Margherita Pizza



8 servings (serving size: 1 slice)

Recipe from

Oxmoor House

Recipe Time

Prep: 20 Minutes
Cook: 20 Minutes
Other: 1 Hour, 15 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Calories 238
Fat 5.9 g
Satfat 2.3 g
Protein 9.8 g
Carbohydrate 36.4 g
Cholesterol 10 mg
Iron 2.7 mg
Sodium 279 mg
Caloriesfromfat 18 %
Fiber 2.1 g
Calcium 157 mg


1 package dry yeast (about 2 1/4 teaspoons)
2 teaspoons sugar
1 cup warm water (100°to 110°)
3 cups all-purpose flour, divided
2 tablespoons cornmeal, divided
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
Cooking spray
3/4 cup (3 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup (2 ounces) grated fresh Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon olive oil
2 large tomatoes, sliced
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil


Dissolve yeast and sugar in water in a large bowl; let stand 5 minutes. Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Add 2 1/2 cups flour, 1 tablespoon cornmeal, 1 tablespoon olive oil, and 1/4 teaspoon salt to yeast mixture. Turn dough out onto a floured surface. Knead until smooth and elastic (about 10 minutes). Add enough of remaining flour, 1 tablespoon at a time, to prevent dough from sticking to hands (dough will feel tacky).

Place dough in a large bowl coated with cooking spray, turning to coat top. Cover and let rise in a warm place (85°), free from drafts, 50 minutes or until doubled in size. (Press two fingers into dough. If indentation remains, the dough has risen enough.) Punch dough down; cover and let rest 5 minutes.

Preheat oven to 400°.

Roll dough into a 13-inch circle on a floured surface. Place dough on a baking sheet sprinkled with 1 tablespoon cornmeal. Crimp edges of dough with fingers to form a rim. Cover and let dough rise 15 minutes or until puffy. Combine cheeses; set aside. Combine parsley, garlic, and 1 teaspoon olive oil. Brush garlic mixture over dough. Top with 1 cup cheese mixture and tomato slices. Sprinkle with remaining cheese mixture, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and pepper.

Bake at 400° for 20 minutes or until cheese melts. Sprinkle with basil. Let pizza stand 5 minutes. Cut into 8 slices.