Indulge in the classic simplicity and timeless appeal of Margherita Pizza—a tribute to the flavors that have become synonymous with Italian culinary tradition. Named after Queen Margherita of Italy, this pizza celebrates the color of the Italian flag with the fresh tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil. Learn to craft this iconic dish and savor the essence of Italy in every bite.
- 1 pizza pan or baking sheet
- 1 Rolling Pin (if making homemade Pizza Dough)
- 1 Pizza Peel (or parchment paper)
- 1 Pizza dough (homemade Pizza Dough or store-bought)
- ½ cup tomatoes (crushed or sauce)
- 1 tsp dried basil
- Fresh mozzarella, sliced
- Fresh basil leaves
- Extra-virgin olive oil
- Preheat the Oven: preheat the oven to the highest temperature 475°F or as per your pizza dough instructions.
- Roll Out the Dough: roll out the pizza dough on a floured surface or parchment paper to your desired thickness. Place the pizza dough on the pizza pan or baking sheet (previously covered with parchment paper).
- Assemble the Pizza: spread the crushed tomatoes evenly over the dough, leaving a border for the crust. Arrange slices of fresh mozzarella on top of the tomatoes. Sprinkle with dried basil. Drizzle with extra-virgin olive oil.
- Transfer to the Oven: place the baking sheet in the oven.
- Bake Until Golden: bake the Margherita Pizza until the crust is golden and the cheese is melted and bubbly, usually around 10 minutes.
- Finish with Fresh Basil: remove the pizza from the oven and scatter fresh basil leaves on top.
- For an authentic touch, use high-quality tomatoes sauce and fresh mozzarella.
- Be creative with crust thickness—whether you prefer thin and crispy or a slightly thicker, chewier crust.
- Drizzle with a bit more olive oil or add a sprinkle of Parmesan before serving if desired.
- Fresh basil should be added after baking to preserve its aromatic flavor.