Pizza margherita in 4 easy steps

Pizza margherita in 4 easy steps

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Cooking time

Prep: 25 mins Cook: 10 mins

Skill level



Makes 2 pizzas, serves 4

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

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Pizzas uncooked
  • Easily doubled / halved
  • Vegetarian
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving



For the base

  • 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

For the tomato sauce

  • 100ml passata
  • handful fresh basil or 1 tsp dried
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed

For the topping

  • 125g ball mozzarella, sliced
  • handful grated or shaved parmesan
  • handful cherry tomatoes, halved

To finish

  • handful basil leaves (optional)

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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Top and bake: Heat oven to 240C/fan 220C /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.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, September 2007

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niccip's picture

Simple, quick and tasty...what more could you ask for...10 stars!

Brendantanton's picture

Brilliant. Make this with my 7yr old daughter and she loves the interaction with food. Delicious pizzas too. We use tomato paste, a little water mixed with a little basil and oregano for the sauce.

inese_uk's picture

Very easy and very tasty. It was the first time I made pizza from scratch and if I only knew how easy it actually is.. Not going to buy any more frozen pizzas! I used a special pizza baking tray which has holes in it, so didn't need to preheat any additional baking sheet. Worked great!

jessica613's picture

made this and it was really nice
will be making more home made pizza then ordering now :)

hollyslb's picture
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Just made this for my other half and two year old son, they loved it. The base turned out perfect! Added a few extra ingredients on top, mushrooms etc.......will certainly be making again!

Matty89's picture

Love this recipe and actually have it committed to memory. I also like to cheat a little and use pizza express passata straight from the tin. Can be made faster than it takes for take out to get to you and tastes loads better.

superafroman's picture

Absolutely love this recipe. Tend to always make it with mascarpone, pesto, roasted red peppers and mushrooms - when you've found something this good it's hard to try other combinations! I find it's much better if you don't let the dough rise and if you make the base sauce in advance to let the flavours combine.

HouseofWimm's picture

Love this recipe! It's my go-to for homemade pizza. I double the sauce recipe though. 100ml passata just isn't enough for two pizzas.

Daniel Richards's picture

i loved this recipe!!! i love my pizza and i love to cook first attempt at it turned out good, practice makes perfect its much better for you and cheaper than buying a shop one or take away.

linseyleigh86's picture

This is such an easy recipe to follow and tasted wonderful, don't think i will buy shop bought pizza again. I've made this a few times now with different toppings and each time the results have been lovely, even eaten by a fussy husband and toddler. Definately a favourite in our house.

billy.p64's picture

i have never tasted rubbish like this in my life after using this recipe, it was disgusting and i will definately tell my friends and family that they should never use such a rubbish recipe like this one, even my dog turned his nose up at it!!

ishbel2001's picture

Valuable constructive feedback!

billy.p64's picture

worst recipe ever!

Jamie.miller1112's picture

I agree

helenakeysxx's picture
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Such a nice recipe! I made four individual pizzas for my family and let them put on their own toppings. I will definitely make this again!

saschlet's picture
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Easy and straightforward. I used wholemeal strong flour and it worked brilliantly. Would love to know how long it keeps/can the dough be frozen?

pottermellark4's picture
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Loved this recipe! In all honesty I've always not been too good with cooking or baking, but these turned out amazing! Really simple to make, though my inexperienced self struggled for 40 minutes on the kneading - but I got there in the end!

jwakefo's picture
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try to add more recipes for everyone not just you self okkk

gourmetgirl's picture
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Lovely to eat and so easy! The children enjoyed helping which is a bonus. We will definitely be making again.