Garden Tomato Pizza

I know I just posted about pizza not too long ago, but  who can really help it? It’s summer, and that obviously means that your face needs the pizza. Especially when every few seconds a nurse brings in a basket of baby tomatoes newly birthed from the garden.

* we don’t have a nurse in the garden, you guys.

Actually, this whole pizza thing wasn’t even my idea, come to think of it. I had an entirely different meal planned, but my husband decided to throw me a curve ball and CHANGE PLANS on me last second, requesting pizza.

I handled it pretty well, though. Nothing got broken, I didn’t scream or break out into an unruly sweat. I slowly sat down, processed the change of plans, breathed deeply and really tried to locate my third eye to meditate.

. . . All I found was a wrinkle.


I. Am. So. Glad. He. Wanted. Pizza. You. Guys.

Rustic to the bone, beautiful in color, flavor that will have you singing Broadway tunes to your next door neighbor.

DO THIS. Don’t even wait for the weekend. Don’t even wait an hour! FOR THE LOVE JUST DO THIS.

Garden Tomato Pizza:

Just look at that.

I cry.


What it took for 2 pizzas:

* 1 pound pizza dough, cut in half making 2 balls
* 1 pound assortment of tomatoes, sliced
* 1 pound baby arugula
* 4 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil, divided
* 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves
* 1 tsp coarse salt
* 1 tsp freshly ground pepper
* 1/4 cup parmesan shavings

Preheat the oven to 400. (Or the outdoor grill to medium-high)

On a floured surface, roll out the dough to your desired thinness. Brush crust with a tsp of  oil.

In a medium skillet, heat the oil over medium. Add the arugula and cook until wilted, less than a minute. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Layer some arugula over the each crust, and top with tomato slices. Give another good pinch of salt and pepper to the pizza, and one more good drizzle of oil.

Bake pizza until the crust is golden and the tomatoes look like you could make out with them, 15 minutes.

Top each pizza with fresh basil and parmesan shavings.

To. Die. For.

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24 Responses to Garden Tomato Pizza

  1. Sommer@ASpicyPerspective August 11, 2011 at 2:52 pm #
    Gorgeous! Loving those vibrant tomatoes.
  2. Lesley Lifting Life August 11, 2011 at 2:58 pm #
  3. Tracey August 11, 2011 at 2:59 pm #
    Hmmm, that would be a nice lunch too! Love, love , love the photos! :)
  4. jenna August 11, 2011 at 3:03 pm #
    this looks amazing! so full of flavor and not loaded with cheese.
  5. Alison @ ingredients, Inc. August 11, 2011 at 3:24 pm #
    This looks amazing! I am putting on the list for next week for the kids and I
  6. Lisa @ Life in Green August 11, 2011 at 3:44 pm #
    I'm very grateful I recently found your blog! First of all - love the fact that since you're a neighbor to the south (I'm in IA) your garden is one step ahead of mine...which means that I get to see all your awesome tomato recipes and pictures in advance of when my tomatoes start producing litters. Which means I get to take the easy road and make all your good looking food for dinner. Which means my brain doesn't freak out over trying to decide what to make with my bajillion tomatoes for dinner. Life. saver. Last night - totally made your tomato spinach bruschetta :)
    • Bev Weidner August 11, 2011 at 6:18 pm #
      Hahah! Thanks so much Lisa! Great to meet you!
  7. Maria August 11, 2011 at 6:42 pm #
    Love, love, love this pizza!
  8. Katie August 11, 2011 at 7:09 pm #
    I knew it was pizza!! So dang beautiful.
  9. kelley August 11, 2011 at 8:07 pm #
    Everything about this pizza screams summer. It's beautiful. And, for the record, you can never have too many posts about pizza. Never.
  10. samara August 11, 2011 at 8:42 pm #
    Bev ~ Beautiful pizza! Will try it this weekend as homemade pizza was already requested at this house for the weekend! Don't be offended if I add some spicy sausage ;) note: next time I'm not in a condo and have a yard, oh and there's not a drought here in TX, I will be requesting you to grow my garden! Ijs. Everything your "nurses" bring from the garden makes me want to jump through the computer!
  11. Cassie (Bake Your Day) August 12, 2011 at 2:15 am #
    Tomatoes are making my mouth water, yum! Lovely pizza Bev!
  12. myFudo August 12, 2011 at 8:00 am #
    Your pizza looks delicious. Am not waiting forever to make this, hope mine turns out great like yours.
  13. Amber Shea @Almost Vegan August 12, 2011 at 4:48 pm #
    I love the rustic, misshapen crust. Yum!
  14. Julia August 12, 2011 at 6:41 pm #
    Gorgeous! It looks so good that I'm craving pizza even though I JUST finished lunch!
  15. Karla August 12, 2011 at 7:45 pm #
    I love the addition of arugula! Such a great flavor combo! In Italy, my favorite pizza to order was always something that had arugula, prosciutto and some sort of cheese (a lot of times something like brie). As usual, gorgeous photos!
  16. Sylvia@bascooking August 13, 2011 at 11:18 am #
    Never mind if you posted about pizza not to long. Pizza is always welcome. I love arugula and my favorite flavor is arugula Parma ham and mozzarella. he photos are mouthwatering
  17. Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking August 13, 2011 at 4:41 pm #
    Oh this pizza looks awesome! We have lots of fresh tomatoes coming in from our garden and this would be a great way to use some of them!!
  18. Heidi / foodiecrush August 17, 2011 at 5:04 am #
    Looking divine Bev, and THANK GOD you got away with just the one wrinkle.
  19. Liv September 16, 2011 at 2:27 am #
    Oh my lands. That looks AMAZING. YUM!!!!!
  20. pinterest Media September 11, 2014 at 8:03 am #
    Appreciate thius post. Will try it out.


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