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Olive Pizza

This olive pizza stars green and black olives with gooey mozzarella and a zingy pizza sauce. A simply stunning topping…

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This olive pizza stars green and black olives with gooey mozzarella and a zingy pizza sauce. A simply stunning topping combo!

Olive Pizza

Here’s a pizza topping combination that’s stunningly simple and one of the best pies around. Try this Olive Pizza! The simpler the better with Italian cuisine, and we’ve found that with pizza, a few curated ingredients can make magic. Here a mix of briny green and black olives interplay with thin slivers of red onion, pops of salty capers, and gooey mozzarella cheese. It’s one dream pie for olive lovers! We couldn’t get enough of this pie: the flavor is surprisingly greater than the sum of its parts.

Ingredients for olive pizza

This olive pizza is perfect for lovers of this ingredient, but even the olive averse might be swayed by this pie. The olives used here are ripe olives, and their flavor is a burst of salty and savory. They’re less briny than a pimento-stuffed olive and not as strong as the super-salty Kalamata. We like a variety called Castelvetrano for the green olives, which has a milder flavor and buttery texture. Here’s what you’ll need for this recipe:

Olive Pizza

What are Castelvetrano olives?

Castelvetrano olives are a green olive variety grown in Sicily with a signature rich, buttery flavor and crisp texture. They have a mild and fruity flavor, making them suitable for people who shy away from very strong and briny varieties. Unlike other olives, they’re not cured: they’re washed in lye and water for a few weeks until the bitter flavor is removed.

There’s something about the buttery, mild flavor of Castelvetranos that’s unlike any other type. We’ve served these to people who claim not to like olives, only to have them park themselves in front of the bowl! They’re the perfect addition to this olive pizza.

Green Olive Pizza

Recipes for homemade pizza dough

The trick to the best olive pizza? Homemade pizza dough. Check out that photo: see that beautiful pillowy crust? This crust recipe works perfectly in a standard oven or pizza oven to make next-level, artisan style pies. Pick from these recipes:

  • Best Pizza Dough: The standard! This is our best oven pizza dough and works best on a pizza stone.
  • Thin Crust Pizza Dough: It’s easy and you can roll it out instead of stretching it.
  • Pizza Oven Dough: Got a pizza oven? This is the dough recipe for you.
  • Alternatives: Try a Pan Pizza in a cast iron skillet, no special pizza tools required. Or, make our Best-Ever Sheet Pan Pizza for serving a crowd: it makes the equivalent of two pizzas in a sheet pan.

Pizza making tools

Great pizza requires a few tools. If you choose the standard or thin crust pizza recipes above, you’ll need a stone and peel. (Pizza ovens typically come with their own pizza peel that can withstand the high temperatures.) The pan pizza and sheet pan pizza above require no extra tools. :

  • Pizza stone: Baking on a pizza stones makes the crust crisp on the outside and chewy on the inside. Here’s the pizza stone we recommend.
  • Pizza peel: A peel is a paddle used to slide a pie onto the hot stone in the oven. We recommend this standard pizza peel or this conveyor pizza peel, which makes transferring to the oven a breeze.
  • Pizza oven (optional): An outdoor pizza oven makes next level pizza! We own and have experience with both the Ooni pizza oven and the ROCCBOX (the ROCCBOX is our preferred). We used a pizza oven to get the charred crust you see in the photos.
Olive Pizza

Olive pizza variations

There are lots more ways to make an olive pizza! Here are a few topping ideas you might also enjoy that go well with the flavor profile:

  • Kalamata olives instead of green and black olives (use less since they have a stronger, saltier flavor)
  • Feta cheese (but keep it light to balance the salty olives)
  • Goat cheese or ricotta cheese, in dollops
  • Sausage crumbles
  • Prosciutto
  • Hot honey
  • Spinach, frozen and thawed (see this Spinach Pizza)
  • Jarred roasted red pepper, cut into strips
  • Fresh herbs like chives, oregano, thyme, or basil

More pizza recipes

Want more? From dough to sauce to topping ideas, we’ve got everything you need to make incredible pizza pies at home. Here are a few ideas:

Olive Pizza

Olive Pizza



  1. Make the pizza dough: Follow the Best Pizza DoughThin Crust Pizza Dough or Pizza Oven Dough recipes to prepare the dough. (This takes about 15 minutes to make and 45 minutes to rest.)
  2. Place a pizza stone in the oven and preheat to 500°F. OR preheat your pizza oven (here’s the pizza oven we use).
  3. Make the pizza sauce: Make the Homemade Pizza Sauce. (You’ll use about ½ cup for the pizza; reserve the remaining sauce and refrigerate for up to 1 week.)
  4. Bake the pizza: When the oven is ready, dust a pizza peel with cornmeal or semolina flour. (If you don’t have a pizza peel, you can use a rimless baking sheet or the back of a rimmed baking sheet. But a pizza peel is well worth the investment!) Stretch the dough into a circle; see How to Stretch Pizza Dough for instructions. Then gently place the dough onto the pizza peel.
  5. Spread a thin layer of the pizza sauce over the dough. Add the mozzarella cheese, then sprinkle with the Parmesan cheese. Top with the sliced olives, red onion, and capers, then sprinkle with dried oregano.
  6. Use the pizza peel to carefully transfer the pizza onto the preheated pizza stone. Bake the pizza until the cheese and crust are nicely browned, about 5 to 7 minutes in the oven (or 1 to 2 minutes in a pizza oven).
  7. Allow the pizza to cool for a minute or two before slicing into pieces. Serve immediately.

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Pizza Bagels

Pizza Bagels are a quick way to pizza night! They’re cheesy, tasty, and easily customizable: you’ve got dinner in no…

A Couple Cooks – Recipes worth repeating.

Pizza Bagels are a quick way to pizza night! They’re cheesy, tasty, and easily customizable: you’ve got dinner in no time.

Pizza bagels

We’re all about shortcuts around here…and this one is our best new dinnertime trick. Try Pizza Bagels! This genius concept uses a bagel to make the crust of the pizza pie. All you need are a few ingredients and they come out like a charm: fluffy, thick-crust personal pizzas, piled with toppings and smothered in gooey cheese. Here’s how to whip these up!

Ingredients for pizza bagels

Pizza bagels use a bagel to make the crust of a personal pizza: much in the same way as a tortilla pizza, pita pizza or naan pizza. They’re a little different from the mini bagel bites appetizer you might find in the frozen section. These pizza bagels are the size of a standard bagel and work as a quick dinner idea! Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Bagels
  • Pizza sauce: it’s best with Homemade Pizza Sauce!
  • Shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Grated Parmesan cheese
  • Olive oil and salt
  • Toppings of your choice (see below)
Pizza bagels

The basic idea

The basic idea for pizza bagels? Brush the bagels with olive oil (and sprinkle with a little garlic powder and salt). Bake them for 8 minutes at 400 degrees Fahrenheit, then add toppings and bake 6 to 7 minutes more until the cheese is melted. It’s so simple and customizable! See more on toppings below.

Recommendation: a great pizza sauce

The best way to get great flavor for these pizza bagels? Try our 5 minute Homemade Pizza Sauce. Of course, storebought pizza sauce works too. But we promise: this homemade sauce will blow your mind with the fresh, garlicky robust flavor. It takes only 5 minutes to make, so all you’ll need is a can of fire roasted tomatoes in your pantry. Here are a few notes on the sauce:

  • This pizza sauce takes 5 minutes in a blender (do it while the oven preheats). All you need are canned fire roasted tomatoes, garlic, oregano, salt and olive oil. Blend them up, and the flavor is life changing. Go to our Pizza Sauce recipe.
  • Fire roasted tomatoes are key for the flavor! This type of tomatoes are roasted on an open flame before canning, making them taste sweet right out of the can. Try them once, and you’ll never go back.
Pizza bagels

Pizza bagel toppings

Top these pizza bagels any way you like! You can go totally classic with pepperoni, or get more creative with veggie toppings of your choosing. Either way, be careful not to overload the bagel: use just enough toppings to lightly cover the top. Here’s what we did here, and then a few ideas for more creative toppings:

  • Smoky cherry tomatoes & basil: Thinly slice cherry tomatoes, then sprinkle them with salt, garlic powder and smoked paprika. It has a smoky vibe that’s similar to pepperoni! Top with fresh chopped basil.
  • Veggie supreme: Top with sliced olives, chopped green pepper and sliced red onion
  • Mini pepperoni
  • Prosciutto
  • Spinach
  • Bell peppers, chopped
  • Jarred artichoke hearts
  • Jarred roasted red peppers
  • Sautéed mushrooms
  • Pesto
  • Feta cheese, goat cheese, smoked mozzarella or smoked gouda

Eat pizza bagels right away

An important thing to note about pizza bagels: these do not work as leftovers! Pizza bagels become soggy after sitting for about 15 minutes. So, plan to eat them immediately after they come out of the oven! For big batches, try to only make enough to fit on trays in your oven at one time.

If you do happen to have a lag time between baking the pizza bagels and eating them, that’s ok! You can reheat them at 400 degrees until they crisp up again.

Pizza bagels

More shortcut pizza recipes

These pizza bagels go over well with anyone: especially kids! There are lots of other ways to make “shortcut” pizza! Here are a few more ways to try:

This pizza bagels recipe is…

Vegetarian. For gluten-free, use gluten-free bagels.

Pizza bagels

Pizza Bagels

  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4


These Pizza Bagels are a quick way to pizza night! They’re cheesy, tasty, and easily customizable: you’ve got dinner in no time.


  • 4 plain bagels
  • Olive oil
  • Garlic powder, for sprinkling
  • 1 cup Homemade Pizza Sauce
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Grated Parmesan cheese, for topping
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Smoked paprika, for sprinkling
  • Basil
  • Other toppings: sliced black olives, green peppers, red onion, pepperoni, etc


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Brush the bagels with olive oil on the cut side and place them on a baking sheet. Sprinkle each with a pinch of garlic powder and kosher salt. Bake cut side up for 8 minutes until lightly crisp and golden brown on the bottom.
  3. While the bagels bake, prepare the toppings: thinly slice the cherry tomatoes and sprinkle each with a pinch of salt, garlic powder and smoked paprika. Chop the basil. Prepare any other toppings (if using, chop the green pepper and thinly slice the red onion).
  4. Remove the tray from the oven. Top each bagel half with about 2 tablespoons pizza sauce, 3 to 4 tablespoons shredded mozzarella cheese, and a sprinkle of grated Parmesan cheese. Add the seasoned cherry tomatoes and add a sprinkle of salt to the top of the pizza.
  5. Bake the bagels 6 to 7 minutes until the cheese is melted. Eat immediately (leftovers do not save well).
  • Category: Main dish
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegetarian

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