This simple Napoli Pizza starts off with homemade thin crust pizza dough, simple tomato sauce, mozzarella, fresh tomatoes, and basil. I top this with grated parmesan for a simple and classic pizza that everyone will love!
Why You'll Love This Recipe
This is pizza it in its most true form, if you ask me. Simple, pure, and delicious. This pizza is made with just a few simple ingredients on top – mozzarella, tomatoes, and basil. That's it! While some people may call it Margherita Pizza, some may call it Neapolitan Pizza, and some call it Napoli Pizza – it is basically the same simple amazing pizza.
I call it Napoli Pizza as I first had this flavor of pizza from Z Pizza and that's what they call it. Growing up, we always had sausage and mushroom pizza as it was my dad's favorite. We could never have pizza without having that kind, and yes, we had plain cheese as well because c'mon we were kids. But, as a family we never really ventured out and tried other kinds of pizza. My dad is very traditional and he likes what he likes. So we were not the family that tried different kinds of pizza. And it was never something I really thought about until I started cooking more myself because I will literally eat anything on pizza! So I am more than making up for it now!
But, Napoli Pizza is always one of my favorites. The simplicity of this pizza is just perfect. You can even serve this style of pizza as an appetizer if you're having a dinner party. But, it is equally delicious as a meal! I use my Thin Crust Pizza Dough recipe to make my own pizza dough. And then I top this pizza with just three simple ingredients for a homemade organic Napoli Pizza.
Tips for Making the Best Napoli Pizza
• I use my Thin Crust Pizza Dough recipe to make my own pizza dough. This pizza dough makes two 8-inch pizzas. So, you can make both at the same time, but you'll just have to double the topping recipe below. Or you can make one, and save the pizza dough in the fridge for a few days. I usually do this so we have fresh pizza as it's just Delaney and me. Plus, it makes the second pizza super easy to make as all you have to do is top it and bake it!
• Because this pizza has such few ingredients, they truly matter. Buy the best organic mozzarella (my favorite is Organic Valley) and get the ripe looking organic tomatoes and fresh organic basil. You could even use heirloom tomatoes for this pizza when they are in season, as they are delicious on this pizza as well!
• When baking your pizza, you want to look for the crust to become bubbly and the cheese to be slightly golden brown. Everyone's oven is different, so make sure to look for visual clues that your pizza is baked to your liking.
• I highly recommend having a pizza stone to bake your pizza on. Unless you have a pizza oven, then that is even better. That is on my list to buy as I've been researching them, but a pizza stone is fairly inexpensive and it's totally worth it! You'll also need a pizza peel. You can find my top pick for a pizza stone here, and pizza peel here. You can make a very low investment of like $50 for both of these tools to really up your pizza baking game!
Ingredients for Napoli Pizza
Organic Tomato Sauce
Why go organic?
You may be wondering why I push organic ingredients for everything, even savory and healthy dishes. Organic ingredients go beyond just health and wellness, and contribute so much to the taste and flavor of a recipe. So, if you think that you're making something healthy and buying fruits, veggies, or meats so maybe you don't need to spend the extra to go organic here – let me sway your thinking.
Organic ingredients are made in a more pure way, therefore using no additives, no GMOs, and minimal ingredients. This really allows the true ingredients to shine – and because of that their flavor shines through. Therefore, organic ingredients are more flavorful than their non organic counterparts. So, just because it's already a healthy recipe, or you're already buying good for you ingredients – it doesn't mean you can skip organic! Trust me here, and make the switch. Your body and your taste buds will thank you!
So, I highly recommend that you buy the best organic ingredients for this recipe! You can also shop my Amazon Storefront for all my favorite organic ingredients here. Tip – hover over each ingredient to see the name. And if you want to learn more about organic foods and the difference, read my post here on Food Labels and What They Mean.
Napoli PizzaDifficulty: Intermediate
This recipe makes an 8-inch pizza. You can always double the toppings portion and make both doughs at once for more pizza!
2 tablespoons organic tomato sauce
3/4 cup organic grated mozzarella cheese
1 organic Roma tomato, sliced
Organic Fresh basil for topping
Organic Parmesan for topping
- Preheat the oven to 550°F and place pizza stone inside. Or, alternatively line a baking sheet with parchment paper if not using pizza stone.
- Divide pizza dough into two portions. Reserve one portion in the fridge for later (or double toppings recipe above to make both now).
- On a floured surface, roll out or use your hands and stretch the pizza dough. Generously flour your pizza peel. Or alternatively, if using the baking sheet, grease the parchment paper very well with olive oil and a sprinkle of flour.
- Place pizza dough on pizza peel or baking sheet. Top with sauce going all the way to the edges edges (trust me here, as it bakes in!). Top with cheese and tomatoes.
- Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, or until the cheese is bubbly and lightly browned.
- Remove from oven and allow to rest for a few minutes. Top with fresh fresh basil and grated parmesan.
- Serve immediately.
- High Altitude — Follow the recipe as noted.
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