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How to Make a Margherita Pizza

The Margherita pizza bears the colors of Italy’s flag: red tomato sauce, white mozzarella cheese, and green basil.


  • Step 1: Preheat oven Preheat the oven to 500˚ F.
  • Step 2: Oil the pan Oil the pizza pan with 1 oz. of olive oil; save the other ounce for later.
  • Step 3: Place the dough Place the pizza dough on the center of the pan and prod, push, and stretch it with your fingers and the heels of your hands into a 14' circle about a 1⁄4' thick.
  • TIP: If you don’t have time to make the dough, you can buy it from your local pizzeria.
  • Step 4: Spread the sauce Ladle the tomato sauce onto the center of the dough, and spread it evenly outward in circular motions with the back of the spoon or ladle. Be sure to leave a 1⁄2' border of dough uncovered at the edges.
  • Step 5: Place the mozzarella Place the mozzarella slices on top of the sauce.
  • Step 6: Put the pizza in oven Place the pizza pan in the oven on a middle shelf.
  • Step 7: Bake Bake 10 to 12 minutes, turning the pan about midway through, until the crust is golden brown and crisp on the edges and the bottom.
  • Step 8: Remove the pizza Remove the pizza pan from the oven and place on a flat, heat-resistance surface, like a large cutting board.
  • Step 9: Sprinkle basil Sprinkle the basil over the pizza, then drizzle on the remaining olive oil.
  • Step 10: Slice and serve Slice into even pieces using a pizza cutter, and serve.
  • FACT: The Margherita pizza was created in Naples in honor of an 1889 visit by King Umberto I and Queen Margherita Teresa.

You Will Need

  • Enough pizza dough for a 12u201d to 14u201d pizza
  • 6 oz. fresh mozzarella cheese
  • thinly sliced
  • 5 oz. fresh tomato sauce
  • Several fresh basil leaves
  • chopped
  • 2 oz. extra-virgin olive oil
  • A 16-inch pizza pan
  • A large spoon or ladle
  • A pizza cutter

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