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    Crispy naan bread pizza topped with mozzarella and basil, on a wooden cutting board.
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    Naan bread pizza is a simple yet delicious take on pizza night! Just spread marinara on naan bread, sprinkle with your favorite toppings, and bake until the edges are golden brown and the cheese is bubbly! Ready to eat in less than 15 minutes!

    Crispy naan bread pizza topped with mozzarella and basil, on a wooden cutting board.

    We love pizza night in our house, and since we make it so often, I’m all about finding simple shortcuts to make delicious pizza even easier to make!

    What’s my secret? I use naan instead of pizza dough to make the crust and oh-man is it good! The edges are golden brown and crisp, while the cheese is bubbly and melty. And you can say goodbye to a soggy crust. Naan pizzas come out perfect every time, for quick dinners with no headaches or mess.

    I like to make a naan pizza bread station with all the toppings. My kids love to make their own pizzas, choose their own toppings, and sprinkle the cheese.

    This easy meal is faster than delivery and a million times better than frozen pizza! Pizza with naan bread is my go-to dinner when I need something quick, family friendly, and picky-eater approved.

    ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿณ Why This Recipe Works

    • Simple recipe, perfect for the whole family
    • Pizza with naan is ready to eat in 15 minutes!
    • Kid-friendly & picky-eater approved
    • Great way to make a quick weeknight dinner
    • Easy homemade pizza with no hassle
    • Lots of variations โ€“ customize with your favorite toppings!
    • Best naan bread pizza recipe ever!

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    ๐Ÿฅ˜ Ingredients

    This easy naan pizza recipe calls for five simple ingredients for more flavor, but really all you need is naan, gooey cheese, and sauce! For recipe variations, full recipe instructions, and nutritional information, see the recipe card at the bottom of the post.

    Ingredients for naan bread pizza recipe on a white background.
    • Naan Bread: Naan is an Indian flatbread used to scoop up curries or saucy fillings. It also makes an incredible crispy naan pizza crust. You can typically find it near the produce section with other types of specialty flatbreads. You can swap store-bought naan with homemade naan if you prefer.
    • Marinara Sauce: For a classic pizza sauce! Just use your favorite brand of tomato sauce.
    • Mozzarella Cheese: Mozzarella’s meltability makes it the clear choice for cheese pizza.
    • Orange: For an instant herbaceous upgrade! Oregano gives you that classic Italian flavor.
    • Fresh Basil: If you don’t have fresh basil, dried basil works too!

    ๐Ÿ”ช How To Make Naan Bread Pizza

    This pizza naan recipe is so simple! Here’s how you make it:

    Preheat Oven & Prep: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Lay the fluffy naan on a baking sheet and spread each one with a layer of marinara sauce.

    Naan topped with sauce on a wooden cutting board.

    Add Cheese: Sprinkle the oregano on them, then top with the shredded mozzarella and fresh basil. Add your favorite toppings here.

    Naan topped with sauce, basil, and cheese on a wooden cutting board.

    Bake Naan Pizzas: Cook in the preheated oven for 15 minutes, or until the edges are crisp and the cheese melts and turns golden. Add a pinch of salt and enjoy!

    Healthy pizza topped with mozzarella and basil on a baking sheet.

    ๐Ÿ•Pizza Topping Ideas

    There are a variety of toppings that work with these naan pizzas! Here are some of our favourites:

    • Sauce: You can branch out and try another base besides marinara. Try basil pesto, ranch dressing, BBQ sauce, tapenade, olive oil and garlic, Italian dressing, or alfredo sauce.
    • Naan Bread Toppings: Add any of your favorite pizza toppings. Some delicious topping ideas include: goat cheese, feta, parmesan cheese, fresh mozzarella, fresh herbs, red pepper flakes, sun-dried tomatoes, a balsamic glaze, cherry tomatoes, or fresh tomatoes.
    • Vegetable Toppings: This recipe can be an easy way to pack in a ton of veggies without even realizing it! Try: mushrooms, mixed vegetables, artichoke hearts, spinach, red onion, olives, roasted pumpkin, broccoli, zucchini, or bell peppers. For a healthy naan pizza, add a ton of roasted vegetables on top along with the sauce and use slightly less cheese!

    ๐Ÿ“– Variations

    Try one of these delicious naan pizza ideas:

    • Vegan Naan Pizza: Most store-bought naan brands aren’t vegan, because they contain butter, ghee, yogurt, or eggs. You can make vegan homemade naan, then use vegan mozzarella in place of regular cheese.
    • Naan Breakfast Pizza: Brush naan with olive oil instead of marinara, then bake for 5 minutes. Top with shredded cheese, scrambled eggs, and crumbled sausage. Bake for a few more minutes until the cheese melts.
    • Garlic Naan Pizza: Swap regular naan with garlic-flavored naan. Add some roasted garlic along with the cheese and sauce as your toppings, and a drizzle of garlic infused olive oil on top!
    • Mini Naan Pizzas: Buy mini naan breads and make mini pizzas instead! Reduce the bake time so they don’t overcook.
    • Indian Naan Pizza Recipe: Instead of plain cheese, use a mix of mozzarella and tandoori paneer. Add some sliced โ€‹โ€‹red onions and cherry tomatoes on top!
    • Mushroom And Goat Cheese: Use a pesto spread as the base, then top with sliced โ€‹โ€‹mushrooms, goat cheese, and baby spinach.
    Variety of naan bread pizza recipes with different toppings on a white background.

    โ“ Recipe FAQs

    What Is A Naan Pizza?

    Basically, a naan bread pizza is exactly what it sounds like! Instead of pizza dough, you take a big shortcut and use pre-made naan for the base of your pizza.

    Naan is just another name for an Indian flatbread that’s yeast left and baked in the oven. It’s soft and fluffy and the perfect size for an individual pizza base. It makes for an easy pizza recipe that’s ready in minutes!

    Is naan and pizza dough the same?

    No, pizza dough is made from yeast-risen dough that’s rolled thin. It typically contains flour, yeast, salt, olive oil, and water. Naan bread is also a yeast-risen dough, but it typically has additional ingredients like yogurt, eggs, and sometimes butter. Naan bread is traditionally cooked in a tandoori oven or in some cases a sizzling hot skillet.

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    How should I store naan bread pizza?

    Store leftover pizza in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days or freeze for up to 3 months. Never reheat pizza in the microwave or it will get greasy, soggy, and chewy. Instead, reheat in a 350 degree preheated oven until warmed throughout.

    Can I grill naan pizza?

    Yes, naan pizzas are great for grilling! Simply transfer the prepared pizzas to a preheated gas grill around 350 to 375 degrees. Don’t put the flatbread directly over the flame or the bottom will burn. Cover the grill and cook for 10 minutes or until the cheese is melted and golden. Let the pizza cool for a few minutes before slicing and enjoying.

    ๐Ÿ’ญ Expert Tips

    • For an extra crispy crust, pre-bake the naan for 3 to 4 minutes directly on the oven grates. Reduce the cooking time once you add the toppings since it will need less time to fully cook.
    • For adding vegetables: These pizzas cook quickly so if you plan to add raw vegetables, make sure you cut them thin or small so they have time to cook. Or you can cook them in a pan beforehand.
    • For meal prep: You can freeze store-bought naan so you always have it on hand!
    • Don’t use too much sauce. A thin even layer that coats the naan works perfectly.
    • Make it healthier: You can make this easy recipe even healthier by using a whole wheat naan bread or whole wheat pita bread as the base instead of regular naan. You can also make your own naan bread at home, or even make this low calorie pizza base for the base!
    • You can also bake your naan on a pizza stone. To use a pizza stone instead of a baking sheet, preheat your oven with the pizza stone in it. Then, assemble these easy naan pizzas on a pizza peel, and transfer to the pizza stone before baking 10-15 minutes until the crust is crispy and slightly golden.
    Margarita naan bread pizza topped with mozzarella and basil, on a white cutting board.

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    Naan Bread Pizza

    Naan bread pizza is a simple yet delicious take on pizza night! Just spread marinara on naan bread, sprinkle with your favorite toppings, and bake until the edges are golden brown and the cheese is bubbly! Ready to eat in less than 15 minutes!

    Prep Time5 mins

    Cook Time15 mins

    Total Time20 mins

    Race: Hand Race

    Kitchen: American

    Diet: vegetarian

    Services: 4 servings

    calories: 425calories

    • For an extra crispy crust, pre-bake the naan for 3 to 4 minutes directly on the oven grates. Reduce the cooking time once you add the toppings since it will need less time to fully cook.
    • For meal prep: You can freeze store-bought naan so you always have it on hand!
    • Don’t use too much sauce. A thin even layer that coats the naan works perfectly.
    • Make it healthier: You can make this easy recipe even healthier by using a whole wheat naan bread or whole wheat pita bread as the pizza base instead of regular naan.
    • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days or freeze for up to 3 months. Never reheat pizza in the microwave or it will get greasy, soggy, and chewy. Instead, reheat in a 350 degree preheated oven until warmed throughout.
    • You can bake your naan on a pizza stone. To use a pizza stone instead of a baking sheet, preheat your oven with the pizza stone in it. Then, assemble these easy naan pizzas on a pizza peel, and transfer to the pizza stone before baking 10-15 minutes until the crust is crispy and slightly golden.
    • Other pizza topping options: basil pesto, goats cheese and mushroom, mixed vegetables, artichoke, spinach and red onion or roasted pumpkin and feta.

    Serving: 1naan pizza | calories: 425calories | Carbohydrates: 61g | protein: 13g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 21mg | Sodium: 1080mg | Potassium: 108mg | fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g

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