Easy pizza margherita

Prep: 25 mins
Cook: 10 mins
Easy pizza margherita

For the base:

300g strong bread flour

1 tsp instant yeast, from a sachet or tub

1 tsp salt

1 tbsp olive oil, plus extra for drizzling

For the tomato sauce :

100ml passata

Handful fresh basil or 1 tsp dried

1 clove of garlic, crushed

For the topping:

125g ball mozzarella , sliced

handful grated or shaved parmesan

Handful cherry tomatoes halved

Handful basil leaves (optional)

To make the base: Add the flour to a large bowl, then stir in the salt and the yeast.

Make a well in the centre, pour in 200ml warm water and the olive oil and bring together with a wooden spoon until you have a soft, fairly wet dough.

Turn onto a lightly floured surface and knead for five minutes until the dough is smooth. Cover with a tea towel and leave to one side.

You can leave the dough to rise but if you like a thin crust then it isn't necessary.

To make the sauce: Combine the passata, basil, seasoning and crushed garlic.

To roll out the dough, divide into two balls. Use a rolling pin to roll out onto thin even circle and place on baking trays.

Preheat oven to 200°C*/400°F/Gas 6.

Smooth the passata sauce over the pizza bases and cover with cheese, tomatoes, olive oil, herbs and seasoning.

Place in the oven to bake for 8-10 minutes until the cheese has melted and the base is golden in colour.

Serves
4

Preparation Time
25 minutes

Cooking Time
10 minutes

Main ingredients
Flour, Cheese, Vegetables

Recipe Type
Dinner, Easy, Family Dinners, Kids Food, Quick Meals, Vegetarian

Cuisine
Italian

Special Info
Vegetarian

Level of Difficulty
Easy

If you fancy a more exciting pizza, add your own toppings. Why not try ham and mushrooms, spicy chicken and sweetcorn or pepperoni. 

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