Prosciutto & Goat Cheese Pizza with Spicy Tomato Sauce

Last updated: June 4th, 2024

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An Italian style prosciutto and goat cheese pizza with spicy tomato sauce, perfect for at-home date nights and special occasions.

Prosciutto and goat cheese pizza with spicy red sauce.

One of our favorite ways to make a new pizza recipe is to use the pizza dough as the board for our favorite charcuterie ingredients! That’s exactly what we’ve done here – our prosciutto and goat cheese pizza with spicy tomato sauce is just that, a simple no frills pizza that relies on flavorful quality ingredients. 

With a fluffy yet chewy Neapolitan crust, this pizza lets the creamy, tangy goat cheese and the crispy, savory prosciutto shine alongside a spicy and fresh homemade tomato sauce.

This pizza is perfect for a fun date night at home, a change-up from pizza delivery, or even your next personal self-care night. No matter what you make it for, you will definitely love this delicious goat cheese and prosciutto pizza!

A homemade pizza on a wooden pizza peel.

Prosciutto And Goat Cheese Pizza Ingredients & Toppings

This Italian prosciutto and goat cheese pizza recipe is super easy to make with just 4 simple ingredients:

  • Neapolitan style pizza dough
  • Spicy tomato sauce (see ingredients for our homemade recipe below)
  • Prosciutto
  • Goat cheese

We love making our own pizza dough since you can achieve much deeper flavors and textures than you get from store-bought dough. Thankfully, Marc Vetri’s instructions for traditional Neapolitan style pizza dough in his cookbook Mastering Pizza (along with countless other recipes) makes it easy for anyone to feel like a pizza master at home!

You’ll also want to make our homemade spicy tomato sauce for this pizza. It’s quick and easy, taking just 10 minutes to whip up on the stove. Which means you can even prepare it while the oven preheats! Here’s what you’ll need to make the sauce:

  • Tomato puree
  • Chopped Calabrian chilies in oil
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Minced garlic
  • Crushed red pepper flakes
  • Salt

Since our spicy tomato sauce includes Calabrian chilies, it’s very spicy. If you’d like a non-spicy version, simply omit the Calabrian chilies – or use your favorite tomato sauce in place of ours.

Finally, a simple Italian pizza is only as good as its ingredients, so choose wisely when selecting a prosciutto and goat cheese from the grocery store! Local ingredients usually taste the freshest, and you might want to splurge on the more expensive variety if you can. Trust us, it’ll be worth it.

A prosciutto goat cheese pizza on a wooden pizza peel.

How To Make Prosciutto Goat Cheese Pizza With Spicy Tomato Sauce

It’s easy to make a Neapolitan-style goat cheese and prosciutto pizza if you have one or two 10-inch cast iron skillets, an oven, and a cooling rack. Here’s how to do it:

  1. First, preheat the oven to its hottest temperature (around 500 or 550 degrees F).
  2. Next, make the spicy tomato sauce. Add all the ingredients to a small saucepan and heat over medium low until steaming, about 8 to 10 minutes, stirring frequently. Then remove from heat and set aside.
  3. Then, prepare the other pizza toppings. Roughly slice the prosciutto into bite-size pieces and set aside. Crumble the goat cheese and set aside.
  4. Once the oven is preheated, open the oven slightly to let some heat escape and switch on the broiler to HIGH (make sure the oven rack is about 6 inches below the broiler). Close the oven door. Then, preheat two cast iron pans on the stove over medium-high heat for about 5 to 10 minutes.
  5. While the cast iron pans preheat, stretch the dough into a roughly 10-inch circle on a lightly floured surface. Transfer the dough to the cast iron pans and turn the heat to low.
  6. Next, top the pizzas with a thin layer of sauce and the prosciutto, distributing it evenly.
  7. Transfer the pizzas to the oven and bake under the broiler for about 2 to 4 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown around the edges and the prosciutto is lightly crisped. Rotate the pans halfway through baking.
  8. Finally, transfer the cooked pizzas to a cooling rack and let cool for 2 to 3 minutes. Top evenly with crumbled goat cheese, then slice and serve immediately.

We recommend making 2 of these pizzas for a date night dinner, since they’re on the smaller side and fairly light on toppings. Or, you can make one and leave room for dessert! We think this pizza would make a lovely Valentine’s Day dinner followed by a chocolate lava cake.

Note that you’ll only use about half of the spicy tomato sauce between 2 of these pizzas. Save the rest for later and use it to make pasta, or more of this pizza! It’ll stay good in the fridge for up to 4 days, or in the freezer for up to 3 months.

A pizza topped with prosciutto and goat cheese.

Goat Cheese & Prosciutto Pizza FAQs

Does prosciutto go on pizza before or after cooking? You can put prosciutto on pizza either before or after cooking – it will only change the texture of the prosciutto. We prefer a crispy, crunchy prosciutto on this pizza to contrast the soft goat cheese, so we recommend putting it on the pizza before cooking.

When are you supposed to put goat cheese on pizza? To preserve the soft and creamy texture of the goat cheese, we recommend putting it on the pizza after baking. Crumble it over the spicy red sauce and crispy prosciutto before slicing.

What does goat cheese taste like on pizza? Goat cheese on pizza is a delicious and tangy alternative to traditional mozzarella. On this particular pizza, it sort of tastes like your favorite charcuterie board, with both warm and cold temperatures – crunchy pizza crust, spicy tomato, salty prosciutto, and tangy goat cheese in one bite. Yum!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

This pizza is the perfect combination of spicy, salty, and tangy. The creamy goat cheese, fluffy dough, and crispy prosciutto provide uniquely different textures and flavors in every bite that’s simply irresistible!

Whether you’re making this pizza for a personal self care night, a date night at home, or any other occasion, you will absolutely love it. Try our prosciutto and goat cheese pizza recipe and please remember to rate, comment, and share below!


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Prosciutto & Goat Cheese Pizza with Spicy Tomato Sauce

An Italian style prosciutto and goat cheese pizza with spicy tomato sauce, perfect for at-home date nights and special occasions.
Servings 2 10-inch pizzas
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Cool Time 2 minutes
Total Time 27 minutes

Equipment

Ingredients

Spicy Tomato Sauce

  • 7 ounces tomato puree
  • 1 tablespoons chopped calabrian chili peppers in oil
  • ½ tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • ¾ teaspoons minced garlic
  • ¾ teaspoons salt

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to its hottest temperature (typically around 500 to 550 degrees F).
  • Next, make the spicy tomato sauce. Add all the ingredients to a small saucepan and heat over medium low until steaming, about 8 to 10 minutes, stirring frequently. Then remove from heat and set aside.
  • Flour a clean work surface and stretch the dough into a roughly 10-inch circle. Start by flattening it into a disc and gently pressing around the edges to form a small edge, then use two hands underneath the dough to stretch it from the center outwards. You can use two fists to gently coax it into shape, with your hands at a slight angle to let gravity help you.
  • Once the oven is preheated and your toppings and dough are ready, open the oven slightly to let some heat escape and switch on the broiler to HIGH (make sure the oven rack is about 6-inches below the broiler). Close the oven door. Then, preheat a cast iron pan on the stove over medium-high heat for about 5 to 10 minutes.*
  • Transfer the stretched dough to the hot cast iron and turn the heat to low while you quickly top the pizzas. First, top with 1 to 2 large spoonfuls of sauce, spreading it evenly into a thin layer. Then top evenly with the sliced prosciutto.
  • Transfer the pizzas to the oven and cook under the broiler for about 2 to 4 minutes, or until the crust is golden around the edges. You may want to rotate the pans halfway through cooking to ensure they cook evenly.
  • Transfer the cooked pizzas to a cooling rack and let cool for 2 to 3 minutes. Then, top evenly with goat cheese, then slice and serve hot.

Notes

Ingredient selection: A simple homemade pizza is only as good as the ingredients you choose! That’s why we recommend making homemade Neapolitan style dough (we get our recipe from the Mastering Pizza cookbook – buy it here!) and our spicy tomato sauce. You also might want to splurge on your favorite cheese board-worthy goat cheese and prosciutto.
Spicy tomato sauce: You’ll only end up using about half of the tomato sauce for 2 pizzas, so we recommend saving the rest in the fridge or freezer. You can make a spicy pasta or gnocchi with it later, or enjoy another round of these pizzas! It’ll keep for up to 4 days in the fridge or up to 3 months in the freezer.
Notes on baking the pizzas: First, you’ll want to make sure the cast iron pans are VERY hot before adding the dough – this helps crisp the crust and get the signature char of Neapolitan-style pizza on the bottom. Second, keep an eye on the pizzas as they bake, and pull them out when the crust is nice and golden. Third, don’t stress too much if your pizza doesn’t come out perfectly cooked the first time! Homemade pizza can be tricky and takes practice. The good news is, every time you practice you get to enjoy a delicious meal 🙂
 
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Author: Nicole & Alex
Calories: 308kcal
Course: Dinner, Lunch, Main, Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: calabrian chili peppers, crushed red pepper flakes, extra virgin olive oil, garlic, goat cheese, pizza, pizza dough, pizza sauce, prosciutto, tomato puree

Nutrition

Calories: 308kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 0.04g | Cholesterol: 45mg | Sodium: 856mg | Potassium: 313mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1033IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 93mg | Iron: 2mg

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