Basic pizza Margherita

Serves: 3 Prepare & Cook:


  • 1 portion pizza dough, or 3 ready-made pizza bases
  • 6 tbsp passata
  • 3 tbsp tomato purée
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 90g mozzarella, torn
  • 90g monterey jack cheese, grated
  • 3 medium tomatoes, sliced
  • 120g buffalo mozzarella, torn
  • 16 basil leaves
  • 25g parmesan, finely grated


  1. Put a pizza stone or baking tray in the oven and heat on the highest setting for at least 15 minutes.
  2. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and divide into three equal-sized balls. Roll each out to a circle around 4mm thick.
  3. Mix the passata, tomato purée and garlic and spread over the bases. Scatter over the mozzarella and monterey jack. Arrange the tomato slices on top. Season.
  4. Transfer the pizzas to the stone or tray and bake for 5 minutes. Top with the buffalo mozzarella and cook for 5–7 minutes, until crisp. Garnish with basil and parmesan and serve.

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