Easy, Healthy Margherita Pizza Recipe

I love a great, simple pizza. When we were in Italy – the Margherita Pizza was one of our favorites! Of course – it’s an indulgent meal since it usually has very little fiber (white flour for the pizza dough) and is high in fat (full fat mozzarella + olive oil). So – I decided to recreate the recipe at home and make it a lot healthier!  Recipe is below – enjoy!

Ingredients

  • Fresh whole wheat pizza dough (Trader Joe’s is my favorite – but I’m sure you can find it at any health food store)
  • Cooking spray
  • 1 Tsp olive oil
  • 5-6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4-5 Roma tomatoes, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese (if you can find a good low fat variety, mix half of that with half of the full fat version)
  • 1-5 Tbsp balsamic vinegar (basically, use this to taste – if you are a huge balsamic fan, put more, if not – put less 🙂 )
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced fresh basil

Directions

1. Spread the whole wheat dough on a pizza pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 450 degrees for 5 minutes (until the crust starts to puff up). When you pull it out of the oven, it looks like this:

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2. Brush crust with 1 tsp olive oil, sprinkle minced garlic evenly over the crust.

3. Top with sliced tomatoes until entire crust is covered, leaving a half inch border. It will look like this:

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4. Sprinkle evenly with cheese. Bake at 450 degrees for 10-12 minutes (until cheese / crust starts to become golden)

5. Remove from oven, sprinkle pizza evenly with sliced basil. Drizzle balsamic vinegar over pizza. Cut and serve!

Finished pizza, sprinkled with basil

Finished pizza, sprinkled with basil

With balsamic vinegar

With balsamic vinegar

Nutritional Information (approximate – per slice):

Calories: 150-175

Fiber: ~4g

Protein: ~8-10g

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5 Comments

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5 responses to “Easy, Healthy Margherita Pizza Recipe

  1. lailablogs

    Looks delicious ..
    Laila .. http://lailablogs.com/

  2. Lovely sounding recipe and pictures. Sometimes simple really is best.

  3. Pingback: Recipes For Picky Eaters – Why Is It I Can Never Think Of Anything “good” To Make For Supper?

  4. cool dish! It makes me hungry reading your blog..

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