Fresh Tomato Basil Pizza

Fresh Tomato Basil PizzaRecipe
Photo: Maren Caruso; Styling: Robyn Valarik
After a visit to Italy, home gardener Reed Davis had an intense craving for simple, fresh pizza. He also had a lot of homegrown tomatoes. This easy recipe took care of both. He makes his own crust--feel free to use your favorite recipe or store-bought pizza dough, as we have here.


Makes 1 pizza (8 slices)
Total time: 30 Minutes

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Recipe Time

Total: 30 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Calories 144
Caloriesfromfat 35 %
Protein 3.6 g
Fat 5.8 g
Satfat 1.1 g
Carbohydrate 20 g
Fiber 1.2 g
Sodium 242 mg
Cholesterol 0.0 mg


1 package store-bought pizza dough, such as Trader Joe's, or use homemade dough
2 or 3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
About 1/4 tsp. flaked sea salt
2 to 3 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
10 to 12 small tomatoes, halved or quartered
6 or 7 basil leaves, torn


1. Preheat oven to 500° with a pizza stone on the bottom rack.

2. Roll out pizza dough on a floured pizza peel or upside-down large baking sheet. Press garlic slices into surface of dough and season with salt. Slide pizza from peel onto hot pizza stone in oven.

3. Bake pizza until puffed, blistered, and browned, 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from oven, drizzle liberally with oil, and top with tomatoes and basil. Sprinkle with a pinch of sea salt.