Pizza Margherita Recipe

Legend has it that Pizza Margherita originated in Naples as a special creation for Queen Margherita.

Presented with various pizza options, her favorite showcased the colors of the Italian flag – green basil, white mozzarella, and red tomato sauce.

This recipe is no different.

pizza margherita recipe


  • 2 pizza dough balls
  • 10.5 ounces Mozzarella
  • 14 ounces Passata
  • 8 basil leaves
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt


  1. Preheat your oven to 410°F.
  2. Prepare your pizza dough.
  3. In the passata, add 2-3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil and a pinch of salt; stir well.
  4. Chop the mozzarella into small cubes or slices.
  5. Take a pizza dough ball, roll it out with a rolling pin or flatten and stretch with your hands.
  6. Spread a couple of ladles of the prepared tomato sauce evenly over the thin pizza base, leaving a gap around the perimeter.
  7. Evenly distribute the mozzarella over the base and drizzle with more olive oil.
  8. Repeat the process with the second dough ball, preparing both for cooking.
  9. Cook the pizzas in the preheated oven for 10-15 minutes or until done to your liking.
  10. Finish by placing or tearing the basil leaves and sprinkling them over your pizza.

Enjoy your delicious pizza margherita!

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Enzo Rossi
Meet Enzo, the Italian culinary maestro who's been crafting delectable dishes since the age of 8. Rooted in the rich traditions of Italy, his kitchen is a canvas for authentic flavors and Mediterranean delights. His recipes are designed for regular, everyday life. Buon appetito!