My husband Mark, is from Italian heritage. He not only loves Pizza Margherita, but he uses it as a measuring rod as to whether an Italian restaurant is actually good or not. Do they care enough to not cut corners on the simplest pizza on the menu? If the Margherita is good, it is likely the rest of the menu will be as well. To celebrate his love of Pizza Margherita, and to show him a little love, I threw together a quick take on his favorite. And it may have just rocked his world.

I made this pizza pretty simply, with my favorite pre made dough, and some pre made pizza sauce that I fancied up with some herbs and spices. But that doesn't mean that you can't make your own dough or sauce. If you have that kind of time, I say go for it. The pizza will be even better.

Notes: I own a pizza stone, and I have to say it makes a huge difference in the way the bottom of the pizza turns out crispy, and not soggy. I highly recommend investing in a good one.

Makes enough for 2-3

Pizza dough

I used Trader Joe's whole wheat pizza dough

Pizza or tomato sauce

I used Whole Foods Pizza Sauce and added my own spices

4 small burrata

or 2-3 normal sized

Vegans can use a mozzarella alternative

Handful of fresh basil

leaves only

Handful of fresh oregano

leaves only

Handful of fresh thyme

leaves only

Begin by preheating the oven to 480°F. If you are using a pizza stone, allow it to preheat in the oven. Form the pizza dough into a ball, and allow it to sit out while the oven pre heats.

When the oven is ready, take the ball and roll it out flat or toss it until it flattens. Make sure the rolled dough is quite thin, or it will become too thick as it bakes. Place the rolled dough on a sheet of parchment paper, and transfer to the oven for 3-5 minutes, to allow the crust to firm up.

Remove the pizza crust from the oven, and spread with a thin layer of pizza sauce. Not too much, or the pizza will be soggy. Add the burrata to the pizza. Place in oven, and bake for 10-15 minutes or until crust is golden brown, the center of the pizza is bubbling, and the burrata is running.

Remove the pizza from the oven, and scatter the top with the fresh herbs. Cut pizza, and serve immediately. Enjoy!

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