Pizza margherita in 4 easy steps

Pizza margherita in 4 easy steps

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(245 ratings)

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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    15th Mar, 2014
    I only gave this recipe 3 stars because, although the taste of the pizza is very nice, I had trouble getting the base to cook. I had another go with the remaining dough, but this time 'part baked' the base and used a proper pizza tray with holes in it, and it worked. I think the dough would be better split in to 4 rather than 2. I also added oregano to the sauce.
    27th Feb, 2014
    Me and the kids have just made these and they are delicious. Going to try with varies toppings next. The kids had great fun making them. Definitely a winner!!
    25th Feb, 2014
    Made this for the first time tonight and I have to say me and my family were impressed lovely taste and a really nice family affair everyone making their own toppings will Defo be a time and time again recipe in this house hold thank you x
    19th Feb, 2014
    Made this yesterday with my 7 & 10yr olds. Dough very easy to make. We rolled it out very thin to about 30cms each. Delicious with a lovely taste of herbs and garlic coming through. Split them up & we each added our different toppings. Will definitely become a favourite in our family. No more shop brought or take out pizza's for us. One tip only added about 150-175mls of water and it wasn't too sticky.
    23rd Jan, 2014
    Simple, quick and tasty...what more could you ask for...10 stars!
    3rd Nov, 2013
    Brilliant. Make this with my 7yr old daughter and she loves the interaction with food. Delicious pizzas too. We use tomato paste, a little water mixed with a little basil and oregano for the sauce.
    14th Sep, 2013
    Very easy and very tasty. It was the first time I made pizza from scratch and if I only knew how easy it actually is.. Not going to buy any more frozen pizzas! I used a special pizza baking tray which has holes in it, so didn't need to preheat any additional baking sheet. Worked great!
    30th Aug, 2013
    made this and it was really nice will be making more home made pizza then ordering now :)
    22nd Aug, 2013
    Just made this for my other half and two year old son, they loved it. The base turned out perfect! Added a few extra ingredients on top, mushrooms etc.......will certainly be making again!
    22nd Jul, 2013
    Love this recipe and actually have it committed to memory. I also like to cheat a little and use pizza express passata straight from the tin. Can be made faster than it takes for take out to get to you and tastes loads better.


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