Rating: 3.5 stars
18 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 10
  • 4 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 3

Because this classic Neapolitan-style pizza is so simple, it depends on quality ingredients: Use the best fresh mozzarella and basil you can find for this Pizza Margherita.

Julianna Grimes
Recipe by Cooking Light May 2010

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Credit: Romulo Yanes; Styling: Philippa Brathwaite

Recipe Summary

Yield:
5 servings (serving size: 2 wedges)
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Pour 3/4 cup warm water in the bowl of a stand mixer with dough hook attached. Weigh or lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups and spoons; level with a knife. Add flour to 3/4 cup water; mix until combined. Cover and let stand 20 minutes. Combine remaining 1/4 cup water and yeast in a small bowl; let stand 5 minutes or until bubbly. Add yeast mixture, oil, and 1/2 teaspoon salt to flour mixture; mix 5 minutes or until a soft dough forms. Place dough in a large bowl coated with cooking spray; cover surface of dough with plastic wrap lightly coated with cooking spray. Refrigerate 24 hours.

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  • Remove dough from refrigerator. Let stand, covered, 1 hour or until dough comes to room temperature. Punch dough down. Press dough out to a 12-inch circle on a lightly floured baking sheet, without raised sides, sprinkled with cornmeal. Crimp edges to form a 1/2-inch border. Cover dough loosely with plastic wrap.

  • Position an oven rack in the lowest setting. Place a pizza stone on lowest rack. Preheat oven to 550°. Preheat the pizza stone for 30 minutes before baking dough.

  • Remove plastic wrap from dough. Sprinkle dough with the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt. Spread Basic Pizza Sauce evenly over dough, leaving a 1/2-inch border. Arrange cheese slices evenly over pizza. Slide pizza onto preheated pizza stone, using a spatula as a guide. Bake at 550° for 11 minutes or until the crust is golden. Cut pizza into 10 wedges, and sprinkle evenly with basil.

Nutrition Facts

421 calories; fat 10.9g; saturated fat 4.7g; mono fat 4.7g; poly fat 1g; protein 16.9g; carbohydrates 62.8g; fiber 6.5g; cholesterol 22mg; iron 4.4mg; sodium 754mg; calcium 267mg.
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