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close-up of small homemade Margherita pizza.

Margherita Pizza

A pizza Margherita recipe is a timeless favorite and a real classic. One of the best flavors and all colors of Italy in your plate. This pizza is easy to prepare in advance, and can be made your own if you prefer to jazz it up with extra toppings. Have the crust as thin or thick and as crispy as your heart desires! S

Course Main Dish
Cuisine Italian
Keyword easy pizza recipes, pizza margherita, pizza margherita recipe
Prep Time 2 hours
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Servings 2 medium pizza
Calories 1002 kcal
Author Mahy


  • 1 batch of the best homemade pizza dough recipe
  • 1 1 1/2 cups of the easy no cook pizza sauce recipe
  • 2 cups (more or less to your taste) of good quality pizza mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup of fresh basil , minced
  • 10 small tomatoes on the vine , thinly sliced


  1. Preheat the oven to it’s highest setting and set either a baking stone or rimless cookie sheet or an inverted cookie sheet in the middle rack. (For more details and tips on baking pizza dough and adjusting the crust preference, you can read the best pizza dough recipe post or the no knead pizza dough recipe post)
  2. Divide the dough in half and roll out the dough to your desired thickness ( and always remember the dough will puff up to about twice it’s thickness while baking). Let the dough sit covered for about 10 minutes.
    Divided No Knead Pizza Dough on a silicone mat.
  3. Spread the dough with the easiest no cook pizza sauce and sprinkle a generous amount of cheese on top.
    pizza dough spread with tomato sauce.
  4. Place the sliced tomatoes on top of the cheese and bake your pizza for about 10-15 minutes (depending on the thickness and size of your dough).
    adding tomatoes to the top of a pizza.
  5. When the pizza is done, sprinkle it with the minced basil and enjoy!
    Finished top down view of Margherita pizza.

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

This is a perfect slice for me, golden and very crispy edges and bottom, very airy and soft texture on the inside, loaded with sauce, basil, and cheese. Let's talk about some of the questions you might have.

Does Margherita Pizza have alcohol?

No. There is no alcohol in this pizza recipe.

Is Margherita Pizza vegetarian?


How to Make a Margherita Pizza from scratch?

We walk you through this step-by-step on our recipe card!

What sauce is on a Margherita pizza?

This pizza calls for a classic red sauce, we recommend our two-minute homemade sauce!

Do you bake basil on a Margherita Pizza?

No. We recommend adding the basil after the pizza comes out of the oven.

How do I store leftovers?

Keep leftover pizza in a plastic zipper bag in your refrigerator for two or three days and reheat them in a microwave or in the oven on a pizza stone.

Can I freeze pizza leftovers?

Yes. Place the slices in an airtight container and freeze for up to three months. Reheat using the microwave.

Nutrition Facts
Margherita Pizza
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1002 Calories from Fat 297
% Daily Value*
Fat 33g51%
Saturated Fat 16g100%
Cholesterol 88mg29%
Sodium 3751mg163%
Potassium 2556mg73%
Carbohydrates 136g45%
Fiber 15g63%
Sugar 42g47%
Protein 49g98%
Vitamin A 7364IU147%
Vitamin C 106mg128%
Calcium 672mg67%
Iron 11mg61%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.