This delicious classic Margherita pizza is topped with crushed tomatoes, garlic, salt, mozzarella, and basil. So simple to make and perfect for feeding a crowd!
‣ pizza dough, either store bought or homemade ‣ 1 tablespoon olive oil ‣ 3/4 cup crushed or pureed tomatoes, San Marzano recommended ‣ 2 teaspoons fresh minced garlic ‣ 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste ‣ 8 ounces mozzarella pearls, patted dry ‣ 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves, whole or shredded into strips
Preheat your oven and prepare your pizza dough as directed, whether this be following a recipe for homemade pizza dough or following instructions on a package of storebought pizza dough. If using storebought dough, keep in mind that some brands may state to bake the pizza crust first without the toppings; that is okay to do for this recipe.
Brush the pizza dough with olive oil.
Top the dough with crushed tomatoes, spreading it out into an even layer. Be sure to leave a rim for the crust!
Sprinkle with garlic and salt, then use a spoon to mix them in with the tomato sauce.
Add the mozzarella pearls on top. Once done, send it off to bake!
While the cheese is still warm, add fresh basil and gently press down, so that the basil sticks to the pizza.