Pizza Margherita

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Oct. 06, 2016

Pizza is a fast food that leaves lot of room for your creativity! Topped with veggies and sauces, you can have it just the way you like it. However, there are times when you wish for a simple, cheesy pizza with minimal ingredients. The Pizza Margherita comes in handy at such times. A soft crust topped with a zesty pizza sauce and smothered with a generous layer of cheese, this basil flavoured pizza is sure to impress you with its simple elegance.

Ingredients

Thin crust pizza base 4 (175 mm. (7"))
Grated processed cheese 2 Cup (32 tbs)
Olive oil 2 Tablespoon
Basil leaves 12 (cut into pieces)
For the pizza sauce
Tomatoes 6 Large
Olive oil 1 Tablespoon
Chopped garlic 1 Teaspoon
Chopped onion 1/2 Cup (8 tbs)
Dried oregano 1/2 Teaspoon
Red chilli flakes 1 Teaspoon
Tomato ketchup 2 Tablespoon
Chilli powder 1 Teaspoon
Salt To Taste
Sugar 1/2 Teaspoon

Directions

Making

For the pizza sauce

1. Make criss-cross on the base of the tomatoes and put them in boiling water and cook on a medium flame for 2 to 3 minutes or till the skin begins to peel.

2. Drain the tomatoes, cool slightly, peel, deseed and roughly chop them. Blend in a mixer to a smooth pulp and keep aside.

3. Heat the olive oil in a broad non-stick pan, add the garlic and sauté on a medium flame for a few seconds.

4. Add the onions and sauté on a medium flame for 1 to 2 minutes.

5. Add the prepared tomato pulp, oregano, chilli flakes, tomato ketchup, chilli powder and salt, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 2 to 3 minutes, while stirring occasionally.

6. Add the sugar, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 1 to 2 minutes, while stirring occasionally.

7. Divide the pizza sauce into 4 equal portions and keep aside.

Finalizing

8. Place 2 pizza base on a clean, dry surface and spread a portion of the pizza sauce evenly over each pizza base.

9. Sprinkle ½ cup of cheese evenly over each pizza and finally pour ½ tbsp of olive oil evenly over it.

10. Place both the pizzas on a greased baking tray and bake in a pre-heated oven at 200°C (400°F) for 10 to 12 minutes or till the base is evenly browned and the cheese melts.

11. Repeat step 1 to 3 to make 2 more pizzas.

Serving

12. Arrange the basil evenly on top of each pizza base, cut into equal wedges and serve immediately.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: Medium
Cook Time: 45 Minutes
Ready In: 45 Minutes
Servings: 8

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 533Calories from Fat 182

 % Daily Value*

Total Fat 21 g32.3%

Saturated Fat 5 g25%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol

Sodium 1018 mg42.42%

Total Carbohydrates 69 g23%

Dietary Fiber 5 g20%

Sugars 5 g

Protein 16 g32%

Vitamin A % Vitamin C %

Calcium % Iron %

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet