Chef John’s Margherita Pizza

Recipe Creator: Chef John

Sometimes the best recipes are the simple ones! You can't go wrong with this fresh and delicious margherita pizza. It's a classic that everyone will enjoy.


Tip: You can freeze extra dough for another day.


  1. Place pizza stone in the centre rack position in an oven or grill. Heat oven or grill to 550°F. Heat stone in the oven for 30 minutes.
  2. Place ground semolina on the surface you will be working your dough. Roll or stretch dough to a diametre of 10 inches.
  3. Spread tomato sauce on the dough. Leave about a 1/2 inch from the edge untouched.
  4. Evenly distribute cheese curds on the sauced dough.
  5. Tear basil into smaller pieces and space out evenly.
  6. Use a pizza peel with a dusting of semolina to slide under pizza and transfer to the pizza stone.
  7. Bake the pizza until the edges are browned and the cheese is bubbling, about 6-7 minutes.
  8. Use the pizza peel to remove the pizza from the oven. Cut into 6 slices and drizzle with olive oil.