Pizza Caprese

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 30 min.


6 servings

Updated: Nov. 21, 2023
One of my favorite pizzas is so simple to make and comes together so quickly. Pizza Caprese is simply heirloom tomatoes, fresh mozzarella and really good extra virgin olive oil. I could eat this every day! —Beth Berlin, Oak Creek, Wisconsin


  • 1 package (6-1/2 ounces) pizza crust mix
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 1 large tomato, thinly sliced
  • 4 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced
  • 1/3 cup loosely packed basil leaves


  1. Preheat oven to 425°. Prepare pizza dough according to package directions. With floured hands, press dough onto a greased 12-in. pizza pan.
  2. Drizzle 1 tablespoon olive oil over dough and sprinkle with sliced garlic. Bake until crust is lightly browned, 10-12 minutes. Top with tomato and fresh mozzarella; bake until cheese is melted, 5-7 minutes longer. Drizzle with remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil and top with basil. Serve immediately.
Pizza Caprese Tips

Can you make your own crust for pizza caprese?

Absolutely! This pizza caprese recipe starts with uncooked dough, so you can substitute a homemade pizza dough without changing the recipe at all. You can also start with a precooked crust, French bread or a soft flatbread, such as naan—just skip the prebaking step and start by adding the toppings.

What else can you put on pizza caprese?

Pizza is the ultimate add-what-you-like food—so experiment with toppings! Popular add-ons to any caprese recipe include artichokes, ripe olives and avocados. For an elegant touch, drizzle your pizza with a balsamic glaze. It’s easy to make; just combine balsamic vinegar and a sweetener—brown sugar, honey or maple syrup—in a small saucepan. The proportions depend on your taste; you can use anywhere from just 1 Tbsp. sweetener per 1 cup vinegar all the way to a 1:1 ratio. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer until it's reduced by about 1/3.

What's the best way to reheat pizza caprese?

Don’t even think about using the microwave—we’ve found the best ways to reheat leftover pizza are in the oven, on a foil-lined pan, or in a skillet on the stovetop.

Hazel Wheaton, Taste of Home Book Editor

Nutrition Facts

1 piece: 208 calories, 9g fat (3g saturated fat), 15mg cholesterol, 196mg sodium, 23g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 1g fiber), 7g protein.