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Cheeseless pizza with heirloom tomatoes and fresh basil

A cheeseless pizza has never been this good.  Super fresh heirloom tomatoes and beautiful basil make one awesome pizza.  With no cheese and the right dough it is a also a completely vegan pizza.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 230kcal
Author James


  • 1 16oz pizza dough .....From pizza place or Trader Joe's.
  • 2 large heirloom tomatoes .....Any fresh tomatoes are fine.
  • 8 cherry tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil chopped
  • 4 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper .....optional
  • 1/8 tsp crushed red pepper flakes .....optional
  • 1/2 tsp sesame seeds .....optional
  • 1/2 cup flour ...bench flour for dusting


  • Make sure dough is at room temp.
  • Heat oven to 450 degrees and place rack in middle of oven.
  • Slice 2 heirloom tomatoes into 1/4" pieces and cut the cherry tomatoes in half.
  • Roll out dough to 1/4" thickness.   Use flour on hands, cutting board, and rolling pin to avoid sticking.  I like to roll it then hold and rotate it in my fingers letting gravity stretch it out.  Return it back to the cutting board and roll out to the proper thickness and form crust.
  • Place dough on parchment paper-lined baking sheet coated with 1 Tbsp of oil. Parchment paper is not required, a regular sheet pan will work just as well, though it might require a little more oil to avoid sticking.
  • Drizzle pizza dough with 1 Tbsp of olive oil.  Add sesame seeds to crust if desired.  Place pan in oven and bake dough for 10 minutes.
  • Remove pizza dough from oven and place tomatoes on dough in a thin layer.  
  • Return pan to oven and bake for 5 minutes more.  Remove pan and blot tomatoes with paper towels to absorb some of the water they release.  Turn broiler on high.  
  • Return pizza to oven for one more time and broil the top to get the crust and tomatoes perfect.  About 2-3 minutes of broiling.  Watch the pizza to avoid burning. 
  • Remove pizza and add the basil, salt, crushed red pepper, and pepper if desired.  Top with 2 Tbsp of olive oil.  Let rest 5 minutes then cut into slices.  Enjoy!


One serving is 2 slices.


Calories: 230kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 8g | Sodium: 250mg