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Ultimate Cheese Pizza

Photo: Lee Harrelson; Styling: Jan Gautro
Prep time 10 mins
Bake time 14 mins
Yield Makes 4 servings
Combine any leftover bits of cheese you find in the fridge for this simple pie. To avoid having to get out the cutting board, you can crush whole tomatoes with clean hands instead of chopping them.


  • 1 (14.5-oz.) can whole tomatoes, drained and chopped
  • 1 teaspoon bottled minced garlic
  • 1 (12-inch) prebaked pizza crust
  • 2 cups (8 oz.) mixed shredded cheese

How to Make It

  1. Stir together tomatoes and garlic. Spread crust evenly with tomato mixture, and sprinkle with cheese.

  2. Bake at 450° for 12 to 14 minutes or until cheese is melted.

  3. Ultimate Cheeseburger Pizza: Substitute 1 1/2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese for 2 cups mixed shredded cheese. Prepare Ultimate Cheese Pizza as directed, sprinkling 1 1/2 cups cooked and crumbled ground beef (about 1/2 lb.), 1/4 cup chopped green onions, and 1/2 tsp. salt over tomato mixture. Bake as directed. Serve with pickles, if desired. Prep: 15 min., Bake: 14 min.

  4. Ultimate Veggie Pizza: Prepare Ultimate Cheese Pizza as directed, arranging 2 cups roasted or grilled vegetables over tomato mixture. Bake as directed. Prep: 10 min., Bake: 14 min.