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Homemade Margherita Pizza

Homemade Margherita Pizza is a simple and delicious pizza recipe made in a cast-iron skillet with homemade pizza crust, tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, and fresh basil.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: margherita pizza
Servings: 8
Calories: 140kcal

Equipment

  • cast iron skillet

Ingredients

  • 1 Homemade Pizza Crust recipe 2
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil (plus additional to drizzle on top of finished pizza)
  • 2 cups tomato sauce
  • 8 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves

Instructions

  • Begin by making the recipe for Homemade Pizza Crust and stop the recipe before baking or at step #11 in the recipe card.
  • Divide the dough into 4 evenly shaped balls which will be big enough to fit into a 12-inch cast iron skillet.
  • Place one of the pizza dough balls onto a lightly floured clean surface and shape with your hands by turning and shaping to form the round pizza shape.
  • Use the size of the cast iron skillet as your guide. The pizza should perfectly inside the cast iron skillet with a little more thickness on the outer edge of the dough. 
  • Place the cast iron skillet on the stove over medium-high heat about 5 minutes, until the pan begins to lightly smoke. Add 1 tablespoon olive oil and immediately place the formed pizza dough into the skillet.
  • Allow it to cook undisturbed 3 to 4 minutes until the dough begins to bubble and the bottom has charred a little bit. Flip the pizza crust on the opposite side to continue cooking 1 to 2 minutes longer, until the crust is completely dry. 
  • At the same time spread an even layer of 1/2 cup tomato sauce on top of the pizza. 
  • Add the 1/4 cup or 2 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese in an even layer over the tomato sauce. 
  • To finish the pizza, carefully place the pizza under the broiler on low for 3 to 6 minutes until the mozzarella cheese has melted, the sauce is bubbly, and the edge of the pizza becomes golden.
  • Remove the pizza from the oven and top with 1/4 of the total amount of fresh basil and a drizzle of olive oil. Continue the process with the additional 3 pizza dough balls and ingredients. Serve warm and enjoy!
  • Store any leftover pizza in the refrigerator in an airtight container or plastic bag up to 3 days. Reheat before serving leftovers.

Nutrition

Calories: 140kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 22mg | Sodium: 536mg | Potassium: 232mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 496IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 154mg | Iron: 1mg