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Pizza Margherita in 4 easy steps

Pizza Margherita in 4 easy steps

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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

  • kcal431
  • 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

      Yeast

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      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
      Basil

      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 (or vegetarian alternative)
      Parmesan

      Parmesan

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      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

      Basil

      ba-zil

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

    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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    fairycakekathy
    23rd May, 2012
    5.05
    Have made this numerous times with various toppings and has always delighted guests - novice and seasoned chefs alike! Highly recommended
    scotcat
    23rd May, 2012
    5.05
    Totally brilliant!
    garethleavy
    23rd May, 2012
    5.05
    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...
    nicnic87
    22nd May, 2012
    Looks like a fab recipe! Ever tried a fusion pizza? http://bit.ly/student-recipes-indian-pizza
    1003790
    14th May, 2012
    5.05
    This is such an easy way to make pizza and garlic bread, it comes out delicious!
    lor1982
    7th May, 2012
    5.05
    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
    6th May, 2012
    5.05
    I will never buy a frozen pizza again, amazing recipe, my son loves them!
    satumarjatta
    1st May, 2012
    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
    30th Apr, 2012
    I am looking forward in making this recipe :)
    cyclefly
    20th Apr, 2012
    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".

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