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Margherita Pizza (makes 2 pies)

Classic, delicious, crispy, thin-crust Margherita Pizza made with simple ingredients.
4.67 from 3 votes
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Diet Vegetarian, 5 Ingredients, Whole-Wheat option
Servings: 8 slices
Calories: 261kcal


for dough

  • 1 pound store-bought pizza dough split in half
  • little flour to roll out dough

for pizza

  • 2 tsp olive oil brush over castiron skillet
  • 1/2 pound pizza dough spread out
  • 1/4-1/3 cup marinara sauce spread out
  • 3 ounces mozzarella cheese chunks
  • 10-12 fresh basil leaves
  • 1/2 tbsp olive oil drizzle over pizza
  • optional: crack black pepper on top


Preheat Oven

  • Preheat the oven at 475 degrees. Place a 12" cast-iron skillet into the oven. Once the oven preheats to 475 degrees, leave the skillet in the oven for an additional 10 minutes so it heats up nicely.

Prepare the Dough

  • I used store-bought dough, I love Trader Joe's plain pizza dough, alternatively, you can use whole-wheat pizza dough.
  • Leave the dough out for an hour. Split the dough in half so each half is 8 ounces.
  • Flour the dough.
  • Roll out the dough in a round shape to the best of your ability, thin is out so it's about a 1/4 inch thick.

Assemble the Pizza

  • Using kitchen gloves, carefully remove the castiron skillet from the oven. Brush the skillet with a little olive oil. Use a good quality olive oil, I love Lucini.
  • Carefully place the pizza dough onto the castiron skillet stretching out the dough. Be careful you do not touch the castiron skillet. The dough will begin to sizzle immediately.
  • Use a couple of spoonfuls of marinara sauce and spread onto the dough. Be sure to leave about half-inch of the crust without sauce. DO NOT USE TOO MUCH SAUCE. I love Rao's Marinara.
  • Tear chunks of fresh mozzarella cheese and place them all over the dough like so.
  • Add lots of fresh basil and drizzle a little olive oil on top - about 1/2 tbsp. Optional: you can crack some fresh black pepper as well.
  • Place the castiron skillet into the oven for 10-13 minutes. The time varies based on how golden brown you like your cheese.
  • Once 10-13 minutes are up, check to see if the crust is crispy before removing the pizza from the oven. Do not bake the pizza for more than 14 minutes total else your cheese will get too brown.
  • Transfer the pizza onto a tray rack so it crisps up. Slice into 4 slices.


Calories: 261kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 722mg | Potassium: 33mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 131IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 54mg | Iron: 2mg
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