15 Minute Easy Margherita Flatbread Pizza

15 Minute Margherita Flatbread Pizza - delicious, easy recipe for a homemade pizza that's great for busy weeknights or parties. By LetTheBakingBeginBlog.com | @Letthebakingbgn

With the holidays over, we’re settling in and are actually excited for the hustle and bustle of the holidays to be over. Not having to run to the store frantically looking for gifts for that one person that has everything is actually pretty nice.

Another thing I am kind of done with is cooking elaborate dinners that have fifty five steps involved. When it’s time to eat I want quick, easy, and delicious and this is where this Easy Margherita Flatbread pizza comes in. The other day my parents were visiting and my mom among other things brought me a bag of naan bread. It’s delicious to eat just toasted, but next day come lunch time I decided to use it as the base for a flatbread pizza. When time (or willingness) allows I like to make my own crust, but having a premade crust that can be loaded with pretty much anything is pretty awesome if you ask me. The whole process from start to finish doesn’t take more than 15 minutes, and tell me that having a lunch like this ready in 15 minutes is not awesome!

15 Minute Margherita Flatbread Pizza - delicious, easy recipe for a homemade pizza that's great for busy weeknights or parties. By LetTheBakingBeginBlog.com | @Letthebakingbgn

This idea of using fresh Mozzarella, tomatoes & basil is totally inspired by this recipe from NatashasKitchen.com. After eating those canapés at my girlfriends’ get together I might or might’ve not made them 5 times. After the first time I tried it, I felt like the canapés would benefit from a good kick of garlic, so I have been making them with garlic each time. As I have later found out, a pizza made with mozzarella, tomatoes, basil & garlic is called Margherita, although a combination of tomato, mozzarella & basil is called caprese. So here’s the easiest flatbread pizza you will ever make. I mean, you don’t even have to grate your cheese, how easy is that?

15 minute Margherita Flatbread Pizza

Ingredients:
  • 1 naan
  • 3 pieces of sliced to 1/3- 1/2 inch thickness fresh mozzarella cheese
  • 1 tomato, sliced as thin as possible
  • 5-6 leaves basil
  • 3 cloves garlic, pressed;  or 1 tsp dry garlic powder
  • 1.5 Tbsp Olive oil
  • 1.5 Tbsp Balsamic Vinegar
  • Salt & Pepper to taste

15 Minute Margherita Flatbread Pizza - delicious, easy recipe for a homemade pizza that's great for busy weeknights or parties. By LetTheBakingBeginBlog.com | @Letthebakingbgn

Method:

1. Press fresh garlic and mix with oil.

15 Minute Margherita Flatbread Pizza - delicious, easy recipe for a homemade pizza that's great for busy weeknights or parties. By LetTheBakingBeginBlog.com | @Letthebakingbgn

2. Brush the flatbread with oil & garlic with half the mixture. Place in preheated to 350F oven for 5 minutes to crisp up.

15 Minute Margherita Flatbread Pizza - delicious, easy recipe for a homemade pizza that's great for busy weeknights or parties. By LetTheBakingBeginBlog.com | @Letthebakingbgn

3. Remove from oven and place 3 slices of cheese on top of the flatbread, sprinkle with salt & pepper, then place thinly sliced tomatoes on top and repeat with a sprinkling of salt & pepper. Place back in the oven for another 5 minutes, plus extra 2-3 minutes on broil. Watch the bread closely, if its too dark before 2-3 minutes remove it from the oven immediately.

15 Minute Margherita Flatbread Pizza - delicious, easy recipe for a homemade pizza that's great for busy weeknights or parties. By LetTheBakingBeginBlog.com | @Letthebakingbgn

4. Meanwhile mix the remaining oil & garlic with the balsamic vinegar, stirring until a smooth emulsion forms.

15 Minute Margherita Flatbread Pizza - delicious, easy recipe for a homemade pizza that's great for busy weeknights or parties. By LetTheBakingBeginBlog.com | @Letthebakingbgn

5. Chop the basil leaves.

15 Minute Margherita Flatbread Pizza - delicious, easy recipe for a homemade pizza that's great for busy weeknights or parties. By LetTheBakingBeginBlog.com | @Letthebakingbgn

6. Once flatbread pizza is baked and the edges are golden in color, remove from the oven, drizzle with however much of the balsamic vinegar mixture you would like, sprinkle with basil leaves, slice and serve and enjoy!

15 Minute Margherita Flatbread Pizza - delicious, easy recipe for a homemade pizza that's great for busy weeknights or parties. By LetTheBakingBeginBlog.com | @Letthebakingbgn

Bon Appetite & Happy Pinning!

15 Minute Easy Margherita Flatbread Pizza

5.0 from 4 reviews
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Recipe type: Pizza
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 2

Ingredients

  • 1 naan bread
  • 3 pieces of sliced to ⅓- 1/2 inch thickness fresh mozzarella cheese
  • 1 tomato, sliced as thin as possible
  • 5-6 leaves basil
  • 3 cloves garlic, pressed; or 1 tsp dry garlic powder
  • 1.5 Tbsp Olive oil
  • 1.5 Tbsp Balsamic Vinegar
  • Salt & Pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Press fresh garlic and mix with oil.
  2. Brush the flatbread with oil & garlic with half the mixture. Place in preheated to 350F oven for 5 minutes to crisp up.
  3. Remove from oven and place 3 slices of cheese on top of the flatbread, sprinkle with salt & pepper, then place thinly sliced tomatoes on top and repeat with a sprinkling of salt & pepper. Place back in the oven for another 5 minutes, plus extra 2-3 minutes on broil. Watch the bread closely, if its too dark before 2-3 minutes remove it from the oven immediately.
  4. Meanwhile mix the remaining oil & garlic with the balsamic vinegar, stirring until a smooth emulsion forms.
  5. Chop the basil leaves.
  6. Once flatbread pizza is baked and the edges are golden in color, remove from the oven, drizzle with however much of the balsamic vinegar mixture you would like, sprinkle with basil leaves, slice and serve and enjoy!

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  • vikalinkafood

    LOVE this pizza! So fresh and beautiful. I love using naan bread as pizza bases. Interestingly enough, I find they actually taste a lot like authentic Italian pizza crust and like you said so quick!!

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    • Hey, quick and easy, plus tastes like Italian pizza? Double win!! Thanks Julie!

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      • Annekay

        Can you substitute the mozzarella cheese into cottage cheese?

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        • They’re not similar in texture or flavor, so if you did it wouldn’t taste like it was intended to. So I guess you can put anything you want on it, but it wouldn’t taste the same.

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  • You are so creative and giiiirl, that looks so so good! Pinning! 🙂

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  • Oh my!!!! Purrrfeecttioon. The pictures and the combination!. Love. I’m so doing this but will add chicken to it. My hubs needs that meat.. Thanks for the recipe..:)

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    • Try it with no chicken first. This combination is really perfect and doesn’t need anything else. I never thought it would be as good as it was when I tried it. I shared it with my sisters family and her husband made a personal call to me to tell me how much he didn’t expect to, but loved it!

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  • Wow! This looks phenomenal. I love all these ingredients.
    Love your pictures, as always. Pinning!

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  • I love the idea of this recipe. Beautiful photos.

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  • I made this for dinner on a Monday night when I was tired & hungry … turned out to be a easy, and a huge success! I substituted roasted red peppers for the tomatoes, I love how simple this recipe is!

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  • Esther Amick

    OMG – we LOVE this pizza. We took it as an appetizer to a recent Wine Tasting & it was big hit. We have made it several times since then and will be making it again tomorrow for lunch. It is so flavorful and the presentation is WONDERFUL!!! This has become a favorite “go to” recipe very quickly!!! We used multi-grain flatbread and it was GREAT!!! I have a pic that I would love to post but I don’t see a place to do that…..LOVE this recipe

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    • this is the best review ever!! Thanks so much for posting it! You can either post it on my wall on Facebook or if you have instagram you can hashtag it with #letthebakingbeginblog and I will be able to see it. IF you have a service that you can upload your picture too, you can then include it here in the comment section by clicking on the “img” above the comment section to insert the link with description.

      Thanks so much Esther!

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  • Ashley

    what kind of mozzarella do you recommend? this looks so easy and great, I plan to try it this Friday as a nice quick appetizer before a night out with my girlfriends!

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    • Hi Ashley,
      I usually use the fresh Mozzarella. I get mine from Costco. This would be a great appetizer before a night out! Let me know how it all goes 🙂

      P.S. You might want to replace the fresh garlic with powdered garlic (about 1/2 – 1 tsp) if you guys are going to go out after eating this lovely flatbread 😀 .

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  • want to try this recipe. can u use a light layer of tomato sauce or pesto as a base?

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    • Hi Jodene,
      Yes you can use both of those, although if you do use the tomato sauce you might want to put less tomatoes on top.

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  • This looks delicious and super easy! My question is (newbie to cooking here) What do you put the pizza on the two times you put it in the oven? A baking pan? nothing? I don’t want to mess up the integrity of the pizza crust.

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    • Hi Anthony,
      Thanks for your question! you put it on a baking sheet. Or if you don’t have one, just put some foil underneath.

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    Can I use shredded mozarella and whole wheat pizza dough? I have all of the ingredients in the house and don’t feel like running to the grocery store for one thing!

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  • Barbara

    I love this recipe, but I can never get the crust crispy. It is always soft.

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    Made this tonight. Easy. Fast. Impressive

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  • Nicole Green

    This is an excellent recipe. The balsamic vinegar really adds something special! I prefer this recipe to most restaurant margherita pizzas I’ve tried! Thanks so much for posting it!

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    Love your feedback. Thanks.

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