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 (258)

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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!!!

    hcc1403's picture

    Kids seemed happy with it but agree with others that it was too wet and needed a lot more flour to allow any kneading. The base also seemed too doughy and sickly when eating although toppings were all very crispy.

    joocridland's picture

    This pizza base is so easy and crisps up lovely - my only problem is I can't get it to stop sticking to the baking tray!!!

    mummysam's picture

    Great recipe! Really easy and a great one to do with the kids.....cheaper and healthier then supermarket or take out pizza's!

    niamhey's picture

    Easy for anyone and you don't need fancy cooking utensils used a quater of the dough for my pizza used low fat cheeses put onions peppers low fat ham and pineapple and served with a large salad was really tasty and healthy :)

    alinabake's picture

    Another five star winner! I messed up by putting pizza on chopping board and struggled to get it on the baking tray so it ended up misshapen but once cooked it was amazing. The other one, once lesson learnt, was just perfect. Yumilicious.

    Veganumptious's picture

    This recipe never fails to amaze - I've lost count of how many times I've been asked for the recipe. The dough for the base takes only a few minutes to make, and the kids (3 & 5) generally roll out their own - sometimes we cut them into shapes.. we've had heart-shaped pizzas and christmas tree-shaped pizzas and all sorts. Then everybody puts on their own toppings. This recipe feeds the four of us, but if we have guests or are feeling particularly hungry it's easy to make x1.5 or x2. Also makes great garlic bread.

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    i love this its the best pizza in the would i love it.5/5 its good not good


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