Margherita Pizza Recipe

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1. Prepare the Dough 

Begin by making or acquiring pizza dough. You can either make your own dough from scratch using flour, yeast, water, salt, and olive oil, or you can buy pre-made pizza dough from a store.  

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2. Preheat the Oven 

Preheat your oven to a high temperature, typically around 475-500°F (245-260°C). This ensures that your pizza cooks quickly and develops a crispy crust. 

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3. Prepare the Toppings 

While the oven is preheating, prepare your toppings. For Margherita pizza, you'll need fresh tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, fresh basil leaves, olive oil, salt, and pepper. Slice the tomatoes and mozzarella cheese thinly, and wash and dry the basil leaves. 

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4. Roll Out the Dough 

Dust your work surface with flour and roll out the pizza dough into a circle or rectangle, depending on your preference. Aim for a thickness of about 1/4 inch (0.6 cm). If you prefer a thinner crust, roll it out thinner. 

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5. Assemble the Pizza 

Transfer the rolled-out dough onto a pizza peel or a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Drizzle some olive oil over the dough and spread it evenly with a pastry brush.  

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6. Bake the Pizza 

Carefully transfer the assembled pizza into the preheated oven. Bake for about 10-15 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown and the cheese is melted and bubbly. Keep an eye on the pizza as cooking times may vary depending on your oven and the thickness of the crust. 

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7. Remove and Serve 

Once the pizza is done baking, carefully remove it from the oven using a pizza peel or oven mitts. Transfer it to a cutting board and let it cool for a minute or two before slicing. 

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8. Enjoy 

Serve the Margherita pizza hot and enjoy the delicious combination of flavors from the fresh tomatoes, creamy mozzarella cheese, and aromatic basil leaves. 

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