Basic Pizza


Here's how to make basic pizza. The toppings are entirely up to you.

Once you've mastered this recipe for Basic Pizza, you can go all out with the toppings.
Photo: Anna Williams
Hands On Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
40 mins
4 serves


  • 1 14.5-ounce can whole peeled tomatoes, undrained

  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano

  • kosher salt

  • 1 1-pound package refrigerated pizza dough

  • 8 ounces fresh mozzarella, sliced, or 4 shredded provolone

  • 8 fresh basil leaves, torn


  1. Heat oven to 450° F. In a small saucepan, over medium heat, combine the tomatoes and their juices, the oregano, and ¼ teaspoon salt. Bring to a boil.

  2. Reduce heat and simmer, crushing the tomatoes with a wooden spoon until the sauce thickens, 10 to 15 minutes.

  3. Shape the dough into one 12- to 14-inch round and place on a baking sheet. Cover with the sauce and top with the cheese.

  4. Bake until the crust is golden brown and crisp, about 20 minutes.

  5. Transfer to a cutting board and sprinkle with the basil. Slice and divide among individual plates.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

464 Calories
17g Fat
54g Carbs
21g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Calories 464
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 17g 22%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Cholesterol 40mg 13%
Sodium 1013mg 44%
Total Carbohydrate 54g 20%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 21g
Calcium 305mg 23%
Iron 4mg 22%

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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