A simple ricotta pizza for lazy summer nights! It is mostly cheese and blackberries, which is a fabulous combo. Add some basil on top to make things a little more sophisticated, and you are on your way to an easy dinner the whole family will love!

Ricotta Pizza

Originally published July 7, 2015

Last week I was swimming at the lake with my sister’s family. Her 5-year-old daughter comes up to me, looks at my bare legs, and says, “Aunt Karen, I can see your sunscreen.”

No, honey, no. Some of us are just REALLY WHITE.

Basil Pizza

Her dad is half Mexican, and she is the lightest of the 4 kids, so her family is always telling her she’s white. But a light-skinned quarter-Mexican little girl who plays in the sun all day is still a heck of a lot darker than a lily-white European mutt like myself. I’ll have to work harder to rub that sunscreen in all the way. Maybe I will rub the Scandinavian right out of me.

Berries Pizza

Thanks to everyone who entered my Hidden Valley giveaway last week! It was so fun hearing from all of you. One of the winners chosen sent me her address, and she is from my little hometown! How crazy is that?? Small world right?

How to make blackberry ricotta pizza

My best friend Sarah visited me from Texas a few weeks ago. She has been sending me recipe ideas from Pinterest for the last few months so that we could cook amazing things together, and one of them was for this Blackberry, Basil, and Ricotta Pizza from The Stay at Home Chef’s lovely blog. I have to admit that I was dubious at first, but when you have gallons of blackberries to use up after spending hours picking them, and you’ve already made 4 pies and Blackberry Balsamic Glazed Chicken, you make blackberry pizza.

Ricotta Pizza Recipe

We tried to make our own ricotta but the charlatan in me got distracted and I forgot to stir the giant pot of whole milk at just the time it needed to be stirred, and instead of beautiful ricotta we ended up with a gallon of curdled milk. Oooops. Eric saved the day with some ricotta picked up on the way home from work.

We all loved this pizza.  The first time we made it we decided it needed copious amounts of salt and pepper to make it more savory, and the next time I made it I took it a step further and added some green onions. I thought it added just the right touch. Don’t skip the basil!!

Ricotta Pizza

I used my go-to pizza dough for this recipe, which is right out of the Better Homes and Gardens cookbook. You can find details on how to make it on my Cherry Tomato and Goat Cheese Pizza that I posted back in 2011, about a month after I started my blog. The first paragraph is all about how I suck at making up my own recipes. It’s kind of funny to look back on 4 years later!


Blackberry Ricotta Pizza with Basil

5 from 4 votes
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 8 minutes
Total: 18 minutes
Servings: 2 Servings
A simple ricotta pizza for lazy summer nights! It is mostly cheese and blackberries, which is a fabulous combo. Add some basil on top to make things a little more sophisticated, and you are on your way to an easy dinner the whole family will love!


  • one pizza dough recipe, to make one 12-inch pizza*
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup blackberries, fresh, smashed
  • 1 cup Parmesan, shredded
  • 1 cup swiss cheese , or mozzarella, shredded
  • 3/4 cup ricotta
  • 1/2 cup blackberries, whole
  • 1/4 cup green onions, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, more to taste
  • pepper , ground, to taste - I like lots
  • 2-3 tablespoons basil, fresh, chopped


  • Preheat your oven to 450 degrees F. Put your pizza stone in the oven if you have one.
  • Roll out your pizza dough on a floured sheet of parchment paper to about 12 inches. (If you don't have a pizza stone, you should probably transfer the dough to a baking sheet now.)
  • Drizzle 1 tablespoon of olive oil over the top of the dough and use your fingers or a pastry brush to coat well, especially the edges.
  • Use a fork to mash a half cup of blackberries in a bowl. It doesn't have to be perfect. Use the fork or a slotted spoon to ladle the pulp onto the pizza. Spread it around like you would pizza sauce. (You don't need the remaining juice, but don't throw it out. Drink that sweet nectar if you know what's good for you.)
  • Top the smashed berries with 1 cup Parmesan and 1 cup swiss or mozzarella, making sure to get the crust.
  • Use a spoon to dollop the ricotta over the pizza. It doesn't have to be perfect.
  • Top with whole fresh blackberries and chopped green onions.
  • Sprinkle with salt, and add pepper to taste.
  • When the oven is hot, transfer the pizza to the oven. I transfer it using a a flat baking sheet, still on the parchment paper.
  • Bake for about 8-10 minutes, or until the top has started to brown. You can broil it for a minute if you want it crispier on top.
  • Remove from the oven and immediately sprinkle some chopped basil on top. Slice and enjoy!


This recipe is really easy to double to make 2 pizzas, and then it would come closer to feeding a family of 4, if you include some sides.
Source: barely adapted from The Stay at Home Chef


Serving: 1slice | Calories: 659kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 44g | Fat: 47g | Saturated Fat: 26g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 131mg | Sodium: 1566mg | Potassium: 342mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 1633IU | Vitamin C: 18mg | Calcium: 1244mg | Iron: 2mg
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Calories: 659
Keyword: Basil, Blackberry, pizza, ricotta
Did you make this? I'd love to see it!Mention @thefoodcharlatan or tag #thefoodcharlatan!

How to make ricotta pizza with blackberries

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  1. 5 stars
    Wow, amazing. Thank you, undoubtedly this is the best recipe. It’s quick and easy to make and my family loved it. Thanks for the recipe.

  2. This pizza was absolutely phenomenal!!! Between Swiss and mozzarella I used Swiss and I also used a cauliflower crust for a gluten free option. I’m OBSESSED. Thank you!

  3. We tried your Blackberry Ricotta pizza with the added extra of mashed avocado dolloped on with the ricotta. It was absolutely delicious. Thanks for challenging our taste buds.

    1. oh my gosh, that sounds AMAZING!! Is there anything that mashed avocado doesn’t make better?? Great idea, thank you!

  4. I am really excited to try this! But I am not a huge fan of green onions. Is there else something I could use to substitute?

    1. Hey Kristie! You can just leave the green onions off! Or replace with any chopped onion you like.

  5. This turned out SUPER pretty and SUPER delicious!!!! I’m taking this to Brunch potluck party we are having next month :) Thank you so much for sharing such a beautiful dish!!

  6. My friend and I tried this recipe last weekend and it was delicious! We even made a fan out of my fiancé, who was sure he wouldn’t like the blackberries.

    The one change we made was adding prosciutto, which added an extra layer of delicious, salty, savory flavor – it really made it!

    1. ooh prosciutto!! That’s genius! I’m so glad you guys liked it and even converted the fiance! :)

  7. I feel in love with pizzas that have fruit in them recently (I was very reluctant) but this one takes the prize-absolutely gorgeous!

    1. Thank you Megan! The fruit on pizza thing is something that I’ve only recently learned to love too. Next I want to try something with peaches! Thanks for commenting!!

      1. Peaches are really good. My favorite pizza pairing with them is goat cheese, gorgonzola, basil, and balsamic drizzle.

  8. Gosh – at the lake over the 4th, I was the same way – everyone kept making fun of my white white legs. Karen, I’ve been dreaming about this pizza ever since you posted it (obviously) and when I finally braved the blackberry thorns for some fresh loot, my pizza dreams came true! Next time: gloves for sure.

  9. Gahhhhhhhhh Karen!!! This pizza…. the photos…. all of it. LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!!!!!

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