Best Homemade Margherita Pizza

January 24, 2021

Pizza is one of the most popular and most easily recognizable dishes in the world, and for good reason.

Coming in a wide variety of shapes and sizes like round, square, deep dish, personal, to large there is one for everybody. One of the best things about pizza is its simplicity. In all reality you really only need a few ingredients to actually make a pizza. It might not be the best pizza you have ever had, but it will satisfy that pizza craving.

Making homemade pizzas is actually on the rise, given that it gives families a way to get together and engage with one another. Hopefully, you will use this recipe not only to have great quality family time, but to also eat some good homemade pizza.

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Taste Score: %84
Difficulty Medium
Servings 6 people
Preperation 10 mins
Cooking 20 mins
Total 30 mins

Tips

  • Be sure to follow the pizza dough recipe closely. That is the foundation of the pizza.
  • Allow garlic and onion to sweat to release flavors and aromas. No coloring on these as that could cause the garlic to become bitter.
  • Take the time to shave or slice the garlic. It will aid the flavor better than minced.
  • Feel free to substitute Italian seasoning for the oregano and basil.
  • Be sure to reduce the sauce before adding the finishing seasonings as it might cause the sauce to become too salty.
  • Try not to push to the edges of the dough while spreading in order to have a nice, fluffy crust.
  • Leave the sauce 1-inch back from the edge of pizza for the crust.

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Sauce
  2. In a large pot heat oil over medium to medium high heat
  3. Once oil is heated add in onion and begin to sweat. After a minute or two, add in garlic and allow to sweat with onion until very fragrant, but no color.
  4. Stir in the tomatoes, oregano. Allow to cook down until it is at your desired consistency.
  5. Add in salt, pepper, and sugar as needed.
  6. Allow to chill before adding to pizza.
  7. Building the Pizza
  8. Working on a floured surface and using your fingers, press and stretch the dough ball out to your desired size, working from the center toward the edge. Try to avoid pressing on the outermost edge of the dough.
  9. Transfer the dough to a lightly floured pizza stone. Spread the Pizza Sauce onto the dough, making sure to leave a 1-inch border around the edge.
  10. Top with the mozzarella cheese, basil leaves, a drizzle of the extra-virgin olive oil and a light grating of Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 Margherita Pizza
Serves 6
Amount Per Serving
Calories177
% Daily Value*
Cholesterol 6 mg2%
Sodium 464 mg20.2%
Protein 3.9 g7.8%
Potassium 210 mg4.5%
Total Fat 16.2 g20.8%
Total Fat 16.2 g20.8%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

Pizza Dough Recipe

Pizza Dough

Pizza Dough Ingredients

Pizza Dough Directions

  1. Melt sugar and yeast in warm water.
  2. Add olive oil, eggs, and salt.
  3. Slowly add flour and mix.
  4. Knead the dough until it is soft and does not stick to the hand.
  5. In a bowl, leave the dough for 30 minutes to ferment.
  6. Spread flour on a large tray, divide it into 6 equal parts and place them on the tray with some distance in between. Keep in mind that the doughs will become larger as they ferment.
  7. Cover the tray with plastic wrap and let it rest for 4 hours to ferment again.
  8. Your pizza dough is ready, you can make delicious pizzas by adding your favorite toppings.

How do you make a good homemade pizza?

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A good homemade pizza, like most things, begins with a good foundation. If the foundation does not work, then the whole thing comes crumbling down. Well in this case, you just will not have good pizza. Take care and some pride in making your crust and your sauce for your homemade pizza because ultimately, that is really all you are actually cooking your homemade pizza.

Anyone can throw some ketchup on a piece of bread with some cheese and pepperoni and call it a pizza; but if you take a little time and make your dough and sauce with care and love. You will be very happy with the results.

How do you make homemade pizza from scratch?

Making a good homemade pizza from scratch is not as difficult as some may think. Sure, it takes a little time, but the results are usually well worth it. A good dough does not take many ingredients at all. As long as you have some flour, water, leaveners, and some salt; you have a good dough.

The pizza sauce is the same as the dough. You can make a spectacular sauce with just a few simple ingredients. Like the homemade pizza recipe here, with some oil, tomato products, and some seasoning you have an amazing homemade sauce. Ultimately when it comes to cooking, you can make anything on your own, the only thing holding you back is yourself.

How do you make pizza with store bought dough?

Most of the time, using a store-bought dough for your homemade pizza is the way to go. Unless you are a baker or just want to follow a recipe you found, dough is pretty basic. There are also many things you can do to flare it up a little bit.

You can brush it with garlic oil before topping it or just brushing the crust with garlic oil to give a little something. Some people even like to get crazy and roll string cheese up in the crust and voila, stuffed crust pizza. As stated previously, when it comes to cooking, you can make anything your own.

Is Homemade pizza cheaper?

Pizza, like most things, are typically cheaper to make at home. Other than the time you spend making it, if you were to spend the same amount on ingredients that you do on one large pizza from a pizzeria, you will most likely have enough ingredients to make a few pizzas.

Studies show that an average pizza place marks up their pizza an astonishing 636 percent. That means that that pizza you paid around fourteen dollars for, only cost the establishment around two bucks to make.

How long to bake homemade pizza?

On average a homemade pizza takes around 15 to 20 minutes to bake. Be sure you follow your dough or pizza instructions for cook times, because some recipes call for the dough to be cooked partially before adding the toppings to it.

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