Margherita Pizza

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This simple, classic margherita pizza is topped with the Italian flavors you love.


Pizza Margherita

Pizza Margherita is a typical Neapolitan pizza, made with tomatoes, mozzarella fior di latte, fresh basil, salt and extra-virgin olive oil. Together with Pizza Marinara these are the most popular Italian pizza.

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  • Author: Sam Sifton


  • 1 12-inch round of pizza dough, stretched
  • 3 tablespoons tomato sauce
  • 1tbs minced garlic
  • Sliced Tomatoes
  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 ounces fresh mozzarella
  • 4 to 5 basil leaves, roughly torn


  1. 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.
  2. Add the minced garlic to the sauce and 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.
  3. Drizzle a little olive oil over the pie. Add layer of sliced tomatoes. Break the cheese into large pieces and place these gently on the sauce. Scatter basil leaves over the top.
  4. 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.


  • Serving Size: 2
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