Margherita Pizza

Pizza Margherita is the most simple recipe for pizza you can find after white pizza. Some red sauce, mozzarella, oregano, and basil. Perfect. This is what I make the most often when I fire up my pizza oven, and it’s always a crowd pleaser! Everyone in my house loves this pizza, and yours will too.


Prep Time: 10 min / Inactive Prep: 4 hrs / Cook Time: 9 min / Serves:8

1 (28-ounce) can pelati tomatoes*
Kosher salt
All-purpose flour, for dusting
4 (12-ounce) pizza dough balls, at room temperature, recipe follows
8 ounce mozzarella, grated
Handful fresh basil leaves, torn

Preheat a wood-fired pizza oven to very hot 4 hours before cooking. Alternately, you can use a preheated pizza stone in your home oven. It's best to heat it for 1 hour at 500 degrees F before baking.


Add tomatoes to a food processor and process until smooth. Season with salt.


Sprinkle some flour on your pizza peel. Using a rolling pin, stretch your dough to a very thin 10-inch round.


Using a spoon to spread, put 1/4 of the sauce on the dough, and spread leaving a 1-inch border. Sprinkle 1/4 of the mozzarella over the sauce.


Gently put the pizza on the floor of the pizza oven. Bake until golden and crisp, about 3 minutes. Top with hand torn basil.