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Easy Margherita Pizza Recipe: 15 Minute Naan Pizza

The perfect simple and easy weeknight pizza recipe! This Easy Margherita Pizza Recipe is ready in under 15 minutes and is perfect for both kids and adults. The perfect combo of cheese, marinara sauce, fresh basil and homemade pesto!

August 13, 2018 (Last Updated: August 10, 2019)
The best, easy homemade Margherita Naan Pizza Recipe! The recipe uses naan bread, tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, fresh basil, and basil pesto and is ready in under 15 minutes making it the perfect weeknight dinner recipe for families. Bonus is this recipe is freezer friendly and makes great leftovers. Simple step by step instructions and VIDEO! #pizza #recipe #easyrecipes #dinner #margheritapizza #weeknightdinner

This is my family’s favorite recipe. I know I will probably say that about a lot of my dishes, but this one is really it. It is so simple, ready in about 15 minutes, and I always have the ingredients on hand. We have this simple pizza in our home at least every other week, and my husband requests it even more often. Every time I make this Easy Margherita Pizza Recipe, my tummy is so happy. The simple preparation, short cook time and delicious combination of flavors are just a few reasons that this recipe is perfect for busy weeknight family dinners.

What Do You Need To Make Homemade Naan Bread Pizza?

The kitchen tools you will need for this margherita pizza recipe are:

Note: If you are making several pizzas you will need more than two cookie sheets and have to cook the pizzas in two or more batches. I can fit 2 pizzas per cookie sheet. 

The ingredients you will need for this Easy Margherita Pizza are: 

  • Naan Bread
  • Mozzarella Cheese
  • Marinara Sauce
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Fresh Basil Leaves
  • Basil Pesto 

Note: I like to use my Perfect Marinara Sauce and Homemade Basil Pesto for this pizza recipe. You can use those or your favorite store-bought brand!

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How Do You Make Homemade Margherita Pizza?

Well. There are TONS of ways that you can make homemade pizza at home. You could go all out by making your own dough, and sauce. Or you could take some short cuts and save on prep time without sacrificing any flavor. That is exactly what this easy margherita pizza recipe does! I do personally like to make marinara sauce myself, but if you are short on time you can absolutely use the store bought kind.  I also love that this easy margherita pizza recipe can be customized to tailor each persons tastes! No more fighting over pizza toppings! These pizzas are ready to go with a few simple steps.

Margherita Naan Pizza Recipe Step By Step

  1. First, you will start off with your naan bread. Place a single piece of naan bread on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet.
  2. Second, you will spread a thin layer of marinara sauce all over the naan bread. I like to leave a bit off around the edges to act as my crust.
  3. Next you will add your cheese. I like to use fresh mozzarella cheese that comes in a ball. I slice off thin pieces and place them on top of the marinara sauce. You could also use shredded mozzarella if you prefer.
  4. Finally, you will add some tomatoes. Personally, I like to use grape or cherry tomatoes sliced into quarters or halves. You could use any type of tomato for this step, just make sure they are sliced thin so they do not weigh the pizza down.
  5. Now your pizza is ready to go into the oven! I bake mine for about 7 minutes or until the cheese is nice and melty!
  6. Once your pizza is out of the oven it is time to add the finishing touches. I love basil pesto and like drizzling some over the top of my  margherita pizza. I also like to add fresh basil leaves if I have them on hand. These final touches complete your pizza and you are ready to dig in!

Enjoy!

Check out the Margherita Pizza Recipe Video below for a more detailed look at prep for this easy pizza recipe!

Prep photo for the easy margherita pizza recipe. There are four images in the photo collage. All are shot from above and the same size. All are also on a white piece of parchment paper. The top left is a single piece of naan bread. The top right is the same piece of naan bread with red marinara sauce on it. The bottom left is the same bread with sauce but with chunks of mozzarella cheese. The last picture on the bottom right is the same photo but with tomatoes sprinkled on top.

Common Margherita Pizza Recipe Questions

Can I Customize This Pizza Recipe?

YES! So much yes! This easy margherita pizza recipe is the perfect base for any pizza. This version shown is my personal favorite and how I make it for myself. For my son, Theo, I follow all of the same steps except skip the fresh basil for him. He thinks the basil is spinach leaves and will refuse to eat it. This recipe can be whatever you love and I encourage you to make it your own if you wish! Another version of this naan bread pizza is my Vegetarian Flatbread Pizza with Fresh Rosemary! 

If you do personalize this pizza try and stick to a max of three toppings. Any more will weigh the naan bread down and make it soggy. I think the versatility of this recipe is perfect for picky eaters and family’s that have different tastes. Everyone can have their own personal pizza and put whatever toppings they prefer on them. This is much more cost effective than getting delivery or even individual frozen pizzas. Plus, it is healthier, faster and tastier than either of those two options!

How should I store leftover homemade naan bread pizza?

Leftover naan pizza can be stored in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 4 days. To re-warm place in the microwave for 30 seconds, or in the oven at 350 degrees F for 10 minutes until warm. 

Can leftover margherita pizza be frozen?

Yes, you can freeze the pizzas for up to 2 months in a freezer bag or airtight container. To re-warm place in the oven at 350 degrees F for 15-20 minutes, or until completely de-thawed and hot. It is best to remove the fresh basil before freezing and add new fresh basil after it is re-warmed. 

Hand picking up a slice from the margherita pizza recipe. Pizza is on a marble cutting board and white counter.

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Two pizzas on a cutting board on a white counter top.

Storytime: A Happy Accident

This easy margherita pizza recipe came about as sort of an accident. Or really the result of laziness and minimal kitchen space. While my husband, Steven, and I were living in Japan we had an extremely small kitchen with an oven the size of a microwave. So small that normal frozen pizzas wouldn’t even fit! This forced us to get extremely creative with a lot of our meals. Resulting in some great creations!

One evening, after a few too many glasses of wine, we got it in our heads that we were going to make homemade pizzas. Of course we had no idea how to make our own dough. We also had very limited ingredients and had to work with what we had on hand. Therefore, we used some naan bread we had leftover from a failed Indian curry experience. (I’m sure we will get to that story eventually).

So we slapped on some red sauce, threw on some cheese and because I wanted a vegetable included, a couple tomatoes. Ten minutes later, we dove in and were shocked to realize what we created was amazing! Ever since we have been making these pizzas and enjoying them for lunches and dinner. 

Overhead shot of pizza on a piece of parchment paper.

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The best, easy homemade Margherita Naan Pizza Recipe! The recipe uses naan bread, tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, fresh basil, and basil pesto and is ready in under 15 minutes making it the perfect weeknight dinner recipe for families. Bonus is this recipe is freezer friendly and makes great leftovers. Simple step by step instructions and VIDEO! #pizza #recipe #easyrecipes #dinner #margheritapizza #weeknightdinner
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Easy Margherita Pizza Recipe: 15 Minute Naan Pizza

The perfect, simple personal pizza! Ready in only 10 minutes you can forever ditch the frozen pizzas!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time8 mins
Total Time13 mins
Course: Main Course, Main Dish
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: 10 minute naan pizza recipe, Easy homemade pizza recipe, recipe for margherita pizza
Servings: 4 Servings
Calories: 522kcal

Ingredients

Optional Toppings

  • Fresh Basil
  • Grated Parmesan Cheese

Instructions

  • Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees. While the oven is preheating, line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
  • Lay out 1 piece of naan bread and spread 1/4 cup of Perfect Marinara Sauce on evenly leaving about 1/3 inch of crust around the outside.
  • Add sliced or crumbled mozzarella cheese over the sauce, leaving some of the sauce exposed. Finally, add the sliced grape tomatoes over the sauce and cheese.
  • Place the prepared pizza on the parchment paper lined cookie sheet. Repeat steps 2 and 3 for the remaining pieces of naan bread. Place pizzas in the oven for 10 minutes or until cheese is melted.
  • Once pizzas are cooked add a drizzle of basil pesto over top. Garnish with fresh basil and Parmesan cheese if desired. Cut into slices and serve immediately.
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Notes

  • Leftover Storage: Store leftover pizza in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.
  • Re-warming Instructions: Rewarm leftover pizza in the microwave for 30 seconds or the oven (350 degrees F for 10 minutes), or until warm.ย 

Nutrition

Calories: 522kcal | Carbohydrates: 61.1g | Protein: 27.4g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 7.3g | Cholesterol: 33mg | Sodium: 946mg | Potassium: 170mg | Fiber: 3.9g | Sugar: 4.7g | Calcium: 100mg | Iron: 1.3mg
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15 Comments

  • Reply
    Holly
    June 2, 2019 at 2:48 am

    5 stars
    We love these and eat them a ton!

    • Reply
      caitlyn
      June 6, 2019 at 6:14 pm

      Glad to hear it!

  • Reply
    Steven
    November 4, 2018 at 1:09 pm

    5 stars
    Delicious and simple. Great recipe!

    • Reply
      Caitlyn Erhardt
      November 4, 2018 at 1:11 pm

      Glad you liked it! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply
    Stephanie
    August 16, 2018 at 4:39 pm

    Yum. I’m all about the pizza and love how easy this is. I’ll bet the pesto just takes this to the next level of yummy!

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    Rebecca | Nourish Nutrition Co
    August 16, 2018 at 4:39 pm

    absolutely love margherita pizza! love the pesto drizzle on top

  • Reply
    Tara
    August 16, 2018 at 4:12 pm

    Love the touch of pesto! Thanks for sharing, great recipe

  • Reply
    Jamie Young
    August 16, 2018 at 4:09 pm

    This sounds so delicious! And honestly, I’m going to try a variation of this (unbaked) in my son’s lunchbox. He LOVES Lunchables pizzas and I just can’t bring myself to send those with him everyday. I want something less processed and more delicious….this just may be it!!! Thank you!!!!

    • Reply
      Caitlyn Erhardt
      August 16, 2018 at 8:01 pm

      I LOVE that idea! My son isn’t in school yet, but when he is I am going to try the same thing!

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    Tara
    August 16, 2018 at 4:08 pm

    The touch of pesto completes this so well!

  • Reply
    The Home Cook's Kitchen
    August 16, 2018 at 4:05 pm

    i love the simplicity of margarita pizza!!! so so good and fresh!

  • Reply
    genaadventure
    August 13, 2018 at 6:51 pm

    Omg what a great approach! I love Margarita pizza but I really cannot spend hours in the kitchen. I am gonna definietly try this recipe! Thanks for sharing

    • Reply
      Caitlyn Erhardt
      August 13, 2018 at 7:03 pm

      Thank you! It is seriously so easy and tasty!

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    paige
    August 13, 2018 at 6:07 pm

    this looks so yummy! love that the nutrition is also included ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Reply
      Caitlyn Erhardt
      August 13, 2018 at 7:03 pm

      Yes! I love knowing what is in my food so I can create a balanced meal plan for my son!

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