I love to make my own pizza crust, but sometimes it’s just too much effort. So why not use ready-made naan bread to make a super easy naan pizza? It makes a delicious, classy meal when topped with a simple sun dried tomato and mini mozzarella topping, and only takes 20 minutes from start to finish!
A super easy no-recipe dinner
Is it one of those days when even an easy dinner seems too hard – but you don’t really want to order a takeaway?
You need a ‘no recipe’ meal just like this that you can pull together in just a few moments and have on the table in just 20 minutes.
Naan bread for a perfect no-effort pizza base
When my son was first born, it felt like we lived on focaccia pizzas from our local Aldi. They were actually pretty good with a fresh salad on the side.
But then at some point (when life had ‘sort of’ got back to a more manageable rhythm), it suddenly occurred to me that I could buy ready-made naan bread and make my own easy naan pizza.
Because sometimes simple is best, this is all I usually add to my naan pizzas:
- good quality jarred pasta or pizza sauce
- sun dried tomatoes
- sliced balls of mozzarella (use a big one, or sometimes I buy bocconcini – a fancy name for mini mozzarella balls)
- fresh basil scattered over at the end
Alternative easy toppings
You can add all sorts of toppings to naan pizzas, of course – whatever you have in the fridge, or whatever are your favourites.
Here are a few examples, but really there are no rules!
- cooked mushrooms or caramelised onions (just cook the mushrooms slowly in a pan with a bit of butter and sugar or honey)
- cooked ham, bacon, pepperoni etc.
- leftover roasted vegetables
- jarred antipasto such as artichokes, olives and roasted peppers
- ‘fancy’ cheeses such as feta, goat’s cheese, emmenthal or ricotta
Keep an eye on the toppings to check they aren’t burning, but as the pizza is only in the oven for a short time they should be OK.
Can you make this with any other types of bread?
This ‘pizza hack’ works with several other types of bread I can think of: Turkish bread (popular in Australia), and this homemade easy focaccia bread. The focaccia bread is a rainy day project, but it’s a lot easier and quicker than you might think! No kneading required!
You might have some other ideas, too. Basically any kind of flatt(er) bread that you think might be suitable – give it a go!
More easy ‘takeaway at home’ recipes
- Takeaway style sweet and sour chicken
- Easy chicken katsu curry
- 15-minute sticky sesame chicken
- 15-minute Shanghai chicken
- leftover risotto arrancini and marinara sauce
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Super easy naan pizza with sun dried tomato and mozzarella (20-minute meal)
Ingredients (UK/Australia? Click below for grams/ml)
- 1 naan bread ready baked
- 3 tablespoons pasta sauce jarred or fresh of your choice
- 4 bocconcini (mini mozzarella balls)
- 3 sundried tomatoes cut into pieces
- 1 handful parmesan cheese optional
- black pepper to taste
- 1 handful basil fresh
to serve (suggestion)
- a nice fresh green salad
- Pre-heat the oven to 390F / 200C.
- Spread the tomato sauce over the bread, then scatter with the mozzarella and tomatoes, parmesan (if using), and black pepper.
- Bake directly on the oven shelf for about 15 minutes, or until the mozzarella is bubbling and starting to brown.
- Scatter with the fresh basil and serve immediately