Cherry Tomato, Basil & Watercress Pizza

At My Husband Makes Pies, sometimes we appreciate the beauty in simplicity. Today, we’re showcasing the natural harmony of cherry tomatoes, aromatic basil, with a subtle peppery kick of watercress.

Cherry tomatoes, full of sweet and tangy flavour, blend well with the fresh taste of basil. Watercress, known for its mild peppery notes, adds a subtle depth. Extra virgin olive oil complements and ties together these ingredients with its distinct flavour and aroma.

The combination of cherry tomatoes, basil, and watercress creates a light and balanced flavour that is truly pleasing on the palate. A hint of EVOO adds a complementary touch to the pizza. This pizza is for those who appreciate the beauty of straightforward, fresh ingredients.

Cherry Tomato, Basil and Watercress Pizza
Cherry Tomato, Basil and Watercress Pizza
Cherry Tomato, Basil and Watercress Pizza
Cherry Tomato, Basil & Watercress Pizza

Cherry Tomato, Basil & Watercress Pizza

The sun-kissed sweetness of cherry tomatoes, paired with the classic aroma of basil, the gentle bite of watercress, and a hint of chilli, offers a consistent and refreshing flavour profile. With the addition of EVOO to deepen these flavours, this pizza celebrates culinary simplicity.
To create this delightful Cherry Tomato, Basil & Watercress Pizza pizza at home, you'll just need a few simple ingredients and some time to prepare the dough and toppings. Dive in and soon you'll be enjoying a slice of this light and delicious treat. Bon appétit! And don't forget to explore our other home pizza recipes for your next pizza making adventure!
Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine American, Australian, Italian, Pizza
Servings 2 people


  • Outdoor Pizza Oven, Pizza Steel, or Stone (if using a home oven)
  • 1 Pizza Peel
  • 1 1 wooden chopping board or peel for prep and serving


  • 1 pizza dough ball
  • Low moisture mozzarella cheese
  • Grana padano cheese
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Fresh basil leaves
  • Watercress
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Chilli flakes


  • Prepare Dough: Follow any of our dough recipes. You will need to prepare the dough at least 24 hours ahead of time.
  • Prepare Cheese: Finely grate the grana padano. Tear the low moisture mozzarella into medium-sized pieces. Set aside.
  • Prepare Spring Onion: Slice your spring onion, set aside ready for assembly.
  • Preheat Oven:
    If using an outdoor pizza like an Ooni pizza oven, aim for a temperature of 450-500°C at the center of your pizza stone. Use an infrared thermometer to ensure accuracy. It should take around 25-30 minutes to reach temperature.
    For a home oven, using a pizza steel or stone, place the stone or steel inside the oven and preheat to the highest temperature for at least 30 minutes.
  • Prepare Base: On a lightly floured surface, stretch out the dough by hand according to the steps outlined in our dough recipe. Once you're happy with the shape of the base, lightly dust your pizza peel and transfer the dough onto the peel.
  • Assemble Pizza: To assemble the pizza, start by drizzling a light amount of olive oil on the base of your dough. Distribute pieces of low moisture mozzarella evenly across the dough, ensuring they're approximately 2 cm in diameter and spaced at least 1.5 cm apart. Follow with a generous sprinkle of grana padano, and then evenly distribute cherry tomatoes.
  • Bake Your Pizza:
    If you're using an outdoor pizza oven, launch the pizza into the oven and bake for 60-90 seconds. Keep an eye on the pie and rotate every 10-15 seconds to ensure even cooking and to avoid burning.
    For a home oven with a pizza steel or stone, the bake time should be around 7-10 minutes.
  • Serving: Once the pizza is done, remove it from the oven and place it on a serving board. Garnish with basil, spring onion, and watercress. Finish with a drizzle of EVOO and a sprinkle of chilli flakes. Now it's time to enjoy your healthy and delicious homemade pizza!

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