Classic pizza margherita

Classic pizza margherita

30 mins Prep · 40 mins Cook

While this type of pizza can be traced back to at least 1866, its popularity rose after 1889, when a pizzaiolo, Raffaele Esposito, created a pizza using the colours of the Italian flag (red, white and green) to honour Queen Margherita of Savoy during her visit to Naples.

Created by Spinneys
Prep time 30 minutes
Cook time 40 minutes
Serves 4
Cuisine Italian
Diet Family Friendly
Preparation Moderate
Nutrition (per serving)
Calories 881
Fat 40g
Saturates 13g
Protein 31g
Carbs 102g
Sugars 3g
Given the cook-at-home nature of Spinneys and natural variations in ingredients, nutritional information is approximated. See details

Cooking Instructions

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Combine the flour, yeast and a large pinch of salt in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook. Add 1 tbsp of oil and start mixing slowly, then follow with lukewarm water, adding gradually until a soft dough forms and pulls away from the sides of the bowl. Knead the dough for 4-5 minutes in the mixer (or 8-10 minutes by hand) until the dough is completely smooth and bounces back to the touch. Place the dough in a large bowl dusted with flour and cover with a damp cloth. Place in a warm area for approx. 1 hour, or until the dough has doubled in size.


Meanwhile, make the sauce by placing the tomatoes, garlic, oregano, 2 tbsp of olive oil, salt to taste and freshly ground pepper in a blender and blitz until smooth. Place in a saucepan and simmer for 20 minutes.


Remove the dough from the bowl and knock it down to release all the air bubbles.


Preheat the oven to its highest setting (or at least 230°C, gas mark 8) and place a large baking sheet on the top shelf.


Divide the dough into 4-6 pieces (depending on your desired pizza size) and allow it to rest for 5 minutes, then roll each piece out thinly on a lightly floured surface.


Spoon a little tomato sauce on each round, top with the torn mozzarella. Remove the baking sheet from the oven, place the rounds on the sheet and return to the hot oven.


Bake for 8-10 minutes or until the bases are golden brown and crisp and the cheese is bubbly.


Serve immediately topped with fresh basil.