Very simple Margherita pizza

Very simple Margherita pizza

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Cooking time

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 20 mins

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 2

You can't beat piping hot cheese and tomato on a thin, crispy pizza base - this version is ready in just 35 minutes

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Vegetarian
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
577
protein
26g
carbs
77g
fat
18g
saturates
10g
fibre
4g
sugar
6g
salt
1.8g

Ingredients

  • olive oil, for the tray
  • 200g plain flour
  • 7g packet easy-blend dried yeast
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 125ml warm water
  • 85ml passata
  • 100g mozzarella, half grated, half chopped
  • 2 tbsp grated parmesan or vegetarian alternative
  • small bunch basil, half chopped, half left whole
  • side salad, to serve

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Method

  1. Heat oven to 240C/220C fan/gas 9. Oil a 20 x 24cm baking tray. Mix the flour, yeast, ¼ tsp salt and the sugar in a bowl, then stir in the water. Bring the mixture together, knead until smooth, then press into the oiled tray.
  2. Spread passata over the dough, leaving a thin border round the edge. Season the passata, then sprinkle with the chopped basil, the mozzarella and the Parmesan, and bake for 15-20 mins or until cooked through. Scatter with the remaining basil and serve with a side salad.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, April 2012

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nanz99's picture
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Made this last night!! It was awesome, so easy, and really took no time at all!!! ended up making 3 pizzas with different toppings, chickent tikka and bacon and pepper. Als omade my own tomato paste! What a treat. I might make it again tonight :-) Officially my favourite pizza base recipe. So light too!(oh i didnt have white plain flour, so i used white self raising flour. made no difference!) Hubby loved the pizzas!

kcandme's picture
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I used this recipe for myself and two daughters (6 and 5) to do because it was basic, easy and I like them to learn about the food they eat etc. However, it turned out really tasty and has now become a low cost regular meal. Brilliant.

siobhanm's picture
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This tasted great but the base was not fantastic. When I made it the 2nd time I tried the suggestion of swapping some of the water for oil which definitely improved it but not enough. A different pizza recipe I tried many times (from this site) is even better tasting and the base is much more pleasant but the tomato, cheese et al doesn't stick to it and it just slides off! That recipe uses strong bread flour. Considering going half and half on plain white and strong bread flour to see if I can find a good equilibrium!

graceemma's picture
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Super easy and tastes delicious! You can just make the base and put whatever toppings suit you, not too thick or thin base, just right. Slightly golden after cooked, just perfect, better than any shop brought pizza!
Definitely would reccomend this, best recipe i've tried so far :-) xxx

sozzie's picture
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This is only the 2nd time I've ever made a pizza (1st time was a disaster) and it was remarkably quick and easy. I doubled the ingredients and made a bigger pizza to feed four. Such simple ingredients but so delicious. This is definitely going to be served up again and again in our household - perfect for the kids when they come in from school starving.

deborahmenzel's picture
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Great. Very quick to make. No stress. Followed AugustusPeabody's advice and mixed 25ml oil with the warm water. Will be making often.

clarestirling's picture
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Great flavour considering how few ingredients there are. I used a larger tray to get a thinner base and it worked perfectly. My children loved making it and eating it!

kirstienic's picture
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Very good - my 8 year old daughter made the tikka pizza alternative largely by herself and it was very tasty. Servings were quite generous. The base rolled out a lot easier than my normal pizza dough as well.

nidapida's picture
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really good turned out fab

yuliapilova's picture
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Just excellent. Easy, tasty and a great pleasure to cook.

augustuspeabody's picture

Looks great but a first glance tells me it might benefit from a good glug of olive oil in the dough. Say 25ml oil and reduce the water by this amount.

catderbyshire's picture

I made this today & it was really easy & very tasty...

caroljefferson's picture

ps forgot to say didnt have a suitable tin so used a silicone flan case, worked a treat and came out easily!!! used dried basil as no fresh

caroljefferson's picture

Just made this for when my kids come in from school starving, it was really easy but looks very impressive and smells delish!!!

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