Baked Mozzarella with Tomatoes is a quick and easy appetizer! Baked until the mozzarella is melted and the tomatoes burst, it’s perfect with crunchy bread.
So I am going to confess something to you all, I have an addiction to mozzarella. There is just something about this semi- soft cheese that leaves me craving it morning, noon and night. My obsession started when Ryan and I were fortunate enough to go to Italy for our honeymoon. Along with gelato, and wine, Ryan and I enjoyed copious amounts of mozzarella. Of course there was mozzarella on pizza and the traditional Caprese salad but it was at a restaurant in Florence where we were first introduced to this dish of baked mozzarella and let me tell you, my world has never been the same.
The mozzarella is melted just enough. The tomatoes burst just a little releasing just a bit of their juice that combines with the olive oil and garlic to make one of the most delicious sauces to soak up with some crusty french bread. I’m telling you guys, this one is a winner.
What I love about this dish, and most of the dishes that we had in Italy, is the simplicity. Not too much seasoning, you just cook it to showcase the flavors of your ingredients. It is therefore important to use the highest quality ingredients you can find. So let’s talk about what you’ll need to make it happen.
Guys! This could not be easier!
Simply grab a small baking dish and layer the mozzarella with the tomatoes. Sprinkle the garlic over the top and then drizzle with extra virgin olive oil. Then pop it under the broiler for 5 – 6 minutes until the mozzarella is melted and bubbly around the edges.
Watch it carefully just so it doesn’t burn. Season lightly with salt and pepper. Serve immediately on it’s own or with your favorite crusty bread.
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Note: This post was originally published in 2009. It was updated in 2022 with new photos and nutrition information in 2022.
pamJanuary 13, 2023 at 11:37 am
OMG!!!! just made this today and its delicious!!!! . Thank you .
I did add a few sprinklers of chilly flakes for a bit of a kick..
DesereeJanuary 13, 2023 at 2:11 pm
Pam, I am SO happy to hear that!! And as someone who loves spicy food, I love the idea of adding chili flakes!
KyleJune 7, 2022 at 11:45 am
This looks amazing, can you use pesto instead of the mozzarella?
DesereeJune 9, 2022 at 2:46 pm
Thanks Kyle! I think using Pesto would completely change this dish, but pesto and roasted tomatoes sound like a combo I should try!
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KoriMay 27, 2013 at 8:25 pm
This was just what I was looking for! Made this with homemade sauce and homemade parmesan croutons with some fresh basil sprinkled on top after it came out of the oven. Baked not broiled. Delicious!!!!
AmberJanuary 20, 2011 at 12:36 pm
I have been craving mozzarella all week and just found this recipe searching online and just made it! It was DELICIOUS!!! I can’t even describe in words how good! Thank you for the recipe it made my day!
Janet McIntyreDecember 13, 2010 at 10:54 am
Thank you – thank you – thank you. You had me at “addicted to mozzarella”. I found this recipe and immediately put the ingredients together – used the last of this summers grape tomatos (what a way to go).
Just delicious – and have to admit – I did not have to share it with anyone. I even sopped up the remaining juice/oil with crusty bread. This is a definate “share” recipe
AusraJanuary 15, 2010 at 11:27 am
Gary Langefeld, your recipe is great! I have tried it last night, and it was sooo good… Yummy :)
DesereeJuly 12, 2009 at 7:17 pm
Hi Jackie, oops I forgot to mention that! Just sprinkle a little kosher salt and fresh cracked pepper over the dish before you bake it. The dish next to it is some toasted baguette slices.
JackieJuly 12, 2009 at 6:57 pm
When is the salt and pepper incorporated in this dish. Also what is that other dish beside the mozzarella dish.
GARY LANGEFELDJune 10, 2009 at 9:47 am
I used two layers of the cheese as well as two layers of the tomatoes and the garlic. To top it all off, I added about 1/4 cup of homemade tomatoe sauce over everything, some Parmesan cheese and topped it with Panko bread crumbs…WOW…WOW!
DesereeJune 11, 2009 at 2:29 pm
Those additions sound so delicious!! I will definitely have to give it a try. I bet the panko made the perfect crunch! :)
TerryJune 9, 2009 at 12:25 pm
This looks wonderful! Ooey-gooey mozzarella cheese and tomatoes. Heaven. A must-try soon.
It reminds me of one of my fav Mexican recipes, Tequila-Spiked Queso Fundido.
Thanks for posting and what a great place to spend your honeymoon.
GTApril 28, 2009 at 6:11 pm
This was awesome! The cheese did cool down pretty quickly, though, so I had to pop it back into the oven to reheat before I could finish it. It made a great afternoon snack/lunch last Saturday :-)
DesereeApril 29, 2009 at 2:34 pm
Thanks GT! I am glad that you enjoyed it. It is one of my favorite snacks to make. I’ve had the same problem with the cheese cooling down quickly, I am looking for a pan that can hold heat for a little longer, I think that will help. Thanks for letting me know how it went! :)
mary vincentApril 10, 2009 at 10:25 am
years ago..an x inlaw used to make a baked moz to die for. nothing in it but moz. I admit the cheese was homemade from her parents farm but sometimes she used store bought in a pinch.The top was crispy brown. She served it with polenta and braised chicken(also from the farm). I have tried to do it several times but it always separates or curdles, before I can get it to brown. It has to be the temperature to bake, I would guess. Low? High? Medium? I tried high and medium high. No luck. I want that cheese!! Help
DesereeApril 10, 2009 at 3:39 pm
I usually use the high setting on my broiler and the cheese melts and is bubbly with a few golden brown spots on it, but every oven is different. Perhaps you can try raising the rack a little closer to the broiler so that it gets the crispy brown you are talking about. Just make sure to watch it closely so it doesn’t burn. Hope this helps!
The Wind AttackMarch 26, 2009 at 1:39 pm
I was just thinking last time I made pizza how much I love the mozzarella part. This looks like a recipe that would capture the best part of pizza. I am so tempted to try this now!
DesereeMarch 26, 2009 at 1:53 pm
the wind attack: I agree that the mozzarella is the best part of the pizza!
DesereeMarch 11, 2009 at 3:31 pm
Thanks Jonathan! You’re welcome :-)
JonathanMarch 11, 2009 at 3:11 pm
This looks absolutely delicious, I can’t wait to try it! Thanks so much for all of these awesome recipes!
DesereeMarch 10, 2009 at 1:47 pm
You’re welcome One Shot!
Thanks Cathy! I totally agree, you can’t get much better than melted cheese :)
Thanks The Craving Chronicles! I hope you enjoy it and then maybe you can introduce your family to it ;-)
SaraMarch 10, 2009 at 11:23 am
This sounds lovely. Your photo looks great.
The Craving ChroniclesMarch 10, 2009 at 9:23 am
First of all, so jealous that you’ve been to Italy. Second, my family is Italian, but somehow they’ve managed to keep this dish a secret from me for all these years! It sounds soooo fantastic and I can’t wait to try it!
Cathy - wheresmydamnanswerMarch 10, 2009 at 7:57 am
That looks so yummy!! Nothing better than melted cheese!!!
One Shot Beyond PhotographyMarch 10, 2009 at 7:57 am
my kind of dish…this is a MUST save for me! Thanks
DesereeMarch 9, 2009 at 5:43 pm
Thanks Mrs. L!
You’re welcome Rita and thank you for the award!
A glass of red wine would be perfect with this! I personally love Chianti with my mozzarella :) Thanks Juliana!
Thanks Kevin! Thanks for letting me know its okay….I was a little worried for a minute. But I trust there are others out there like me ;-)
RitaMarch 9, 2009 at 1:19 pm
There is something for you at Pink Bites, come and get it!
KarlyMarch 9, 2009 at 6:51 am
Oh, that looks and sounds delicious!
KevinMarch 7, 2009 at 11:00 am
This baked mozzarella sounds really good! (There is nothing wrong with a mozzarella addiction.)
JulianaMarch 6, 2009 at 10:25 pm
I love mozzarella…and this recipe is great with a glass of red wine. Cheers!
RitaMarch 6, 2009 at 7:46 pm
Uhhhhh……….this sounds wonderful! I am definetly making this! Thanks for sharing.
Mrs. LMarch 6, 2009 at 11:48 am
I remember when I first found fresh mozzarella instead of that hard flavorless packaged stuff in most grocery stores. Yum. This dish sounds so simple but I bet it tastes wonderful!
DesereeApril 8, 2009 at 7:07 pm