pizza margherita. The easiest Italian pizza recipe.

  • 400 grams of diced tomatoes
  • 1-2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • salt and pepper
  • 4-5 fresh basil

Topping ingredients:

  • 300g mozzarella cheese
  • 150g cherry tomatoes
  • basil leaves
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Margherita pizza recipe how to make

Starting with the preparation of the pizza dough, which takes time to ferment, we also prepare the ingredients for the tomato sauce and toppings.

how to make pizza dough

Place the yeast in a bowl with the sugar and mix. Add 1-2 tablespoons of warm water and stir vigorously until the solids liquefy. This mixture of ingredients he lets rest for 10 minutes to activate the yeast.

Sift flour and mix with salt. Make a well in the middle of the flour with a spoon or spatula and add active yeast. Start adding the lukewarm water, alternating with the oil, and mix vigorously, gradually adding the flour from the bowl. Once you have a uniform dough, transfer it to a floured table. With your floured hands, knead the pizza dough slightly on your work surface.

Transfer to a bowl and cover with a tea towel dampened with hot water. Let rise in a warm place for about 40-50 minutes or until doubled. In the meantime, watch out for other ingredients.

How to make tomato sauce for margherita pizza

Heat the oil in a frying pan and add the peeled and finely chopped garlic. Stir the garlic in the hot oil for 1 minute, then add the diced tomatoes and the torn or finely chopped basil leaves. Let the sauce cool until the pizza is assembled and baked.

Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Celsius before assembling the pizza for baking. Cut the cherry tomatoes in half and grate the mozzarella cheese. Once all these ingredients are prepared and the amount of dough doubles his, you can assemble and bake the pizza.

Divide the dough into two. Shape each piece of dough into a sphere. Roll out each shape onto a round sheet the diameter of a baking dish. A very important aspect of the classic Neapolitan Margherita pizza recipe is rolling out the dough sheet with your hands rather than with a rolling pin. Thus, the dough will become more airy and fluffy.

Spread half of the tomato sauce over the dough sheet. Then sprinkle grated mozzarella, cherry tomato halves and basil leaves on top. Drizzle some olive oil over the tomatoes to prevent them from drying out while baking.

Bake the margherita pizza in the oven at 200°C for 20-25 minutes. From the above ingredients he can make two pizzas with a diameter of 28-30 cm.

Cheers and Bon Appetit!

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