Baked Caprese

Baked Caprese via #recipe #italian #sidedish #vegetarian

If there is one thing in life I love (other than my husband) it’s a good caprese salad. Fresh mozzarella, plump tomatoes, aromatic basil, and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil. Mmmm I’m drooling just thinking about the coveted fresh salad. While flipping through my digital magazines I saw a tomato basil bake… I thought why not make a baked caprese salad? To me, it was a no brainer! I mean I love cold caprese salad and I love the idea of a crunchy panko bread crumb topping on just about anything!

Baked Caprese via #recipe #italian #sidedish #vegetarian

This baked caprese works as side dish or a main dish. I made this one night last week before I left for the annual BlogHer Food conference (which by the way was amazing and I can’t wait to share a few things from my trip later this week). The night I made this dish I happened to eat it as main course amongst other appetizer like recipes.

Baked Caprese via #recipe #italian #sidedish #vegetarian

This casserole is perfect as a main dish for two or a side dish for four. Although, everyone will love the baked caprese so much you might just need to make a double batch! I’m still trying to figure out what to make for Father’s day dinner this weekend for my dad.  I have a strange feeling he is going to ask for fresh spaghetti with bolognese sauce and if he does I think I’ll be making the baked caprese to accompany our meal. Whether you’re entertaining or it’s a simple meal in you must give this baked caprese recipe a try!

Baked Caprese via #recipe #italian #sidedish #vegetarian

Inspired by Rachael Ray Magazine, June 2013

Baked Caprese

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 14 minutes

Total Time: 24 minutes

Yield: 4 (side dishes) 2 (main entree)


  • 10 oz. Mini San Marzano Tomatoes, halved
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • salt and pepper
  • 8 mini fresh mozzarella balls, quartered (1/2 cup)
  • 10 basil leaves, thinly sliced and divided
  • 1 tbsp melted butter
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/3 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1 tbsp parmesan cheese, shredded


  1. Preheat broiler.
  2. While the broiler is preheat, slice the mini san marzano tomatoes in half. Toss with olive oil, garlic, salt, and pepper. Add to an oven safe casserole dish. Broil for 10 minutes.
  3. Remove the broiled tomatoes from the oven, mix tomatoes, then add in the 1/2 cup of fresh mozzarella. Broil for 2 minutes.
  4. While tomato/mozzarella mixture is under the broiler mix 1 tablespoon melted butter with 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Add panko bread crumbs and set to the side.
  5. Remove tomato/mozzarella mixture from the oven, add half the fresh basil to the dish, then top with panko bread crumbs. Top with 1 tablespoon shredded parmesan cheese. Broil an additional 1-2 minutes until panko topping is golden brown. Before serving, sprinkle the remaining basil on top of the casserole.
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  1. This looks incredible!!! I want it right now

  2. Whoa! A showstopper! What a beautiful dish!

  3. This looks incredible! I’m printing it out, pinning it, and I’ll share it on my FB page later today.

    • Awe thanks Paula. Seriously, this makes for a great meal whether you serve it as a side dish or a main dish!

  4. This sounds so delicious. Anything caprese makes me drool. If the cheese is melted, all the better!

  5. Bookmarked this one – it looks/sounds amazing.

  6. This recipe is great! So glad to see you again this past weekend!

  7. I looove caprese. I’ve never thought to try it warm!

  8. OMG I love caprese and this baked version looks SO cheesy and warm and gooey and MMM!

  9. This looks SO good! What a great idea! I love anything caprese. Those flavors just go together so well.

  10. Caprese salad is an all time classic one and this casserole is a very smart tweak!

  11. GENIUS! You just cannot beat the classic caprese combo, especially in summertime. I love the idea of turning it inot a warm, oozy bake. So simple, yet perfect. Great idea Katie!

  12. I love regular caprese but I love melted cheese more. Turning it into a casserole is such a genius idea! I just want to dive into this.

  13. Looks delicious, Katie! Great idea :)

  14. Caprese casserole?! OMG yes. I could eat the entire pan!

    • Ashley, I pretty much did! It’s so good! I’m making it this weekend for father’s day!

  15. Oh wow – this looks DELICIOUS!! See you at FlBlogCon!! Yay!

  16. What an awesome idea–I love this!

  17. Maegan @ The BakerMama

    This looks amazing! I’m actually going to make it as an appetizer for a homemade pizza party we are hosting this weekend!

    • Meagan this dish is going to be the hit of the party! I could totally see people scooping up the baked caprese and placing it on toasted italian bread! mmmmm!

  18. Looks great – never thought to try it baked. All that melty cheese! :)

  19. What a great idea! This looks divine!!

  20. Oh my goodness, droool!

  21. Oh my! This is beautiful :) I love caprese!


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