Classic Margherita Pizza.

Sometimes you just can’t beat fresh, simple, and classic Margherita Pizza. This homemade pizza recipe hits the spot and is so easy to make!

Sometimes you just can't beat a classic like fresh and simple Margherita Pizza. This homemade pizza crust with fresh toppings hits the spot!

The BEST Classic Margherita Pizza (recipe)

We’re back to the basics today.

Last Tuesday, we moved into our new house. After 12 hours on my feet and nothing but a few grapes and a handful of peanut M&Ms in my stomach (so many leftover), anything sounded good. We dashed to the nearest restaurant and found ourselves ordering appetizers and a five cheese + tomato pizza at California Pizza Kitchen.

I strayed from my favorite CPK pizza… very shocking.

Sometimes you just can't beat a classic like fresh and simple Margherita Pizza. This homemade pizza crust with fresh toppings hits the spot!

I usually like pizza with a ton of fixings like salty gorgonzola cheese, honey, and apple. Seriously… try it. When I’m not making that particular pie, it’s usually this spinach artichoke number or my roasted veggie pizza.

And now all I want for breakfast today is pizza.

But after those incredible slices I had last week, my mind was set on making a fresh and simple pizza recipe at home. This classic margherita pizza recipe is like a regular cheese pizza… just all grown up. Look at all this beautiful basil! Man oh man, cheese pizza is so much better when you add a little freshness.

Sometimes you just can't beat a classic like fresh and simple Margherita Pizza. This homemade pizza crust with fresh toppings hits the spot!

Despite how I feel about loading up my pizza toppings, less is definitely more when it comes to margherita pizza. This pizza is the best blend of easy and satisfying. Plain and simple, it just tastes GOOD. Fulfilling, without too much grease and gunk weighing you down. A slice or two with a salad makes one heck of a meal. Pair with a little wine and invite me over. Please?

I always use my favorite pizza dough when I make pizza. Which is more often than I care to share. It’s soft and fluffy in the center and crisps up beautifully on the edges. It tastes buttery and rich even though there is no butter used. It’s just an all around basic pizza crust recipe and has quickly become a reader favorite. The best part? You can make the dough in advance. My freezer is currently home to about 5 homemade pizza doughs.

Guess what? I have a whole wheat pizza crust recipe too. A honey-sweetened whole wheat pizza crust that is soft and flavorful. For the record, I loathe bland whole wheat crust. Feel free to use my actually-yummy-tasting-whole-wheat-dough instead of my regular version for today’s pizza recipe.

Sometimes you just can't beat a classic like fresh and simple Margherita Pizza. This homemade pizza crust with fresh toppings hits the spot!

Besides the dough, there are only 4-5 ingredients here. Use homemade roasted garlic. Your favorite homemade tomato sauce – not too much, remember. Good quality mozzarella. Fresh, plump, juicy tomatoes. Lots of fresh basil… and bonus if it’s from your garden. Season with fresh ground pepper. That’s all.

If you’re having a pizza night soon (tonight! tonight!), this simple and perfect classic margherita pizza has to be on the menu.

 

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Classic Margherita Pizza

Sometimes you just can't beat a classic like fresh and simple Margherita Pizza. This homemade pizza recipe hits the spot and is so easy to make!

Yield: one 12-inch pizza

Prep Time: 2 hours 15 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours, 30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 recipe homemade pizza crust
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cloves roasted garlic, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup your favorite pizza or tomato sauce
  • 8 ounces mozzarella cheese, sliced into 1/2 inch thick pieces
  • 2 plum tomatoes, sliced (or any tomato you like)
  • handful of fresh basil
  • fresh ground pepper, to taste

Directions:

Prepare the pizza dough through step 11, including preheating the oven to 475F as described in step 8.

Mix the olive oil and chopped garlic together in a small dish. After waiting 15 minutes as described in step 11, spread olive oil/garlic mixture on top of crust. Top with pizza sauce, then the mozzarella cheese slices, then the tomato slices.

Bake for 14-16 minutes or until the crust is lightly browned and the cheese is bubbling. For the last minute, I move the oven rack to the top rack to really brown the edges. That's optional.

Remove from the oven and top with fresh basil and pepper. Slice pizza and serve immediately. Store leftover pizza covered tightly in the refrigerator and reheat as you prefer. Baked pizza slices may be frozen up to 1 month.

Please see homemade pizza crust recipe for how to make ahead and freeze the pizza dough.

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Try a few of my other favorite pizza recipes next.

Homemade BBQ Chicken Pizza

Homemade BBQ Chicken Pizza

 

Caramelized Apple Gorgonzola Pizza

Caramelized Apple Gorgonzola Pizza

 

Spinach Artichoke White Cheese Pizza

Spinach Artichoke White Cheese Pizza by sallysbakingaddiction.com

 

Homemade Extra Cheese Pizza

Homemade Extra Cheese Pizza

 

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Sometimes you just can't beat a classic like fresh and simple Margherita Pizza. This homemade pizza crust with fresh toppings hits the spot!