Garden Fresh Recipes - Tomato Basil Pizza

My basil plant is slowly being knocked over by the gargantuan tomato plants.  So in an effort to use some of it up (and in an effort to continue to use up the fresh, vine ripened tomatoes) I made this wonderful looking tomato basil pizza.  And this is one of the easiest meals to make.

Of COURSE there are tomatoes involved

Garlic and Tomato Basil Pizza

Garden fresh ingredients:
- Fresh basil
- Vine ripened tomatoes
- Fresh oregano

Other ingredients:
- Pizza crust (we use the Boboli original)
- Half a block of whole milk mozzarella (better than the pre-shredded)
- Olive oil
- Garlic powder

1. Heat your oven according to the instructions on the pizza crust (usually 450.)
2. Slice your tomatoes into thin pieces and shred the mozzarella
3. Cut the basil and oregano into small pieces. Or if you're like me, just wash them and then when you're ready for them, I use clean scissors to cut the herbs into pieces directly onto the pizza.

Once everything is prepped, the next steps have to happen pretty quickly, or your crust will start to get soggy from the oil, so make sure that everything is ready.

4. Drizzle olive oil onto the crust (as much or as little as you'd like) and spread with a basting brush until it's even.
5. Sprinkle garlic powder over the oil (or use real garlic if you have it!)
6. Spread tomatoes onto the oil and garlic.
7. Sprinkle or cut basil over the tomatoes.
8. Add the cheese.
9. Sprinkle or cut oregano over the cheese.
10. Add 6 to 8 more tomato slices on top of the cheese (optional, and purely for looks!)

'Lemme break that down for you.

Don't forget to add the oregano to the top!

And Voila!!!

Please excuse the less attractive and less healthy cheese-less buffalo chicken pizza side

And the finished product.

Totally beautiful and just about the tastiest pizza you will ever have.  Of course, I can't speak from experience since I can't eat garlic or cheese, but this is yet another one of those things that I make that no one has ever said a bad thing about.  My husband, who lists pizza as one of his all-time favorite foods, thinks that this particular recipe tastes as good as restaurant pizza.  Trust me, that's a HUGE compliment.


Laura said...

Looks good! Gonna have to try it.

Sara said...

This looks so good! I'm definitely going to make this. Can we also have your buffalo chicken pizza recipe? :)

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