15 Minute Easy Margherita Flatbread Pizza

15 Minute Margherita Flatbread Pizza – delicious, easy recipe for a homemade pizza made with Naan Bread, Fresh Mozzarella, Tomatoes, Garlic and Basil that’s great for busy weeknight dinners or parties.
15 Minute Margherita Flatbread Pizza - delicious, easy recipe for a homemade pizza made with Naan Bread, Fresh Mozzarella, Tomatoes, Garlic and Basil that's great for busy weeknight dinners or parties.

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 pre-made 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 made with Naan Bread, Fresh Mozzarella, Tomatoes, Garlic and Basil that's great for busy weeknight dinners or parties.

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 have 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 made 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 for Margherita Flatbread Pizza:

  • Use some good quality Naan bread for this flatbread pizza. It is the base for the whole thing, so the better quality Naan, the better the overall thing will be.
  • Fresh mozzarella is the thing to use. I use the one Costco sells as it doesn’t seep too much moisture out when heated in the oven.
  • Do not substitute the fresh garlic and basil for dried.

15 Minute Margherita Flatbread Pizza - delicious, easy recipe for a homemade pizza made with Naan Bread, Fresh Mozzarella, Tomatoes, Garlic and Basil that's great for busy weeknight dinners or parties.

How to make Margherita Flatbread Pizza

1. Press fresh garlic and mix with oil.

15 Minute Margherita Flatbread Pizza - delicious, easy recipe for a homemade pizza made with Naan Bread, Fresh Mozzarella, Tomatoes, Garlic and Basil that's great for busy weeknight dinners or parties.

2. Brush the flatbread with oil & garlic with half the mixture. Place in preheated to 350F oven for 5-8  minutes or until very crispy.

15 Minute Margherita Flatbread Pizza - delicious, easy recipe for a homemade pizza made with Naan Bread, Fresh Mozzarella, Tomatoes, Garlic and Basil that's great for busy weeknight dinners or parties.

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 it’s too dark before 2-3 minutes, remove it from the oven immediately.

15 Minute Margherita Flatbread Pizza - delicious, easy recipe for a homemade pizza made with Naan Bread, Fresh Mozzarella, Tomatoes, Garlic and Basil that's great for busy weeknight dinners or parties.

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 made with Naan Bread, Fresh Mozzarella, Tomatoes, Garlic and Basil that's great for busy weeknight dinners or parties.

5. Chop the basil leaves.

15 Minute Margherita Flatbread Pizza - delicious, easy recipe for a homemade pizza made with Naan Bread, Fresh Mozzarella, Tomatoes, Garlic and Basil that's great for busy weeknight dinners or parties.

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 , 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
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15 Minute Easy Margherita Flatbread Pizza

15 Minute Margherita Flatbread Pizza - delicious, easy recipe for a homemade pizza made with Naan Bread, Fresh Mozzarella, Tomatoes, Garlic and Basil that's great for busy weeknight dinners or parties.

Course Appetizer, dinner
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 2 people
Calories 313 kcal
Author Marina | Let the Baking Begin

Ingredients

  • 1 naan bread
  • 3 pieces fresh mozzarella cheese sliced to ⅓- 1/2 inch thickness
  • 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!
Nutrition Facts
15 Minute Easy Margherita Flatbread Pizza
Amount Per Serving
Calories 313 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 15g 23%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 6mg 2%
Sodium 439mg 18%
Potassium 163mg 5%
Total Carbohydrates 35g 12%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 5g
Protein 6g 12%
Vitamin A 11.6%
Vitamin C 11.9%
Calcium 6.1%
Iron 0.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • David

    Very good and easy. I added some pizza sauce and more Italian seasoning.

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  • pradeep kumar

    I love pizza, I try your pizza at home. I like it most, thanks for sharing such a great recipe with us.

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  • Rebecca

    This sounds so good. I’ll make it soon. Most recipes list the ingredients in order of being used. This listing of your ingredients made it a little more difficult to copy your recipe into my notebook. Also I think that listing might confuse me when I make the recipe.
    Thank you for your creative and healthy recipes.

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  • Louise

    I don’t like Balsamic Oil I substituted it with Basil Infused Oil..it was terrific.

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  • Garnet Lusk

    My husband requests this weekly! Thanks for the yummy recipe. I usually pat the tomatoes and mozzarella dry before sticking them on the naan bread because if not it typically makes the bread soggy and leaves little pools of liquid.. but maybe thats just me 😉 tastes delicious though.

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  • Garnet Lusk

    My husband requests this weekly! Thanks for the yummy recipe

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  • Cora

    This has become a staple for me – so easy and delicious! Thank you for sharing.

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  • Colleen

    This is always a go to quick meal for us. So yummy and easy!!

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  • Linda

    Easy & delicious. Make this quite often

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  • Jay

    I don’t usually leave comments but I just wanted to say this is really easy, healthy, and delicious recipe. Our family ate this for dinner and we fell in love! Thank you. God Bless.

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  • Juergen Gabriel

    I will give it a try

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  • Julia Bristor

    Questions about premade crust:
    1. What size naan do you use?
    2. What about another type of crust, such as a lavish, or flatbread?

    Love your feedback. Thanks.

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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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    Made this tonight. Easy. Fast. Impressive

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    This is so good! I made it with a zucchini crust recipe that I have and my husband loves it! We’re having it for the third time tonight!

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

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    • Try mixing just the oil and garlic, without the vinegar, and crisp it up in the oven. Then add the vinegar last when you take it out of the oven with the tomatoes and the cheese. Hope this helps!

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Mom's Dish

    I love the idea of this recipe. Beautiful photos.

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

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  • valentina

    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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  • Natasha of Natashaskitchen.com

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

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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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