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tomato basil margherita pizza // cait's plate

tomato basil margherita pizza

  • Author: Cait
  • Prep Time: 4+ hours if making your own dough
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 52 minute
  • Yield: 1 pizza 1x
  • Category: dinner


this easy tomato basil margherita pizza comes together quickly and is loaded with flavor all while using just a handful of ingredients!



For the pizza dough (recipe from NYT cooking):

  • 2 teaspoons rapid rise yeast
  • 4.5 cups all-purpose flour, plus additional for dusting
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

For the pizza:

  • 12 tablespoons tomato sauce 
  • 34 large slices fresh mozzarella fresh mozzarella
  • Small handful fresh basil, roughly chopped
  • 34 slices beefsteak tomatoes
  • Olive oil
  • Optional: drizzle of balsamic glaze


For the pizza dough:

  1. Put 1 3/4 lukewarm water in a mixing bowl.  Allow to sit for 2 minutes, or until yeast dissolves.
  2. Add flour, salt and olive oil, mixing well until flour is incorporated and dough forms (~5 minutes).
  3. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until it looks smooth (~3 minutes).
  4. Cut dough into 4 equal pieces and seal individually in a ziploc bag.  For best results, refrigerate for several hours (or even better, over night).  You can use immediately but the texture is much better when it has a chance to chill.
  5. If chilling, allow dough to sit at room temperature on a parchment or silpat-lined baking sheet (cover with a clean kitchen towel).  Then roll out, top and bake (each ball makes about a 10 inch pizza).

For the pizza:

  1. Preheat oven to 500 degrees F.
  2. Roll or stretch the dough out and place on a parchment or silpat lined baking sheet.
  3. Layer sauce, fresh tomatoes, mozzarella and basil on top, then drizzle with olive oil.
  4. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until cheese is melted and crust is browned on the bottom and lightly browned around the edges.
  5. Top with additional basil and a drizzle of balsamic glaze as desired.

Keywords: dinner, pizza, tomato basil, pizza margherita

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