Rustic Tomato Pizza

When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie, that’s amore…

When we went hiking in the Pyrรฉnรฉes last summer, his mom packed us a wonderful gourmet lunch as opposed to the usual sandwich or Clif Bar. Life is tough, right? When we were exhausted from our trek, we were rewarded with slices of homemade pizza topped with a tangy tomato sauce, parmesan cheese, anchovies and olives. It was oh so gooooood. And in lieu of pizza dough, she had used puff pastry sheets which I found to be so ingenious!

We love making pizza at home and the use of pastry sheets works wonders for a quick, gourmet-like meal. Another plus side is that the Pepperidge Farm pastry sheets fit perfectly in our mini toaster oven. It took me quite some time to track down which grocery store carried these pastry sheets so once I found them, I’ve been hoarding them in our freezer. It’s like having a stock of blank edible canvases for your next foodie creation.


1 Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry Sheet
1 1/2 cup store-bought stewed tomatoes (I get mine from Trader Joe’s)
2 Tbsp tomato paste
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 lb. fresh mozzarella, sliced in thin, circular pieces
1 cup parmesan cheese, grated
8 pieces of flat anchovy filets
1/4 cup black olives, sliced
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
a few fresh basil leaves
  1. Thaw the puff pastry sheet for 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Meanwhile, saute garlic in olive oil for about 5 minutes. Add the stewed tomatoes and tomato paste. Simmer for about 15 minutes and stir occasionally. Remove from heat. Unroll the pastry sheet on a piece of parchment paper large enough to extend an inch past the edges of the pizza.
  2. Spread tomato sauce evenly on the pastry sheet and top with anchovies, olives, mozzarella cheese and cherry tomatoes. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until the edges are golden brown. Remove from oven and sprinkle with grated parmesan cheese. Garnish with fresh basil. Serves two people OR one very hungry person!

32 Responses to “Rustic Tomato Pizza”

  • elizabeth Says:

    I love the idea of using puff pastry–it turns pizza into a pizza tart! And as much as I enjoy making my own dough, usually a bit of planning is involved, either in allowing enough time for the dough to rise, or making extra to freeze (and then let defrost).

    Also: anchovies+cheese=bliss.

  • rebecca Says:

    oh wow what a pizza yummy

  • Sook Says:

    I love the flavor of fresh tomatoes on pastry. That looks so yummy.

  • megan Says:

    I never thought to use puff pastry dough for pizza! What a great idea. i can never have homemade pizza on a weeknight because the dough takes forever. i’m definitely trying this

  • Dan Says:

    I cheat and buy dough at the local pizza place for $2. The sauce and the toppings are all my creations. When you and Pierre get a oven big enough, I’ll get you a pizza stone. Keep up the great work!

  • Mimi Says:

    We make a lot of pizza, but I haven’t used puff pastry as a base. It looks fantastic.

  • vicky Says:

    Just my kind of meal!

  • Dhale Says:

    @Elizabeth: I’ve never tried making my own pizza dough because it always seems like there’s too much work involved and it sounds very intimidating! Most people hate anchovies but I LOVE them in my pizza! It adds just the right amount of saltiness and kick.

  • Dhale Says:

    @Rebecca: Thanks! And happy new year!

  • Dhale Says:

    @Sook: The fresh tomatoes really add a refreshing quality to the pizza. And cherry tomatoes are so easy because all you have to do is slice them in half. So good! Thanks for dropping by!

  • Dhale Says:

    @Megan: I’m so glad my boyfriend’s mom introduced it to us. And apparently, Pepperidge Farm has several recipes for pizza using their pastry sheets. But who needs a recipe? Just have fun with it! And this is one of my favorite quick meals that looks so put together. Enjoy your pizza creation!

  • Dhale Says:

    @Dan: Yes, I’ve heard rave reviews about your pizza :) . And $2 for the dough??? You can’t get that kind of price here in the city. Pizza night next time we’re over! And we are counting down the months when we can upgrade to a grown-up kitchen. Thanks for coming by!

  • Ben Says:

    My mom is afraid of yeast, so every time she made pizza she used puff pastry. I think that’s the best pizza I’ve ever had in my life. Your pizza looks so delicious!

  • Dhale Says:

    @Mimi: The puff pastry adds a nice gourmet touch and it’s so easy to throw together. You don’t even have to roll out the dough. Just unravel it!

  • Dhale Says:

    @Vicky: Me too! I We love pizza night around here!

  • Dhale Says:

    @Ben: Your mom is a smart woman for using puff pastry! I don’t have a fear of yeast, but I do have a fear of making pizza dough and puff pastry is a great shortcut! Thanks :)


    Your site looks so good, everytime I visit I see different ways I can improve mine…although I don’t think it will….you are what I aspire to be in a writer and a web designer of food sites :) That pizza looks so good every time I look at it I wanna run out and get one !!

  • Dhale Says:

    @DMANBURGER: Thanks D! I give the web designer credit to my boyfriend. He’s the genius behind the design, functionality and operations. He’s like the Wizard of Oz hiding behind the green curtain. I’m just his minion ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • ravenouscouple Says:

    we hardly ever eat Italian, but this might change our minds…love the use of the puff pastry sheet as the crust. Hope you entered this in the Pepperidge farms puff pastry cooking contest!

  • Simply Life Says:

    Oh this pizza looks great!

  • Dhale Says:

    @RavenousCouple: I didn’t even know they were having a contest! Thanks for the heads up :)

  • Dhale Says:

    @Simply Life: It’s delicious but it still doesn’t rival the quintessential NY pizza ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Chowhound Says:

    I definitely agree with elizabeth’s equation, anchovies + cheese = bliss :-).

    That looks amazing and healthy too.

  • Joy Says:

    UHM WOW!!!!! I looooooove that you used a puff pastry sheet how creative of you. We just started making pizza dough from scratch at work so I’ve been playing around a lot with pizza toppings but I must say, this one looks phenomenal. I may have to try it next week :) Beautiful pictures, I’ve noticed your lighting has improved so much! Good job love ^_^

  • Dhale Says:

    @Chowhound: So glad I have some fellow anchovy fans!

  • Dhale Says:

    @Joy: It wasn’t my very own creative idea , I’d have to say. It was all an inspiration from my bf’s mom. She’s a wonderful cook! And thanks for the compliment! I’ve been playing around a lot more with lighting but still no natural light for me :(

  • Joo Says:

    YAY PUFF PASTRY! Don’t you love the fantastic multitude of wonderful things that can be made with the stuff. Your pizza looks amazing – can you please talk Bobby into loving anchovies?? p.s. Sometimes, Trader Joe’s carries “artisan puff pastry” sheets which are frozen flat (no creases to roll flat). Whenever I see them, I horde them like you do the Pepperidge Farm stuff. There’s no more in California at the moment, but maybe you have them in NY…

  • Divina Says:

    Yum, the pizza looks amazing. It’s exactly what I want, rustic. ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Dhale Says:

    @Joo: And that is why we’re friends! I started using the Trader Joe’s puff pastry a year ago but they took it off the shelf some time during the summer. They told me they’d bring it back for the holidays but to no avail :( . It was the BEST! I’ve tried other brands but for now, Pepperidge Farm suits my needs until TJ’s decides to bring theirs back.

  • Dhale Says:

    @Divina: I love the word “rustic”… it just means I can be lazy about chopping my vegetables ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Baby Sumo Says:

    Homemade pizza! Yummmmmm :-)

    My hubby would like this.

  • Dhale Says:

    @Baby Sumo: I love making pizza at home but I’m always too lazy to make my own dough. The puff pastry makes it so easy to great gourmet pizzas. Hope you enjoy it!

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