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The Best Margherita Pizza

  • Author: Tracey Gene
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 1 pizza 1x
  • Diet: Vegetarian


This Homemade Margherita Pizza is super easy to make, super delicious, requires 4 ingredients, and is ready in about 15 minutes or less! 


  • Pizza dough – homemade or store-bought
  • Marinara Sauce – homemade or store-bought, about 1/3 cup sauce
  • 1/2 cup of Mozzarella Cheese (We like to use both regular and smoked mozzarella)
  • Fresh chopped basil


  1. Place a pizza stone in the oven and preheat the oven to 550 degrees F or as high as it can get. You want your oven as hot as possible. 
  2. Prepare pizza dough.  Flour the surface and flour a rolling pin to roll the dough from the center to the edges until the circle is about half an inch thick.  Once fully rolled out, place parchment paper on your pizza peel, gently pick up the dough, and lay it on top. 
  3. Add about 1/3  cup of marinara and spread it evenly on the dough with the back of a spoon.
  4. Sprinkle the mozzarella cheese evenly on top. 
  5. Gently slide pizza onto the pizza stone and bake for about 12-15 minutes or until cheese is melted and crust is golden brown.  If needed, turn on the broiler on high to make the cheese extra brown on top. Be careful not to burn the pizza, as this process goes quickly. 
  6. Remove pizza from the oven and add fresh chopped basil on top.
  7. Cut into slices and serve immediately. 
  • Category: Entree, Pizza
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Italian-Inspired

Keywords: Pizza Friday, Easy Pizza Recipe, Margherita Pizza, Homemade Pizza, Vegetarian Pizza, Mozzarella Cheese, Pinot Noir Wine Pairing