Classic Margherita Pizza with all the Extras
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Classic Margherita Pizza with all the Extras

Your classic Margherita method with some extras ideas to jazz it up.

  • Heat your oven to maximum (really turn up the heat). Those wood-fired pizza ovens are even hotter, so don’t be scared. Make sure your oven tray is in the centre of your oven heating up. 

  • Thinly spread or brush the pizza base with some tomato pizza sauce, leaving a bit of space around the edges. 

  • Evenly sprinkle some fresh and finely chopped herbs of your choice (oregano/thyme/rosemary would be great here but optional), and, most importantly, cheese! We always recommend a heavy hand when adding the grated mozzarella cheese. You can mix in any other cheese as well if you fancy.

  • Crack some salt and pepper over the top and sprinkle with a touch of paprika (optional).

  • Place in the oven for 5-10 minutes, but make sure you keep an eye on it so that it's cooked perfectly – cheese lightly melted and bubbling and the edges are golden.

  • Remove, slice, drizzle with some garlic or chilli oil (or both) and enjoy.

Extras Ideas to add before cooking:

  • Leek – sliced and sautéed in some butter and oil until soft. Season well. 

  • Sweet peppers – fresh or cooked. 

  • Aubergine – sliced into 1cm thick slices, and grilled in a pan with some oil until golden and soft. Season well. 

  • Onion – thinly sliced, then caramelised with some butter and oil in a pan over low to medium heat until soft. 

  • Tomato – thinly sliced.

Extras ideas to add after cooking:

  • Rocket – fresh and dressed if you wish. 

  • Courgette – ribboned with a peeler and tossed with some olive oil, fresh lemon and salt. 

  • Olives – pips removed.

  • Oreganum – freshly picked. 

 FUN FACT: 

"Pizza Margherita" was given its name in honor of the Queen of Italy, Margherita of Savoy, and the Italian unification. Toppings are tomato (red), mozzarella (white) and herbs (green) – representing the same colors of the national flag of Italy.