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Margherita Pizza Recipe


When it comes to simple and delicious pizza recipes, it doesn’t get much better than Margherita Pizza. Our favorite homemade pizza is topped with fresh mozzarella, basil, and a drizzle of sweet and tangy balsamic glaze creating a flavor-bomb pizza that we make on repeat.

Homemade margherita pizza topped with fresh basil and a balsamic drizzle.

Why We Love This Simple & Flavorful Margherita Pizza Recipe:

There are a few variations of Margherita Pizza floating around out there, but what really sets it apart are tomatoes, fresh mozzarella cheese, and fresh basil. Our Margherita Pizza recipe stays pretty close to that. We used our favorite homemade pizza sauce as a base, then topped it with fresh mozzarella cheese before baking. After pulling it out of the oven, we drizzle it with a sweet and tangy balsamic glaze and sprinkle it liberally with fresh basil. And the end result is a practically perfect pizza that is completely craveable and downright delicious.

Margherita pizza recipe sliced on a ceramic pizza stone.

Ingredients You Need for this Margherita Pizza Recipe:

  • Pizza Dough– We use our favorite pizza dough recipe for this pizza.
  • Pizza Sauce– This is the pizza sauce recipe we love.
  • Fresh Mozzarella– Fresh mozzarella is characteristic of margherita pizza. We got the pre-sliced mozzarella and broke it into pieces. You can also use mozzarella pearls. But don’t try and use part-skim here.
  • Fresh Basil– Again, fresh basil is an important ingredient. Don’t try to substitute dry basil.
  • Balsamic Glaze– Balsamic glaze is an incredibly flavorful sauce made by reducing balsamic vinegar. It is sweet and tangy and absolutely delicious.
Ingredients you need for margherita pizza.

How to Make Margherita Pizza:

  1. Make the pizza dough. For a super quick and easy weeknight dinner, you can also use store-bought pizza dough.
  2. Make the pizza sauce. You can use store-bought, but making your own is super easy! And because this pizza has only a handful of ingredients, you want to make sure you’re using the best.
  3. Preheat the oven to 475 degrees. The secret to really good homemade pizza is a screaming hot oven!
  4. Stretch your pizza dough. Create two pizzas. Stretch each piece of dough out nice and thin and place on two separate pizza pans or baking sheets
  5. Top your pizzas. Spread each pizza with sauce. Blot extra moisture from the mozzarella with paper towels. Break the mozzarella into bite sized pieces and spread evenly between the pizzas.
  6. Bake. Bake the pizzas for 12-15 minutes or until the crust is golden brown and the cheese is melted and bubbly.
  7. Garnish. After removing the pizzas from the oven, immediately top with a drizzle of balsamic glaze and fresh basil.
  8. Serve and enjoy!
A homemade margherita pizza topped with fresh mozzarella, basil, and balsamic drizzle.

Tips & Suggestions:

What cheese should I use for Margherita Pizza?

When making margherita pizza, it has to be fresh mozzarella. You can buy it in a log, or in pearl form. Either one works. Fresh mozzarella has a high moisture content, so don’t go too overboard or you’ll end up with a soggy crust. You want to see plenty of the sauce peeking through.

What is balsamic glaze?

Balsamic glaze isn’t a traditional margherita pizza ingredient, but it’s a delicious one! Balsamic glaze can also be called balsamic reduction, and is made by reducing balsamic vinegar. Sometimes a sweetener is added as well. It is thick and sticky with an intense balsamic flavor. If you choose to skip this ingredient, you can top your pizza with the traditional drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkle of flaked salt.

A margherita pizza recipe baked on a pizza stone with a striped linen.

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Margherita Pizza Recipe

Our favorite homemade pizza is topped with fresh mozzarella, basil, and a drizzle of sweet and tangy balsamic glaze creating a flavor-bomb pizza that we make on repeat.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Dough Rising30 minutes
Total Time1 hour
Course: dinner
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 16 slices (2 pizzas)
Calories: 310kcal


  • 1 recipe homemade pizza dough
  • 1 recipe homemade pizza sauce
  • 12 ounces fresh mozzarella
  • 1 handful fresh basil thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup balsamic glaze


  • Preheat oven to 475°F. Follow the directions on my homemade pizza dough recipe. While the dough is rising, make the sauce.
  • Follow the instructions for pizza sauce.
  • Roll out two pizza crusts from your dough and place them on individual baking sheets or pizza pans topped with parchment paper. Top each pizza crust with the sauce.
  • Blot excess moisture from the fresh mozzarella. Break it into large bite-sized pieces with your hands and spread it evenly over the pizza sauce.
  • Bake pizzas for 12-15 minute or until the crust is golden brown and the cheese is melted and bubbly.
  • Immediately top each pizza with a drizzle of balsamic glaze and fresh basil. Slice and serve.


Serving: 1slice | Calories: 310kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 17mg | Sodium: 840mg | Potassium: 17mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 151IU | Vitamin C: 0.03mg | Calcium: 108mg | Iron: 3mg
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Natalie Monson

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We slice zucchini and yellow squash on the mandolin and cover the bottom of the whole pizza with it. We also grate carrots (on the small side of the grater) and sprinkle it on like cheese. Blends in really well if you use some cheddar or colby jack cheese. We also really like bell peppers and onions…but some people (me) like them better than others.

About the pizza crust – do you think you could freeze it after the first 5min in the oven? As for veggies on pizza – my kids LOVE olives on pizza, and different coloured peppers too 🙂

These look like so much fun. Fresh and Easy (if you have one close by) has refrigerator pizza dough. Traditional and whole wheat. Both yummy and super easy.