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

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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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jemimalrf's picture
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JUST AMAZING!! Very simple but delicious. Tried with lots of different toppings and everyone has been very impressed.

thecherub's picture
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Fantastic pizza, easy to do, and quick enough to make it on a week day after work. The only problem I had was deciding what to put on top! Will make this one over and over again.

janerowe's picture
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Found the dough sticky but just added more flour. Used a pizza stone but base wasn't crispy enough for me so will try the two baking sheets next time. For tomato sauce I used tomato puree mixed with some olive oil, fresh crushed garlic and shredded basil. That had a real depth to the flavour. Agree with everyone else, why would you pay so much to order in when you can have this? Lovely.

kazzac's picture
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What a fantastic recipe! Surprisingly simple and really easy to make. The tip with the hot tray meant that the base was lovely - really thin and crispy. I found the tomato sauce a bit disappointing so will experiment next time but this is a tiny quibble on a great dish. Cheap, tasty and one to make again.

kazzac's picture
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What a fantastic recipe! Surprisingly simple and really easy to make. The tip with the hot tray meant that the base was lovely - really thin and crispy. I found the tomato sauce a bit disappointing so will experiment next time but this is a tiny quibble on a great dish. Cheap, tasty and one to make again.

helenw2446's picture
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These are fab, I quadruple the recipe and make 8 bases at a time then i do the same with the sauce and I freeze them like that. When I need 1 i just get it out, slap on a topping and it's ready in 10 mins. Handy for snacks or as part of a meal when the kids want pizza and I don't want them to have junk - guilt free!

domingal's picture
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Made this last night and it was awesome. Better than shop bought with a great crispy crust. The dough was a bit too much so have saved some to make mini pizzas for my daughter. Cannot rate this recipe highly enough, I always though making pizza would require hours but this recipe is quick and cheap. We did one margherita and one with peperoni and chilli. Yum Yum

adrienneyong's picture
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absolutely lush, used stoneground wholemeal flour and it was so healthy tasting!!!

love_to_bake's picture

I love this recipe! I've made it at least 5 times

sharonbroom's picture

I can't believe how simple this was! All the other receipes I've seen for pizza dough talk about resting the dough for 6 plus hours. If I feel a pizza, I usually want it ASAP. Just brilliant and great for those wanting different toppings. Cheap too. I think my local pizza delivery service is going to notice a drop in takings!

norathepixie's picture
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So easy and makes perfect pizzas - fantastic and will definitely become a firm favourite in our house. I put peppers, salami and pineapple chunks on mine - delicious!

baambaam's picture

this was an amazing recipe and my family loved it

missemmajane's picture

Fantastic recipe! We added pepperoni to ours and it was SO much nicer than shop bought or restaurant pizzas, never buying them again, will always be making then now - was gorgeous!

jemimalrf's picture
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Amazing - really delicious and simple to make. Done this twice already with lots of different toppings. Caramelised onions, goat's cheese and rocket went down a treat!

jemimalrf's picture
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Absolutely delicious!

pippidoodle's picture
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Added ham, mushroom, peppers & red onions. Was very delicious. My only quibble was the tomato sauce. There was a bit too much garlic. i think I'd add more Basil & a sprinkling of sugar too sweeten.

nic_c82's picture
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Very easy to make and tasted amazing. My husband and I made them for tea tonight (team effort) and we really enjoyed it. The base was amazing.

kjf_uk's picture
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Made this for supper last night. Best pizza I've ever had! Thoroughly recommended!

gemini321's picture
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Very easy recipe but extremely enjoyable. Will be trying again

aticavo's picture
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This is a wonderful recipe, easy to make. The reviews i got from my boyfriend were 'amazingly delicious' 'better than any take away pizza'
Highly Recommended!

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