This Margherita Flatbread is made with slices of fresh tomatoes, flavorful basil, gooey mozzarella cheese, and dollops of pesto all on top of a crispy flatbread crust.
About the Recipe
This is a simple recipe that's sure to be a crowd pleaser! It's so delicious and perfect for busy weeknights. The whole family will love it!
All of the flavors from the simple ingredients really shine through, which leaves you with a delicious and satisfying meal.
Give this a balsamic glaze drizzle after baking, and if you really want to indulge, top it with a ball of burrata cheese! You will not be disappointed! Serve this with a fresh green salad or a warm soup and you have yourself a complete meal.
Why You Will Love This Recipe
Versatile - This flatbread can be enjoyed in a variety of ways. You can adjust the ingredients to your liking and you can also choose to serve this as a meal or a snack. It can be served as a main course, cut into smaller pieces as a perfect appetizer or pack up leftovers and bring them to work!
Approachable - This margherita flatbread requires minimal preparation and cooking time. You can easily whip it up in under 30 minutes, which makes this great for a busy weeknight meal or even a lazy weekend lunch.
Crowd pleaser - This recipe will definitely impress your family and friends. With its simple but delicious ingredients, what’s not to love? The addition of the pesto, balsamic glaze and burrata cheese really takes the classic margherita pizza to a whole new level and will surely be a hit!
Here are the ingredients you will need for this homemade pizza:
- Pizza dough or flatbread: Use a store-bought flatbread or pizza crust dough. You can also use pita bread or naan bread!
- Olive oil
- Tomato sauce
- Mozzarella: Use sliced fresh mozzarella.
- Pesto: Check out my Green Goddess Pesto and Mint and Basil Pesto recipes! Or if you don't have time to make homemade basil pesto, store bought jarred pesto is just fine!
- Basil: Use fresh basil leaves.
- Balsamic glaze
- Burrata cheese
Let's make this easy margherita flatbread pizza recipe together!
Step 1: Preheat the oven to 425°F.
Step 2: On a lined baking sheet, roll out the pizza dough and drizzle with olive oil.
Step 3: Bake the pizza dough in the preheated oven for 10 minutes, or until starting to turn golden brown.
Step 4: Remove from the crust from the oven and top with tomato sauce, mozzarella and tomato slices.
Step 5: Bake for 10-15 minutes or until the cheese is melted and golden brown.
Step 6: Remove the flatbread from the oven and top with dollops of pesto, a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil, fresh basil, and a drizzle of the balsamic glaze.
Step 7: Top with a ball of burrata cheese to make this even more decadent, if desired!
Expert Tips and Tricks
Here are some expert tips to make this easy recipe:
Pizza dough: Use the oven temperature as directed on your packaged pizza dough.
Fresh ingredients: Fresh ingredients is what makes a margherita pizza so good. Be sure to use the freshest ingredients for the best flavor!
Toppings: Top with high quality extra virign olive oil and burrata to make this flatbread extra special.
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Lined baking sheet: Use a lined baking sheet to bake the flatbread.
Parchment Paper: I love these pre cut parchment paper sheets!
Here are some common recipe substitutions and variations for this amazing pizza.
Toppings: Add a sprinkle of flake salt after baking to help bring out the flavors even more! Give the pizza a generous sprinkle of freshly grated parmesan cheese or Italian seasoning, if desired. If you prefer a little heat, give it a sprinkle of red pepper flakes.
Tomato sauce: You could substitute pizza sauce for the tomato sauce. It will have some added seasoning, but would be a good substitution.
Tomato: Feel free to use cherry tomatoes or grape tomatoes instead of a sliced large tomato.
What To Serve With
Here are some recipes to serve alongside this easy margherita flatbread recipe:
Simple Pasta Salad - This pasta salad keeps it super simple. Chop up some veggies, add some seasoning, and toss with pasta. Serve it warm or cold.
Cream Cheese Veggie Dip - This fresh cream cheese veggie dip is loaded with fresh herbs and flavor. It's perfect for an after school snack or a party appetizer!
Italian Cheese Bread - Cheesy garlic herb butter pull apart bread is the perfect easy appetizer! This easy cheesy bread appetizer is perfect for any size gathering.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, you can use a premade crust, or premade pizza dough. Follow the package instructions for oven temperature and instructions for pre-baking the crust before adding the ingredients.
A margherita pizza is a pizza that is traditionally made with fresh ingredients that consist of tomato, mozzarella, basil, and olive oil. It’s known for its simplicity and fresh flavors.
One of the things that makes a margherita pizza so good is the fresh mozzarella. If you do not have access to fresh mozzarella, shredded mozzarella will work in its place and provide a similar experience.
Recipe Storage and Reheating
Here are storage instructions for this flatbread pizza recipe.
Refrigerator Storage: Store in an airtight container and eat leftovers within 4-5 days.
Freezer Storage: Freeze in a freezer-safe, airtight container and keep for up to 3 months. When you're ready to use, thaw in the refrigerator before serving.
Reheating Instructions: The best way to reheat this is to heat it in a skillet with a little bit of olive oil until heated through.
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- 1 package pizza dough/flatbread
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 cup tomato sauce
- 8 oz fresh mozzarella sliced
- 1 tomato sliced
- ⅓ cup pesto
- Extra virgin olive oil for topping
- Fresh basil for serving
- Balsamic glaze for serving
- Burrata cheese optional
- Preheat the oven to 425F.
- Roll out pizza dough on a lined baking sheet. Drizzle olive oil over dough.
- Bake for 10 minutes, until starting to turn golden.
- Top pizza crust with tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella, and tomato slices. Bake for 10-15 minutes, until the cheese is melted and golden brown.
- Top with dollops of pesto, a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil, fresh basil, and balsamic glaze. If you want to make your pizza extra decadent, top with a ball of burrata cheese.
- Use oven temperature as directed on your pizza dough package.