Authentic Pizza Margherita

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Inspired by the pizza at Bar Del Corso, this Pizza Margherita features tomato sauce, mozzarella, and basil, with just a hint of sea salt.

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Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Additional Time:
1 hrs 5 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 45 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 pizzas

Ingredients

  • 3 ½ cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 cup water

  • 1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast

  • 1 pinch white sugar

  • ¼ cup flour for dusting

  • 2 cups pizza sauce

  • 20 slices fresh mozzarella cheese

  • 20 leaves fresh basil

  • olive oil

  • sea salt to taste

Directions

  1. Stir flour and 1 teaspoon salt in a bowl. Set aside.

  2. Mix water, yeast, and sugar in a large bowl. Let stand until yeast begins to form a creamy foam, about 5 minutes.

  3. Stir half the flour mixture into yeast mixture until no dry spots remain. Stir in remaining flour, 1/2 cup at a time, mixing well after each addition. When dough pulls together, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic, about 8 minutes.

  4. Lightly oil a large bowl, then place dough in the bowl and turn to coat with oil. Cover with a light cloth and let rise in a warm place (80 to 95 degrees F (27 to 35 degrees C)) until doubled in volume, about 1 hour. Punch dough down, divide into 4 equal pieces, and form each into a ball.

  5. Preheat oven with a pizza stone to 500 degrees F (260 degrees C).

  6. Stretch out and pat 1 dough ball to form a circle 10 to 12 inches in diameter. Place dough on a lightly floured pizza peel. Top with 1/2 cup of tomato sauce and spread to cover within an inch of the edge of the dough. Arrange 5 slices of mozzarella cheese on top of the tomato sauce, then place 5 basil leaves on top. Drizzle pizza with 1 tablespoon olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt to taste. Repeat for 3 remaining dough balls.

  7. Slide each pizza onto the pizza stone in the preheated oven. Bake until cheese is bubbly and the underside of the crust is golden brown, 5 to 7 minutes.

    close up view of a Pizza Margherita on a pizza plate, on a wooden surface
    Cynthia Ross

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

966 Calories
37g Fat
106g Carbs
49g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 966
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 37g 47%
Saturated Fat 16g 81%
Cholesterol 90mg 30%
Sodium 2187mg 95%
Total Carbohydrate 106g 38%
Dietary Fiber 6g 20%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 49g
Vitamin C 12mg 60%
Calcium 1159mg 89%
Iron 8mg 43%
Potassium 287mg 6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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