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Margherita Pizza Recipe

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A basic Margherita pizza has three ingredients – tomatoes, mozzarella cheese and basil. My Margherita pizza recipe is very easy. I use ready pizza sauce, pre-sliced mozzarella from Costco, and basil from my kitchen garden. I use homemade pizza dough but you can also use store-bought dough for the pizza.

Click here for my pizza dough recipe. I use the Zojirushi bread machine but you could also use a stand mixer or your hands to make the dough. The bread machine is very handy since you can dump all your ingredients in it and set a timer. In a couple of hours, your pizza dough is ready for that perfect homemade pizza with the freshest dough.

I have tried different types of mozzarella cheeses for this pizza and I have noticed that certain brands of cheese melt better than others. I prefer the Costco pre-sliced cheese as it melts better than other brands. You may have to experiment a little before you find your favorite.

You can make your own pizza sauce but in this Margherita pizza recipe, I have used a basic store-bought pizza sauce. I buy them in bulk and store them in the pantry. This recipe calls for fresh basil, which is available in the produce section of most stores. It’s also very easy to grow from seeds. I also save seeds.


Margherita pizza

Easy Margherita Pizza Recipe

Best tasting homemade mozzarella basil pizza
5 from 7 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 1 pizza
Calories 348 kcal




  • pizza dough homemade or store-bought
  • 7-8 leaves fresh basil
  • 4-5 slices fresh mozzarella cheese
  • 2-3 tbsp pizza sauce


  • Pre-heat the oven to 400° F.
  • Roll the dough using a rolling pin or just your hands, letting gravity do its work on the dough. Please check the video.
  • Place the dough base on a parchment paper-lined cookie sheet or a hot pizza stone.
  • Spread pizza sauce on the base, avoid getting close to the edges.
  • Top it with pre-sliced mozzarella cheese and some fresh basil leaves.
  • Bake it for about 10-12 minutes or until the cheese melts.


Please note that the nutrition information provided below is approximate and meant as a guideline only. Actual numbers may be different from those provided below. If you have health issues, please work with a registered dietician or nutritionist. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.


Nutrition Facts
Easy Margherita Pizza Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 348 Calories from Fat 225
% Daily Value*
Fat 25g38%
Saturated Fat 15g94%
Cholesterol 90mg30%
Sodium 868mg38%
Potassium 185mg5%
Carbohydrates 4g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 26g52%
Calcium 572mg57%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Vitamin A 1081IU22%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Keyword Easy homemade Margherita Pizza
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By FoodLifeAndMoney in March, 2020

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