Pizza margherita in 4 easy steps

Pizza margherita in 4 easy steps

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Prep: 25 mins Cook: 10 mins


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

  • Pizzas uncooked
  • Easily doubled / halved
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal431
  • fat15g
  • saturates7g
  • carbs59g
  • sugars2g
  • fibre3g
  • protein19g
  • salt1.87g
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    For the base

    • 300g strong bread flour
    • 1 tsp instant yeast (from a sachet or a tub)



      Yeast is a living, single-cell organism. As the yeast grows, it converts its food (in the form…

    • 1 tsp salt
    • 1 tbsp olive oil, plus extra for drizzling
      olive oil

      Olive oil

      ol-iv oyl

      Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

    For the tomato sauce

    • 100ml passata
    • handful fresh basil or 1 tsp dried



      Most closely associated with Mediterranean cooking but also very prevalent in Asian food, the…

    • 1 garlic clove, crushed

    For the topping

    • 125g ball mozzarella, sliced
    • handful grated or shaved Parmesan (or vegetarian alternative)



      Parmesan is a straw-coloured hard cheese with a natural yellow rind and rich, fruity flavour. It…

    • handful cherry tomatoes, halved

    To finish

    • handful basil leaves (optional)



      Most closely associated with Mediterranean cooking but also very prevalent in Asian food, the…


    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.

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    Comments (259)

    cook4us's picture

    Made this yesterday with my 7 & 10yr olds. Dough very easy to make. We rolled it out very thin to about 30cms each. Delicious with a lovely taste of herbs and garlic coming through. Split them up & we each added our different toppings. Will definitely become a favourite in our family. No more shop brought or take out pizza's for us.

    One tip only added about 150-175mls of water and it wasn't too sticky.

    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

    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!!

    Monica29's picture

    Valuable constructive feedback!

    billy.p64's picture

    worst recipe ever!

    Jamie.miller1112's picture

    I agree

    helenakeysxx's picture

    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

    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

    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

    try to add more recipes for everyone not just you self okkk

    gourmetgirl's picture

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


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