Quick and Easy Margherita Pizza


Quick and Easy Margherita Pizza

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Ragu® . The opinions and text are all mine.

I LOVE Italian cooking! Lately I cannot get enough Margherita Pizza. There is a place close to our house that makes killer these amazing specialty pizzas. I go there more than I should, and have tried to recreate the many of their recipes at home. I recently created a quick and easy Margherita Pizza that was out-of-this-world delicious. Because it was so quick, and so easy, I knew I had to share.

The weather has been unseasonably warm here so I have really tried to eek out every last bit of themgrilling season. A couple of years ago, I did a post entitled Pizza on the Grill. When you grill a pizza, it mimics the flavor that only brick oven places can achieve. The grill infuses a great smokey, fired flavor into the crust, and it makes a perfect, crisp crust with a chewy center.

This particular day, was a Saturday. I usually do something easy on Saturdays, because we are usually running all over the place from one activity to the next. I had a hankering for that same Margherita Pizza that I just can’t get out of my head. I had to run to the store to grab a few things for Sunday dinner, and decided while I was there I would grab some ingredients to attempt a Margherita pizza on the grill.

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I knew a wanted a quality sauce, so I set off to find something that I thought would work in place of my homemade sauce. Ragu® makes a pizza sauce called Ragu® Homemade Style. My kids love the Ragu® Traditional, so I thought I’d give it a whirl.

I grabbed some mozzarella, tomato, and fresh basil. I was armed with all I needed to make this pizza happen.

Margherita Pizza Ingredients

Here is the recipe I came up with:

Quick and Easy Margherita Pizza


    For the Dough
  • 1/2 batch of Mama's Best Pizza Dough
  • 1 bottle of Ragu® Pizza Sauce Homemade Style
  • 8 oz. Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
  • 2 ripe tomatoes, sliced
  • Fresh Basil, chopped
  • Basamic Glaze (optional)


  1. Turn your grill on to medium heat or to about 350°.
  2. Prepare a half of a batch of Mama's Best Pizza Dough
  3. When prepared, cut dough in half and place on flour dusted parchment paper.
  4. Roll out to a large pizza crust about 1/4 inch. Spray the top of the crust with non-stick spray, and cover with another sheet of parchment. Transfer the dough to a tray to take to the grill.
  5. Once grill has reached the proper temperature, remove the top layer of parchment from the dough. Flip the whole dough onto the grill non-stick sprayed side down. The hot grill will immediately start to cook the dough so it won't slide through the grates.
  6. Cook for 3 to 5 minutes. You just want a nice golden color.
  7. When golden, DO NOT FLIP OVER BACK ONTO THE GRILL. Remove the crust and place back on to the baking sheet cooked side up. Reduce heat to LOW.
  8. Proceed to dress the pizza. First, spread the Ragu® Homestyle Pizza Sauce onto the crust. Sprinke mozzarella, place sliced tomato on top.
  9. Place back on the grill, and close the lid. Cook another 5 minutes. As the crust crisps up to a nice golden color, the cheese should melt, and tomato should become soft.
  10. Remove pizza and place on clean baking sheet. Top with fresh, sliced basil.
  11. For an even more authentic flavor, drizzle with a reduced balsamic glaze.

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My family loved the pizza, and I loved finding a new, quick and easy way to put smiles on their faces. For me, cooking is all about bringing the family together. A good meal gives so many opportunities bring magic to an evening.   Give this recipe a try, and let me know what you think. Be sure to click here to learn about other Ragu® products that help make delicious dinners for your family.

Margherita Pizza

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Ragu® . The opinions and text are all mine.

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