Pizza Margherita

Yield: 8 servings.


  • About ½ pound pizza dough, store bought is fine
  • ½ cup fresh basil tomato sauce
  • Drizzle of extra virgin olive oil
  • Fresh basil leaves, torn
  • 6 to 8-ounces fresh mozzarella, sliced into ¼ -thick rounds
  • Coarse salt and freshly cracked black pepper, to taste
  • Cornmeal or flour, for sprinkling on pizza pan


  1. Preheat oven to 500 degrees F.
  2. Using your hands, stretch and pull pizza dough into 10 to 12-inch rounds depending on how thin you want your crust. Alternatively roll with a rolling pin.
  3. Sprinkle some flour or cornmeal on the pizza pan. Place a round of dough onto pan. Evenly spoon over tomato sauce. Sprinkle with basil and cheese. Season the pizza with salt and pepper. Drizzle with olive oil.
  4. Bake until topping is bubbly and crust is golden brown, about 10 to 12 minutes. Cut into 8 slices.