Nothing says “Friday night” like pizza. Instead of ordering delivery, elevate your pizza night with a truly delicious and authentic Italian pie: the Margherita.
You don’t have to go to a fancy pizzeria to enjoy a Margherita pizza. With store-bought pizza dough, you can make one at home in minutes. This recipe is brought to us by recipe developer and registered dietitian nutritionist, Kristen Carli, MS, RD. Carli assures us that after trying this recipe we will never deliver pizza again.
While making a homemade pie may sound intimidating, this recipe is suitable for even the most novice home cook. Trust us! If you have 10 minutes, and the necessary 5 ingredients, you are able to make this dish.
The key to the success of this dish is in the details. Be sure to buy canned San Marzano tomatoes, mozzarella balls, and fresh basil.
Gather your ingredients for Margherita pizza
To make this Margherita pizza, start by gathering your ingredients. You’ll need store-bought pizza dough, San Marzano tomatoes, mozzarella balls, basil leaves, and olive oil. Carli recommends using mozzarella balls for this recipe because they are the perfect shape to melt evenly on the pizza. As a true pizzano, she also recommends San Marzano tomatoes for the most authentic Italian taste.
Roll out the dough and mix the tomatoes
First of all, preheat the oven to 425 F. Roll the pizza dough out of the tube and place it on a round baking sheet. Using a store-bought dough greatly reduces the prep time in this recipe. You can use any type of pizza dough you like, whether it’s plain, garlic and herbs, or whole wheat. Next, pour the San Marzano tomatoes into a blender and process until they are a smooth tomato sauce.
Add the sauce and mozzarella balls to the dough
Now it’s time to add the pizza toppings. Spread the tomato sauce over the pizza dough with a spoon. You won’t use all of it, but about ½ cup. Feel free to store the remaining tomato sauce in an airtight jar with a lid and keep it in the fridge for other pasta recipes. Spread the mozzarella balls evenly over the pizza.
Bake the pizza and garnish with basil and olive oil
Place the pizza in the preheated oven and bake for 10-12 minutes. Remove the pizza from the oven when the crust is golden brown and the cheese has melted and is starting to brown. Add the basil leaves to the top of the pizza. Then drizzle olive oil over it for a shiny finishing touch.