Apr 6, 2024, 4:11 PM IST

Margherita Pizza Recipe

Kelly Robinson

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1. Prepare the Dough  

Start by making or buying pizza dough. If making it at home, you'll need flour, water, yeast, salt, and olive oil. Knead the dough until it's smooth and elastic, then let it rise for at least an hour until it doubles in size. 

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2. Preheat the Oven 

Preheat your oven to the highest temperature it can go, typically around 500°F (260°C), and place a pizza stone or baking sheet in the oven to heat up. 

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3. Prepare the Sauce 

Traditional Margherita pizza sauce is simple. Crushed tomatoes, olive oil, minced garlic, salt, and fresh basil are all you need. Mix them together in a bowl and set aside. 

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4. Roll Out the Dough 

On a lightly floured surface, roll out the pizza dough into a circle about 12 inches (30 cm) in diameter. Make sure it's not too thick or too thin. 

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5. Add the Sauce and Toppings 

Spread the prepared tomato sauce evenly over the rolled-out dough, leaving a small border around the edges. Tear fresh mozzarella into small pieces and distribute them evenly over the sauce. Finally, tear some fresh basil leaves and sprinkle them over the pizza. 

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6. Bake the Pizza 

Carefully transfer the pizza onto the preheated pizza stone or baking sheet using a pizza peel or the back of a baking sheet. Bake in the preheated oven for about 8-10 minutes or until the crust is golden brown and the cheese is melted and bubbl 

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7. Finish with Olive Oil and Salt 

Once the pizza is out of the oven, drizzle it with a little extra virgin olive oil and sprinkle with a pinch of salt. This enhances the flavors of the pizza. 

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8. Slice and Serve 

Let the pizza cool for a minute or two, then slice it into wedges using a pizza cutter or a sharp knife. Serve immediately while it's hot and fresh. 

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