When it comes to toppings for this Margherita pizza, less is more, especially with sauce. And when you spread the sauce on the dough, it's key to leave a 1-inch border around the edge to ensure the perfect mozzarella pizza. Slideshow: More Great Pizza Recipes 

Chef Thomas McNaughton
Thomas McNaughton
April 2013

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Credit: Photo by Joel Goldberg / Food Styling by Mallory Lance

Recipe Summary test

active:
25 mins
total:
1 hr
Yield:
one 10-inch pizza
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Set a pizza stone on a rack in the top third of the oven. Preheat the oven to 500° for at least 45 minutes. Meanwhile, remove the dough ball from the refrigerator and let stand for 20 minutes.

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  • Working on a floured surface and using your fingers, press and stretch the dough ball out to a 10-inch round, working from the center toward the edge; avoid pressing on the outermost edge. Transfer the dough to a lightly floured pizza peel. Spread the Pizza Sauce onto the dough, making sure to leave a 1-inch border around the edge, and top with the mozzarella cheese, basil leaves, a drizzle of the extra-virgin olive oil and a light grating of Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese.

  • Turn the oven to broil for 5 minutes, then return it to 500°. Slide the pizza onto the pizza stone, opening and closing the oven door as quickly as possible. Bake until the bottom is lightly charred and the toppings are bubbling, about 6 minutes for a chewier crust and 8 minutes for a crispier one; avoid opening the oven door during baking.

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