Fresh Tomato Basil Pizza

Recipe By: Calphalon Team  -  Originally Published: 7/27/2011

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The aroma of fresh basil permeates the air as you savor the flavors of this almost-white pizza, dressed with red, ripe tomatoes and garden-fresh basil leaves.  You'll think you're eating a luscious caprese salad over fresh-baked pizza dough.

  • Servings: Serves 2-4
  • Prep Time: Less than 30 Minutes
  • Cook Time: Less than 15 Minutes
  • Level: Beginner
  • Course: Appetizer; Entrée

Ingredients

1 package pizza crust mix (or prepared crust)

1/2 c. Alfredo sauce, homemade or purchased

fresh cracked black pepper and/or red pepper flakes (optional)

1/2 c. grated mozzarella

1/2 c. grated provolone

1/3 c. grated Parmesan Reggiano

2 fresh mozzarella balls, sliced thin

2 large tomatoes, sliced thin

15 - 20 fresh basil leaves, torn

Directions

Preheat the oven to 425°F/218°C.  Lightly mist one 16-in round pizza pan with nonstick cooking spray.

Prepare pizza dough according to package directions.  Stretch dough to cover the pan.  Spread the sauce over the dough. Sprinkle with pepper, if desired.

Sprinkle each of the three grated cheeses evenly across the dough.  Place sliced mozzarella over grated cheese.

Bake for 12 - 15 minutes or until the crust is golden and the cheese is bubbly. 

Lay the tomato slices on the pizza, garnish with basil and serve.

Recipe is included with our Kitchen Essentials from Calphalon 16-in. Round Pizza Pan.