Classic Margherita Pizza

Simple as it may be, this is my favorite type of pizza. Does my husband share the same affinity for a bubbly, beautiful margherita covered with creamy sliced mozzarella and sprinkled with fresh basil? NO. The man can’t understand why anyone would want anything other than a pizza piled with ham, pepperoni, salami and sausage. All at once. I mean, seriously?

I love a good, greasy slice once in a while myself, but c’mon, dude. Come to the light side. Lemme serve you up a slice of this mouthwatering margherita and change your man-ivore ways!

Shall I count the ways in which margherita pizza is the fairest of them all? Yes, yes, I shall.

ONE: You blend together tomatoes, basil and garlic to make an amazing, flavorful, fragrant sauce that is crazy easy and basically the basis for this amazing pizza. It’s all in the sauce, baby.

TWO: Besides the dough, all you need is four ingredients to be on your way to cheesy, gooey pizza nirvana. If you’re anything like me, all of them are staples in your house, too. High-five for four ingredients? Don’t leave me hangin’.

THREE: Melty mozzarella. That is all.

Let’s just assume there are more reasons. You’re probably tired of the counting by now.

Please tell me those convinced you just a little, hubby?

The first time I made a margherita, (and, hello? why hadn’t I made one ‘til just last month?), my 100% Whole Wheat Pizza Dough was the crisp canvas. I found that it soaked up the tomato sauce a little more than my favorite Homemade Pizza Dough, but was still delicious and a healthy choice!

Like I said, the sauce is what MAKES this pizza, though. If you have a go-to whole wheat pizza dough recipe, go for it. I guarantee it will still taste great. If not, mix up the latter dough and you’ll love it!

So, what are you waiting for? Make it a pizza night!

If whoever you enjoy this pizza with doesn’t exactly *ahem* agree with your pizza preferences, make it a half-and-half with some fun topping options for the other side. Everyone loves pizza, so worry not. An agreeable arrangement can always be made!

I know you’ll love this classic Italian pizza and enjoy a lighter twist on your usual. It’s salty, creamy, and incredibly fragrant and fresh. Like summer on a plate!

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Classic Margherita Pizza

Yield: Makes 1 large pizza

Ingredients:

1 lb. pizza dough, store bought or homemade*
1 lb. (2-3 medium) tomatoes (preferred: Roma)*
1 clove garlic
1/4 cup loosely packed basil, torn into pieces
8 ounces (about 1 cup) fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced
Salt and pepper, to taste

Directions:

Preheat your oven to 500 degrees F or as hot as it can go.

On a floured surface, shape pizza dough into a 12” round or rectangle. Transfer to a large baking stone or baking sheet.

Quarter each tomato and gently squeeze wedges over sink to remove the excess juices and seeds. Add to the bowl of a food processor or blender, along with garlic and half of the basil. Process until tomatoes break down into a sauce, scraping down sides as needed. If desired, strain to make a thicker sauce. Evenly spread sauce over pizza dough and top with mozzarella slices, leaving some space between pieces of mozzarella.

Bake for 5-10 minutes—exact cooking time will vary depending on your oven temperature. The crust should be golden brown and the cheese bubbling.

Sprinkle pizza with basil and let cool briefly before slicing and serving.

Enjoy!

TIPS

You can also use my 100% Whole Wheat Pizza Dough for this pizza, though this dough does soak up more of the fresh tomato sauce.

In place of fresh tomatoes, you can substitute 1 (16-oz) can whole or diced tomatoes, drained.

Adapted from The Kitchn

      

66 Responses to “Classic Margherita Pizza”

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    Anne ~ Uni Homemaker — July 17, 2013 @ 1:14 am

    I don’t eat a lot of pizzas but when I do, I prefer things light myself. Those meat supreme pizzas frighten me. :) This Margherita pizza looks so light and delicious Georgia. And your photos are just gorgeous!

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — July 17, 2013 @ 1:35 am

    I absolutely love the simplicity of a classic margherita pizza!

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    cquek — July 17, 2013 @ 3:24 am

    my favourite pizza, yummy!

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    Joanne @ Fifteen Spatulas — July 17, 2013 @ 6:02 am

    I agree about Margherita being the most awesome pizza out there. Nothing is better!

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    Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen — July 17, 2013 @ 6:47 am

    Gorgeous Pizza Margherita, girl! I am with you…Margherita Pizza is the best for pizza purists. This way you can really taste what matters most in the fresh ingredients. However, I am also with your man-ivore. Ha! When I’m really hungry, nothing but a meaty topping will do for this girl! Beautiful photography as always, my friend! Will be pinning! xo

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    Monica — July 17, 2013 @ 6:52 am

    One of my favs, too…and just the type of pizza for summer! Yum!

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    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — July 17, 2013 @ 7:00 am

    Simple is always welcome! looks fantastic

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    Tracy | Peanut Butter and Onion — July 17, 2013 @ 7:39 am

    OK now we have to be best friends. I loooooooove pizza, would eat it every day. I especially love simple easy pizza with fresh ingredients.

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    Alyssa — July 17, 2013 @ 8:20 am

    I spent some of my post-college life (well, six months of it) working in an Italian pizza place with a wood burning oven, and there’s nothing I love more than a good marg. This looks amazing!

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    Angie@Angie's Recipes — July 17, 2013 @ 8:25 am

    A fantastic classic, Georgia. Love pizzas!

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    Tieghan — July 17, 2013 @ 8:36 am

    It is perfect! Sometimes the classics are all you need!

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    Eileen — July 17, 2013 @ 8:39 am

    I’m smiling as I read this. I usually make homemade pizza dough and then hubby takes over and makes the pizza’s. A couple weeks ago I suggested we have a simple pizza with a little alfredo sauce and some grilled chicken on top. You would have thought I’d asked him to take a barrel ride over Niagara Fall’s – lol. It was quite clear he doesn’t agree with my concept that (sometimes) less is more :) Beautiful pizza Georgia!

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    Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health — July 17, 2013 @ 9:05 am

    i 100% agree with you on pizza on the lighter side. I have to try the crust and sauce. Looks soooo good.

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    ashley - baker by nature — July 17, 2013 @ 9:08 am

    Oh hello gorgeous little pizza… come a little closer!!!

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    Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet — July 17, 2013 @ 9:31 am

    Margherita pizza rocks! Love the simplicity!

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    Cathy Pollak ~ Noble Pig — July 17, 2013 @ 9:37 am

    Oh my husband is the same way. He doesn’t get a veggie pizza either. I love this and get you!!

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    marcie@flavorthemoments — July 17, 2013 @ 10:29 am

    This is one of my all-time favorite pizzas….I’d eat it any time. It’s clean, simple, and delicious! Yours is just gorgeous!

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    Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain — July 17, 2013 @ 11:00 am

    Whoa! I take the whole pizzzzza pie, please? Gorgeous, Georgia!

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    amy @ fearless homemaker — July 17, 2013 @ 11:50 am

    I agree – of all the types of pizza out there, the classic margherita is my absolute favorite. Simple, light, and delicious! And your version looks SO wonderful. Now I’m craving pizza for lunch!

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    Valerie @ From Valerie's Kitchen — July 17, 2013 @ 11:52 am

    I’m totally with you on this Georgia. Sometimes the simplest form of pizza is the finest! I want to try your Whole Wheat Pizza Dough. Looks wonderful!

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    Maureen | Orgasmic Chef — July 17, 2013 @ 11:52 am

    That’s such a pretty pizza!

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    Ash- foodfashionparty — July 17, 2013 @ 12:06 pm

    I am all for a pizza minus all the cheese. Yours looks so pretty. The first picture is almost 3D..

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    Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl — July 17, 2013 @ 12:09 pm

    Love, margherita is always my go to favorite! This looks so fresh!

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    Carla @ Carlas Confections — July 17, 2013 @ 12:10 pm

    My hubs isnt a fan of light pizzas like this either, but I could eat it all day! So yum! How about you and I have a party with this pizza?? Sound good? ;)

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    Lana @ Never Enough Thyme — July 17, 2013 @ 12:11 pm

    Really hard to beat a classic Margherita pizza. I could go for a slice or two right now!

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    Kelly — July 17, 2013 @ 12:37 pm

    Hehe, my hubby is the same. He prefers his pizza all decked out with meat and sausages. I love simple classic pizzas like this and could definitely go for a slice or two of this gorgeous Margherita pizza! The sauce sounds fantastic!

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    Pam — July 17, 2013 @ 1:15 pm

    I want this for lunch today! YUM.

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    Dan from Platter Talk — July 17, 2013 @ 1:45 pm

    My favorite pizza!! I loved seeing yours and reading about how you put together, looks absolutely perfect. Thanks for sharing and reminding me to heat my pizza stone up. Great post!!

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    Annie @ Annie's Noms — July 17, 2013 @ 2:26 pm

    Yes I love pizza with all kinds of stuff on, but you really can’t beat a classic margherita! This looks divine :)

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — July 17, 2013 @ 2:31 pm

    Margherita pizza is my fave, can’t wait to try this one!

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    NaturesComplete — July 17, 2013 @ 2:39 pm

    Ive been looking for a simple pizza sauce recipe. This look very yummy. I will start blending soon and make this. However I think I will have to put pepperoni on half for the man-ivore ;)

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    Bill — July 17, 2013 @ 2:56 pm

    It’s hard to beat fresh tomatoes, basil, and mozzarella on anything. Thanks for reminding me of one of my favorite pizzas. I sometimes put too many toppings on pizza and this reminds me that simple is delicious. Thanks for a great post!

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    The Sketched Chef — July 17, 2013 @ 3:07 pm

    This looks like absolute perfection !

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    NaturesComplete — July 17, 2013 @ 3:18 pm

    Oh my my, what have we here. I think this shall be tomorrow nights dinner. Thank you thank you.

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    Gwen @SimplyHealthyFamily — July 17, 2013 @ 3:23 pm

    That’s funny, my husband, and kids feel the same way. Fine w me, I get to order/make a pizza the right way, err I mean my way and enjoy it all by myself! Fresh sauce and ingredients are the key!

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    Kelly Senyei | Just a Taste — July 17, 2013 @ 3:24 pm

    This looks fantastic and way better than delivery pizza! Yum!

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    Kayle (The Cooking Actress) — July 17, 2013 @ 4:16 pm

    I looooooove a good margherita pizza, and this does not disappoint! Look phenomenal!

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    john@kitchenriffs — July 17, 2013 @ 4:37 pm

    When it comes to pizza, less is truly more. Although I enjoy a good pepperoni pizza, truth be told a Margherita pizza with good ingredients is the best pizza of all (but if the ingredients aren’t topnotch, then bring on the pepperoni!). Really nice post – thanks.

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    Jocelyn @BruCrew Life — July 17, 2013 @ 6:02 pm

    I am with you…I like my pizza on the lighter side. This looks incredible and I love how easy it sounds to put together!!!

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    Jaclyn — July 17, 2013 @ 6:14 pm

    You’re pizzas always look perfect Georgia! And always make me hungry too :). Pizza is my favorite, we have it every single week.

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    Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic — July 17, 2013 @ 8:19 pm

    I love all kinds of pizza but I also tend to go for the simpler ones. I wish I had a slice of this right now!

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    Reeni — July 17, 2013 @ 8:24 pm

    This is my favorite too! So utterly delicious looking Georgia my mouth is watering like crazy!

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    Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies — July 17, 2013 @ 8:31 pm

    I love a pizza piled high with toppings, but sometimes simple is best too! I love a classic margherita. :) You have me craving pizza right now!

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    Averie @ Averie Cooks — July 17, 2013 @ 8:44 pm

    This is my idea of a perfect pizza too! Just simple, ‘clean’ and not doctored up with a million toppings. Simpler is better for me with pizza!

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    Julie @ Table for Two — July 17, 2013 @ 9:05 pm

    Such a gorgeous pizza, I could eat the entire thing!!

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    Nami | Just One Cookbook — July 17, 2013 @ 9:45 pm

    This is my all time favorite (I can eat it any time of the day!), but I only like good quality one… :D Yours look PERFECT, Georgia! Still need to try your homemade dough (sorry I keep saying this but it’s always in back of my head).

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    Deborah — July 18, 2013 @ 12:41 am

    You have convinced me! Now I want pizza!

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    Eat Good 4 Life — July 18, 2013 @ 4:15 am

    That tomato sauce looks dreamy. I am yet to make my own tomato sauce some day, a basic thing but never got around to it. The pizza looks fresh and yummy :-) Nothing better than homemade pizza!

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    carrian — July 18, 2013 @ 9:03 am

    Did you know that a margarita pizza is what led us to starting our blog?! Basil is kind of a big deal over here. ;)

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    Laura @ The Rookie Cook — July 18, 2013 @ 10:36 am

    I agree with you on the Margherita Pizza. I’m absolutely in love with it, but rarely get it (and actually have never made it either!) because the hubby is not crazy over it. “Can’t we at least have pepperoni?” Haha! Anyway, I think I’m going to have to have some soon, you’ve gotten me in the mood!

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    steph@stephsbitebybite — July 18, 2013 @ 11:15 am

    You can’t beat a classic! This has my tummy growling!

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    Ashley — July 18, 2013 @ 11:47 am

    haha my husband is the same way – he gets mad whenever I don’t include sausage or a ton of meat on pizza! Simple and classic is so good though!

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    Anne@FromMySweetHeart — July 18, 2013 @ 12:36 pm

    Oh Georgia….this is just beautiful in it’s simplicity! And your crust is absolutely perfect. A great, easy, summer meal! : )

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    Lawyer Loves Lunch — July 18, 2013 @ 1:42 pm

    This looks so good! Margherita pizza is like the best kind of grown-up cheese pizza! I’m totally looking forward to trying your homemade dough recipe too.

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    honeywhatscooking — July 18, 2013 @ 3:00 pm

    so fresh.
    did u make the dough or is it store bought?
    if store bought, what brand?
    it looks homemade and so fresh.

    I love greasy pizza too, but c’mon dude, gotta go light!

    • Georgia — July 18th, 2013 @ 3:25 pm

      Thanks! The dough is homemade.

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    Nik@ABrownTable — July 18, 2013 @ 3:20 pm

    That is one beautiful looking margherita pizza!

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    Erin @ Texanerin Baking — July 18, 2013 @ 3:36 pm

    Yay! More pizza. :) You can never go wrong with pizza and especially not margherita pizza! Love these pictures. So pretty!

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    Liz — July 18, 2013 @ 4:10 pm

    This is one of the few entrees that every.single.family.member loves! Though the boys and hubby would also go for a meat lovers if they had the chance :/

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    Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough — July 18, 2013 @ 8:26 pm

    Classic margherita pizza is my fave! This looks so yum!

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    Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef — July 18, 2013 @ 9:22 pm

    margherita pizzas will always take me back to my summer in france. this looks so good! and btw i just realized that your blog didn’t transfer over to feedly w/ all my other subscriptions. :( i wondered what was wrong when i saw new recipes of yours on facebook, but it’s back in there now.

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    Ramona — July 19, 2013 @ 6:40 am

    I started off my week with a twist of the margherita pizza…. but the classic is so awesome!! I would eat half a pie. :)

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    Kiran @ KiranTarun.com — July 20, 2013 @ 8:02 pm

    Omygosh! I love margerita pizza. Especially this time of the year :)

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    Patty — July 21, 2013 @ 10:08 pm

    This is probably my favorite pizza, although there are plenty of other toppings that tempt me ;)

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    Jeremy Norton — July 28, 2013 @ 1:25 am

    Nothing beats the classic pizzas. Simple yet really delicious and tasty.

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    Jennifer @ Not Your Momma's Cookie — July 29, 2013 @ 3:55 pm

    Sometimes, the simplest is the best – like this pizza! Really perfect for summertime with all of that beautiful basil!

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