Easy Pizza Margherita Recipe Video

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How to make an easy, authentic pizza Margherita at home, from scratch with just a few simple ingredients and a pizza stone. Anyone can make this, I promise! Video below!

Thin Crust Pizza Margherita on Wooden Board

Named after Queen Margherita of Italy as history tells us, Margherita pizza is meant to look like the Italian flag: Red, White and Green.

The magic comes from the simplicity of the ingredients here:

Red tomato sauce – I use some of my Marinara made with San Marzano tomatoes

White Mozzarella di Bufala cheese -made from domesticated water buffalo milk (fresh mozzarella will do as well If that’s what you have).

Green basil leaves (Genoese), tough I have to confess fresh oregano has my heart too.

Pizza Margherita Ingredients

In true Neapolitan fashion your pizza dough needs to be no thicker than 3 mm, so do your best kids. This will be very easy If you are using my authentic thin crust Italian pizza dough recipe. Legit!

Let’s talk about the cheese!

There’s only one right way to go here and that is with Buffalo Mozzarella forever and ever! Really important to dry it well on paper towels before adding to your pizza so it won’t make your pie soggy.

Easy Homemade Pizza Margherita Recipe

Best part about this pizza is that you can bake it on a hot pizza stone (<–amazon affiliate – I’ve been using this one for about 10 years now and still works like magic) as high as your oven will go. Or you can grill it in a smoking hot cast iron skillet and finish it under the broiler for nice little char marks. I throw it under the broiler regardless. 

Broiled Pizza Margherita with Marinara and Basil

Because most of the time I have some of this Marinara sauce in a jar in the fridge I naturally use that. However, If you don’t feel like cooking sauce, just use a can of San Marzano tomatoes, crush them in a bowl with some olive oil, grated garlic and fresh oregano. Season with salt and use that as a pizza sauce. I swear it is fantastico!

There is absolutely no pepperoni, no balsamic glaze, no egg, no ricotta, no spinach you guys. Keep those toppings for a different kind of pizza.

Margherita pizza is the perfect vegetarian meal next to a good glass of Italian Vino. True story!

Broiled Pizza Margherita with Marinara and Basil

I included the recipe for my thin crust Italian pizza dough below, however I’d like you to know this isn’t math, and depending on the flour you use you will need to adjust the ingredient amounts.

Below is a guide. The important thing is that you end up with a smooth dough that isn’t too dry and isn’t too wet where it is difficult to work with. It should be just a little sticky to the bottom of the bowl.

Another important detail is that we will cook the pizza dough for a couple of minutes before topping it. This is how you get a crispy crust that isn’t gonna be soggy at all.

Homemade Pizza Margherita

How to Grill Margherita Pizza:

Use all the recipe instructions below and instead of heating up the oven just heat up a cast iron griddle or skillet. Just like I did here with this Spinach Artichoke Pizza Bianca!

Grill the pizza for about 3 minutes on high flame until nice grill marks form. Use a pair of tongues and flip it. At this point you will spoon the sauce on top and sprinkle with the mozzarella  cheese. Loosely cover with aluminum foil to help the cheese melt along quickly, as it will only take a couple minutes on the second side If your pan is hot as it should be.

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Easy Pizza Margherita Recipe

How to make an easy, authentic pizza Margherita at home, from scratch with just a few simple ingredients and a pizza stone. Anyone can make this, I promise!
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Prep Time:30 minutes
Cook Time:30 minutes
Total Time:1 hour


Thin Crust Pizza Dough

  • 5 cups all purpose flour + more as needed
  • 1.5 tsp active dry yeast ( make sure it is not expired and has been kept in a cool dark place)
  • 1.5 tsp sea salt
  • 2 1/4 cups COLD water + more If needed


  • Preheat your oven with a pizza stone inside to 500”F or as high as it will go. 
  • Add all the dough ingredients to the bowl of a mixer with a hook attachment. Knead on low speed for about 8 to 10 minutes until smooth and only a tiny bit sticky to the bottom of the bowl. If too sticky then sprinkle in a little more flour. ( Watch VIDEO here)
  • Transfer to a cutting board and using a sharp knife cut the dough into 8 pieces. Form each piece into small round balls and place them on a very lightly oiled baking sheet at least 3 inches apart from each other.
  • Loosely cover with plastic wrap and allow to rise at room temperature for at least 2 hours.
  • Sprinkle the counter with a little bit of flour, take one piece of dough and press down on it with your fingers until you have 1/2" thick circle or oval. Using your fists and knuckles start stretching the dough until 10" in diameter making sure not to tear it ( this should be easy since we are making small pies).
  • Place the pie on a pizza peel or a piece of cardboard and transfer it to the preheated pizza stone ( sprinkle a little bit of flour or corn meal on the stone just before). Bake for 2 to 3 minutes then take it out of the oven.
  • Spoon a couple of tablespoons of the Marinara sauce in the middle of the pie and gently spread it around into a thin layer leaving about 1/3 inch sides.
  • Tear some of the Mozzarella di Bufala cheese on top and transfer the pie back into the oven for another 4 minutes or until the cheese has melted.
  • Meanwhile preheat your broiler and as soon as you remove the pizza from the oven you pop it under the broiler flames for about 30 seconds or so. Keep a close eye on it so you don’t completely burn it. 
  • Transfer to a cutting board and allow it to sit for a few minutes for the cheese to set. Finish with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil, sprinkle with fresh basil and enjoy.
  • Repeat the process with the remaining pies or refrigerate for later.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 8 people
Author: Florentina

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  1. Ciao Florentina!
    I came upon your website while searching online for a recipe similar to a plate of gnocchi with pistachio sauce that was the BEST that I had ever had in my entire life! It was some time back in a restaurant among a maze of restaurants, steps down from the Teatro Antico di Taormina after enjoying an opera. Try as as might, I have not been able to replicate that glorious, light as air dish. Why didn’t I take that restaurant’s card?! Anyway, I’ve given up trying, but was so happy to find your recipe for Pizza Margherita! I was born & raised in NY and lived in Paris for some years (both places have great pizza!) and traveled often to Italy. Now I live in the Bay area of CA, south of San Francisco and only have awful chain pizzerias nearby! I have to drive for 45 minutes to an hour to find really good pizza. I miss it so much so it’s about time I tried my hand at making my own. Being a “newbie” at this, I have some questions that I hope you’ll have the patience to answer. I’ve read that you use an Emile Henry pizza stone, but I see 2 different kinds for sale: one has ridges and one is smooth. Which one do you recommend? The EH website says to preheat the stone for 10 minutes at 475 F but you say to preheat the stone for much longer and at as high a temperature as your oven will go. My electric convection wall oven reaches 550 F Can this higher temperature possibly break the stone? Also, I don’t have a stand mixer so will be making the dough by hand. How long should I knead it? 20 minutes? Longer? Should I bake the pizza on the lowest shelf, then switch to broil and move it to the top shelf? Will the electric broiler brown as well as a flame? Lastly, if I make the pizza ahead, what is the best way to reheat it? Thank you so much for your answers and any advice you can give. Wish me luck!

    1. Hi Lynne!
      #1. I believe you had the pistachio pesto at al Giardino restaurant by the park. Check this recipe and see if my original photos looks like the dish you had … https://ciaoflorentina.com/sicilian-pistachio-pesto-recipe/
      #2. The pizza stone i have has no ridges, i preheat it with the oven for a good 45 minutes in the center and that is where i slide my pizza very carefully as things are burning hot. Depending on how hot your oven is you’ll adjust your baking time but things happen fast as it is a thin crust. Kneading by hand for 15 -20 minutes should be great and you can certainly finish under the broiler for the last minute but i would not move the pizza stone there.Let me know how it goes ~ Florentina

  2. 5 stars
    This pizza was amazing, just like I remember eating in a small pizzeria in Italy years ago. Crispy crust and the balance of flavors was divine. Keeper!