Put all of the flavors of summer into one dish when you make this gorgeous Caprese Pizza for your family or friends. Layers of rich, fresh mozzarella with sliced ripe tomatoes are topped with basil leaves and a balsamic drizzle for the Caprese flavors you crave.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
When you bite into this pizza Caprese, you will immediately notice the crunchy texture of the crust followed by the cheesy goodness of all the Caprese flavors in each bite. The dish is as impressive for guests as it is delicious and beautiful.
What is Caprese Pizza
Caprese is a blend of fresh mozzarella and freshly sliced tomatoes with basil and olive oil. When translated to pizza, it includes these flavors on a crunchy thin crust with the addition of pesto, olive oil, garlic, oregano, and balsamic drizzle. The result is perfection in every bite.
Ingredients for Caprese Pizza
- Garlic Powder. You can also use dried minced garlic, but the coverage won’t be as even.
- Salt. For seasoning.
- Oregano. Make sure your ground oregano hasn’t been sitting in the cabinet for more then six months or it will have lost all flavor.
- Olive Oil. Don’t skimp here, the better the oil the better the flavor. I like the Mina brand.
- Pizza Dough. You will find our amazing recipe in the links below.
- Fresh Mozzarella. You can find this in the cheese case at your local grocery store or at a specialty cheese shop.
- Sliced Tomatoes. If you can buy tomatoes from a farmer’s market during the summer your pizza will be even better!
- Basil Pesto. Use our recipe for the best homemade pesto ever.
- Balsamic Glaze. A high-quality glaze is worth the cost. If you cannot find one, you can make your own balsamic vinegar reduction for the same effect.
- Basil. Freshly picked basil leaves. I like to pick up the small plants at the grocery store and keep them in a little water until I’m ready to use the leaves.
How to Make the Caprese Pizza Recipe
Begin by making our Best Pizza Dough Recipe the day before you plan to serve the Caprese Pizza. This dough recipe is easy and fast, so no worries on that front. When you are ready to make pizza, place a pizza stone in your oven to begin getting hot, and preheat your oven to the hottest setting allowed.
Divide your dough equally into two pieces. Stretch the dough by hand to form a crust. While you can roll the dough a little bit, the less pressure you use the better. Place the crust on a sheet of parchment paper cut to fit.
Next, mix your garlic olive oil. This includes garlic powder, salt, oregano, and olive oil. Spread the resulting mixture on your pizza crusts.
Slice your tomatoes and mozzarella. Layer these on the pizza crust, slightly overlapping until the entire surface of the pizza is covered. Then, add dollops of basil pesto. Bake the pizza for 10-14 minutes until the crust is crispy and the cheese is starting to brown. Remove the pizza from the oven. Add a drizzle of balsamic glaze to the pizza with some fresh basil leaves. Enjoy your pizza!
Pizza Caprese FAQ
What is the difference between Margherita and Caprese pizza?
Margherita pizza usually has a base of red sauce with fresh mozzarella, sliced tomatoes, and basil. Caprese pizza is a more clean version of the flavors with olive oil and garlic sauce. Be sure to check out our Margherita pizza recipe!
Do you put tomato sauce on Caprese Pizza?
No. See the difference between Margherita pizza and Caprese Pizza above.
How to pronounce Caprese pizza?
There are two acceptable pronunciations found in Merriam-Webster. kə-ˈprā-zē or kə-ˈprā-zā.
Is Caprese pizza served cold?
You can eat any pizza cold and enjoy it, however, we like to serve Caprese pizza hot.
What is on a Caprese pizza?
A traditional pizza with these flavors includes basil, fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, and olive oil. Other flavors may also be present including garlic, oregano, and balsamic glaze.
Tips for Caprese Pizza
Keep the edges of the dough slightly thicker on the outside of your pizza to keep toppings and melty cheese inside as it bakes.
Cook the pizza on a pizza stone or on an inverted cookie sheet with the rims facing down for best results. Use a pizza peel to remove the pizza.
Adjust the crust based on your preferences using the tips found in this no-knead pizza dough post.
More Great Caprese Recipes
Pistachio Fried Caprese Bites
Strawberry Caprese Salad
pizza dough recipe
fresh mozzarella, sliced.
Begin by making our Best Pizza Dough Recipe the day before you plan to serve the Caprese Pizza.
Divide your dough equally into two pieces. Stretch the dough by hand to form a crust.
Place the crust on a sheet of parchment paper cut to fit.
Next, mix your garlic olive oil. This includes garlic powder, salt, oregano, and olive oil.
Spread the resulting mixture on your pizza crusts.
Slice your tomatoes and mozzarella.
Layer these on the pizza crust, slightly overlapping until the entire surface of the pizza is covered.
Add dollops of basil pesto.
Bake the pizza for 10-14 minutes until the crust is crispy and the cheese is starting to brown. Remove the pizza from the oven.
Add a drizzle of balsamic glaze to the pizza with some fresh basil leaves to finish off the pizza.