Margherita Pizza


  • 1 (14-ounce) can crushed tomatoes, preferably San Marzano
  • 3 medium garlic cloves, minced
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon sugar
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • Flour, for stretching the dough
  • pizza doughs
  • 8 oz fresh mozzarella, not packed in water, cubed
  • ½ cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
  • ½ cup roughly chopped fresh basil, lightly packed


  1. Make the Sauce: In a medium bowl, stir together the tomatoes, garlic, salt, sugar, pepper, and oil.
  2. Preheat oven and pizza stone to 500 degrees.
  3. Spread ¼ cup + 2 tablespoons of the sauce over the dough, leaving a ½-inch border around the edges. Slide the pizza into the oven and bake for 7 minutes, until the crust is partially cooked. Remove from the oven, and scatter half of the mozzarella cubes over the sauce, followed by half of the Parmigiano-Reggiano. Slide the pan back into the oven and cook until the crust is golden brown and the cheese is melted and bubbling, about 4 minutes more. Remove the pizza from the oven and transfer to a cutting board. Sprinkle with the basil and slice. Repeat with the remaining pizza dough and ingredients.

Source: Once Upon a Chef – Margherita Pizza