They say less is always more. I think this belief applies to food, too. And with the weather getting a bit chilly, it’s the perfect time to warm up your baking skills, and your oven, and turn pantry ingredients into a delicious margherita pizza.
This classic pizza favourite may be simple in flavour and appearance, but did you know that it was named after a queen? Way back in 1889, this pizza was made to resemble the Italian flag in honour of Queen Margherita’s visit to Naples. Since then, it has been one of the most distinct symbol of Neapolitan cuisine.
Well, with the delightful taste of basil, tomatoes, cheese, and crisp crust in one bite, this pizza is sure to make you feel like a royal! Make this margherita pizza recipe at home using a 20cm store-bought or handmade dough, bake it for 10 minutes or less, and have the best pizza night ever!
- Rolling pin
- Pizza stone or baking sheet
- Parchment paper
- Pastry brush
- Spoon or silicone spatula
- Chef’s knife
- Chopping board
- 20cm pizza dough, store-bought or handmade
- 3 tsp extra virgin olive oil
- 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
- 3 tbsp tomato sauce
- 115g mozzarella cheese
- 3 to 5 basil leaves, sliced into strips plus extra for garnish
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1½ tbsp parmesan cheese
- Crushed red pepper to taste
- Preheat your oven to 232C. Place the pizza stone in the hot oven and have it preheated as well if you are using one.
- Roll out your pizza dough, place it on a piece of parchment paper, then brush its surface with olive oil.
- Using the back of a spoon or a spatula, spread the tomato sauce on top.
- Sprinkle the chopped garlic, mozzarella, and sliced basil all over the dough.
- Season it with salt and pepper.
- Carefully slide your pizza onto the baking stone or sheet then bake it for 9 to 10 minutes or until crisp.
- After baking, sprinkle the top with grated parmesan cheese, crushed red pepper, and more basil leaves.