Fresh Mozzarella and Basil Pizza

Have a pizza night at home with this time-saving pizza recipe. The trick is to purchase pre-made dough. For a lighter meal, enjoy half a pizza with a tossed salad drizzled with fresh lemon juice and olive oil.

Southern Living MARCH 2004

  • Yield: Makes 1 pizza
  • Cook time: 10 Minutes
  • Prep time: 30 Minutes
  • Rise: 20 Minutes


  • 4 thin slices (2 ounces) fresh mozzarella
  • 1 (1-ounce) slice country ham or smoked ham, cut into thin strips
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper


Preheat oven to 450°. Shape Pizza Dough ball into a 6- to 8-inch circle on a lightly floured surface. (Dough doesn't need to be perfectly round.) Place dough on a piece of parchment paper. Fold up edges of dough, forming a 1-inch border. Brush oil evenly over dough using a pastry brush. (If you don't have a pastry brush, drizzle oil evenly over dough.)

Cover pizza dough circle loosely with plastic wrap, and let rise in a warm place (85°), free from drafts, 15 to 20 minutes.

Heat pizza stone or heavy baking sheet 10 to 12 minutes in oven.

Remove and discard plastic wrap from dough. Layer tomato and next 3 ingredients evenly. Sprinkle with pepper. Carefully transfer dough on parchment paper to pizza stone.

Bake at 450° for 10 minutes or until crust is golden.


Bake pizza on a pizza stone or heavy baking sheet that withstands high baking temperatures. (High heat makes the crust crispy.)

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 508
  • Calories from fat: 38%
  • Fat: 21.4g
  • Saturated fat: 10.2g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 5.4g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 1.2g
  • Protein: 23.4g
  • Carbohydrate: 52.8g
  • Fiber: 2.9g
  • Cholesterol: 60mg
  • Iron: 4mg
  • Sodium: 1063mg
  • Calcium: 346mg

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