked pizza, sprinkle some salt on top, drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and add fresh basil leaves. Slice, serve immediately, enjoy!