Classic Margherita Pizza

Classic Margherita Pizza
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This classic Margherita pizza recipe is simple yet delicious, featuring a crispy crust, fresh tomato sauce, creamy mozzarella, and fragrant basil. Perfect for a delightful homemade meal that serves 4 people.


  • 4 pre-made pizza doughs (or homemade if you prefer)
  • 2 cups tomato sauce
  • 4 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 2 cups fresh basil leaves
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (optional)


  1. Preheat your oven to 475°F (245°C). If you have a pizza stone, place it in the oven while it preheats.
  2. Roll out each of the four pizza doughs on a lightly floured surface to your desired thickness. Transfer the doughs to parchment paper or a lightly floured pizza peel if using a pizza stone.
  3. Evenly spread 1/2 cup of tomato sauce onto each pizza dough, leaving a small border around the edges for the crust.
  4. Sprinkle 1 cup of shredded mozzarella cheese over the tomato sauce on each pizza. Season each pizza with 1/2 teaspoon of salt, 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper, 1/4 teaspoon of dried oregano, and a pinch of crushed red pepper flakes if desired.
  5. Carefully transfer the pizzas to the oven. If using a pizza stone, slide the pizzas off the peel onto the stone. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the crust is golden and the cheese is bubbly and slightly browned.
  6. Once the pizzas are out of the oven, immediately top each with 1/2 cup of fresh basil leaves. Drizzle 1 tablespoon of olive oil over each pizza for added flavor.
  7. Slice each pizza into 4-6 pieces and serve hot.

Enjoy your homemade Margherita pizzas with family or friends! This simple yet flavorful recipe brings the classic taste of Italy to your kitchen, making for a delightful and satisfying meal. Buon appetito!

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