Open House Pizza Margherita

Diced fresh mozzarella—available in brine-soaked balls at some supermarkets and delis—turns into creamy pools on this classic pizza.

Serves: 16Hands-on: 15 minutesTotal: 45 minutesDifficulty: Medium

Serves: 16


  • 1 Tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 2 lbs. pizza dough
  • 2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 ripe plum tomatoes, diced
  • 3 cups sliced fresh mozzarella cheese
  • 1⁄2 cup fresh basil leaves


  • Preheat oven to 400°F. Brush 2 pizza pans with vegetable oil.
  • Roll or press pizza dough into 2 circles (12 inches in diameter), slightly thicker at the edges than in the center. Place dough in prepared pans.
  • Brush 1 tablespoon olive oil over each pizza, leaving edges bare. Sprinkle minced garlic evenly over the oil.
  • Distribute tomatoes evenly over each pizza crust, followed by mozzarella.
  • Place first pizza in the center of the oven. Bake for 15 minutes or until the crust is lightly browned and cheese is melted.
  • Remove pizza from oven carefully. Set aside to rest briefly before slicing. Repeat process with second pie. Top with basil leaves before slicing.