My mother-in-law is an exceptional cook, and during one of her visits last year she made us the most outrageous homemade Philly cheesesteaks. Her secret weapon for making them so deliciously perfect: Naan bread.
Since then I’ve picked up Naan bread a handful of times for various meals, but our family’s favorite way to use it is, hands down, for pizza.
And MY OH MY, do I have a heck of a pizza recipe for you today, friends. Tell whoever you’re cooking for to save their appetites for this one because they’re going to want more and more. It’s honestly unexpected (because this looks like any regular pizza, right?) but totally outrageous and so full of flavor.
The combination of the spices, cooked tomatoes, and melted cheese all on top of this soft bread makes this meal mouthwatering. But don’t skip the Naan bread and recreate this pizza on just any precooked or homemade dough. We’ve tried that, and it didn’t have nearly the WOW! factor that it does on Naan bread. In essence, the Naan bread absolutely makes this meal.
A few things that make this Naan bread pizza so great:
- It can be put together in a quick five minutes, followed by just 10 minutes of baking.
- It’s mindless and can be made casually while a friend or family member sits across the counter from you (I know from experience!)
- You can involve your kiddos in cooking this meal. My daughter loves spreading around the olive oil, placing tomatoes and pepperonis, and sprinkling cheese.
Tip: My absolute favorite Naan bread is from Aldi (their Specially Selected brand). I enjoy scooping up a pack or two when I see it and then freezing it until the day I need it. I’ve mentioned before that I decide what’s for dinner in the morning, so if we’re having Naan pizza, I’ll let it defrost in the refrigerator all day until it’s dinnertime.
Let’s get cookin’!
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cover a sheet pan with foil and spread around 1 tsp of olive oil on each piece of Naan bread. Next, top each bread with 1/2 tsp of minced garlic (we use the kind from a jar for the sake of time, but obviously fresh works too!)
Next, toss around 1/2 cup of shredded mozzarella cheese on each piece of Naan bread.
Next, thinly slice up one Roma tomato and divide between two pizzas.
Next, add a shake or two of salt and pepper to taste to each pizza.
Grab some pepperoni and add as much as your heart desires to your pizzas. On this particular day, we only had the mini pepperonis left over from an appetizer we’d made, and our girls loved placing them.
Grab your basil and add a sprinkle to each pizza (rough 1/2 tsp).
Next, add 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese to each pizza.
Place in the oven for 9-10 minutes and then broil on top rack for 90 seconds.
We like to use a pizza cutter to split ours in half and enjoy with a side salad. The Naan bread pizzas, paired with a veggie or salad, is enough to fully satisfy our family of four for dinner.
- One package of Naan bread (usually comes with two breads but Aldi's brand comes with four!)
- Per naan bread:
- 1 tsp olive oil
- ½ tsp minced garlic
- ½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- ½ roma tomato(s)
- salt and pepper
- ¼ cup grated parmesan cheese
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Line sheet pan with foil.
- Place Naan bread on foil and spread around 1 tsp olive oil and ½ tsp minced garlic on each.
- Spread around ½ cup shredded mozzarella on each.
- Thinly slice one Roma tomato and divide between two pizzas.
- Add salt and pepper to taste.
- Spread around ¼ cup grated parmesan cheese on each.
- Apply a sprinkle of basil.
- Bake for 9-10 minutes and then broil for approx. 90 seconds, carefully watching the pizzas not to burn.