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

Easy

Servings

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

kcalories
431
protein
19g
carbs
59g
fat
15g
saturates
7g
fibre
3g
sugar
2g
salt
1.87g

Ingredients

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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Method

  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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mayasouter's picture

Gorgeous. The dough was a bit too wet, so added an extra small handful of flour - which worked beautifully. My stepson helped with the dough and toppings (sausage & bacon, which we cooked before putting on pizza) and my husband stood in the kitchen giving suggestions. Good recipe that everyone can join in with. Result: they absolutely loved it. "Professional!! Better than Domino's!", declared a happy hubby, who incidentally used to work in a pizza parlour. There was plenty and it fed the three of us easily. Will definitely make this again.

els442's picture
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Have used this recipe countless times now. So easy and much cheaper and more flavoursome than store bought pizza. My boyfriend says it up there with the best pizza he's ever had (and he is THE pizza monster!!), and is always asking me to make it!!

sherelle's picture
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I made this recipe according to the instructions and for a first timer using flour and a rolling pin, this recipe couldn't be more simple.

My full family had sampled my pizza and I’m yet to meet someone who is not impressed!!!

I would definitely recommend this recipe to any who loves pizza, its simple and great with any topping!

perkyquck's picture
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Althoughthis recipe seems simple, there are couple of things that cause misunderstanding. Firstly, the pizza dough fermentation is not been explained well. Secondly, details of how to use the oven have not been explained properly. I would suggest, for readers from Asian countries, please use simple english which can be easily understood. This recipe seems too difficult to make, in contrary to its name: easy to make in steps..the recipe is way too complicated especially in oven usage.

laura_h's picture
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Fab recipe. I cheat slightly by using a bread mix but still add olive oil. The bread mix always makes two standard pizzas and we find it so filling, only need 1 pizza for 2 adults. Have used it several times and find it cheaper (and much nicer) than shop bought pizzas.

lovecandyfloss's picture
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i love this its the best pizza in the would i love it.5/5 its good not good
ITS AMAZING!MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM.
YUM

lovecandyfloss's picture
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this looks amazing

twar123's picture
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Mmmm. I loved it. If you like your pizza spicier though, just add peperoni.

sorbre000's picture

hi everybody! I am Vietnamese and i like cooking very much, especially Western foods. In my country, people still cannot afford to enjoy it whilst your food is more nutritive, therefore i hope i will learn how to cook your culinary recipes. Furthermore, I very am pleased to make friends with you.

twheble's picture
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This was the first pizza I have ever made... and it was so good! We did need a lot of flour though, as it kept sticking to the work surface. Love how you can just add all sorts of toppings. We also kept part of the dough back and made some small balls which which had as a starter with garlic butter (just like the Pizza Express garlic dough balls!)

amber97's picture
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Loved this Pizza and so did my family, cook it every fortnight!! :)

sehodgetts's picture
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Had to use loads more flour than the recipe called for, so was getting a little disheartened after a while. However, once I'd got the right consistency and got all the sticky dough off my hands, it rolled out well and made the perfect pizzas for hubby and I. Mine was topped with artichoke, peppers, olives, aubergine and courgette; hubby added some mushrooms too, just to make me jealous!! Oh, and both of course topped off with vegan cheese! :)

stormnelson's picture
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Brilliant!! Used this pizza base recipe to make a Garlic Pizza Bread made the bases then in a bowl mixed together a heaped tbsp of butter and a tsp of garlic puree then spread it over the base. The 2nd base I have done the same and then topped with grated cheddar and mozzarella YUM :)

tfedpanda's picture
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I made this recipe, but when I was on holiday in France, so finding yeast was going to be hard, so instead I just bought pizza dough to roll and mould my self. It worked very well and tasted wonderful with Pepperoni. But when it said to add basil to the sauce we chopped it up rather than just tossed it in. It worked really well, I recommend it highly.

vmorahan's picture
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Really good recipe, really easy to follow and turned out perfect the first time! I won't be buying store bought pizza's in future :)

zoeskev's picture
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This is so popular in my house I've been making these once a week. I do a plain margherita for the kids and then add extra toppings on the other for those of us who will eat our veggies! I find 200ml of water makes the dough a bit too sticky and find 150ml works better. I also leave it to rise for 20mins or so.

cookingcroc's picture

Brilliant - so easy - Made double quanity so had 4 good size pizzas. I set out a selection of toppings for the kids to use. Each topped their own pizzas with what they liked and all eaten with no compliants at all. No more shop bought pizzas for us. Will be sharing with friends. Great fun for kids to do a sleepovers etc,.

walizka's picture
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Fantastic!

black15's picture
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It was alright for first time trying it. However i know now for next time to cut the mozzarella more thinly as everytime me and the partner bite into a slice the whole mozzarella slice came off with it lol. Development is to be made

pkreniles's picture
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I only used the recipe for the base and it was amazing just what I had been looking for. My family said it was the best I have ever made.

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