Preheat 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, keep in mind that some brands may state to bake the pizza crust first without the toppings; that is okay for this recipe.
Using a basting brush, cover the top of the pizza dough thoroughly with olive oil.
1 tablespoon olive oil
Pour crushed tomatoes on top of pizza dough, then smooth it out into an even layer, leaving a 1/2 to 3/4 inch clean rim around all edges.
3/4 cup crushed or pureed tomatoes
Sprinkle with garlic and salt, then use a spoon to mix them in with the tomato sauce.
2 teaspoons fresh minced garlic, 1/2 teaspoon salt
Arrange mozzarella pearls evenly on top of pizza sauce.
8 ounces mozzarella pearls
Bake pizza per dough or package instructions or until crust is golden brown and done to your liking.
Remove pizza from oven. Top with fresh basil leaves, gently pressing them into the melted mozzarella cheese so they stick.
1/2 cup fresh basil leaves
Serve Margherita pizza immediately.
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