Basil and Three-Cheese Thin-Crust Pizza

Basil and Three-Cheese Thin-Crust Pizza

Inspired by the original Margherita pizza from Naples, this version features a spicy red sauce, ricotta and mozzarella cheeses, and a sprinkling of fresh basil. Use a gentle hand while rolling this thin crust. If the dough tears, just gather it into a ball, cover with plastic wrap, and let it rest for 10 minutes before re-rolling. Place the dough in the refrigerator for its first rise to ensure the crust stays thin.

  • Yield: 4 servings (serving size: 2 wedges)


  • none Dough:
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup warm water (100° to 110°)
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour (about 5 1/2 ounces), divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • none Cooking spray
  • 2 tablespoons stone-ground yellow cornmeal
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons olive oil
  • none Remaining ingredients:
  • none Spicy Pizza Sauce
  • 3/4 cup (3 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup part-skim ricotta
  • 2 tablespoons finely grated fresh Parmesan cheese
  • 3 tablespoons thinly sliced fresh basil


To prepare dough, dissolve honey and yeast in 1/2 cup warm water in a large bowl; let stand 5 minutes. Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Add 1 cup flour and salt to yeast mixture; stir until a soft dough forms. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead until smooth and elastic (about 6 minutes); add enough of the remaining flour, 1 tablespoon at a time, to prevent dough from sticking to hands (dough will feel slightly sticky). Place dough in a large bowl coated with cooking spray, turning to coat top. Cover and chill 1 hour.

Position one oven rack in the middle setting. Position another rack in the lowest setting, and place a rimless baking sheet on the bottom rack. Preheat oven to 500°.

Roll dough into a 13-inch circle (about 1/4 inch thick) on a lightly floured surface. Place dough on a rimless baking sheet sprinkled with cornmeal. Crimp edges of dough with fingers to form a rim. Brush oil over dough. Remove preheated baking sheet from oven; close oven door. Slide dough onto preheated baking sheet, using a spatula as a guide. Bake on lowest oven rack at 500° for 5 minutes. Remove from oven.

Spread Spicy Pizza Sauce in an even layer over crust, leaving a 1/4-inch border. Combine mozzarella and ricotta; sprinkle evenly over sauce. Top with Parmesan. Bake on middle rack an additional 10 minutes or until crust is golden brown and cheese melts. Sprinkle with basil. Cut into 8 wedges.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 328none
  • Calories from fat: 24%
  • Fat: 8.7g
  • Saturated fat: 4.3g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 3.2g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 0.6g
  • Protein: 15.7g
  • Carbohydrate: 45.7g
  • Fiber: 4.2g
  • Cholesterol: 23mg
  • Iron: 3.2mg
  • Sodium: 520mg
  • Calcium: 283mg

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Basil and Three-Cheese Thin-Crust Pizza Recipe