Sometimes deciding on what to make with the overwhelming number of tomatoes that we have is the easiest thing in the world.  And by overwhelming, I mean: so many tomatoes that they are practically yanking the tomato cages out of the ground as the plants lean with the weight of the tomatoes.  So we plucked a few San Marzanos, diced and hand-crushed them and then made a pizza.  A simple homemade pizza of crushed tomatoes as the “sauce”, fresh mozzarella, and fresh basil.  Dinner seriously does not get any better than this one!  Who’s with me when I say that I’m going to desperately miss summer vegetables when they are gone?


Margherita Pizza
source: Smells Like Home original


  • 1/2 batch of pizza dough
  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3-4 fresh San Marzano or Roma tomatoes or canned whole tomatoes (if you’re desperate), halved, seeded, diced, and hand-crushed
  • 8 oz fresh mozzarella cheese, patted dry and sliced 1/4-inch thick
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil, loosely packed, torn or thinly sliced (if desired)


  1. Preheat oven with a pizza stone inside to 500 degrees F for at least 30 minutes.
  2. Roll out the pizza dough to a 14-inch circle on a well-floured surface.  Transfer the dough to either a large piece of parchment paper or a cornmeal-sprinkled pizza peel.  Drizzle a little olive oil over the dough and spread the crushed tomatoes out on top.  Layer the mozzarella in a single layer on top of the tomatoes.  Transfer the pizza to the hot stone.  Bake for 12-15 minutes or until the mozzarella is bubbly and most of the liquid has evaporated.  Sprinkle the fresh basil over the pizza as it’s cooling and serve hot.


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  • August 16, 2012 at 3:19 PM

    Margherita pizza is always a winner in my book. I think I could eat it every day!

  • August 17, 2012 at 8:48 AM

    This looks so delicious. I will give it a try. I just bought a small pie like this yesterday for $15.50! Yours looks better and I have both fresh basil now and tomatoes. Thanks!

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