Monday, April 11, 2011

Tomato Basil Pizza

Pizza is great because it's so diverse.  It can easily be customized to meet your individual taste preferences.  It's also a great way to use up leftover ingredients in your fridge!  I had extra basil from another recipe and some tomatoes, so I decided to make a tomato basil pizza!

Tomato Basil Pizza
1 unbaked pizza crust
Olive oil
1-2 garlic cloves, minced
Fresh basil
Fresh tomatoes, thinly sliced

Drizzle olive oil over unbaked pizza crust; spread minced garlic over olive oil.

Lay a layer of whole basil leaves over the garlic, followed by a layer of cheese.

I had some leftover sliced mozzarella that I bought on sale for $1.99/lb, so I finished that up, then used shredded for the rest.

Add a layer of thinly sliced tomatoes and top with a little extra cheese.

I like my tomatoes sliced quite thin.

Bake in a preheated 425 degree oven for 20-30 minutes or until cheese is golden and crust is baked through.

Pizza is also good with a pesto sauce instead of whole basil leaves, but since pesto can get quite pricey, this is a budget-friendly alternative!  Also, if you really like basil, now's the time to plant it so you'll have an abundant crop this summer!!!

1 comment:

Bapa said...

This is also called Margherita Pizza, said to have been the first ever pizza, made and named for Queen Margherita. The red green and white colors of the tomato, basil and cheese are a tribute to the colors of the Italian Flag.

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