Margherita Pizza

We all know there's nothing better than fresh homemade pizza. My friend Sam Miller and I finally concocted an Italian masterpiece and Voila! Thus was born the impeccably crisp, yet chewy, canvas for a beautiful and flavorful tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella, and lush basil.

With the aromatic notes from the basil, and light flavor from the creamy mozzarella, we found the Chianti as the perfect Margherita pizza wine pairing. It was subtle and absolutely refreshing!


Yield: 1 (10 inch) pizza 


For the dough:

  • 1 (1/4 ounce) package active dry yeast
  • 1 3/4 cups all purpose flour, divided
  • 1 cup warm water, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 tablespoon olive oil

For the tomato sauce:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 (14 ounce) can crushed red tomatoes
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 small white onion, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chilli powder or paprika 
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  • 8 ounces fresh mozzarella, cut into 1/4-inch thick slices
  • 6-8 fresh basil leaves


  1. Stir together yeast, 1 tablespoon flour, and 1/4 cup warm water in a large bowl, and set aside for 5 minutes until surface appears creamy. 
  2. Add 1 1/2 cups flour, the remaining 3/4 cup water, salt, and oil. Add the remaining flour slowly until the dough begins to pull away from the side of the bowl. 
  3. Knead on a flat floured surface, until the dough is smooth and elastic. Form into a ball, and put in a bowl covered with a damp towel. Let the dough rise for about 45 minutes- 1 hour. 
  4. Make the tomato sauce while the dough rises. Mash the canned tomatoes to make a chunky puree. 
  5. Over low-medium heat, in a small heavy saucepan, cook the onions in the olive oil until translucent. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, and light golden brown. Add the tomato puree, sugar, red chilli, oregano, thyme, and salt and simmer, uncovered, until the sauce thickens. Stir occasionally. 
  6. Preheat the oven to 450F. 
  7. Dust the dough with a little bit of flour, and transfer to a pizza pan, or large baking sheet. Pat out dough evenly, and stretch into a 10-12 inch round, reflouring if necessary. 
  8. Spread the sauce over the dough, leaving a 1/2 inch border. Arrange the mozzarella slices on top. 
  9. Slide the pizza pan/sheet into the oven (or pizza stone) and bake until the dough is crisp and browned, and the mozzarella is golden and bubbling, about 12-15 minutes. 
  10. Top the pizza with the basil leaves, and place it back again to broil for 1 minute (Note* Don't broil for too long, otherwise pizza will be burnt on the top). 
  11. Transfer the pizza to a cutting board, and let cool for 5 minutes. 
  12. Slice and serve!
  13. Enjoy!

Vegetable Pizza

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Description :
Learn how to make a delicious pizza right from your home oven! Top it with anything and make this pizza your own wonderful creation!

Preparation Time :
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes

Servings :
2, 8-inch diameter pizzas

Ingredients :

1 pound (16 oz.) prepared pizza dough
1 teaspoon olive oil
flour for rolling surface


1 ½ cups prepared pasta/marinara sauce
¼ cup onion, sliced
¼ cup green bell pepper, sliced
1 green chilli
2 tbsp. chopped sundried tomatoes
2 tbsp. chopped olives
1½ tbsp. basil
8 oz. mozzarella cheese
salt and black pepper
1 tsp. dried oregano
crushed red pepper flakes (optional)

Directions :

Preheat oven to 425 F.

Halve the dough into two 8 oz. pieces. Flour rolling surface and roll dough into a round shape ¼ to ½ inch thick.

Place pizza dough rounds onto baking pans or pizza pans and lightly brush top with olive oil.
Bake for 15 minutes at 425 F until slightly brown.

Prepare toppings for pizza. Grate mozzarella cheese. Slice the onion and green bell peppers Chop the green chilli, sun dried tomatoes, and olives. Coarsely chop the basil.
Spread the tomato sauce in an even layer on top of the pizza crust. Sprinkle with grated mozzarella cheese. Top with your favorite toppings.

Note: If using meat, pre-cook the meat until it is almost cooked. Then place the meat slices on pizza to further cook in the oven.

Season the pizza with salt and pepper and dried oregano.
Bake for 20 minutes on 425 F until cheese has melted and vegetables have turned slightly golden brown.
Sprinkle crushed red pepper flakes, garlic powder, or Parmesan cheese. (optional)