Mozzarella and Roasted Tomato Pizza is made from simple, fresh ingredients. This delicious pie needs nothing more to shine.
Use Slow Rise Pizza Dough to make this Mozzarella and Roasted Tomato Pizza. Add fresh Mozzarella, oven Roasted Tomatoes, and pizza sauce, bake it, then finish with torn fresh basil.
- Fresh Pizza Dough: Use the recipe for Slow Rise Pizza Dough for best results. Bring it to room temperature before using.
- Fresh tomatoes: Campari, grape or tomato are great to use because they are small.
- Pizza sauce.
- Mozzarella Balls: fresh, found in the deli section of supermarkets. Often called Bocconcini.
- Shredded mozzarella cheese.
- Olive oil.
- Fresh thyme.
- Fresh basil.
Half the Mozzarella balls and Tomatoes. Remove the leaves of the thyme from the stems. Brush olive oil onto the Tomatoes and cover them with fresh thyme leaves. Place the Tomatoes on a baking tray and roast them in a preheated 350 degrees F. oven for 15 minutes.
Stretch and spread out the pizza dough onto a pizza pan. Aim for a 10 – 11 inch pizza base. Brush on the pizza sauce.
Sprinkle on the shredded Mozzarella cheese.
Add Roasted Tomatoes and halved Mozzarella balls to finish the pizza. Place it in a preheated 450 degrees F. for 15 – 20 minutes or until golden brown. Garnish with torn basil leaves.
Deviations from the original recipe will change the flavor profile, nutritional content, appearance and possibly length of cooking time.
The fresh pizza dough is front and center of this recipe. Use homemade dough because it is much cheaper and easy to make. If, however you don’t want to, then buy fresh store bought pizza.
Any type of fresh tomato will work. Use what you have. If you have larger tomatoes then cut them into smaller pieces.
For the pizza sauce, you can use thick pasta sauce, or make your own. I like to puree ripe, skinless tomatoes with olive oil to make my pizza sauce.
Any type of fresh Mozzarella can be used. If using larger pieces of Mozzarella, cut them into smaller pieces.
Buy Mozzarella cheese as a block (more cost effective) and grate it, or use pre shredded like I did, because I had it.
Use avocado oil instead of olive oil.
Fresh herbs are nearly always preferable, but if need be, use dried herbs. Use less (quantity) dried herbs as they are more potent.
Uses for Mozzarella and Roasted Tomato Pizza
As with any Pizza, Mozzarella and Roasted Tomato Pizza has multiple opportunities to show up and be fantastic! Include it in Game Day activities, pack it in lunches, serve it as a snack or simple weeknight dinner. Have your children involved in the making of it. I have fond memories of my daughter stretching and pulling fresh pizza dough and slathering it with (too much) tomato sauce. Teens love to eat pizza, so do their friends. Have your teen invite their friends over and make pizzas for themselves. Not only do they get homemade pizza but they get to make it too!
Wrap leftover Mozzarella and Roasted Tomato Pizza in foil of plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
Freeze leftover pizza in a freezer bag for up to 6 months. Defrost in the refrigerator.
Use any type of baking sheet. I used a round, perforated pizza pan.
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A Tip From Me
Invite teens, neighbors and friends over for a pizza party using this Slow Rise Pizza Dough recipe. Have fresh dough available along with the ingredients for Mozzarella and Roasted Tomato Pizza and let them have fun. Toss a green salad and make it a meal. Pizza is a great way to bring people together!
I’ve got answers – hopefully!
- Do the tomatoes have to be roasted first? Yes. The moisture (juice) evaporates as the tomato roasts. This creates a drier tomato. Having the juice removed means the Pizza will not have soggy parts. Using fresh tomatoes would cause them to leak juice onto the dough.
- Can I use tomato puree as the sauce? Yes, it has a good consistency, but add a little olive oil and a touch of sugar to balance the acidity.
- What’s the difference between this and a Margherita Pizza? A traditional Margherita Pizza is made with San Marzano tomatoes(look like long plum tomatoes,) mozzarella cheese, fresh basil, salt, and extra-virgin olive oil. This Pizza recipe is similar but does not specify using canned Marzano tomatoes.
- Can I use store bought frozen pizza dough? This can be a problematic dough to work with, meaning it may not stretch well, and it may not rise. If frozen pizza dough is your only option, then make sure it comes to room temperature before using it.
Mozzarella and Roasted Tomato Pizza
- 8 oz fresh pizza dough
- 5 oz fresh mozzarella balls
- 5 oz shredded mozzarella
- 4 oz fresh tomatoes
- 3 oz pizza sauce
- 1 sprig fresh thyme
- 4 basil leaves
- Half the mozzarella balls and tomatoes.
- Remove the leaves of the thyme from the stems. Brush olive oil onto the tomatoes and cover them with fresh thyme leaves. Place the tomatoes on a baking tray and roast them in a preheated 350 degrees F. oven for 15 minutes.
- Stretch and spread out the pizza dough onto a pizza pan. Use a rolling pin if needed. Aim for a 10 – 11 inch pizza base. Brush on the pizza sauce.
- Sprinkle on the shredded mozzarella cheese.
- Add roasted tomatoes and halved mozzarella balls to finish the pizza. Place it in a preheated 450 degrees F. for 15 – 20 minutes or until golden brown.
- Garnish with torn basil leaves.