Goat Cheese Pizza

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This homemade goat cheese pizza with smoky bacon and juicy cherry tomatoes is one of my favorites! It has a crisp and chewy homemade pizza crust and tasty toppings, and the flavors are perfect for summer. Make it with fresh garden tomatoes for that unbeatable summer taste!

Why shouldn’t every night be pizza night when it’s this easy to make at home? For another delicious recipe, try my grilled pizza or this hefty, cheesy homemade deep-dish pizza.

Overhead view of a goat cheese pizza topped with fresh basil leaves, cut into slices on a wooden pizza paddle.


If you had told me ten years ago that I’d be sitting here eating a from-scratch goat cheese pizza, I would have agreed, because ten years ago is when I first made it! I was in my little downtown apartment, playing Chef Boyardeevski, throwing pizza dough around in the cramped kitchen.

I chopped up some bacon, crumbled over some goat cheese, and sliced a few tomatoes. The result was this cheesy, smoky, juicy goat cheese pizza that I’ve been loving ever since. If you’re a goat cheese fanatic like I am, this is one pizza you need to try!

Why You Should Make This Goat Cheese Pizza Tonight

  • Easy toppings. Simple, but flavor-packed! I love the tanginess of the goat cheese next to the salty bacon and sweet ripe grape tomatoes. Everything is easy to find in the grocery store aisle and the combination is perfect for summer.
  • Quick homemade crust. You’ll be surprised at how easy it is to make pizza dough from scratch, with the right recipe. I include a quick pizza crust that doesn’t take 12+ hours of rising time and a prayer to get it to bake up golden and crispy. Of course, you can use your own, or go with store-bought in a pinch. 
  • Great for leftovers. What’s a pizza if it isn’t delicious to gobble down the next day? This goat cheese pizza stores well in the fridge. Cold or reheated, the leftovers taste great!
Ingredients for goat cheese pizza and the homemade crust, with text labels overlaying each ingredient.

What You’ll Need

Here’s an overview of the ingredients you’ll need for this goat cheese pizza, plus some notes on the crust if you’re making it from scratch (highly recommend). Scroll to the recipe card for a printable list of ingredients with the full recipe details.

  • Pizza Crust – I make a simple yeasted pizza crust from flour, instant yeast, garlic powder, and olive oil. You can use bread flour as a 1:1 substitute for all-purpose in this recipe. Feel free to use another homemade crust (see below), or store-bought.
  • Pizza Sauce – Choose your favorite jar of tomato sauce or marinara sauce for the base. You can also use homemade.
  • Mozzarella – Part-skim or otherwise, make sure to use freshly shredded mozzarella cheese. Pre-shredded packaged cheese doesn’t melt as smoothly.
  • Grape Tomatoes – I like to use smaller varieties, like grape or cherry tomatoes as they’re sweeter and less watery.
  • Bacon – Thick cut or regular, partially cooked and chopped. I usually cook bacon in my air fryer.
  • Goat Cheese – This can also be swapped out for crumbled feta, shaved parmesan, or blue cheese.
  • Basil – Fresh basil leaves are the perfect finishing touch before serving. If you don’t have fresh herbs, give your freshly baked pizza a sprinkle with dried basil or Italian seasoning.

Easy Homemade Pizza Crust

Let’s talk pizza crusts. Because, every great pizza starts with a perfect base, and every household needs a good pizza crust recipe. Lucky for us, I have three:

  • With yeast. The crust we’re making today. My yeasted pizza dough uses instant yeast, so it goes right into the dough with the other ingredients. There’s also a short rising time, about 15 minutes, but it’s just enough time to chop up your pizza toppings while you wait. See the recipe card for details.
  • No yeast. I love my yeast-free pizza dough, too. It’s the crust I use for my zucchini goat cheese pizza and grilled BBQ chicken pizza recipes. I even use it to make breadsticks! It’s a great crust option if you’re out of yeast or pressed for time.
  • Keto. If you’re looking for a keto pizza crust to use instead, I have an easy keto pizza margherita recipe with a delicious low-carb crust that you can borrow.

The final not-homemade option is to pick up a refrigerated or otherwise ready-made pizza crust from the store. It’s super convenient whenever I’m in a hurry.

How to Make a Goat Cheese Pizza

It’s time to put on your Italian Favorites playlist on Spotify and get cooking. This bacon and goat cheese pizza comes together easily enough. Just follow these steps:

  1. Start with the crust. Prepare a pizza crust according to the recipe, or take out your store-bought crust. If needed, set your oven to 375ºF and par-bake the crust.
  2. Add sauce and cheese. To assemble your goat cheese pizza, spread a thin layer of sauce over the crust. Sprinkle with cheese, then layer over the tomatoes and bacon. Crumble over the goat cheese.
  3. Bake. Bake the pizza at 375ºF for 15-20 minutes, until the cheese is melty and the crust is browned. Garnish with basil, and serve!
Overhead image of a goat cheese pizza on a round wooden board.

More Topping Ideas

  • Protein. Pepperoni, ham, cooked shredded chicken, pulled pork, steak bites, chorizo, Italian sausage.
  • Meat-free. Leave off the bacon and replace it with more vegetables (see below).
  • Veggies. Red onions, olives, artichokes, mushrooms, bell pepper, zucchini.
Pizza topped with fresh basil leaves, cut into slices on a wooden pizza paddle.

Serving Suggestions

I always look forward to pizza night because you don’t need much else! This goat cheese pizza is pretty much a meal in itself. Maybe a side of fresh zucchini salad in the summertime, or a starter of cream cheese stuffed peppers. Crack open a cold beer and blend up some agua fresca for the kids, and that’s amore!

A slice of pizza topped with goat cheese, cherry tomatoes, and fresh basil leaves, and set on a wooden board.

Storing and Reheating Leftover Pizza

  • Refrigerate. Wrap slices or store any leftover goat cheese pizza airtight in the fridge for up to 2-3 days. Place a piece of parchment paper between the slices if you stack them.
  • Reheat. I’ll gladly chomp down on leftover cold pizza straight from the fridge (for breakfast, no less), but if I’m reheating it, my favorite method is the oven. The microwave just doesn’t do it justice!
  • Freeze. Wrap the pizza tightly in a double layer of plastic wrap or foil. Again, use parchment paper between layers. Freeze the pizza flat for up to 2 months. You can reheat the pizza straight from frozen.

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Goat Cheese Pizza

This easy goat cheese pizza is a pizza night favorite, with smoky bacon, crumbled goat cheese, and juicy tomatoes baked on top of a crispy homemade pizza crust.
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 8


Pizza Crust

  • 1 cup warm water, about 110 degrees Fahrenheit
  • 1 package, (1/4 oz.) instant yeast
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • cups all-purpose flour
  • garlic powder, to taste


  • 1 cup tomato sauce or pizza sauce
  • cups part-skim shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes, halved
  • 4 slices thick cut bacon, partially cooked and diced
  • 1 cup crumbled goat cheese
  • fresh basil leaves, for garnish
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Pizza Crust

  • Prep. Preheat oven to 375ºF. Line a pizza pan with foil and spray with cooking spray. Set aside.
  • Dissolve the yeast. Add warm water to a large bowl. Whisk in the yeast until completely dissolved.
  • Make the dough. Using a wooden spoon, stir in olive oil, flour, and garlic powder. Continue to stir until the dough comes together to form a ball. You may need to use your hands. Cover with a kitchen towel and set in a warm place for 15 minutes.
  • Knead and shape the crust. Transfer dough to a lightly floured surface and knead for 3 minutes. Spread pizza dough out onto your prepared pizza pan, using the palms of your hands and fingers to stretch it out to about a 1-inch thickness.
  • Par-bake the crust. Bake the pizza crust for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool for 5 minutes.

To Assemble

  • Add sauce and cheese. Spread the tomato sauce evenly over the pizza crust. Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese.
  • Add toppings. Next, layer grape tomatoes and bacon over the cheese. Crumble the goat cheese over the top.
  • Bake again. Bake the pizza for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the crust is browned and the cheese is melted. Remove from oven, garnish with fresh basil, and serve.


Serving: 1slice | Calories: 512kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 0.02g | Cholesterol: 39mg | Sodium: 538mg | Potassium: 583mg | Fiber: 11g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 716IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 211mg | Iron: 4mg

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  1. Andrew G Hopkins says:

    Hi! Thanks for the delicious pizza recipe. I will try it today!

  2. Caryl Anne says:

    This recipe looks delicious! Pizza is one of my all time favorites things to eat; so I’ll have to give this recipe a try soon! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Jaclyn says:

    I may have already commented on this but I seriously am in love with this pizza. I so need to try it. Your photos are beautiful!

  4. Kirsten says:

    I would use it for new professional clothes for after I graduate college.

  5. Jaclyn Reynolds says:

    Mangas for my daughtrr!

  6. Britne says:

    I would use this to throw my mom a 65th bday party!!

  7. Amanda says:

    This pizza looks amazing. I never met a pizza I didn’t like. Add on some bacon and I’m sold!

    I’d buy a kitchenaid mixer, or a vita mix. I’d struggle on that decision.