Homemade Margherita Pizza

This is a good base to build all other pizzas on, but on it's own it's Neapolitan pizza perfection. The traditional pizza from Naples, Italy.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 2 people
Calories 705
Author Karen



  • 250 grams pizza dough store bought
  • 1/3 cup pizza sauce
  • 2.5 ounces mozzarella
  • 6-8 leaves basil
  • 1 tbsp olive oil

Homemade Pizza Sauce

  • 1 litre pressed tomatoes (or 2 large cans of whole tomatoes)
  • 1-2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt kosher
  • 5 leaves basil



  • Place an oven rack 8" beneath the broiler.
  • Set oven to highest temperature (often 500 degrees F) and let the oven preheat for approximately an hour.
  • Stretch your pizza dough into a 10" circle.
  • Heat a 12" cast iron skillet over high heat on the stove until it's smoking hot. 
  • Switch oven to broil mode while the cast iron pan heats up.
  • Once the pan is hot, lift your stretched pizza dough and place it in the hot skillet.  Immediately turn the burner down to low.
  • Ladle 1/3 cup of store bought or homemade pizza sauce onto pizza and spread it out.
  • Check under pizza crust to make sure it has started to brown slightly.
  • Place entire pan into the oven directly under the broiler for 3 minutes. Keep an eye on it, you may need to turn and rotate the pizza to so it cooks evenly.
  • Pull the pizza out and add the cheese then stick it back under the broiler for 2 minutes.
  • Take the pizza out and slip it onto a cooling rack so the bottom doesn't get soggy.  Cut with a pizza wheel or scissors.

Pizza Sauce

  • If you're using cans of whole tomatoes, pour them into a bowl and squish and squeeze the tomatoes with your hands until they're mushed up.
  • Combine all the ingredients in a frying pan and simmer until slightly thickened. Around 10-15 minutes.


Serving: 2g | Calories: 705kcal | Carbohydrates: 98g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 27mg | Sodium: 3142mg | Potassium: 1580mg | Fiber: 11g | Sugar: 31g | Vitamin A: 1600IU | Vitamin C: 47.9mg | Calcium: 349mg | Iron: 10.2mg