Margherita pizza is an Italian classic and one of my favorite pizzas. It’s incredibly simple, allowing the ingredients to shine: tomatoes, cheese, and basil. To make this simple pizza great, you need to use high-quality ingredients. I recommend using San Marzano tomatoes for the sauce, fresh whole milk mozzarella, parmigiano-reggiano, and good, flavorful fresh basil (it’s best if you grow it yourself).
One of the best things about this pizza is the minimal effort required to achieve truly impressive flavor – a flavor made even better if you follow our tips and tricks for How to Cook Brick Oven-Style Pizza in Your Oven. Give this easy recipe a try and you won’t be disappointed!
Prep Time: 5-10 minutes (not including time to make dough and sauce)
Cook Time: 5-7 minutes for Brick Oven-Style, 15 minutes for traditional cooking
1. Shape your pizza dough and spread the sauce over it.
2. Pull the mozzarella into clumps and distribute over your pizza. If you’re using garlic, sprinkle it over the mozzarella.
Note: Garlic is not a traditional ingredient for a pizza margherita, but it’s a very tasty addition. The pizza is incredible without the garlic. Think of it as an optional extra topping for garlic lovers. We usually have it without garlic, but it’s a nice way to change things up.
3. Now your pizza’s ready for the oven. Cook it 5-7 minutes Brick Oven-Style (which I highly recommend) or 15 minutes at 425° F.
4. Immediately after removing the pizza from the oven, sprinkle the parmesan over the pizza.
5. Finally, top the pizza with basil and allow to cool a few minutes. If you don’t know how to julienne basil, see our Four Cheese White Pizza recipe.
Tip: To make the crust extra tasty, brush it with a little olive oil when it comes out of the oven.
Once your pizza has cooled enough not to burn you, grab a slice and enjoy the delicious simplicity!