Very simple Margherita pizza

Very simple Margherita pizza

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(28 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 20 mins


Serves 2

You can't beat piping hot cheese and tomato on a thin, crispy pizza base - this version is ready in just 35 minutes

Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal577
  • fat18g
  • saturates10g
  • carbs77g
  • sugars6g
  • fibre4g
  • protein26g
  • salt1.8g
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  • olive oil, for the tray
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 200g plain flour
  • 7g packet easy-blend dried yeast



    Yeast is a living, single-cell organism. As the yeast grows, it converts its food (in the form…

  • 1 tsp sugar



    Honey and syrups made from concentrated fruit juice were the earliest known sweeteners. Today,…

  • 125ml warm water
  • 85ml passata
  • 100g mozzarella, half grated, half chopped
  • 2 tbsp grated parmesan or vegetarian alternative



    Parmesan is a straw-coloured hard cheese with a natural yellow rind and rich, fruity flavour. It…

  • small bunch basil, half chopped, half left whole



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

  • side salad, to serve


  1. Heat oven to 240C/220C fan/gas 9. Oil a 20 x 24cm baking tray. Mix the flour, yeast, ¼ tsp salt and the sugar in a bowl, then stir in the water. Bring the mixture together, knead until smooth, then press into the oiled tray.

  2. Spread passata over the dough, leaving a thin border round the edge. Season the passata, then sprinkle with the chopped basil, the mozzarella and the Parmesan, and bake for 15-20 mins or until cooked through. Scatter with the remaining basil and serve with a side salad.

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14th Dec, 2019
This is my go to dough recipe, always turns out brilliantly and so quick to make. Have used 50/50 whole meal and white flour before and still yummy. Everyone picks their own toppings and I add garlic and herbs to the passata
11th Nov, 2016
I made this for tea tonight for my 3 kids.Recipe is really easy to make. Base took around 15 mins including kneading and rolling. For the pizza sauce, I did adapt from the recipe given. Used a tub of passatta, 1x grated carrot, 1x diced courgette, 1x diced yellow pepper and 1x diced onion. Blended all together, and used a third of sauce for this pizza. Covered in a couple of sliced tomatoes with a ball of light mozarella sliced over and covered in ham. Also made some yummy garlic bread with yesterdays left over baguette. Really cheap meal for kids.Will defo make again.
7th May, 2016
Just made and it's soooo easy. Preparation is really quick and the dough comes out soft on the inside and crispy on the outside! Baked mine for 13 minutes with mozzarella and cheddar toppings.. Thank you!
25th May, 2015
I absolutely! love this pizza recipe the previous one that I found was absolute nonsense but this one was hundred times better! and am going to make pizza again tomorrow for relatives using this brilliant recipe thanks for posting it. It's especially great for if you don't have a pizza oven or stone absolutely no need. (My tip to you is to cook the baking sheet alone for a couple of minutes so that the bottom part of the base will cook faster just like using a pizza stone and also cook the base alone for 5-10 minutes so that it won't be under cooked only if using a regular oven).
27th Feb, 2013
Made this last night!! It was awesome, so easy, and really took no time at all!!! ended up making 3 pizzas with different toppings, chickent tikka and bacon and pepper. Als omade my own tomato paste! What a treat. I might make it again tonight :-) Officially my favourite pizza base recipe. So light too!(oh i didnt have white plain flour, so i used white self raising flour. made no difference!) Hubby loved the pizzas!
5th Jan, 2013
I used this recipe for myself and two daughters (6 and 5) to do because it was basic, easy and I like them to learn about the food they eat etc. However, it turned out really tasty and has now become a low cost regular meal. Brilliant.
6th Oct, 2012
This tasted great but the base was not fantastic. When I made it the 2nd time I tried the suggestion of swapping some of the water for oil which definitely improved it but not enough. A different pizza recipe I tried many times (from this site) is even better tasting and the base is much more pleasant but the tomato, cheese et al doesn't stick to it and it just slides off! That recipe uses strong bread flour. Considering going half and half on plain white and strong bread flour to see if I can find a good equilibrium!
26th Sep, 2012
Super easy and tastes delicious! You can just make the base and put whatever toppings suit you, not too thick or thin base, just right. Slightly golden after cooked, just perfect, better than any shop brought pizza! Definitely would reccomend this, best recipe i've tried so far :-) xxx
25th Sep, 2012
This is only the 2nd time I've ever made a pizza (1st time was a disaster) and it was remarkably quick and easy. I doubled the ingredients and made a bigger pizza to feed four. Such simple ingredients but so delicious. This is definitely going to be served up again and again in our household - perfect for the kids when they come in from school starving.
Deborah Gruss
21st Sep, 2012
Great. Very quick to make. No stress. Followed AugustusPeabody's advice and mixed 25ml oil with the warm water. Will be making often.


14th Feb, 2014
Can this be frozen and, if so, at what stage?
17th Jul, 2013
I found it too sweet with the full amount of sugar- to me it tastes better with half a teaspoon. I call this my emergency pizza dough- I use it when I need pizza in a hurry. I keep a bag of pre-grated mozzarella in the freezer, which means that I've always got ingredients for an emergency pizza!
12th Jun, 2013
Awsome with Salami! Fresh basil is also a must!!! Can't beleive how quick, easy and tasty this recipie is!!!
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