Pizza Margherita Recipes

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Pizza Margherita image

Here is the archetype of a thin-crust pizza pie, a pizza margherita adorned simply in the colors of the Italian flag: green from basil, white from mozzarella, red from tomato sauce. This pizza is adapted from the recipe used by the staff at Roberta's restaurant in Brooklyn, who make their tomato sauce simply by whizzing together canned tomatoes, a drizzle of olive oil and a pinch of salt. The ingredients offer in their proportions what appears to be a kind of austerity - not even 3 ounces of cheese! But the result is home-cooked pizza to beat the band, exactly the sort of recipe to start a career in home pizza-making, and to return to again and again.

Provided by Sam Sifton

Categories     dinner, lunch, pizza and calzones, appetizer, main course

Time 15m

Yield 2 servings

Number Of Ingredients 5

1 12-inch round of pizza dough, stretched (see recipe)
3 tablespoons tomato sauce (see note)
Extra-virgin olive oil
2 3/4 ounces fresh mozzarella
4 to 5 basil leaves, roughly torn


  • Place a pizza stone or tiles on the middle rack of your oven and turn heat to its highest setting. Let it heat for at least an hour.
  • Put the sauce in the center of the stretched dough and use the back of a spoon to spread it evenly across the surface, stopping approximately 1/2 inch from the edges.
  • Drizzle a little olive oil over the pie. Break the cheese into large pieces and place these gently on the sauce. Scatter basil leaves over the top.
  • Using a pizza peel, pick up the pie and slide it onto the heated stone or tiles in the oven. Bake until the crust is golden brown and the cheese is bubbling, approximately 4 to 8 minutes.

Nutrition Facts : @context http, Calories 453, UnsaturatedFat 7 grams, Carbohydrate 59 grams, Fat 15 grams, Fiber 3 grams, Protein 19 grams, SaturatedFat 6 grams, Sodium 1052 milligrams, Sugar 2 grams


Pizza Margherita image

A classic Pizza Margherita, named for Queen Margherita of Italy, shows off the colors of the Italian flag with red tomatoes, white mozzarella and fresh green basil. It's so scrumptious that you'll be glad the recipe makes not one but two 13-inch pizzas! -Loretta Lawrence, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Provided by Taste of Home

Categories     Dinner

Time 45m

Yield 2 pizzas (8 slices each).

Number Of Ingredients 15

3 teaspoons active dry yeast
1 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
3 cups bread flour
2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) diced tomatoes, drained
20 fresh basil leaves, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons minced fresh oregano or 2 teaspoons dried oregano
8 cups shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
2 tablespoons olive oil


  • In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. In a large bowl, combine the oil, sugar, salt and 1 cup flour; beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough., Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease the top. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour., Punch dough down; divide in half. Roll each portion into a 13-in. circle. Transfer to two greased 14-in. pizza pans; build up edges slightly. Cover with a clean kitchen towel; let rest for 10 minutes., Spoon tomatoes over dough. Top with basil, oregano, cheese, pepper flakes, salt and pepper. Drizzle with oil. Bake at 450° for 15-20 minutes or until crust is golden brown.

Nutrition Facts : Calories 263 calories, Fat 12g fat (6g saturated fat), Cholesterol 33mg cholesterol, Sodium 523mg sodium, Carbohydrate 21g carbohydrate (3g sugars, Fiber 1g fiber), Protein 17g protein. Diabetic Exchanges


Classic Pizza Margherita image

Provided by Food Network

Time 30m

Yield 4-6 servings

Number Of Ingredients 13

1 package Johnsonville® Mild Italian Sausage Links
1 package Refrigerated Pizza Dough
3 Tbsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 Tbsp. Garlic, minced
1 Tbsp. Parsley, minced
1 Tbsp. Oregano
Sea Salt & Pepper
8 Roma Tomatoes, sliced (divided - save 10 slices for the top)
1/2 Medium Red Onion, minced
2 cups Sargento® Classic Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
1 cup Fontina Cheese, shredded
10 Fresh Basil Leaves (divided)
1/2 cup Sargento® Artisan Blends Shredded Parmesan Cheese


  • Preparation Instructions:
  • Position oven rack on lowest shelf and preheat to 425 degrees F. Lightly oil a pizza
  • pan. Roll out dough as thin as possible. Let rest 10 minutes.
  • In a small skillet, heat 1 tablespoon oil and saute sausage until browned. Remove from pan and coin slice. In the same pan, saute onion and parsley to golden, then stir in garlic and oregano for a few seconds. Add tomatoes to pan, crushing them as they are mixed (do not substitute crushed tomatoes). Boil, stirring 5 minutes or until thick.
  • Spread sauce over crust, sprinkle with half the basil, Mozzarella, Fontina, sausage, the remaining slices of tomatoes and finally the olive oil. Finish with generous pepper and a little sea salt. Bake for 10 minutes.
  • Using a spatula and an oven mitt, slip the pizza off the pan directly onto the oven rack, bake for two minutes. Slip pizza back onto pan, remove from oven. Sprinkle with the remaining fresh basil and parmesan cheese, cut and enjoy!
  • *Always cook sausage to internal temperature of 160 degrees F


Pizza Margherita Recipe by Tasty image

Here's what you need: water, active dry yeast, sugar, all-purpose flour, salt, extra virgin olive oil, tomato, fresh basil, fresh mozzarella cheese, olive oil, salt

Provided by Tasty

Categories     Lunch

Yield 6 servings

Number Of Ingredients 11

1 ¼ cups water, warm
¼ oz active dry yeast, 1 packet
1 ½ teaspoons sugar
3 ½ cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons salt
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
2 cups tomato, strained
fresh basil
8 oz fresh mozzarella cheese
olive oil
salt, to taste


  • In a small mixing bowl, whisk the warm water, yeast, and sugar together. Place in a warm place for 10 minutes, or until yeast is foamy.
  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour and salt.
  • Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and add the yeast mixture and olive oil. Stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until the dough comes together and becomes difficult to stir.
  • Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until the dough is smooth, about 5 minutes. Add small amounts of flour as necessary to prevent sticking.
  • Transfer the dough to a large bowl coated with olive oil. Cover with a towel and let rise in a warm place for 1-2 hours, until the dough has doubled in size.
  • Once the dough has doubled in size, remove the towel and punch the dough down. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and divide the dough into 6-8 pieces, and shape each into a small ball.
  • Place the formed balls onto a baking sheet and rest, covered, for 15 minutes.
  • To shape the individual pizzas, press out the dough balls onto a lightly floured surface. Create a slightly thicker rim around the outside of the dough and continue to stretch into a 9- to 10-inch (23-25 cm) round.
  • Heat a large cast-iron pan over medium heat, until the pan just begins to smoke, about 5 minutes.
  • Carefully transfer a stretched pizza round onto the hot pan. Leave to cook for 2-3 minutes (the dough should begin bubbling up) until lightly tanned with a few dark spots. Flip and continue to cook on the other side for 1-2 minutes longer, until the crust is completely dry.
  • Remove the dough to rest on a wire rack and repeat with remaining dough.
  • To finish the pizzas, top each crust with tomato sauce and fresh mozzarella.
  • Transfer to the oven and broil for 7 or 8 minutes, until the cheese has melted and the crust has developed a nice char in spots. Watch closely and move to a lower rack if necessary.
  • Finish each pizza with fresh basil, a drizzle of olive oil, and a sprinkle of salt.
  • Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts : Calories 507 calories, Carbohydrate 58 grams, Fat 22 grams, Fiber 3 grams, Protein 16 grams, Sugar 3 grams


Pizza Margherita in 4 easy steps image

Even a novice cook can master the art of pizza with our simple step-by-step guide. Bellissimo!

Provided by Good Food team

Categories     Buffet, Dinner, Main course, Snack, Supper

Time 35m

Yield Makes 2 pizzas, serves 4

Number Of Ingredients 11

300g strong bread flour
1 tsp instant yeast (from a sachet or a tub)
1 tsp salt
1 tbsp olive oil, plus extra for drizzling
100ml passata
handful fresh basil or 1 tsp dried
1 garlic clove, crushed
125g ball mozzarella, sliced
handful grated or shaved parmesan (or vegetarian alternative)
handful of cherry tomatoes, halved
handful of basil leaves (optional)


  • Make the base: Put the flour into a large bowl, then stir in the yeast and salt. Make a well, pour in 200ml warm water and the olive oil and bring together with a wooden spoon until you have a soft, fairly wet dough. Turn onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 5 mins until smooth. Cover with a tea towel and set aside. You can leave the dough to rise if you like, but it's not essential for a thin crust.
  • Make the sauce: Mix the passata, basil and crushed garlic together, then season to taste. Leave to stand at room temperature while you get on with shaping the base.
  • Roll out the dough: if you've let the dough rise, give it a quick knead, then split into two balls. On a floured surface, roll out the dough into large rounds, about 25cm across, using a rolling pin. The dough needs to be very thin as it will rise in the oven. Lift the rounds onto two floured baking sheets.
  • Top and bake: heat the oven to 240C/220C fan/gas 8. Put another baking sheet or an upturned baking tray in the oven on the top shelf. Smooth sauce over bases with the back of a spoon. Scatter with cheese and tomatoes, drizzle with olive oil and season. Put one pizza, still on its baking sheet, on top of the preheated sheet or tray. Bake for 8-10 mins until crisp. Serve with a little more olive oil, and basil leaves if using. Repeat step for remaining pizza.

Nutrition Facts : Calories 431 calories, Fat 15 grams fat, SaturatedFat 7 grams saturated fat, Carbohydrate 59 grams carbohydrates, Sugar 2 grams sugar, Fiber 3 grams fiber, Protein 19 grams protein, Sodium 1.9 milligram of sodium


Crispy Grilled Pizza Margherita image

Pizza on an outdoor grill is a great alternative to oven-cooked pizza. If you love crispy crust, this is for you. Note: cook time is relatively short, so alternative toppings like uncooked sausage or other meats may not cook fully.

Provided by OXSALIDA

Categories     World Cuisine Recipes     European     Italian

Time 1h35m

Yield 6

Number Of Ingredients 7

1 (16 ounce) package pizza dough, at room temperature
¼ cup olive oil
4 ounces shredded Asiago cheese
3 large tomatoes, thinly sliced
1 cup packed whole basil leaves
8 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, shredded
salt and ground black pepper to taste


  • Preheat an outdoor grill for high heat, and lightly oil the grate.
  • Place pizza dough in a bowl to rise 2 to 3 times the original size, about 1 hour. Flour a work surface and a rolling pin. Divide dough in half; roll each half to a 10- to 12-inch diameter circle.
  • Place pizza dough rounds on the preheated grill using a wooden paddle (pizza peel) and close lid; cook until grill marks appear on the bottom of each round, 3 to 5 minutes. Remove from grill and flip over on a work surface. Lower grill heat to medium.
  • Brush each round with olive oil. Spread half the Asiago cheese on each crust; add tomatoes, basil, and mozzarella. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Transfer pizzas to grill with wooden paddle and close lid. Cook until bottom of rounds is cooked with grill marks and cheese is melted, 7 to 10 minutes. Remove from grill and let stand for 5 minutes before serving.

Nutrition Facts : Calories 457.6 calories, Carbohydrate 40.2 g, Cholesterol 41.1 mg, Fat 23.3 g, Fiber 2.2 g, Protein 21.5 g, SaturatedFat 8.5 g, Sodium 966.5 mg, Sugar 6.8 g


Pizza Margherita image

Categories     Bread     Bake     Super Bowl     Back to School     Dinner     Lunch     Mozzarella     Birthday     Poker/Game Night     Party     Vegetarian     Pescatarian     Peanut Free     Tree Nut Free     Soy Free     Kosher

Yield Makes 4 individual pizzas or 1 large pizza

Number Of Ingredients 18

3/4 cup warm (105-115°F) water
2 1/2 tsp (1 package) dry yeast
1 tsp honey
1 1/3 cups bread flour
1 cup semolina flour
1/4 tsp salt
Vegetable oil for coating
Cornmeal for sprinkling (optional)
1 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
1 Tbsp chopped fresh basil
1 tsp chopped fresh oregano
1 clove garlic, minced
Freshly ground pepper
1 cup tomato purée
4 plum (Roma) tomatoes, sliced
4 1/4 oz part-skim mozzarella, thinly sliced
1/4 cup grated Parmesan


  • Combine the water, yeast, and honey in a large bowl. Stir in just enough of the bread flour to make a batter about the consistency of buttermilk. Cover and let proof in a warm place until the surface is puffy, about 1 hour.
  • Add the remaining bread flour, the semolina flour, and the salt. Knead in a stand mixer fitted with dough hook on medium speed, or by hand, until the dough is smooth, springy, and elastic, 4 minutes with the mixer or 10 minutes by hand. Rub the dough lightly with oil, place in a clean bowl, and cover with a cloth. Let the dough rise at warm room temperature until doubled in volume, about 1 1/2 hours.
  • Punch down the dough, sinking your fist into it to deflate it, and divide into 4 equal pieces for individual pizzas or leave it whole for a large pizza. Form the dough into smooth ball(s), cover, and let rise again until doubled in volume, 45-60 minutes.
  • Preheat the oven to 450°F. Lightly oil a 16-inch pizza pan or large baking sheet with vegetable oil or scatter with cornmeal.
  • On a lightly floured surface, roll and stretch out the ball(s) of dough to an even 1/4-inch thickness. If the dough has not relaxed properly, it may spring back as you stretch it; simultaneously spinning and stretching the dough will help. (This may be accomplished flat on a work surface or by spinning and tossing it into the air, then catching the disk on the back of your hands. Avoid tearing the dough or creating very thin patches.) Transfer the dough round to the prepared pan.
  • For the topping, mix together the olive oil, basil, oregano, garlic, and pepper to taste. Spread this mixture evenly over the pizza dough. Spread evenly with the tomato purée and top with the sliced tomatoes and mozzarella. Scatter the Parmesan over the top.
  • Bake until the dough is golden brown and the toppings are very hot, 20-30 minutes for 1 large pizza or 10-12 minutes for individual rounds. Cut into wedges and serve at once, or let cool for 5-10 minutes and serve warm.


Classic Margherita Pizza image

An enduring Italian favorite, this simple pie needs nothing more than tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella, Parmesan, and basil to shine.

Provided by Martha Stewart

Categories     Food & Cooking     Healthy Recipes     Vegetarian Recipes

Time 20m

Yield Makes one 13-inch round pizza

Number Of Ingredients 8

1 recipe Classic Pizza Dough
Semolina flour or fine cornmeal, for dusting
Extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
2/3 cup No-Cook Pizza Sauce
6 ounces fresh salted mozzarella, cut into scant 1/4-inch slices, room temperature
1/2 ounce Parmigiano-Reggiano, grated (a scant 1/4 cup)
Fresh basil leaves and red-pepper flakes, for serving (optional)


  • Preheat oven to 500 degrees, with rack in lower third lined with a pizza stone or baking sheet. Turn dough out onto a pizza peel or thin wooden cutting board dusted with semolina (do not punch down). Starting in center and using both hands, press down and outward with your fingertips, rotating dough occasionally. Gradually work toward edges, leaving a 1-inch border of undisturbed dough, until it's stretched to an approximately 13-inch round.
  • Lightly drizzle dough with oil; season with salt and pepper. Gently spread sauce evenly to just inside border, top evenly with mozzarella, and sprinkle with Parmigiano. With one quick forward-and-back jerking motion, slide pizza from peel onto stone. (This is not the moment to hesitate! Be brave and bold, and the pizza will slide off the peel.)
  • Bake until crust is puffed, golden brown in places, and set on bottom, and cheese is bubbly, 10 to 12 minutes. Transfer pizza to a wire rack; let cool 2 to 3 minutes. Top with basil and pepper flakes, slice, and serve immediately.


Pizza Margherita image

This is pizza at its purest perfection, as it is encountered in Italy or on the French Rivera. The toppings are simple but the result is anything but! For perfect pizza dough try Recipe #236785!

Provided by Galley Wench

Categories     European

Time 1h5m

Yield 1 14 inch pizza

Number Of Ingredients 10

1 lb plum tomato, peeled, seeded and chopped or
1 (28 ounce) can whole tomatoes, drained, seeded and chopped
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 1/2 cups coarsely grated mozzarella cheese (about 6 oz.)
1/3 cup parmesan cheese, grated
1 basic pizza dough, recipe The Art of Making the Perfect Pizza Dough
1 -2 tablespoon cornmeal, for sprinkling on baker's peel
6 -8 fresh basil leaves, torn
1 garlic clove, split to rub on crust (optional)


  • Put pizza stone on oven floor if using a gas oven; on the lowest rack if using electric oven (remove all other racks in either case).
  • Preheat oven to highest temperature (500). Allow about 1 hour to preheat the stone.
  • Prepare the Topping:.
  • Combine tomatoes, salt and 2 tablespoons oil in a 10-inch heavy skillet and bring to a simmer over moderate heat. Simmer stirring occasionally, until thickened and reduced to about 1 cup (10-15 minutes). Tranfers to bowl to cool.
  • Toss together mozzarella and remaining 1 tablespoon oil.
  • Shape the dough: See Recipe #236785.
  • Assemble and bake the pizza:.
  • Sprinkle baker's peel with 1 tablespoon cornmeal. Carefully slide dough onto peel, then jerk peel once or twice: If dough sticks, lift it and sprinkle a little more cornmeal underneath.
  • Optional: rub slit clove of garlic over dough.
  • Spread tomato sauce evenly over dough, leaving 1/2 inch border and top sauce with mozzarella.
  • Line up far edge of peel with far edge of stone and tilt peel, jerking it gently to start pizza moving. When edge of pizza touches stone, quickly pull back peel to transfer pizza to stone (do not pull pizza back).
  • Bake until crust is golden brown and cheese is melted and bubbling, about 8 minutes. Slide peel under pizza to remove from oven, then scatter basil leaves on top.


Authentic Pizza Margherita image

Inspired by the pizza at Bar Del Corso, this Pizza Margherita features tomato sauce, mozzarella, and basil, with just a hint of sea salt.

Provided by Allrecipes

Categories     Main Dish Recipes     Pizza Recipes

Time 1h45m

Yield 4

Number Of Ingredients 11

3 ½ cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup water
1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast
1 pinch white sugar
¼ cup flour for dusting
2 cups pizza sauce
20 slices fresh mozzarella cheese
20 leaves fresh basil
olive oil
sea salt to taste


  • Stir flour and 1 teaspoon salt in a bowl. Set aside.
  • Mix water, yeast, and sugar in a large bowl. Let stand until yeast begins to form a creamy foam, about 5 minutes.
  • Stir half the flour mixture into yeast mixture until no dry spots remain. Stir in remaining flour, 1/2 cup at a time, mixing well after each addition. When dough pulls together, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic, about 8 minutes.
  • Lightly oil a large bowl, then place dough in the bowl and turn to coat with oil. Cover with a light cloth and let rise in a warm place (80 to 95 degrees F (27 to 35 degrees C)) until doubled in volume, about 1 hour. Punch dough down, divide into 4 equal pieces, and form each into a ball.
  • Preheat oven with a pizza stone to 500 degrees F (260 degrees C).
  • Stretch out and pat 1 dough ball to form a circle 10 to 12 inches in diameter. Place dough on a lightly floured pizza peel. Top with 1/2 cup of tomato sauce and spread to cover within an inch of the edge of the dough. Arrange 5 slices of mozzarella cheese on top of the tomato sauce, then place 5 basil leaves on top. Drizzle pizza with 1 tablespoon olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt to taste. Repeat for 3 remaining dough balls.
  • Slide each pizza onto the pizza stone in the preheated oven. Bake until cheese is bubbly and the underside of the crust is golden brown, 5 to 7 minutes.

Nutrition Facts : Calories 965.9 calories, Carbohydrate 105.8 g, Cholesterol 89.6 mg, Fat 37 g, Fiber 5.5 g, Protein 48.7 g, SaturatedFat 16.2 g, Sodium 2187.4 mg, Sugar 6 g


Margherita Pizza image

Provided by Tyler Florence

Categories     main-dish

Time 2h10m

Yield 1 (13 by 18-inch) pizza

Number Of Ingredients 15

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus extra to grease pan
4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
1 tablespoon fresh oregano leaves
1 (28-ounce) can whole peeled tomatoes, drained and hand crushed (recommended: San Marzano)
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 recipe fresh pizza dough, recipe follows
1 (8-ounce) ball fresh buffalo mozzarella, water drained
1/2 bunch fresh basil leaves
2 packages active dry yeast
2 teaspoons sugar
2 cups warm water (100 to 110 degrees F.)
2 tablespoons kosher salt
6 cups unbleached all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus extra for bowl


  • Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Put a jelly roll pan or a half sheet pan in the oven.
  • Begin by making the tomato sauce. In a large saute pan over medium heat, add 2 tablespoons olive oil, the minced garlic, thyme and oregano. Cook until just fragrant then add the crushed tomatoes and season with salt and pepper, to taste. Lower the heat and simmer for 7 to 8 minutes to reduce and concentrate the flavor. Shut off the heat and set aside.
  • Take the preheated jelly roll pan out of the oven and drizzle some olive oil over the entire surface. Cut the dough into 2 pieces and reserve 1 piece for another use. Stretch the pizza dough out so it is just bigger than the pan, then lay it inside the pan, so the dough comes up the sides to form a crust on the rim. Smear with tomato sauce then tear up the mozzarella and scatter it evenly over the top of the pie. Tear the basil leaves, spread them over the top and drizzle with a little more olive oil. Give it a final season with salt and pepper, to taste, then bake in the hot oven until golden and bubbly, about 15 to 18 minutes
  • In a small bowl, combine the yeast, sugar and water and stir gently to dissolve. Let the mixture stand until the yeast comes alive and starts to foam, 5 to 10 minutes.
  • If you're using a stand mixer, combine the salt and flour to the bowl and pulse a few times to mix. Add the yeast mixture, at the lowest speed, until the flour incorporates. When the dough starts to come together, increase the speed to medium and mix until the dough gathers into a ball. This should take about 2 minutes. Add the olive oil and pulse a few more times. Stop the machine periodically to scrape the dough off the hook. Get a feel for the dough as you're making it by squeezing a small amount together between your thumb and fingers. If it's crumbly, add more water, if it's sticky, add more flour, 1 tablespoon at a time. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and fold it over itself a few times, kneading until it's smooth and elastic.
  • If you're making the dough by hand, add the yeast mixture to a large bowl and stir in the salt and the 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Then begin stirring in the flour. When the mixture becomes too stiff to stir with a spoon, knead in the rest of the flour by hand, adding just enough so that the dough is soft but not too sticky. As you work, squeeze a small amount of dough together between your thumb and fingers. If it's crumbly, add more water; if it's sticky, add more flour, 1 tablespoon at a time. Knead until smooth and elastic, about 10 minutes.
  • Form the dough into a round and put it into a lightly oiled bowl, turning it over to coat the dough entirely with the oil. Cover with plastic wrap or a damp towel and let it rise in a warm spot (i.e., over a gas pilot light) until it doubles in size, about 1 hour.
  • Remove from the oven, cut into slices and serve. .


Pizza Margherita image

The secret to a great pizza Margherita is to use the best ingredients you can find-and to approach them with restraint. The slightly wet dough of this pizza, in conjunction with a hot pizza stone, produces a crisp yet chewy crust.

Provided by Schmutzarella

Categories     Lunch/Snacks

Time 2h8m

Yield 1 pizza, 4 serving(s)

Number Of Ingredients 11

1 (1/4 ounce) package active dry yeast (2 1/4 tsp)
1 3/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour, divided, plus more for dusting
3/4 cup warm water, divided
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 tablespoon olive oil
1 (14 ounce) can whole tomatoes with juice
2 large garlic cloves, smashed
2 tablespoons olive oil
4 basil leaves, plus more for sprinkling
1/4 teaspoon sugar
6 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices


  • Make dough:.
  • Stir together yeast, 1 Tbsp flour, and 1/4 cup warm water in a large bowl and let stand until surface appears creamy, about 5 minutes. (If mixture doesn't appear creamy, discard and start over with new yeast.).
  • Add 1 1/4 cups flour, remaining 1/2 cup water, salt, and oil and stir until smooth. Stir in enough flour (1/4 to 1/3 cup) for dough to begin to pull away from side of bowl. (Dough will be slightly wet.).
  • Knead on a floured surface, lightly reflouring when dough becomes too sticky, until smooth, soft, and elastic, about 8 minutes. Form into a ball, put in a bowl, and dust with flour. Cover with plastic wrap or a kitchen towel (not terry cloth) and let rise in a draft-free place at warm room temperature until doubled, about 1 1/4 hours.
  • Pulse tomatoes with juice in a blender briefly to make a chunky purée.
  • Cook garlic in oil in a small heavy saucepan over medium-low heat until fragrant and pale golden, about 2 minutes. Add tomato purée, basil, sugar, and 1/8 tsp salt and simmer, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until thickened and reduced to about 3/4 cup, about 40 minutes. Season with salt and cool.
  • At least 45 minutes before baking pizza, put stone on oven rack in lower third of electric oven (or on floor of gas oven) and preheat oven to 500°F.
  • Do not punch down. Dust dough with flour, then transfer to a parchment-lined pizza peel or large baking sheet. Pat out dough evenly with your fingers and stretch into a 14-inch round, reflouring fingers if necessary.
  • Spread sauce over dough, leaving a 1-inch border (there may be some sauce left over). Arrange cheese on top, leaving a 2- to 3-inch border.
  • Slide pizza on parchment onto pizza stone. Bake until dough is crisp and browned and cheese is golden and bubbling in spots, 13 to 16 minutes. Using peel or baking sheet, transfer pizza to a cutting board. Cool 5 minutes. Sprinkle with some basil leaves before slicing.


Pizza Margherita Recipe by Tasty image

Here's what you need: bread flour, kosher salt, sugar, warm water, active dry yeast, extra virgin olive oil, whole tomatoes, garlic, fresh mozzarella cheese, fresh basil

Provided by Jake Frankenfield

Categories     Lunch

Yield 4 servings

Number Of Ingredients 10

4 cups bread flour
2 ½ tablespoons kosher salt, divided
1 tablespoon sugar
2 cups warm water
1 ½ teaspoons active dry yeast
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
28 oz whole tomatoes, san marzano or other good quality tomatoes
4 cloves garlic
1 lb fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced 1/2-inch (1 1/4 cm) thick
2 cups fresh basil


  • In a large bowl combine flour, 1½ tablespoons salt, and sugar.
  • In a medium bowl, combine water, yeast, and 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Stir well and let rest for 2 minutes.
  • Add yeast mixture to flour mixture and combine using your hands or a stand mixer with a dough hook, at least two minutes. Let dough rest for 20 minutes, uncovered, at room temperature.
  • On a floured work surface, separate dough into 4 even portions. Work each into a circular ball, then place the balls onto a baking sheet lined with wax paper. Cover with a damp towel and rest, refrigerated, for at least 4 hours.
  • In a blender or food processor, combine tomatoes, 2 tablespoons of olive oil, 1 tablespoon of salt, and garlic. Process until smooth.
  • Preheat oven to 550°F/290°C. Place a pizza stone or large cast-iron griddle on the center rack. Heat for at least 45 minutes.
  • On a floured work surface, use your fingertips to create a ring around the outside (your crust) of one of the risen balls of dough. Using the pads of your fingers, gently flatten out the dough inside the ring.
  • Gently lift up the dough and let it hang off your knuckles, stretching itself out with its own weight. Slowly rotate the circle of dough, continuing to let it stretch off your knuckles. Go all the way around the circle once, taking care not to let it hang too long in one place and stretch too thin.
  • Using a large spoon, spread a thin layer of sauce across the dough, leaving room for the crust.
  • Evenly place three slices of mozzarella on top of the sauce, then sprinkle a handful of torn basil leaves evenly over your pizza. Or top with whatever you desire: sausage, peppers, onions... just about anything can be a pizza topping!
  • Carefully slide the pizza onto a floured sheet or pizza peel and place on top of your stone or griddle in the oven. Cook for 7 to 10 minutes, until the cheese is bubbly and the top of the crust is just beginning to blacken.
  • Remove from oven and let cool for 3-4 minutes before slicing.
  • Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts : Calories 986 calories, Carbohydrate 116 grams, Fat 37 grams, Fiber 6 grams, Protein 43 grams, Sugar 8 grams


Pizza Margherita image

This recipe was brought to us by chef and restaurateur Pino Luongo.

Provided by Martha Stewart

Categories     Food & Cooking     Main Dish Recipes     Pizza Recipes

Number Of Ingredients 6

Extra-virgin olive oil, for pans and drizzling
Quick Basic Pizza Dough
1 twenty-eight-ounce can Italian plum tomatoes, drained, seeded, and passed through the large disk of a food mill (about 1 cup)
6 ounces fresh mozzarella, cut into 1/4-inch cubes
12 basil leaves, well washed and spun dry
Coarse salt


  • Preheat oven to 500 degrees. Lightly oil two 14-inch pizza pans; set aside.
  • Divide dough in half. Cover one half with plastic wrap while working with the other. Working on a lightly floured surface, use fingers to flatten and stretch half the dough into a rough 8-inch circle. Transfer to one of the prepared pans or onto a pizza peel. Continue pressing dough outward until it just fits inside rim of pan or reaches almost to the edge of the stone. Dough should be less than 1/4 inch thick. Drizzle with olive oil. Repeat with remaining dough.
  • Spread 1/2 cup tomatoes on each pizza in a thin, even layer. Sprinkle each round with half the mozzarella. Transfer to oven, and bake until golden and crusty, 20 to 25 minutes. Remove from oven. Top with basil. Drizzle with oil, season with salt to taste, and serve immediately.


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This family-friendly supper is simplicity at its finest. Golden-brown, melted fresh mozzarella and a sprinkling of fresh basil give these personal pies Italian-inspired flavors. -Jerry Gulley, San Francisco, CA

Provided by Taste of Home

Categories     Dinner

Time 25m

Yield 3 servings.

Number Of Ingredients 5

1 package (6-1/2 ounces) pizza crust mix
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
3/4 cup pizza sauce
6 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, thinly sliced
1/4 cup thinly sliced fresh basil leaves


  • Preheat oven to 425°. Prepare pizza dough according to package directions, adding oregano before mixing. Divide into 3 portions., Pat each portion of dough into an 8-in. circle on greased baking sheets. Bake until edges are lightly browned, 8-10 minutes., Spread each crust with 1/4 cup pizza sauce to within 1/2 in. of edge. Top with cheese. Bake until crust is golden and cheese is melted, 5-10 minutes longer. Sprinkle with basil.

Nutrition Facts : Calories 407 calories, Fat 15g fat (8g saturated fat), Cholesterol 45mg cholesterol, Sodium 675mg sodium, Carbohydrate 48g carbohydrate (7g sugars, Fiber 3g fiber), Protein 18g protein.

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