Very simple Margherita pizza

Very simple Margherita pizza

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(30 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


  • olive oil, for the tray
    olive oil

    Olive oil

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    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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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.
C Glasgow
4th Aug, 2012
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!
26th May, 2012
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.
17th May, 2012
really good turned out fab
27th Apr, 2012
Just excellent. Easy, tasty and a great pleasure to cook.
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.
11th Apr, 2012
I made this today & it was really easy & very tasty...
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
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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