This quick and tasty Garlic Pizza is the cheesiest, most delicious pizza you’ll make! Use my simple pizza dough recipe, cover with an herb roasted garlic butter and gooey cheese, bake, and you’ve got an incredible pizza in just 10 minutes!
Buttery, cheesy, and crispy – my garlic pizza is an absolute delight!
If you’re reading this recipe, you probably love pizza – just like me! Honestly, who can resist a chewy, crispy crust covered in ooey-gooey cheese? This pizza has all of that, plus a savory roasted garlic butter that takes it to the next level!
You can use a store-bought crust, or make your own using my simple, perfect pizza dough recipe! Whatever you use, this pizza cooks up faster than the time it takes to order delivery.
Have a family pizza night and make this delicious, buttery pie or eat it all yourself – I won’t judge!
❤️ Why You'll Love This Recipe!
It’s Delicious! Garlic lovers, rejoice! This pizza is slathered in an herb roasted garlic butter mixture that permeates the crust and cheese to turn a simple cheese pizza into something special.
It’s Homemade! Homemade pizza is the best because you can make it taste exactly like you want!
It’s Easy! How much easier can making a pizza be? With just a few ingredients and steps, you’ll be eating this amazing garlic pizza in no time!
My easy, cheesy garlic pizza recipe calls for fresh pizza dough – use my recipe for best results! It also calls for a bulb of roasted garlic – follow my simple instructions to make roasting garlic super easy!
- Pizza Dough – The base for your pizza. Use my easy pizza dough recipe, store-bought pizza dough, or a pre-made crust.
- Roasted Garlic – Roasting garlic makes it rich, mellow, and creamy – blend It with melted butter and it’s the perfect topping for pizza! Check out my post on how to roast garlic. (Also See Tips & Recipe Notes)
- Unsalted Butter – You’ll want to melt this, so it blends well with the creamy roasted garlic. I suggest unsalted butter as the cheese has plenty of salt in it.
- Italian Seasoning – Savory Italian seasoning will mix with our butter and garlic to make a delicious topping. Use your favorite store-bought or use fresh chopped Italian herbs if you prefer!
- Mozzarella – The classic cheese for pizza! Grated mozzarella cheese is mild and melts perfectly on the pie.
- Monterey Jack – Monterey jack is another super melting cheese that’s great in this recipe. If you can’t find Monterey jack for any reason, you can substitute extra mozzarella!
- Parmesan – Parmesan is a must for pizza, in my opinion! It’s super flavorful and helps create a delicious brown topping.
- Cheddar – Cheddar adds a lot of flavor and extra cheesiness to the pizza. You can use mild or sharp cheddar – whatever you prefer!
💭 Tips & Recipe Notes
Not familiar with stretching out dough? Stretching the dough is better than rolling for more bubbly, airy crusts!
Bring the dough to room temperature – this will make it much easier to stretch and shape.
Next, use your palm to flatten the dough to a thick disc shape. Then, placing one hand on the center of the disc, use your other hand to gently guide the edge as you flip the palm holding the dough. You can flip and repeat until the pizza is stretched, occasionally using your hand to gently press out the dough to the edge. Once the dough is 12-16 inches in diameter, transfer to your pan or pizza peel!
You want to have garlic roasted beforehand to make baking this pizza as easy as possible!
If you’d rather use raw, make sure it’s minced or crushed finely. You may also want to start with mixing a few minced cloves into the butter and then taste – raw garlic is much stronger than roasted!
When ready to use the roasted garlic bulb, squeeze out the cloves of roasted garlic with your hands, or scoop out with a small spoon.
This recipe is for 1 12 to 16- inch pizza – it’s perfect for one or two people!
If you want to share, this recipe can easily double or triple to serve more people!
🔪 Step-by-Step Instructions
My easy, ridiculously cheesy garlic pizza is going to be your family’s new favorite! If making your own dough, do it the day before or earlier in the day to make dinner super easy!
- Prep. If making your own dough, prepare 12 ounces of pizza dough (about half of my recipe or enough to make a 12 to 16-inch pizza depending on how thick you like the dough). Then, make sure your roasted garlic is prepared, about 1 bulb.
- Prep the oven. Preheat your oven to 500°F (260°C) or the highest level your oven can go. Use a small amount of flour or cornmeal to sprinkle on a pizza stone or baking sheet, whichever you’re using. If using a pizza peel, dust it with a little flour as well. Then, if using a pizza stone, place the stone in the center of the oven to heat it.
- Make the garlic topping. In a small bowl, combine 1 bulb of roasted garlic with 4 tablespoons of melted, unsalted butter, and 1 teaspoon of Italian seasoning.
- Stretch the dough. Using floured hands, gently stretch your dough to a 12 to 16-inch circle on your baking pan or pizza peel. Then, generously apply the garlic butter mixture all over the dough.
- Add the cheese. Sprinkle 1 cup of mozzarella cheese, 1 cup of Monterey jack cheese, ¼ cup of grated Parmesan cheese, and ¼ cup of cheddar cheese all over the pizza.
- Bake the pizza. Place the pizza in the oven or slide the pizza from the peel on the pizza stone on the center rack and bake at 500°F (260°C) for 8-12 minutes or until golden and bubbly.
- Serve. Remove from the oven when done. Slice and serve immediately.
If you're a fan of pizza and anchovies, be sure to check out my anchovy pizza too!
🥡 Storing & Reheating
Everyone loves leftover pizza! To keep your pizza fresh, place the slices into a large Ziploc bag, an airtight container, or wrap tightly in plastic cling film and keep in the fridge for up to 4 days!
Did you know you can freeze leftover pizza? Wrap individual slices in plastic cling film and freeze individual slices on a baking sheet.
Once frozen you can stack them in a freezer storage bag or airtight container, and they’ll last for up to 2 months. Perfect for days when you’re too tired to cook!
Reheating leftover pizza is an art! Luckily, I have an entire guide on how to reheat pizza dedicated to restoring your pizza to its former glory.
A pizza stone is a circular, ceramic disk that you can put your pizza on to help get the bottom ultra-crisp. It also helps control the temperature and promote even cooking.
If you don’t have one, don’t worry! Your pizza will be equally delicious if using a pan!
Yes! Feel free to make this pizza with gluten-free dough or using a store bought gluten-free crust to accommodate you and your family’s needs. It’ll be just as tasty!
Yes! Just make sure you follow the cooking instructions on the packaging. If you’re having trouble finding it, check the deli or the canned bread and biscuit dough section (which is usually near the egg or cheese section) for pizza dough or ask a grocery clerk!
- 12 oz pizza dough (use half of my recipe or store bought enough for a 12 to 16 inch pizza)
- 1 bulb roasted garlic (you can use raw garlic but I would suggest being thorough when finely mincing)
- 4 tablespoon unsalted butter (melted)
- 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- 1 cup mozzarella cheese (grated)
- 1 cup Monterey jack cheese (grated)
- ¼ cup Parmesan cheese (grated)
- ¼ cup cheddar cheese (grated)
- Prepare your pizza dough (if making your own).12 oz pizza dough
- If opting for roasted garlic you will need this complete before starting the pizza. See my instructions for roasting garlic.1 bulb roasted garlic
- Preheat oven to 500°F (260°C) or the highest level your oven can go.
- Use a small amount of flour or cornmeal to sprinkle on the pizza stone or baking sheet, whichever you are using. If using a pizza peel you will need to dust it with a little flour as well.
- If using a pizza stone (and pizza peel) place the stone in the center of the oven.
- In a small bowl combine the roasted garlic with 4 tablespoons of melted butter and 1 teaspoon of Italian seasoning. Mix very well. *I usually opt for a quick pulse or two in a food processor or use a mortar and pestle to break up the roasted garlic.4 tablespoon unsalted butter, 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning, 1 bulb roasted garlic
- Gently stretch your dough to a 12 to 16 inch circle on your baking pan and generously apply the garlic butter mixture all over the dough.
- Sprinkle the mozzarella, Monterey jack, Parmesan, and cheddar cheeses.1 cup mozzarella cheese, 1 cup Monterey jack cheese, ¼ cup Parmesan cheese, ¼ cup cheddar cheese
- Bake in the oven on the center rack at 500°F (260°C) for 8-12 minutes or until golden and bubbly.
- Remove from the oven when done. Slice, serve, and enjoy!
- If using store-bought dough, follow the cooking instructions on the packaging.
- For thicker crust pizza, stick with shaping a 12-inch pizza. For thin crust pizza, stretch the dough out to 16-inches.
Angela is an at home chef that developed a passion for all things cooking and baking at a young age in her Grandma's kitchen. After many years in the food service industry, she now enjoys sharing all of her family favorite recipes and creating tasty dinner and amazing dessert recipes here at Bake It With Love!