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Pizza Margherita Recipe

Pizza Margherita Recipe

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Pizza Margherita Recipe

Ingredients :

  • 4 cups (500 g) all-purpose flour or Italian “00” flour, plus more as needed
  • 11/2 cups (350 ml) lukewarm water
  • 11/2 tbsp. (20 ml) extra-virgin olive oil
  • 11/2 tsp. (4 g) active dry yeast for
  • 2-hour rising time, or 3/4 tsp. (2 g) for 6-hour rising time
  • 2 tsp. (12 g) salt


  • 1 16-oz. can peeled tomatoes, crushed by hand
  • 14 oz. (400 g) mozzarella cheese, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 bunch fresh basil

Method :

  1. Put the flour onto a clean work surface and make a well in the center. Dissolve the yeast in the water, and pour the yeast mixture into the well. Gradually start incorporating the yeast mixture into the flour until a loose dough starts to form,
    then add the oil and salt. Knead the dough until smooth and elastic. Rub the dough with a little oil, cover with plastic wrap, and let it rest for about 10 minutes.
  2. Grease a 12-inch round pizza pan with oil. Transfer the dough to the pan and using your fingertips, spread the dough to cover the bottom of the pan. If you used 11/2 teaspoons of yeast, let the dough rise in a warm room for about 40 minutes. If, on the other hand, you used 3/teaspoon of yeast, then cover the dough with lightly oiled plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 5 hours. The dough will rise perfectly well in the refrigerator, becoming light and fragrant.
  3. When the dough has risen, spread the peeled tomatoes over it. Top with mozzarella (at room temperature). Let it rise 40 minutes more. Bake at 425°F (220°C) for 20 minutes, or until the cheese is bubbly and the crust is golden brown.
    Garnish with fresh basil leaves.

Preparation time : 15 minutes
Rising time : 2–6 hours
Cooking time : 20 minutes
Difficulty : medium
4 Servings


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Recipes by : Chef Mario Grazia & Chef Luca Zanga


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