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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


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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    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.
    11th Jul, 2013
    Absolutely love this recipe. Tend to always make it with mascarpone, pesto, roasted red peppers and mushrooms - when you've found something this good it's hard to try other combinations! I find it's much better if you don't let the dough rise and if you make the base sauce in advance to let the flavours combine.
    10th Jul, 2013
    Love this recipe! It's my go-to for homemade pizza. I double the sauce recipe though. 100ml passata just isn't enough for two pizzas.
    Daniel Richards
    5th Jul, 2013
    i loved this recipe!!! i love my pizza and i love to cook first attempt at it turned out good, practice makes perfect its much better for you and cheaper than buying a shop one or take away.
    26th Jun, 2013
    This is such an easy recipe to follow and tasted wonderful, don't think i will buy shop bought pizza again. I've made this a few times now with different toppings and each time the results have been lovely, even eaten by a fussy husband and toddler. Definately a favourite in our house.
    25th Jun, 2013
    i have never tasted rubbish like this in my life after using this recipe, it was disgusting and i will definately tell my friends and family that they should never use such a rubbish recipe like this one, even my dog turned his nose up at it!!
    13th Apr, 2014
    Valuable constructive feedback!
    25th Jun, 2013
    worst recipe ever!


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