Very simple Margherita pizza

Very simple Margherita pizza

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(30 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 20 mins

Easy

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

Ingredients

  • 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

    Yeast

    yee-st

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

  • 1 tsp sugar
    Sugar

    Sugar

    shuh-ga

    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

    Parmesan

    parm-ee-zan

    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
    Basil

    Basil

    ba-zil

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

  • side salad, to serve

Method

  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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Deborah Gruss
21st Sep, 2012
4.05
Great. Very quick to make. No stress. Followed AugustusPeabody's advice and mixed 25ml oil with the warm water. Will be making often.
C Glasgow
4th Aug, 2012
5.05
Great flavour considering how few ingredients there are. I used a larger tray to get a thinner base and it worked perfectly. My children loved making it and eating it!
kirstienic
26th May, 2012
5.05
Very good - my 8 year old daughter made the tikka pizza alternative largely by herself and it was very tasty. Servings were quite generous. The base rolled out a lot easier than my normal pizza dough as well.
nidapida
17th May, 2012
5.05
really good turned out fab
yuliapilova
27th Apr, 2012
5.05
Just excellent. Easy, tasty and a great pleasure to cook.
augustuspeabody
17th Apr, 2012
Looks great but a first glance tells me it might benefit from a good glug of olive oil in the dough. Say 25ml oil and reduce the water by this amount.
catderbyshire
11th Apr, 2012
I made this today & it was really easy & very tasty...
caroljefferson
5th Apr, 2012
ps forgot to say didnt have a suitable tin so used a silicone flan case, worked a treat and came out easily!!! used dried basil as no fresh
caroljefferson
5th Apr, 2012
Just made this for when my kids come in from school starving, it was really easy but looks very impressive and smells delish!!!

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