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Pizza margherita in 4 easy steps

Pizza margherita in 4 easy steps

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(218 ratings)

Prep: 25 mins Cook: 10 mins

Easy

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

  • kcalories431
  • fat15g
  • saturates7g
  • carbs59g
  • sugars2g
  • fibre3g
  • protein19g
  • salt1.87g
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Ingredients

For the base

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

    Yeast

    yee-st

    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

    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

    Basil

    ba-zil

    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

    Parmesan

    parm-ee-zan

    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)

    Basil

    ba-zil

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

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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.

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Comments (250)

amy_prima26's picture
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Probably a bit pointless adding a comment to the long list but just had to say how impressed I was with this recipe. I've never made any kind of bread before but wanted to make pizzas with my young son. I was surprised how easy this was and with great results. My son enjoyed it too (making and eating).
Although, if you put eggs on as I did, it takes longer to cook.
Now thinking of investing in a pizza stone.

adamaria's picture
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Yummy recipe....

derbyshire_wales's picture

Made this with my 3 & 6 year olds, absolutly delicious!!! easy, fast & tastier than shop bought or takeaway versions. Will definatly be makeing this again.

nikkinoodle40's picture
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Very successful easy recipe. Son (10) is a very fussy eater one of his staples is a margarita pizza, the beauty of this recipe is at least I know what is going into it, especially as we eat pizza once a week. Son gave it 4 stars, a rare occurence for him. Also made a florentine version and will do mascarpone, pesto & pepper variation. Have found ready made pizza's to be particularly unadventurous for vegetarians. This will be a recipe I come back to time and time again, daughter (8) loved kneading the dough!

tamjam's picture
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5 stars for the base - I used brown flour rather than white - very good. Tip for the tomato base - carton or tin of chopped toms plus some sauce flour to thicken it, a touch of sugar to sweeten, a dash of balsamic vinegar, a sprinkle of dried herbs (eg basil). I didn't read the recipe properly and didn't buy any passata so we came up with this instead...!

fairycakekathy's picture
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Have made this numerous times with various toppings and has always delighted guests - novice and seasoned chefs alike! Highly recommended

scotcat's picture
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Totally brilliant!

garethleavy's picture
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my other half swears by this pizza base recipe, it make an incredible lovely base and with the simple pizza sauce it makes it oustanding...

1003790's picture
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This is such an easy way to make pizza and garlic bread, it comes out delicious!

lor1982's picture
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This recipe is amazing, it's like something you'd get from a really expensive Italian restauarant. Will make again. Also when you consider a takeaway pizza is about £15 this is soooooo much cheaper and tastier!

kerryturner333's picture
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I will never buy a frozen pizza again, amazing recipe, my son loves them!

satumarjatta's picture

Lovely recipe but I just cannot get the bases crisp up. I have a pizza stone. does it make a difference if I have a sheet of parchment paper between the base and stone? I find this is the way to move the uncooked pizzas from countertop to stone. Could the base be pre-cooked for 5mins before adding toppings to help with the base-crisping?

neeka_263's picture

I am looking forward in making this recipe :)

cyclefly's picture

Easy recipe and always gets massive brownie points when a date realises that I did the "dough from scratch". The dough - although slightly labour intensive is easily refridgerated until needed.
The sauce is especially good when done as the recipe states "with fresh basil".

simmyb's picture
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This was delicious! The only tiny additions I suggest was that I love the grainy authentic texture of semolina in a pizza base so instead of adding to dough mixture at mixing stage I floured my surface with a little whilst kneading. I also added again on the baking tray along with a little flour for pizza to sit on while baking, a little peppering of it on the top with a brush of olive oil before my base went on a preheated baking tray ensured a crispy centre and authentic appearance. Bellissimo ;)

lilia11's picture
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I have never made pizza before and I made this one with my 4 year old son,it was easy and fun to make and for the first time he had seen how pizza was made,it turned out really lovely my husband said it was one off the nicest pizza's he ever had and my son ate the best part of his pizza,we will be making this again.Top marks.

lisajo29's picture
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Fantastic and easy pizza recipe! I made 3 hand held size and a larger size with the dough with quite thick bases, so I left the in longer and covered with foil as stated in the tip section. I used passata and a tsp of oregano with pepperoni and grated mozzarella for the topping. Lovely and great first attempt at making a pizza!

rosesred's picture
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Made these pizzas with my 2 year old son. We used this recipe and added extra toppings. It was very easy to do and very tasty!
Infact my partner said it's one of the nicest pizzas he's had.

klaracuco's picture

Absolutely delicious!!!

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