When you’re in the mood for a perfectly cooked thin crust pizza at home, look no further than this simple Margherita pita pizza. Fresh mozzarella, basil, parmesan, garlic and olive oil make up this super easy but delectable pizza, that gives you the ‘I can’t believe I’m not in Italy right now’ feeling.
These pizzas come together so easily. All you need is an oven and a baking sheet. No pizza pan or stone plate required. So much time is saved when you use pita bread instead of making pizza dough.
Not to mention, the carb count is lower when you use Lebanese style pita bread rather than traditional pizza dough.
Fresh mozzarella, fresh basil leaves and a chip off the block of an aged parmesan cheese make this pizza stand out from the crowd.
It gets even tastier with oregano, hot pepper flakes and Himalayan salt sprinkled on, and utterly next level when finished with a drizzle of cold pressed extra virgin olive oil.
Be forewarned, you will have a hard time not talking about how good this pizza is and how surprised you are that you’re not at a restaurant.
And how even more surprising it is that it’s a pita bread and not pizza dough, and only took a few minutes to make, and so on.
Believe me, it happens every single time we make this.
You’d think we would have gotten over it by now.
But I digress…
But what’s not to love about these pita pizzas? They are simple to make and will have you dreaming about Italy in no time.
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Ingredients in Margherita Pita Pizza
- Pita Breads — Lebanese style is our preference for a thin crust pizza.
- Fresh Mozzarella — or bocconcini would work well.
- Fresh Basil — look for fresh green leaves without dark spots.
- Pizza Sauce — regular or a thick marinara sauce can also be used.
- Parmesan Cheese — chip off a piece from a block of aged parmigiano reggiano and use a cheese grater.
- Garlic — a garlic clove can be grated over pizza, however it is quite pungent and only recommended for people who love the taste of lightly cooked garlic. Feel free to skip this step if you like.
- Hot Pepper Flakes — We like to add pepper flakes for the extra spiciness but you can use less than the given amount or skip it altogether if you prefer.
- Oregano — adds another savory flavor to the pizza, goes so well on most pizzas.
- Himalayan Salt — enhances all of the flavors.
- Olive Oil — cold pressed extra virgin pulls it all together.
- Tomatoes — optional, you can top your margherita pizzas with sliced or halved cherry tomatoes or thin tomato slices.
What Side Dishes to Serve with Margherita Pita Pizza
As with any pizza, you can serve it with a batch of Traditional Swedish Pizza Salad for a super delicious, easy and healthy low carb side dish. It’s a fresh and light salad made with thinly shredded cabbage, similar to coleslaw.
You can enjoy pita pizzas with cucumber tomato and asparagus salad or any house style salad.
If you’re looking for another appetizer or side dish you can never go wrong with, try spinach artichoke dip. It is also amazing with Margherita pizza!
An easy side dish of marinated olives pairs nicely with pita pizzas.
Time Saving Tip – Stock Up on Pizza Ingredients
It’s a good idea to have these specialty pizza toppings on hand at all times for easy pita pizzas. Other toppings like sundried tomatoes, artichokes and olives are also great to stock up on so you can make a variety of pizzeria inspired pitas at the drop of a hat.
More Pita Pizzas to Try
What’s not to love about pita pizzas?
Lower in carb than traditional pizzas, lower in cost, and even more convenient!
In fifteen minutes or less, you get to enjoy a healthy, economical alternative to bought pizza and they taste so good.
When you choose your toppings and learn what you love best, you will never miss takeout again.
Sure, it is not the same doughy texture, but with the benefits from reduced carbs and gluten, it can be worth it in the end.
Especially if you are someone who loves thin crust pizza.
Similar to Margherita pizza, another favorite is our Fresh Mozzarella Artichoke Pita Pizza, with canned artichoke hearts and bell peppers instead of fresh basil. We made this one when we were craving Margherita pizza but were out of basil!
For a pita pizza that is savory and sweet, try our Date Goat Cheese Arugula with Bacon.
With shellfish you can make this Red Lobster Style Crab and Lobster Pita Pizza!
Do you have leftover turkey? You can make this super delish leftover turkey tikka masala pita pizza.
The possibilities are endless, but we always come back to this seemingly plain, but possibly the best pizza ever, Margherita.
Pizzeria Style Quick Margherita Pita Pizza
- 2 Pita Bread, Lebanese style
- ½ cup Pizza Sauce
- 1 clove Garlic, grated
- ½ cup Parmesan Cheese, freshly grated
- 1 teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes
- 1 teaspoon Oregano
- 1 teaspoon Salt, Himalayan or salt flakes
- 6 ounces Fresh Mozzarella Cheese, slice thinly into rounds, pat dry to remove brine
- 8 Basil Leaves,
- 1 tablespoon Olive Oil, cold pressed extra virgin
- Preheat oven to 425°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place 2 pita breads on the baking sheet.
- Add pizza sauce to cover. You may need to use a little more depending on the size of your pitas.
- Grate garlic on both pitas. If you don't absolutely positively love garlic you might want to skip this step.
- Sprinkle grated parmesan on the entire surface of the pitas.
- Sprinkle the dry spices and herbs (red pepper flakes, oregano and salt) on both pitas.
- Add fresh mozzarella. (Note: Make sure to pat dry the mozzarella slices before adding to the pizza, otherwise the pizza will be wet with brine)
- Bake in the preheated oven for 5 min.
- Remove from oven and add basil leaves.
- Return to oven for 1 additional minute. Remove from oven and drizzle with olive oil. Place pizzas on plates and serve with our Swedish pizza salad or a salad.
The above nutritional values are estimates and should only be used as a guide. If you are following a specific diet or have dietary restrictions, please use your preferred nutritional calculator. If you have a food allergy please ensure that none of the listed ingredients are part of your restrictions. As well, always use a food thermometer to ensure safe cooking temperature of the food items.