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Basil Balsamic Pizza

Basil Balsamic Pizza

We love homemade pizza night in our family. It’s a fun way to get the kids cooking, but also an easy, affordable, agreeable dinner for the whole family. However, a lot of kids, mine included, have very limited palates, so it’s usually just cheese pizza that we’re making. Not one to knock the classics, I love me some cheese pizza, however I have started elevating “mom’s half” of the pizza. By adding just 2 additional ingredients to your kid’s pizza you add depth and flavor keeping any adult palate happy. Those 2 ingredients I’m talking about are basil, and balsamic glaze, hence the name of this recipe.


1 can refrigerated pizza dough
1/2-1 cup marinara or pizza sauce
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp dried oregano
2 tbl packed fresh basil or 2 frozen basil cubes
1 tbl olive oil
Drizzle of balsamic glaze


Crushed red pepper
Parmesan cheese


Preheat your oven to 375 degrees, and line a large baking sheet with parchments paper. Next, unroll your pizza dough and gently press from the center out, it should almost double in size. Then sprinkle on your seasonings (garlic and oregano) and press into the dough evenly. Now bake your crust for 8 minutes. While your dough pre-bakes, mix diced or frozen basil into your olive oil. This will make a paste consistency to dollop onto your pizza. Once the dough is done, take it out of the oven and top it evenly with pizza sauce and then mozzarella. On the adult half of the pizza dollop out your basil on top of the cheese and then your pizza is ready to finish baking. Bake your topped pizza another 10 minutes. When your pizza is finished baking, top with parmesan and crushed red pepper if desired. Next, slice it up, giving the adult slices a healthy drizzle of balsamic glaze and enjoy warm. Any leftover pizza can be kept in the fridge for 48 hours.

This recipe is for topping half a pizza, so if you’re making a whole pizza and want these flavorings be sure to double your basil and olive oil mixture. I really love this fresh take on cheese pizza. It’s easy enough to add a few ingredients to keep me happy with little to no extra work, while also keeping the kids happy. That’s what I call a Mom win! Also I am obsessed with these frozen herbs! I found mine in the frozen food section of Target. They have basil, ginger, garlic and cilantro. Frozen herbs are perfect, especially for this pizza as basil is not available year round. I do also use the frozen ginger a lot in Asian cooking, it’s a lot easier than peeling fresh ginger. Be sure to be on the look out for these herbs in your freezer section, to save yourself some prep time and to keep summer flavors fresh all year round.

When fresh basil is in season feel free to top and bake your pizza with a few whole basil leaves as well as top with fresh sliced basil after baking. If you’re feeling fancy or happen to have fresh mozzarella on hand, slice that and use it as a topping too. Fresh mozzarella is really gooey and stringy once baked, so I like to keep this topping for just the “mom” or adult half of the pizza. These pizza doughs are so forgiving too when baking, if you have the extra pans and oven space feel free to cut your raw dough into pieces to make separate pizzas. You would then still stretch, season and bake as you do above, cooking time may vary slightly once they’re topped, so just keep an eye on them in the oven.

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