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Skillet Margherita Pizza

The classic Pizza Margherita.... In a skillet! This lip-smacking thin crust pizza is adorned with a quick homemade tomato sauce, chewy mozzarella cheese combined with a bit of nutty Parmesan, fresh basil, and grape tomatoes. Pizza night  just got tastier!


For the yeast

  • ½ cup Warm water
  • teaspoon Instant dry yeast
  • 1 tablespoon heaping Granulated sugar

For the pizza dough

  • 3 cups spooned then leveled Bread flour, plus more for dusting
  • 1 cup spooned then leveled Whole wheat flour
  • teaspoon Salt
  • cup Water at room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons Extra-virgin olive oil

For the pizza sauce

  • 1 small Red onion diced
  • 3, minced Garlic cloves
  • 1 tablespoon Parsley flakes
  • 1/4 cup chopped Basil leaves
  • 2 teaspoons Oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon Red pepper flakes
  • 1, 28 oz can Crushed tomatoes
  • salt to taste

For one (1) margherita pizza

  • 2 tablespoons combined with: with 1/4 teaspoon each of red pepper flakes parsley, basil, oregano, pinch of salt Extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup Freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
  • 1 heaping cup Mozzarella grated
  • 1/2 cup heaping Pizza sauce
  • About 8 Grape tomatoes sliced in half
  • 2-3 tablespoons basil leaves left whole, chopped or in a chiffonade
  • Kosher salt for sprinkling


  • Prepare pizza dough:
  • Liberally brush a bowl with olive oil or any neutral oil. Set aside.
  • Measure ½ cup of the warm water into a large liquid measuring cup. Sprinkle the yeast over the top, add the sugar, and then stir to combine. Leave for
  • about 10 minutes to proof and rise.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the bread flour, whole wheat flour, and salt, mixing briefly to blend. Measure the
  • room temperature water into the measuring cup with the yeast-water mixture. With the mixer on low speed, pour in the yeast-water mixture, along with the
  • olive oil. Mix until a cohesive dough is formed.
  • Dump the dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead by hand until the dough is smooth and elastic, about 8-10 minutes. Transfer the dough to the prepared
  • oiled bowl, turning once or twice to coat.
  • Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let rise until doubled in size, 1½-2 hours.
  • Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface and press down to deflate.
  • Divide the dough into three equal pieces.
  • Form each piece of dough into a smooth, round ball and cover with a damp cloth or plastic wrap. Place in the refrigerator until ready to use.
  • Note: This dough makes enough for three skillet pizzas. You can choose to make all pizzas at once (tripling the margherita pizza ingredients) or place
  • remaining two pieces of dough in the freezer until ready to use. Pizza dough will keep up to one month.
  • While the dough rises, make the pizza sauce.
  • Make the pizza sauce:
  • Place a medium sized sauté pan on your stove and turn the heat to medium. Drizzle about 1 tablespoon of cooking oil in the pan. When the oil begins to
  • shimmer, add the diced onions and cook until the onions are translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook, stirring often for one minute. Add the
  • parsley flakes, chopped basil leaves, oregano, and red pepper flakes. Cook, stirring until very fragrant, about one more minute. Add the crushed tomatoes and
  • stir the mixture until combined. Taste and add salt as desired. Cook over medium high heat until the mixture begins to bubble. Reduce the heat to low and
  • simmer until the sauce has reduced to about half, about 15-20 minutes. Remove from heat. Allow to come to room temperature and then transfer to a glass jar
  • or container with a tightfitting lid. Set aside until ready to use.
  • Make the pizza:
  • Preheat the oven to 450° Fahrenheit.
  • Combine mozzarella and parmesan cheeses in a small bowl. Set aside.
  • Remove 1 piece of dough from refrigerator. Place the piece of dough in the center of a 10" cast iron skillet. Gently stretch the dough until it covers the
  • surface of the cast iron skillet. Brush lightly with infused olive oil. Pour the pizza sauce in the center of the dough, and spread it evenly, leaving a small edge border.
  • Sprinkle the cheese evenly over the tomato sauce. Add the grape tomatoes and sprinkle with basil leaves. Brush the outer edges with the infused oil and sprinkle lightly with kosher salt.
  • Place in the oven and bake until the crust is golden brown and the cheese bubbles, 10-15 minutes.
  • Pizza dough adapted from: Annie's Eats