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Pizza Margherita

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For the Base
300g Strong Bread Flour
1tsp Instant Yeast
1tsp Salt
1tsp Olive Oil
For the Sauce
100ml Passata
Handful Fresh Basil
1 Garlic Clove
For the Topping
125g Mozzarella
handful Sliced Tomatoes
drizzle Balsamic Vinegar

Pizza Margherita

  • Vegan

Loved around the world for its simplicity, margherita pizza is commonly believed to be named after an Italian queen.

  • 35
  • Serves 2
  • Easy


  • For the Base

  • For the Sauce

  • For the Topping


The original recipe for margherita pizza was for a tri-colour version – featuring the colours of the Italian flag basil (green), tomatoes (red) and mozzarella (white).

But these days it is common to find it on menus featuring just tomatoes and cheese, or with a sprinkling of oregano.



Make the base: Put the flour into a large bowl, then stir in the yeast and salt. Make a well, pour in 200ml warm water and the olive oil and bring together with a wooden spoon until you have a soft, fairly wet dough. Turn onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 5 mins until smooth. Cover with a tea towel and set aside. You can leave the dough to rise if you like, but it’s not essential for a thin crust.


Make the sauce: Mix the passata, basil and crushed garlic together, then season to taste. Leave to stand at room temperature while you get on with shaping the base.


Roll out the dough: If you’ve let the dough rise, give it a quick knead, then split into two balls. On a floured surface, roll out the dough into large rounds, about 25cm across, using a rolling pin. The dough needs to be very thin as it will rise in the oven. Lift the rounds onto two floured baking sheets.


Top and bake: Heat oven to 240C/fan 220C /gas 8. Put another baking sheet or an upturned baking tray in the oven on the top shelf. Smooth sauce over bases with the back of a spoon. Scatter with cheese and tomatoes, drizzle with olive oil and season. Put one pizza, still on its baking sheet, on top of the preheated sheet or tray. Bake for 8-10 mins until crisp. Serve with a little more olive oil, and basil leaves if using. Repeat step for remaining pizza.


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