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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!


  • 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


  1. Prepare the pizza dough through step 11, including preheating the oven to 475F as described in step 8.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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

Homemade Extra Cheese Pizza

Homemade Extra Cheese Pizza

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  1. Sally, this is absolutely my favorite kind of pizza…tomato sauce, tomatoes, and garlic! So amazing 🙂 Your photographs are great…they make me crave pizza, and it’s too early even for breakfast, haha. Thanks for the great recipe!

  2. Sally this pizza looks delish! I love marg pizza (and okay, margaritas too :)) but this looks so tasty. The basil is so green, vibrant, and for me basil/tomatoes/mozz and any form of a caprese salad and I’m very happy1 pinned

  3. Hot or cold, pizza for breakfast is the best! Hope your move went well, it’s a great workout minus the PB M&M’s.

    This pizza looks scrumptious. I could pound it right now! Basil is my ultimate weakness, soooo nutritious and growing tons in my garden right now. So I don’t have to scrimp. Would love to share with everyone =)

    Simple and easy, you can’t beat it. And kids love pizza, don’t they?

    • This pizza is a crowd pleaser – even for kids. And I love margherita pizza cold. 🙂 Send me some of your fresh basil! I need a basil plant in our yard ASAP.

  4. For the record, I love your Gorgonzola pizza. I’d never drizzled honey on pizza before you, and now I can’t stop!
    CPK’s tricked out pizzas are awesome! Still, sometimes basics are best. Love the vibrant tomatoes and basil here!

    • Honey is the BEST pizza topping. Just had it on some pizza this past weekend. I now put it on all my pizzas too, Mir! Too funny I got you hooked on it.

  5. I have a ton of CSA tomatoes sitting in my pantry, waiting to be used. I think I just found their destination! This looks fabulous.

  6. I love me a pizza with all the fixin’s too…but sometimes you just need to keep
    ‘er simple, like in this gorgeous ‘za! Love how fresh this is! Pinned 🙂

  7. I know what you mean about liking pizza with lots of toppings on it. My favourite pizza has roasted eggplant & zucchini, spinach leaves, sun-dried tomatoes and red pepper! But sometimes the simplest things are the best. Er… Least when it comes to pizza

  8. Such a classic flavour – and your pizza looks perfect!

  9. Tomato + basil + mozzarella is simply epic. Yum!

  10. I just love this pizza. Tomatoes and basil are always growing in my garden for this reason!

  11. Margherita pizza is one of my favorites, and this one looks delicious, Sally! Definitely a classic flavor that will never get old. Delish!

  12. Ooh this looks so good! I might have just found the winning way to use up my garden produce!

  13. This looks just perfect! I love fancy toppings, but sometimes you can’t beat a classic. And I’ll totally join you for pizza for breakfast 😉

  14. Margherita pizza is my F.A.V. kind of pizza. I think it’s the basil. I could eat a basil salad, I think. Ok, maybe not. Either way… Now I want pizza for lunch. And that’s not allowed because we were on vacation for a week and ate a ton of Grotto’s Pizza. Maybe after my week of regularly scheduled healthy eating… Because this sounds delightful!!

    • I LOVE GROTTO’S PIZZA! Sorry, I’m just a little excited. You have to try this homemade margherita pizza Lynn. It’s perfect for your basil loving self.

  15. Congrats on your move! This pizza looks amazing…i cant wait to try it once i move in with my fiance…pizza nights have been on our wishlist of things to do together!

  16. Such a simple classic – always the best!

  17. This sounds yummy! I have some fresh tomatoes…might just make me some of this goodness.

  18. OMG! this is hevean! love this recipe <3 last time i made the BBQ chicken pizza and i was oh so good…. you should post more pizza recipes!

  19. Ohh, this looks so good! I love pizza, especially homemade ones, and this one looks delicious! And like you said, light, not greasy. I will definitely be trying this soon! 🙂

  20. Wow Sally! This margherita pizza looks amazing! Its essential to have a no-fail pizza crust recipe and I think I just found another one!

  21. Nice one Sally! I have only made my own pizzas a couple of times, must do that more often. Beautiful shots, as usual. Mel

  22. EXCELLENT, fresh pizza variety! And congratulations on the move!

  23. ooh . . . I love pizza and what couldn’t be better than margherita sauce?! The combination of course! Sally, I love how gourmet and professional {and yummy!} your pizzas look. Any tips?

    Now I’m hungry for pizza, especially after just coming home from a run! Thanks for posting, Sally!

    From your whole food-y!
    Janie Lynn

  24. Now I want pizza for breakfast!

  25. Oh yeah girl! That seriously looks so fantastic!!

  26. I’m growing basil now, I will definitely have to try this!

  27. I love margherita pizzas and this one looks super delicious! You can go wrong with tomatoes, basil, and cheese 🙂 I definitely need to get my butt in gear and start making my own dough!

  28. Margherita pizza is such a classic! Perfect for summer when the basil is exploding in the garden and the tomatoes are fresh, thanks for sharing!

  29. This is beautiful! I totally agree that sometimes basics are best and I’m continually surprised by how much fresh basil transforms dishes 😀 Now I want pizza haha!

  30. Ok, I’ll admit it, I miss the cheese on a pizza Margherita, and this looks so yummy! Fortunately, I’ve discovered how to make a fantastic vegan version, although, it’s still not quite the same.

    Fresh basil from the garden does taste better! I just read an article in one of my foodie magazines about how the head chef at The Laundry only picks herbs fresh from the garden just before adding them to his food. I must agree, that is the BEST way to do it.

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