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Easy Bruschetta Pizza

Everything you love about sweet, garlicky, and herbaceous bruschetta scattered over a cheesy pizza.

Bowl of bruschetta ingredients.

Bruschetta Pizza drizzled with balsamic vinegar.

In this house, we’re pretty vocal about our outdoor pizza oven dreams. The plan is to build an outdoor patio off of our covered deck—where we eat during the warmer months—and furnish it with a fire pit, some Adirondack chairs, and a stone pizza oven. Running along the side of all this, a raised vegetable garden. That way, we can easily make garden-to-table pizzas right in the comfort of our own backyard. And! When not cooking, we can just sit out there and enjoy the aroma of fresh veggies hanging from their vines.

Do you have a veg garden? What do you love planting most?

I’ve mentioned in previous pizza posts that whenever we order pizza, we like to keep it simple; cheese, pepperoni, and mushrooms. But when making pizza at home, the urge to get creative is STRONG. The more colorful and adventurous, the better.

The flavor profile in this recipe might not seem overly adventurous; it’s similar to a Margherita pizza with a little extra oomph. But throwing bruschetta and pizza into one delicious bite seemed like a fun idea. And let me tell you—it’s fabulous.

Fresh and seasonal homemade pizza pies are my jam, so you can expect a few more throughout this spring and summer season. But for now, I really hope you enjoy this one :)

Other than pizza…

Podcasts! I’ve been catching up on podcasts. At the beginning of the month, The Splendid Table did a mini-cast on cooking with food scraps. Research in the US shows that we waste about 40% of our food supply. To put this in perspective—the next time you’re putting your groceries away, take a look at everything you bought and imagine throwing almost half of it away. Depressing, right? Reality bites. Let’s fix this.

Goodreads! I just finished reading Kameron Hurley’s The Geek Feminist Revolution, which touches on things from feminism in geek culture to Internet rage and unchecked hate. As a woman who grew up on video games, had an interest in fantasy, and who currently makes a living off of creativity and writing, this book has really hit home for me. The book is made up of a series of honest, well-written essays. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in that sort of thing :) (Fun fact: it’s not just for women.)

Netflix! Speaking of women in geek culture, I’ve been enamored with Brie Larson ever since seeing Captain Marvel. So I was pretty excited to tune into her directorial debut on Netflix, Unicorn Store. But… I couldn’t get through it. I was bored. (Even with Samuel L. Jackson, who I adore!) Have you checked it out? What are your thoughts?

I hope you’re eating well this week :)

Pizza being drizzled with balsamic/pizza drizzled with balsamic with fresh basil garnish.

Pizza, garnished and ready.

Pizza cut into slices on table.

If you try this recipe or create your own variation, let me know in the comments! I love connecting with you. Then snap a photo and tag me on the Insta @killing__thyme to be featured in our newsletter.

Bruschetta pizza slices pulled away from pizza.
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5 from 9 votes

Easy Bruschetta Pizza

Everything you love about sweet, garlicky, and herbaceous bruschetta scattered over a cheesy pizza.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian, Vegetarian
Keyword Bruschetta, Italian, pizza, vegetarian
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 8 slices
Author Dana Sandonato

Ingredients

Bruschetta Mix.

  • 10 oz sliced grape tomatoes (about 2 cups)
  • 1/4 cup ribboned or roughly chopped fresh basil
  • 3 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 TBSP extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • Cracked black pepper

Pizza.

  • 16 oz ball of fresh pizza dough store bought or homemade is fine
  • 1 cup marinara sauce
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella
  • 1/4 red onion, thinly sliced into rings, then halved
  • Extra fresh basil leaves, for garnish
  • Balsamic glaze

Instructions

  • If you're using your own from-scratch dough, preheat the oven as per your recipes instructions. If store-bought, preheat the oven as per the directions on the packaging.

Bruschetta Mix.

  • Place the sliced grape tomatoes, ribboned basil, and minced garlic into a large bowl. Drizzle with the extra virgin olive oil, then sprinkle with salt and pepper. Give it a good stir to mix it all up, and set aside.

Pizza.

  • On a lightly oiled pizza pan, work your dough out and form your pizza. If you're using a pizza stone, skip the oil and sprinkle corn meal over the surface to keep the dough from sticking.
  • Once you've got a nice round pizza dough going, spoon and evenly spread 1 cup of marinara sauce over it, leaving about 1/2 - 1 inch of space at the edges for your crust.
    Sprinkle the mozzarella cheese over the sauce, followed by the red onion, and finally, evenly spoon the bruschetta mix over the cheese.
  • Place in the oven and bake according to your recipes instructions or, if using store-bought, use the package's instructions. 
    With fresh dough, you typically want to bake it at 425° F for 15-20 minutes, or until the dough has crisped and turned golden in color (time will vary by oven). Always double check with the dough recipe/package you're using, though.
  • When done, let the pizza sit to cool off for about 5-10 minutes before cutting into it. Right before cutting into it, drizzle it with a nice and thick balsamic glaze, and garnish with fresh basil leaves. 

Notes

Want to jazz up your crust? Brush some olive oil or melted butter over the edges of the dough you left naked for a crust to form. Sprinkle with some garlic salt and/or Italian herbs.

18 Comments

  • Dawn - Girl Heart Food
    April 30, 2019 at 12:17 pm

    5 stars
    What a beautifully delish pizza!! Love how vibrant it is and especially that you used balsamic reduction (love that stuff). I would love to have an outdoor pizza oven..how awesome would that be? If only the weather here would start to turn more spring-like we could actually get outside a little more. So excited! Pinned!

    Reply
    • Killing Thyme
      May 2, 2019 at 9:36 am

      I hope you get some warm weather soon! I can’t get over that people back in my hometown in Southern Ontario are still having to bundle up. You couldn’t pay me to move back up North. Haha.

      Reply
  • Annemarie
    April 29, 2019 at 2:13 pm

    5 stars
    I have my neighbor’s abundant veg garden and the farmer’s market but I do have lovely woods by my back deck which would be perfect for enjoying this bruschetta pizza. We LOVE Margherita pizza here and that extra oomph you’ve added would have me going back for more. And, with the grape tomatoes, I can make this now! Big tomatoes won’t be around until July, but little ones are already showing up.

    Reply
    • Killing Thyme
      May 2, 2019 at 9:33 am

      Isn’t it nice to have neighbors with blooming veg gardens? ;)
      I can’t wait to be that neighbor! Haha.

      Reply
  • Daniela
    April 29, 2019 at 1:51 pm

    5 stars
    This is such a great way to use all those fresh summer veggies! I eat tomatoes like crazy during the summer, but I have had really bad luck growing them. Whether I manage to finally grow them at home or buy them at the store, I’m definitely making this bruschetta pizza! Yum!

    Reply
    • Killing Thyme
      May 2, 2019 at 9:32 am

      I hear you! Last year I did up a container garden on our balcony and my tomatoes were mediocre at best. Now that we’ve moved and have a spacious yard, I’m really looking forward to building up a legit garden and having an abundance of tomatoes. One great way to use up grape tomatoes is from-scratch ketchup. It takes about two pints of them to make one cup of the stuff. It’s SO GOOD. But not economically savvy if you’re buying the pints at $4 a pop. Haha.

      Reply
  • Marisa F. Stewart
    April 29, 2019 at 7:24 am

    5 stars
    All you had to say was pizza or bruschetta and I right there first in line. It looks delicious and I’d love to have outdoor pizza oven. Oh, my!! The things I could make in it. The fresh ingredients of your pizza is right on the mark. We certainly love our grape tomatoes and fresh basil!!

    Reply
    • Killing Thyme
      May 2, 2019 at 9:29 am

      I’m definitely already dreaming about all the ways I can dress up a pizza in our backyard. Haha. I’m such a classic pepperoni/cheese/mushroom gal when it comes to pizza takeout. But making it at home? I get WILD.

      Reply
  • Debra
    April 28, 2019 at 2:40 pm

    5 stars
    Exactly the simple and tasty topping we like on our pizza. I’m thinking of making it into a rectangle, cutting in small squares and offering it as an after school snack. They will still probably gobble up the whole thing!!

    Reply
    • Killing Thyme
      May 2, 2019 at 9:27 am

      Sounds way better than the after school snacks I had! (Dunkaroos! Oh, the 90s.)

      Reply
  • Sarah
    April 26, 2019 at 10:56 am

    5 stars
    An outdoor pizza oven is the stuff dreams are made of! And this looks so incredible- I’m starving now Dana! I’ve been eyeing it on FB and Insta! And podcasts– I’m obsessed with Stuff You Should Know. And Bon Appetit- love love!

    Reply
    • Killing Thyme
      May 2, 2019 at 9:26 am

      I’m definitely going to check out the Stuff You Should Know podcast!

      Reply
  • Julie Menghini
    April 25, 2019 at 6:06 pm

    5 stars
    That is one beautiful pizza and I think the back yard living space you’re planning would be the perfect tribute to it. That balsamic drizzle would give this already perfect recipe a great punch of flavor. I’d rethink the Adirondack chairs though. After about six slices I’ll need a little help getting out of it!

    Reply
    • Killing Thyme
      May 2, 2019 at 9:22 am

      Haha, good call on the chairs. Maybe standing/mingling tables? :P

      Reply
  • Jenni LeBaron
    April 25, 2019 at 3:49 pm

    5 stars
    This pizza looks absolutely scrumptious! I love that you utilize grape tomatoes and fresh basil because come summer I will have more in my garden than I know what to do with. I certainly will want to be making this delicious pizza!

    Reply
    • Killing Thyme
      May 2, 2019 at 9:24 am

      I hope you love it, Jenni! My favorite thing about this pizza (besides the taste, obv) is that it puts all of those garden goodies to use.

      Reply
  • Gloria
    April 25, 2019 at 9:00 am

    5 stars
    We LOVE pizza. Hubby could eat it every day (so could I, but don’t tell him). This looks amazing. I love that is not covered in pepperoni. This would be great as an appetizer or eat LOTS as a meal. Homemade pizza is the BEST!! My mouth is watering right now…it is 9:00 AM here!!

    Reply
    • Killing Thyme
      May 2, 2019 at 9:20 am

      Hey, pizza for breakfast never hurt anyone, right? ;)

      Reply

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