Traditional Margherita Pizza

If you love pizza, then this traditional Margherita pizza will take your taste buds back Naples. Not only is it delicious, but not complicated either.

We like to make a lot of pizza in our house, and when Bec & I went to Italy a few years ago, one of the things I had to do was to eat a Margherita pizza at a café in St Mark’s Square with a glass of Chianti. The pizza in Italy is nothing like anything I had tried or attempted before. Mouth watering buffalo mozzarella cheese, juicy tomatoes, and peppery basil on a chewy charred crust.

The famous Margherita pizza originates from Naples, considered the “true” pizza by many, came to be when Queen Margherita, while on a through Italy, fell in love with the garnished flatbreads being eaten by the poor. She summoned a baker named Raphelle to bake her a selection of pizzas to try. One of the pizzas, consisting of tomatoes, mozzarella and fresh basil to honor the colors of the Italian flag, became her favorite, and was named to honor her appreciation for pizza. Traditional Margherita pizza is still a big favorite in Italy today.

If you can’t get a good mozzarella, then bocconcini will be a good replacement. And remember to enjoy a glass of good chianti with your pizza. Cheers!

Traditional Margherita Pizza

4 from 3 votes
Recipe by Dad’s Home Kitchen with Jase Pashley Course: DinnerCuisine: Italian
Servings

8

slices
Prep time

20

minutes
Cooking time

20

minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 Pizza Base

  • 1 can Plum tomatoes

  • 3 Tbsp minced garlic

  • 1/4 cup fresh chopped basil

  • 1/4 cup olive oil

  • 1 mozzarella cheese ball cut into cubes

  • 4 Fresh basil leaves

  • Salt & pepper to taste

Directions

  • To prepare the sauce, heat half the oil in a saucepan & cook the garlic until it is sizzling.
  • Add the tomatoes & season with salt & pepper.
  • Add the chopped basil & mix well.
  • Cook on low to medium heat for 10 to 15 minutes, than set aside to cool.
  • Preheat the oven at 220°C
  • Place a large scoop of sauce onto each pizza and spread evenly across the pizza leaving a 1 inch edge.
  • Place some mozzarella cheese on each pizza & place one basil leaf in the center.
  • Place the pizza in the oven for about 10 minutes or until the pizza is brown & bubbly.
  • Remove from the oven & cut into 8 slices. 
  • Serve & enjoy!

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