Delightfully Simple and Light Margherita Pizza

2013 Jan 29 |  Written by:  | Tags:

More toppings don’t necessarily translate to a better-tasting pizza. Sometimes the simplest and most modest amount of ingredients work wonderfully. Such is the case for the margherita pizza.

The margherita pizza has an interesting history. It was named after Queen Margherity of Italy during a visit to Naples in 1889. She was served a simple recipe – as pizzas go at that time – prepared with ingredients the colour of the Italian flag – red (tomato), white (mozzarella) and green (basil).

As per this old-school tradition, this margherita pizza recipe is simple, delicious and light, with just the right amount of mozzarella and parmesan cheeses.

Margherita Pizza Recipe

This recipe for a classic margherita pizza is light and delicious. It features a thin, crispy crust and just the perfect amount of toppings.

Servings: One 8" Pizza

Prep Time: 5 Minutes

Cook Time: 10 Minutes


  • 3 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, finly chopped
  • 3-3 large basil leaves, cut into strips
  • 2 small tomatoes, cut thinly
  • 115 g mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 1 1/2 tbsp parmesan cheese
  • Crushed red pepper, to taste
  • 8 inch pizza dough


  1. Preheat oven to 232 C.
  2. Drizzle olive oil over the pizza dough.
  3. Spread the olive oil around using a brush.
  4. Scatter garlic, mozzarella cheese, tomatoes on the pizza dough.
  5. Season with salt and papper.
  6. Spread the basil leaves.
  7. Bake the pizza for 9-10 minutes or until crisp.
  8. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese and crushed red pepper.
Margherita Pizza Recipe
* You can find our recipe for homemade pizza dough here, including gluten-free, wholemeal and garlic parmesan versions. For a perfectly crisp margherita pizza, try making it in a pizza maker. Have you tried this pizza recipe? Tell us in the comment box how it turned out!
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