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Margherita Pizza

Margherita pizza is a classic Italian dish known for its simple yet delicious combination of ingredients. It typically consists of a thin crust topped with tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella cheese, basil leaves, and a drizzle of olive oil. The name "Margherita" is said to have originated from Queen Margherita of Italy, who was said to have enjoyed this pizza combination. This traditional pizza is a favorite among many for its fresh and flavorful taste.

Margherita Pizza
Margherita Pizza


- 1 12-inch pizza dough (homemade or store-bought)

- 1/2 cup tomato sauce

- 1 1/2 cups fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced

- 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves

- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

- Salt and pepper to taste


1. Preheat your oven to 500°F (260°C) and place a pizza stone or baking sheet in the oven to heat up.

2. Roll out the pizza dough on a lightly floured surface to a 12-inch circle. Place the dough on a piece of parchment paper for easy transfer to the oven.

3. Spread the tomato sauce evenly over the pizza dough, leaving a small border around the edges for the crust.

4. Arrange the sliced mozzarella cheese on top of the sauce, making sure to cover the entire surface of the pizza.

5. Tear the fresh basil leaves and scatter them over the cheese.

6. Drizzle the olive oil over the pizza and season with salt and pepper to taste.

7. Carefully transfer the pizza on the parchment paper to the hot pizza stone or baking sheet in the oven.

8. Bake the pizza for 10-12 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown and the cheese is melted and bubbly.

9. Remove the pizza from the oven and let it cool for a few minutes before slicing and serving.

10. Enjoy your delicious homemade Margherita pizza!

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