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Margherita Pizza

Margherita pizza is a staple at Italian restaurants and pizzerias everywhere! Garlicky tomato sauce is topped with fresh mozzarella and basil, all on an irresistibly chewy crust.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time7 minutes
Total Time17 minutes
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: margherita pizza, pizza
Servings: 8
Calories: 237kcal



  • 1 cup crushed or pureéd San Marzano tomatoes
  • 3 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • kosher salt and black pepper to taste

For assembling:

  • pizza dough
  • 3 tbsp parmesan cheese freshly grated
  • 7 oz fresh mozzarella cheese slices not packed in water
  • 6-7 large basil leaves
  • ½ tsp red chili flakes


  • Preheat the oven and pizza pan (or stone) to 500F for at least one hour.
  • As the oven is heating, assemble the sauce. In a small mixing bowl, combine the tomatoes, garlic, and oil and season with salt and pepper. Set aside. Slice the mozzarella into ¼”-thick slices. Set aside.
  • Divide the dough into 2 equal portions and place onto a floured countertop. Allow the dough to rest for 10 minutes. (this recipe makes enough dough for 2 pizzas)
  • Dust a pizza peel with semolina. Slowly stretch a dough ball until you have a 10” round and place onto the pizza peel. If the dough is too elastic to stretch, let it rest an additional 5-10 minutes.
  • Brush the dough lightly with olive oil and top with ½ cup of tomato sauce, leaving a 1” border around. Sprinkle with parmesan and then add the mozzarella slices. Tear the basil into a few large pieces and place evenly around the pie.
  • Gently transfer the pizza to the steel or stone and bake for 6-7 minutes or until crispy and golden. Remove to a cutting board, drizzle with a little olive oil and slice to serve.


Note: The dough recipe makes enough for 2 pizzas. 


Calories: 237kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 21mg | Sodium: 638mg | Potassium: 116mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 285IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 160mg | Iron: 2mg