My Classic Italian Cheese Pizza Recipe

This cheese pizza recipe is the most basic type anyone can make. To it you can add a variety of toppings, from fresh sliced mushrooms to Italian sausage to even caviar if you wish!

The possibilities are endless, as will be your love for this authentic dish!

Serves 4

Italian Cheese Pizza Ingredients

Pizza serving
  • 1 lb peeled plum tomatoes, fresh or canned
    (or basic tomato sauce recipe)
  • 1 recipe Pizza Dough (or store-bought dough, if you must), rolled out
  • 1 3/4 cups fresh mozzarella cheese, diced
  • dozen leaves of fresh basil, torn into small pieces
  • 3 tbsp freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and ground black pepper

* This dish is featured in my elegant printable recipe card collection.

Making an Authentic Italian Pizza


Preheat your oven to 475ºF. Roll out your dough as indicated in the pizza dough recipe. Using a pastry brush or spoon, coat the dough with the olive oil. Evenly sprinkle the garlic powder, salt and pepper over your dough.

Purée the tomatoes in a food processor or blender. When it is sufficiently blended, spread the tomato sauce over your prepared dough.

Sprinkle evenly with mozzarella cubes (shredded mozzarella can work just fine here too). Sprinkle the pie with parmesan cheese and dot the surface with basil.

Place the pizza in the oven. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until the crust is golden brown and the cheese is melted and bubbly.

Remove from heat, slice up and serve! Yum!

The Pizza Menu

Does anyone really need a menu when serving pizza? Usually not, but if you want to serve a well-rounded meal, it's a good idea to fill in any gaps.

For example, if you're serving this cheese pizza, it would be ideal to include a side salad or an antipasto while the pizza is cooking.

A good dessert choice would be an Amaretti cookies or Lemon Ice, something on the casual side. (Check out the dessert category on the site menu if you need more ideas.)

More delicious recipes to try out:

italian panini tomato mozzarella sandwich

Tomato Mozzarella

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