Margherita Pizza

Margherita Pizza

Servings: Makes one pizza

So simple yet so delicious—this pizza is a classic for a reason!


  • 8 to 10 ounces (227 to 283 g) prepared pizza dough
  • Unbleached all-purpose flour, for dusting
  • 3 tablespoons (45 ml) Simple Pizza Sauce
  • 3 ounces (85 g) fresh mozzarella, sliced about ¼-inch (0.6 cm) thick
  • 2 teaspoons (10 ml) grated Parmesan
  • 4 to 5 fresh basil leaves
  • Extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling


Preheat the pizza oven with the pizza stone on the rack to 700°F (371 °C).

Stretch the pizza dough out to a 10 to 12-inch (25 to 30 cm) round.

Transfer the dough to the pizza peel generously dusted with flour.

Spread the sauce evenly around the center of the dough, leaving a 1-inch (2.5 cm) border.

Scatter the mozzarella over the sauce.

Gently shimmy pizza on peel to make sure it’s not sticking. If the dough sticks anywhere, gently lift the dough and spread additional flour underneath.

Set the timer for 5 minutes. Slide the pizza off the peel and onto the pizza stone. Start the timer.

When the timer sounds, check the pizza. If baked to desired doneness, use the peel to remove the pizza from the oven, or bake for about 1 more minute. Slide the pizza onto a cutting board. Garnish with the Parmesan, basil, and olive oil.

Slice and serve.

Nutritional information per serving (based on 8 servings):
Calories 126 (28% from fat) • carb. 17g • pro. 5g • fat 4g • sat. fat 2g • chol. 8mg • sod. 288mg • calc. 62mg • fiber 2g

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