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Margherita Pizza Italy - Recipe

Margherita pizza recipe

Margherita pizza flatbread is one of the most loved Italian food dishes, it just takes a few simple ingredients and you get insanely delicious results.

Margherita pizza Ingredients

For the sauce:

  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 (14.5 ounces) can diced tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

For the pizzas:

  • 1 pound pizza dough, at room temperature for 1 hour
  • All-purpose flour, for dusting
  • Finely ground cornmeal, for dusting
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1/4 cup loosely packed fresh basil leaves, sliced into ribbons if large, divided
  • 8 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced and divided
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided


  1. Arrange a rack in the bottom third of the oven. Place a heavy rimmed baking sheet upside-down on the rack, and heat the oven to 450°F.

  2. Make the sauce: Place the garlic in a food processor fitted with the blade attachment and pulse until coarsely chopped, 2 to 3 pulses. Add the tomatoes and their juices, olive oil, sugar, vinegar, salt, and pepper and process until puréed or to desired consistency, 20 to 30 seconds; set aside.

  3. Divide the pizza dough into two pieces. If the dough is sticky, dust with a little bit of all-purpose flour. Dust a 12-inch piece of parchment paper with cornmeal and place the dough on it. Use the heel of your hand to press the dough flat. Work from the middle out to shape it into a 10-inch round with your hands or a rolling pin. The dough will stick to the parchment; if it starts to shrink back, wait a few minutes to let it relax and continue shaping.

  4. Brush the dough with 1 teaspoon of the olive oil, then spread 1/4 cup of the sauce into a thin layer onto the dough, leaving a 1/2-inch border. Carefully remove the preheated baking sheet from the oven and use the parchment paper to slide the pizza onto the back of the baking sheet.

  5. Bake for 4 minutes. Top the pizza with half of the mozzarella, leaving some space between the slices. Bake until the crust is golden brown and crisp and the cheese melts, 6 to 7 minutes more.

  6. Remove the pizza from the oven. Immediately drizzle with 2 teaspoons of the olive oil. Scatter half of the basil on the pizza and sprinkle with half of the Parmesan. Cool for 2 minutes before slicing and serving. Repeat with the remaining dough and toppings.

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