The history of cheese pizza dates back to ancient civilizations like Greece and Rome, where they made flatbreads topped with cheese, herbs, and oil. The modern version of pizza as we know it today was developed in Naples, Italy in the late 18th century. The first pizza, called the “Margherita,” was created for Queen Margherita of Savoy in 1889 and featured the colors of the Italian flag with tomato, mozzarella cheese, and basil. Cheese pizza became popular in the United States in the early 20th century when Italian immigrants brought their pizza-making skills to the country.
To make a cheese pizza, you will need:
- 1 pizza dough ball
- 1/2 cup tomato sauce
- 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- Optional: additional toppings like basil, oregano, mushrooms, or onions
- Preheat your oven to 475°F (245°C) and place a baking sheet or pizza stone in the oven to preheat as well.
- Roll out your pizza dough ball on a floured surface until it’s roughly 12 inches in diameter. If the dough resists being stretched, let it rest for 10 minutes and try again.
- Spread the tomato sauce over the pizza dough, leaving a 1/2 inch border around the edges.
- Sprinkle the shredded mozzarella cheese evenly over the sauce.
- Top with grated parmesan cheese, salt, and black pepper.
- Drizzle the olive oil over the top of the pizza.
- If you’re adding additional toppings, add them now.
- Carefully transfer the pizza to the preheated baking sheet or pizza stone using a pizza peel or the back of a baking sheet.
- Bake the pizza for 10-12 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown and the cheese is melted and bubbly.
- Remove the pizza from the oven and let it cool for a few minutes before slicing and serving. Enjoy your delicious cheese pizza!