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How to Make Traditional Margherita Pizza at Home?

How to Make Traditional Margherita Pizza at Home - Pizza Bien

Italian Margherita pizza carries a piece of history as well as a tradition of authentic Italian cuisine. The name may sound a bit fancier but making the pizza at home is one of the easiest tasks.

 All you need is a soft dough, tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, and a love for fresh pizza. Can’t believe it? Check out the article till the end.

What is Traditional Margherita Pizza?

Pizza Margherita is the most popular pizza topping in Italy. The red sauce, white cheese, and green basil are a tribute to the colors of their flag, which you can see on top of this delicious pie! 

Pizza Margherita was first invented back in 1887 by Italian chef Raffaele Esposito. He wanted to create something that would represent his country's culture while also creating an opportunity to win over Queen Margaret (whose name he thought sounded like "Margaritha") when she visited Naples, Italy.

Tools You Need to Make Italian Margherita Pizza

You've always wanted to make your own Margherita pizza, but you're not sure how? Don't worry! You just need a few tools and tips. To get that authentic Italian crispy-on-the outside crust, bake it at an extremely high temperature with the help of a blazing hot stone. Here are some things you'll need:

Pizza stone

A pizza stone is a must for any serious cook.

The best part of cooking with one? The crust- the crispy outside and soft inside that makes your mouth water just thinking about it! You can make any type or size pizzas, too – anything from an individual snack to a party-sized pie. These stones are durable but should be treated gently as they do break if dropped on hard surfaces.

Pizza peel

You're probably wondering why you would need to purchase another kitchen utensil when you likely have plenty in your collection already! Well, here are just a few reasons: It can be used as either convex or concave and saves time by providing built-in handles so that there’s no risk of burning hands during use.

And this nifty little gadget will make sure all those delicious toppings go straight down into the crust on every baking.

Pizza oven (optional)

If you're looking to take your pizza game up a notch, an artisan oven is a way to go. With temperatures as high as 900 degrees Fahrenheit in just 10 minutes, small outdoor ovens don't disappoint! Not only does it get dinner quickly ready for family dinners and parties, but it also doubles as a great gift idea- perfect for anyone who loves cooking or eating pizzas on occasion.

Margherita Pizza with Mozzarella and Tomato Sauce Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 dough ball or a 16-inch traditional pizza,
  • About 1/3 cup of yeast,
  • 2 tbsp white sugar,
  • 3 cups flour,
  • 3 cups water to make the dough
  • 2 tbsps chopped basil leaves
  • 6 slices fresh mozzarella cheese 
  • 3 oz sliced tomatoes in extra virgin olive oil or traditional pomodorini di Milano tomato sauce
  • (optional) traditional Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese (about a 1/2 cup shaved over the pizza)

(Traditionally, traditional mozzarella di bufala is used. You may substitute fresh mozzarella if it's unavailable, though conventional cow’s milk mozzarella has more flavor and richness than fresh cow or buffalo milk varieties.)

Directions

  • Preheat the wood-burning oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Mix 3 cups of flour with 3 tbsp white sugar, 3 tsp salt, 1 cup plus, 2 tbsps yeast into a traditional bread mixer machine
  • Mix water in slowly until ingredients form a dough ball
  • Divide dough ball into 6 traditional balls
  • Roll out each ball into a pizza crust shape
  • Arrange traditional mozzarella slices on pizza crust
  • Add basil leaves over mozzarella and tomato slices
  • Bake, traditional Margherita pizza at 450 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 to 15 minutes or until the edges of the pizza, begin to turn golden brown
  • Remove from oven, slice, and serve immediately

San Marzano Tomato Sauce Recipe 

San Marzano Tomato Sauce Recipe - traditional margherita pizza - Pizza Bien

Ingredients

  • 1/2 recipe for traditional san Marzano tomato sauce (see below for this classic Italian pizza sauce)
  • 6 fresh mozzarella cheese slices
  • 3 oz sliced tomatoes in olive oil or traditional pomodorini di Milano tomato sauce
  • (optional traditional Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese (about a 1/2 cup shaved over the traditional Margherita pizza)

San Marzano Pizza Sauce Directions

  • Heat traditional olive oil in a conventional frying pan
  • Add chopped traditional garlic and saute for about 1 minute
  • You may add traditional basil leaves to the traditional pan at this point or after traditional tomatoes are added
  • Sauté traditional diced onions with traditional Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper in these traditional ingredients
  • Remove standard onion mixture from heat into a large measuring cup
  • Reserve 1/4 cup of the cooked onion and garlic mixture for the pizzette recipe below
  • Return remaining onion mixture to stovetop
  • Heat to boiling
  • Pour hot water into a traditional tomato can and classic tomato wash, conventional tomatoes, and traditional basil leaves into that mixture
  • Crush traditional Italian plum tomatoes with a fork to chop them up
  • Add tomatoes, an onion-garlic-basil mixture from the frying pan, salt, and pepper
  • Bring traditional sauce to boil
  • Cook for 5 minutes, then remove from heat
  • Add 1 tbsp white sugar
  • Simmer on low until ready to spread over pizza

Traditional Columbus Pizza Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 dough ball or 16-inch traditional pizza
  • about 1/3 cup of yeast
  • 2 tbsp white sugar
  • 3 cups flour & 3 cups water
  • 4 oz sliced mozzarella cheese traditional Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese traditional sea salt

(Traditional mozzarella di bufala is used. You may substitute fresh mozzarella if it's unavailable, though traditional cow’s milk mozzarella has more flavor and richness than fresh cow or buffalo milk varieties.)

Traditional Columbus Pizza Directions

  • Preheat a traditional wood-burning oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Mix 3 cups of flour with 3 tbsp white sugar 3 tsp salt 1 cup plus 2 tbsps yeast into a traditional bread mixer machine
  • Mix water in slowly until ingredients form a dough ball
  • Divide dough ball into 6 traditional balls
  • Roll out each traditional ball into a classic pizza crust shape
  • Arrange mozzarella slices on pizza crust
  • Alternatively, Parmigiano-Reggiano, sea salt, basil leaves can be used over mozzarella and tomato sauce
  • Bake Columbus pizza at 450 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 to 15 minutes or until the edges of the pizza begin to turn golden brown
  • Remove from oven, slice, and serve immediately

There cannot be any question about “is Margherita pizza healthy” because it is healthy and tasty. Now you can enjoy the greatness of Italian cuisine at home.