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How to Make Margherita Pizza

Margherita Pizza

Course Main Course
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 6
Author Chris


  • 1 lbs Sourdough Bread Recipe or Pizza Dough already mixed, pre-risen, and room temperature
  • 1 Cup (225g) Marinara Sauce
  • 7 oz (200g) Fresh Mozzarella, preferably Buffalo Mozzarella
  • 1 or 2 Romano Tomatoes sliced
  • 1 Bunch Each Rosemary, Oregano, and Thyme chopped (or 1 tsp Italian Seasoning)
  • 1 Small Bunch Fresh Basil Leaves


  1. Preheat your oven to 550°F (288°C).
  2. Lightly grease a 16” pizza pan, pizza stone, or half sheet pan lined with parchment paper with olive oil. If you don’t have a large pizza pan, you can also cut the dough in half and shape it into a large skillet lined with parchment paper.
  3. Using your hands or a rolling pin, gently stretch the pizza dough into a flat circle (or rectangle if using a sheet pan) on a lightly floured surface, being careful not to roll out all of the gas bubbles.
  4. Carefully place the rolled out dough onto your pizza pan, stone, or sheet pan. Pull the dough as close to the edges of the pan as possible.
  5. Par bake the dough for 8 to 10 minutes, or until the dough has risen a bit and is pale brown.
  6. Take the pizza out of the oven and pierce any large bubbles with a knife. Evenly spread the marinara sauce over the surface of the dough and evenly disperse all of the tomato slices and mozzarella over the marinara sauce.
  7. Sprinkle the chopped herbs or Italian seasoning over the pizza and place it back into the oven. Bake it for an addition 10 to 15 minutes (8 to 12 minutes in a smaller skillet) or until the pizza dough is pleasantly, toasty brown and the cheese has melted. You can also test to see if the pizza is ready by checking underneath the dough with a knife or fork to see if the bottom is brown.
  8. Take the pizza out of the oven and let it cool for 2 to 3 minutes before cutting into slices.
  9. Evenly top the pizza with a few fresh basil leaves. Don’t use dried basil; it lacks the bright herbaceous flavor of the fresh leaves.
  10. Enjoy!