Margherita Pizza with Easy Pizza Dough and Basic Tomato Sauce Recipe

Margherita Pizza with Easy Pizza Dough and Basic Tomato Sauce Recipe

How To Make Margherita Pizza with Easy Pizza Dough and Basic Tomato Sauce

The simplest of recipes often yield the best of food and this margherita pizza is no exception, especially with its homemade tomato sauce.

Preparation: 25 minutes
Cooking: 1 hour 5 minutes
Total: 1 hour 30 minutes



For Easy Pizza Dough:

  • 1cupwarm water
  • 2tspactive dry yeast
  • 2tsphoney
  • ½cupextra-virgin olive oil
  • cupsall-purpose flour,or multigrain flour
  • 1pinchkosher salt

For Basic Tomato Sauce:

  • ¼cupextra-virgin olive oil
  • 1smallonion
  • 6clovegarlic
  • ½tspred pepper flakes,crushed
  • 1tbspfresh thyme,chopped
  • 1tbspbrown sugar
  • 12oztomatoes,stewed
  • 1tbsporegano,dried
  • 1tbspfresh rosemary,chopped
  • ¼cupfresh basil,chopped
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper

For Pizza:

  • Easy Pizza Dough,or purchased pizza dough
  • 1tbspTomato Sauce,or bottled marinara
  • fresh salted mozzarella,not packed in water
  • fresh basil leaves
  • thin slices prosciutto
  • ½cuparugula,chopped
  • freshly ground pepper



  1. In a food processor, combine the warm water, yeast, honey, and olive oil and mix well. Process until the yeast dissolves and the mixture is bubbly.

  2. Add the flour and pulse. Add a pinch of salt and pulse again. Run the food processor until the dough makes a ball.

  3. Remove the dough, place it on a lightly floured surface, and knead for 2 minutes. Place the dough in a lightly greased bowl, cover well with plastic wrap, and refrigerate overnight.

  4. Remove the dough from the refrigerator and divide into 4 equal pieces. Roll each piece needed into an 8- or 9-inch round.

  5. Tightly wrap the remaining pieces of pizza dough in plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator or freezer for future use.


  1. Heat the olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat. When hot, add the onion and slowly saute; while stirring, for 6 to 8 minutes. Add the garlic, red pepper flakes, and thyme and cook for another 6 minutes.

  2. Add the brown sugar and stir until it is dissolved. Add the stewed tomatoes. Bring the sauce to a low simmer. Be sure to stir often enough so that the bottom does not scorch. Cook for 20 minutes.

  3. Add the oregano, rosemary, and basil and cook for 6 to 8 minutes more, adding salt and pepper to taste.


  1. Place a pizza stone in lower third of oven and preheat to 440 degrees F. Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface to a 9-inch round. Place on a lightly floured pizza peel or rimless baking sheet and top with the sauce, mozzarella, and basil.

  2. Slide the pizza onto the hot stone and bake until crust is brown. This will take about 20 minutes. Remove from oven and top with the prosciutto and arugula; season with pepper. Slice and serve immediately.


  • Calories: 425.55kcal
  • Fat: 21.68g
  • Saturated Fat: 3.15g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 15.18g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 2.50g
  • Carbohydrates: 49.21g
  • Fiber: 3.03g
  • Sugar: 4.35g
  • Protein: 9.03g
  • Cholesterol: 5.25mg
  • Sodium: 409.02mg
  • Calcium: 38.87mg
  • Potassium: 268.36mg
  • Iron: 3.33mg
  • Vitamin A: 25.33µg
  • Vitamin C: 8.28mg
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