Growing up, anytime someone would ask me what my favourite food was, the default answer would almost always be pizza!
I even remember having one of my birthday parties at a Pizza Hut where my friends and I got to make our own pizzas!
Today’s recipe is kind of like a Pizza Hut build-your-own pizza, but with healthier, fresher ingredients!
One of the best things about cooking or baking something for yourself from scratch, is the satisfaction you get once it’s done! But also, the fact that you get to choose all of the ingredients to use! You get to make it just the way you like.
The key ingredient in this pizza recipe (or any pizza recipe for that matter) is the sauce. I’m using a 100% natural, GMO-free, authentic Italian tomato paste from Mutti. It makes the world of a difference in the quality and taste of the pizza, and of course, your health!
Swapping cheese for fresh greens.
As a kid, I would tell you “the more cheese the better!”. As an adult, I’d say “the more greens the better!”.
How to make your own naan pizzas on a budget!
If you want to get extra fancay – you can call your pizzas “Pizza Fresca” since they’ll be topped with a ton of fresh ingredients. I tried to get a little fancy by adding spiralized zucchini noodles which I just found out on Instagram are actually called “Zoodles!”
To make your naan pizzas, here are the ingredients you’ll need. Note, I listed the most important ingredient (the sauce) at the top!
I picked up a couple of garlic naan rounds and topped them with anything I wanted.
- Mutti Pomodoro Tomato Paste $2.99 – $3.49
- A pack of garlic naan bread rounds $2.99
- 4 tbsp of olive oil $0.10
- 1/2 tsp of chili flakes $0.01
- 1 tsp of oregano $0.01
- 1 tsp of dry parsley $0.01
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Any combo of fresh ingredients you like. My total about $5.00 worth, and I used zucchini, arugula, cherry tomatoes, capers and olive slices!
Total: $11 – $12, and makes 5-6 pizzas. That’s comes out to about $2 per pizza! Not too shabby!
Follow along in these step-by-step photos that show how I made my own budget-friendly, vegan naan pizzas!
It’s important to know that fresh tomato paste, in a tube, always needs to be cooked. Whether in the oven or on the stovetop, the paste is very concentrated in its raw form. Cooking it will pull out the flavor from the tomato paste’s concentrated form.
Drizzle your pan with olive oil first, and let that heat for 2 minutes.
Next, squeeze all the tomato paste out of the tube, and cook on medium-high heat for about 5 minutes.
While the tomato paste is cooking, add your seasonings; oregano, parsley, chili flakes, salt & pepper. And massage the tomato paste often, not to let the bottom of it burn on the pan.
Once your sauce is finished cooking, it should have a soft, easy to spread texture. You can then add it to your naan bread rounds, and start topping them with any of your fresh ingredients.
I added my arugula first, then my capers and sliced olives. Cherry tomatoes came next, and I drizzled the top with a dash more olive oil.
You can either eat them as is, OR, if you like your pizzas a little warmed up, I put mine in the oven for about 10 minutes, on 400 degrees F.
And there you have it! Everything you need to make your own naan pizzas on a budget!
A special giveaway!
As a special gift from Mutti Pomodoro, I’m giving away a full, authentic Italian care package to one lucky winner!
How to win?!
Make sure you’re following myself and Mutti on Instagram:
You can either comment below, or on my Instagram post, letting us know what your favourite pizza topping is! If it’s cheese, pepperoni, or fresh greens and ZOODLES like me, let me know in your comment and you’ll be entered to win the Mutti Care Package. And PS! All the ingredients are fresh and imported from Italy!