Pizza with Ricotta, Grape Tomatoes, Red Onion, and Fresh Basil

This was a quick and easy pizza that I made for us to gobble up while we were busy packing boxes. I really, REALLY, loved how creamy the ricotta made this pizza – it tasted rich and decadent without any guilt. I also enjoyed how sweet the grape tomatoes and onions were after cooking and the fresh basil topped the pizza off with a wonderful flavor. I loved this pizza and plan to make it again and again.

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Pizza with Ricotta, Grape Tomatoes, Red Onion, and Fresh Basil

Ingredients:

Cooking spray
Corn meal
1 ball of pizza dough (I used store bought)
1 container of pizza sauce (Trader Joe's is really good)
1-2 cups of mozzarella cheese, shredded
2 tbsp Parmesan cheese, shredded
1/4 cup of fat free ricotta
1 clove of garlic, minced
Handful of grape tomatoes
Red onions slices, sliced very thin
6-7 fresh basil leaves, chopped
Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Spread dough on a pizza sheet that has been coated with cooking spray and a sprinkle of corn meal. Spoon the sauce on the dough and spread evenly.

Sprinkle the mozzarella cheese and Parmesan cheese. Mix the ricotta cheese with the minced garlic then season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste; mix well. Add dollops of ricotta all over the pizza. Next, add the grape tomatoes and red onions. Season the top of the pizza with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste.

Place into the oven and bake for 15-20 minutes or until cheese is bubbling and the crust is golden brown. Add fresh basil. Enjoy.

Recipe and photos by For the Love of Cooking.net

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30 Responses to “Pizza with Ricotta, Grape Tomatoes, Red Onion, and Fresh Basil”

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    Kris — November 1, 2011 @ 4:35 am

    That looks wonderful! When is the big day?

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    Hari Chandana — November 1, 2011 @ 5:15 am

    Colorful and delicious recipe.. looks awesome !!
    Indian Cuisine

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    The UDG — November 1, 2011 @ 5:34 am

    I miss have a Trader Joe's nearby.

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    Big Dude — November 1, 2011 @ 9:50 am

    Looks pretty and I can imagine how good it tasted.

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    Jenn — November 1, 2011 @ 12:38 pm

    Looks absolutely amazing, Pam! Funny how something so simple can turn out to look so elegant – and taste so good!!

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    Annie @ Annie's Cooking Lab — November 1, 2011 @ 1:36 pm

    That looks great! I so miss having a Trader Joes, last year I moved to the middle of nowhere- no Trader Joes in our whole state :( We do have a bakery that makes some excellent pizza dough though, I'm excited to give this a try!

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    Jersey Girl Cooks — November 1, 2011 @ 1:42 pm

    The pizza looks great! I am going to have to try the TJ's fat free ricotta. I love that store as much as you do!

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    Nicole @ Sew Much Sunshine — November 1, 2011 @ 1:52 pm

    I have a new motto in life: everything is better with ricotta. YUM!

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    Stephanie — November 1, 2011 @ 2:11 pm

    This pizza looks delicious. I can't wait to try the recipe out myself. Thank you for sharing.

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    Andrea@WellnessNotes — November 1, 2011 @ 2:12 pm

    I haven't made pizza in a long time. Love the flavors on this one and that it is quick and simple.

    Good luck withe move!

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    Anonymous — November 1, 2011 @ 2:29 pm

    YUM! I've never thought to put ricotta cheese on pizza- why didn't I think of that? :-)

    Kim in MD

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    Joanne — November 1, 2011 @ 2:44 pm

    I LOVE ricotta on pizza, so you've definitely sold me with this!

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    Gloria — November 1, 2011 @ 2:50 pm

    What yummy and nice pizzas, Pam you always make delicious pizzas, I love ricotta! gloria

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    The Blonde Duck — November 1, 2011 @ 3:20 pm

    Halloween and pizza…sounds perfect!

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    sophiesfoodiefiles — November 1, 2011 @ 3:40 pm

    Oooh waw, this tasty pizza looks incredible & mighty pretty too! ;)

    i love any dish with ricotta in it!

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    Chris — November 1, 2011 @ 4:32 pm

    That pizza makes me forget that summer is over, with all the fresh basil and tomatoes.

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    Deena@stay at home FOODIE — November 1, 2011 @ 6:42 pm

    Yum! Ricotta and tomato is one of my favorite combinations!

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    Helene — November 1, 2011 @ 6:43 pm

    What a nice pizza, I love fresh basil on a pizza,

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    Priyanka — November 1, 2011 @ 8:21 pm

    Such a vibrant pizza. Stunning photo

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    Marjie — November 1, 2011 @ 8:40 pm

    Looks like a great easy meal for those busy nights. Hope the packing is going smoothly.

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    Meaghan O'Connor @ My Spoonful of Inspiration — November 1, 2011 @ 9:16 pm

    I absolutely love homemade pizzas :)

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    CeCe Merrill Boger — November 1, 2011 @ 9:42 pm

    This is my kind of pizza! Thanks Pam.

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    Jessie — November 1, 2011 @ 9:55 pm

    This looks awesome! I think I need to make pizza SOON!

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    The Café Sucré Farine — November 1, 2011 @ 10:16 pm

    You are amazing, making such a yummy pizza in the middle of moving! I would have called for take-out and called that dinner!

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    Sonia — November 1, 2011 @ 10:19 pm

    The pizza with ricotta is looking awesome…. !!! very nice and appetizing !

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    Mandy — November 2, 2011 @ 12:37 am

    Looks so good. I can almost taste all those wonderful flavors together. I've been thinking about you!

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    Words Of Deliciousness — November 2, 2011 @ 12:43 am

    What a pretty pizza. I like the sound of the ricotta cheese on the pizza, I bet it made taste really delicious.

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    Salsa Verde — November 2, 2011 @ 1:13 pm

    Wonderful combination of flavours and textures!!
    Cheers,
    Lia.

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    Sarah — May 23, 2012 @ 1:11 pm

    I love this! Simple and quick. I will be making this tonight – I like to think of it as pizza, but a classier pizza!

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