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Who can resist this easy fresh tomato pizza? Its golden crust pairs beautifully with fresh juicy tomatoes and creamy mozzarella. It’s truly a marriage made in heaven, perfect with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and totally delicious!
I’m a huge pizza lover and big fan of simple ingredients and easy, vegetarian recipes. And this fresh tomato pizza ticks all the boxes.
No processed toppings, no insanely amount of fat, but only fresh ingredients that taste amazing.
Video: how to make easy pizza dough
Believe me, you’ll love the crispy crust and the delicious flavor, and the fact that the dough comes together in a snap.
No mixer and no kneading are required, you need only a bowl and a spoon!
Even a novice can make it this easy tomato pizza, ready?
List of the ingredients
- All-purpose flour
- Instant yeast (or Active yeast)
- Fine salt (sea salt flakes for the topping are optional, but so delicious)
- Extra virgin olive oil or olive oil
- Fresh tomatoes (any kind, just make sure they’re ripe and taste nice)
- Basil, arugula, or a sprinkle of oregano or Italian herb seasoning (optional)
How to make fresh tomato pizza
(Note: this is a quick description with step-by-step photos, the full recipe is at the bottom of the page)
- Mix the dry ingredients in 1 bowl.
- Add water and olive oil.
- Stir with a spoon or a spatula to incorporate the flour into the water.
- Let it rest for in a warm place until bubbly and doubled in size (about 1 hour).
- Pour the dough into a greased baking pan or onto a parchment paper sheet (if you use a pizza stone).
- Dust with flour and stretch it with your fingers (no rolling pin).
- Top with mozzarella, fresh tomatoes, a sprinkle of salt, olive oil, and bake!
Recipe notes & tips
Fresh tomato pizza ingredients
FLOUR: all-purpose flour is widely available, inexpensive and perfect for this recipe. Choose premium unbleached flour if possible and be sure to measure the flour properly (see notes in the recipe card).
INSTANT YEAST: it’s very easy to use, you can stir it directly into the dry ingredients and doesn’t require any activation in water. Alternatively, Active dry yeast is totally fine, but it needs to be activated in water and to get foamy before you add it to the dry ingredients (check the manufacturer’s instructions).
FRESH TOMATOES: this easy pizza is terrific to use up any kind of fresh tomatoes as long as they’re ripe and taste good (plum, cherry, on the vine, all of them work fine). However, if you use large tomatoes, make sure they don’t release too much water when you slice them, and if they do, just remove excess water and seeds with a dessert spoon.
EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL: it will make your pizza with tomatoes shine. Use a drizzle before and after baking to enhance its fragrant flavor.
HERBS: for the same reason, I love adding fresh basil leaves before and after, but arugula, fresh thyme, convenient dry oregano or Italian seasoning are fine.
SALT: I love a sprinkle of sea salt flakes, they’re totally optional but taste amazing on pizza and focaccia.
Tips for the best fresh tomato pizza
This easy pizza recipe is meant to be perfect for delicious Summer pizza nights.
Here are a few tips to make this easy no-knead dough and to get a lovely crispy crust:
- Stir the ingredients in 1 bowl until combined. Lumps are fine.
- Place the bowl in a warm place until the dough is double in size.
- Don’t use a rolling pin, it pushes out gas, bubbles and makes a flat pizza!
- Since the dough is sticky, sprinkle some flour over it and stretch evenly with your fingers instead. That will help to make nice crust edges and a light, airy pizza.
- Use parchment paper or a large greased baking sheet.
- Make sure the oven is hot before you put the pizza in.
- Place the rack or your pizza stone in the bottom position to get as much radiant heat from the bottom as possible in order to get a crust and not soggy bottom. and if you don’t have a pizza stone, check my tips in the recipe card!
- Last but not least, use good-quality ingredients and don’t forget a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil.
Note: this recipe uses a high hydration dough which means that the amount of water is over 80% of the amount of flour. It’s a bit sticky, but easy to make in 1 bowl and makes a light, crispy pizza crust.
More fresh tomato recipes:
More easy no-knead pizza recipes:
- Pizza with pepper
- Anchovy pizza
- Spinach pizza with feta and pesto
- Quick Caprese pizza
- Easy no-knead Italian focaccia
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Easy Fresh Tomato Pizza (no-knead)
Easy Pizza Dough
- 1 ½ cup + 2 Tbsps (210 grams) all-purpose flour or bread flour (use leveled cups, see notes), plus more flour to sprinkle
- ½ tsp Instant yeast (or dry Active yeast, see notes)
- ½ tsp fine salt
- ¾ cup (180 grams) water, lukewarm
- ¾ Tbsp olive oil or extra virgin olive oil
- 5oz (140 grams) fresh mozzarella, cut into chunks or shredded
- 11oz (approx 300 grams) fresh tomatoes (any kind of ripe tomatoes)
- fine salt or sea salt flakes, to sprinkle
- extra virgin olive oil, to drizzle
- fresh basil leaves, to garnish (or oregano, arugula, fresh thyme, Italian seasoning)
- MIX IN 1 BOWL: mix flour, instant yeast, and salt until combined. Add water, olive oil, and stir with a spatula or a spoon to incorporate the dry ingredients into the liquid. While stirring, scrape the bottom of the bowl to make sure to gather all the flour. The dough looks sticky, not smooth, and lumps are ok.
- PROOFING TIME: cover the bowl with plastic wrap or a damp tea towel, place in a warm place, and let it rest for about 1 hour (even 1 ½ hour if time allows), or just until the dough has doubled in sized and looks bubbly.
- PREHEAT THE OVEN: place the rack or your pizza stone close to bottom heating element, and preheat the oven to 450°F/230°C. Cut a large piece of parchment paper or grease or line with parchment paper a large baking sheet (if you don't use a pizza stone).
- STRETCH THE DOUGH: scrape the edges of the bowl with a spatula, pour the dough onto the preparred parchment paper, and sprinkle some flour to reduce stickiness. Starting from the center and gently press it out with your fingers until you get approx a 9×13 inch pizza. You might need extra flour during this step.
- TOPPING: top with mozzarella, tomatoes, sprinkle with some salt, fresh basil leaves (oregano or Italian seasoning are fine too), and drizzle with olive oil.
- BAKE: place your baking sheet on the lower shelf – or slide the pizza onto the pizza stone if you use one – and bake for about 15 minutes, or until nice and crusty. However, keep in mind each oven is different, keep an eye on it (e.g. in a forced fan oven it will take about 8-10 minutes).
- SERVE: with an extra drizzle of extra virgin olive oil, and fresh basil leaves, or arugula if you wish. Enjoy!