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Homemade Margherita Pizza Perfectly Paired With Our Rosé

Try our delicious Homemade Margherita Pizza recipe perfectly paired with the bright strawberry, red fruit and spice flavours in our Private Bin Hawkes Bay Rosé. Vibrant and fruity, this wine provides a burst of juicy flavour and brightness to the lightly flavoured fresh ingredients in this sensational recipe. 

Homemade Margherita Pizza


Pizza Sauce

  • 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
  • 1 finely chopped onion
  • 2 fresh garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 400g can on pureed or crushed San Marzano tomatoes
  • 1/2 teaspoon of dried oregano or herbs
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2-3 large pinches of kosher salt

Pizza Toppings

  • 1 punnet of halved cherry tomatoes
  • 1 1/2 cups grated or shredded mozzarella
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan
  • 5 – 6 large fresh basil leaves, plus more for garnishing
  • crushed dried red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 1 cup of fresh basil leaves

Pizza Bases

  • Purchase 4 pizza bases (or make your own)


How to make it:

  1. Preheat oven to 200°C. If you have them, place two pizza stones on separate shelves in the oven to preheat. Alternatively preheat 2 oven trays. Get them really hot (this helps the bases crisp up on the bottom).
  2. Heat olive oil in a medium fry-pan on medium heat. Sauté onion and garlic until soft, 3-4 minutes. Add tomato paste, crushed tomatoes, dried herbs and sugar. Simmer, uncovered, stirring occasionally, for 10-12 minutes until sauce is thick and the consistency of chutney. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  3. Place each pizza base on a sheet of baking paper so that you can lift the pizzas easily once the toppings are on. Spread half of the tomato sauce on each pizza base. Arrange cherry tomatoes on each pizza. Sprinkle over mozzarella and parmesan.
  4. Carefully transfer the pizzas with baking paper to hot pizza stone or oven tray. Cook for 12-15 minutes until pizza bases are crisp and cheese has melted.
  5. Season with salt and pepper. Scatter over fresh basil leaves.

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