Quick Pizza Margherita (Photo Credit: Randy Mayor; Katie Stoddard on MyRecipes.com)
Photo Credit: Randy Mayor; Katie Stoddard

My absolute favorite pizza is Margherita Pizza – it is just the pure basics: Thin crust, slices of ripe plum tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, balsamic vinegar.  So when I saw this recipe for Meatless Monday on MyRecipes.com, I knew I had to share it!  This recipe is so simple, it is perfect to put your kids in charge, with an assist from you!


  • 1 (10-ounce) can refrigerated pizza crust dough
  • Cooking spray
  • 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 garlic clove, halved
  • 5 plum tomatoes, thinly sliced (about 3/4 pound)
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded fresh mozzarella cheese
  • 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced fresh basil
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper


Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Unroll crust onto a baking sheet coated with cooking spray; pat into a 13×11-inch rectangle.

Bake at 400 degrees for 8 minutes.

Remove crust from oven, and brush with 1/2 teaspoon oil. Rub crust with cut sides of garlic.

Arrange tomato slices on crust, leaving a 1/2-inch border; sprinkle evenly with cheese. Bake at 400° for 12 minutes or until cheese melts and crust is golden.

Combine 1/2 teaspoon oil and vinegar, stirring with a whisk.

Sprinkle pizza evenly with sliced basil, salt, and pepper. Drizzle the vinegar mixture evenly over the pizza. Cut pizza into 8 pieces. Enjoy!

(Originated from Cooking Light, December 2002)

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