Naan Pizza is the perfect no-fuss meal for busy weeknights. It’s reliable, easy, and so good.
If you need a quick and easy midweek meal, it really doesn’t get better than Naan Pizzas. They feel like a total treat, prep and cook in about 20 minutes, and you can grab all the ingredients pre-made, pre-shredded and ready to go on your way home from work.
This recipe will make four naan pizzas. If that’s a couple pizzas too many for you, I highly recommend freezing the leftovers (or double the recipe and make extras for freezing) because naan pizzas freeze extremely well.
Once reheated in the oven, you can’t tell that they were ever frozen, and it’s always nice knowing you have a couple of these ready to go in your freezer for busy weeknights or evenings when you just don’t feel like cooking.
Why Use Naan for Pizza?
Naan makes a great pizza crust alternative because it’s nicely portioned to make individual pizzas and when baked, has the texture of a good, medium-crust pizza.
It’s not too crunchy, not too doughy, but perfectly bendy with slightly crispy edges. It’s the Goldilocks of pizza crusts.
- Naan: You should be able to find naan at your local grocery store in the bakery section or bread aisle. Some stores like Trader Joe’s sell it frozen. Homemade/leftover naan from a restaurant will also work, but it might be smaller/thinner than the packaged, store-bought stuff, so keep an eye on it in the oven as it will cook more quickly.
- Pizza Sauce: You can use store-bought sauce if you’re short on time, but I’ve also included the recipe for my very favorite homemade pizza sauce. It will add an extra 25-ish minutes to your dinner prep, but it’s so bright and tangy and delicious, I think it’s worth the extra time if you’ve got it.
- Cheese: Classic mozzarella is my go-to, but you can really use whatever combo of melty cheeses you want depending on what you’re in the mood for.
- Toppings: Pick your favorite toppings and load the pizza up with them. You can never go wrong with pepperoni, or if you’re feeling healthy, pile it high with veggies.
How to Make Naan Pizza
- Make the pizza sauce by simmering tomatoes, olive oil, garlic, basil, and a bit of sugar together until thick and delicious. Or pop open a jar of store-bought sauce.
- Assemble the pizzas and bake until the edges are toasty and cheese is melty.
- Slice and enjoy.
More Naan Pizza Ideas
In the recipe card below, I’ve included instructions/ingredients for Pepperoni, Margherita, and Veggie Naan Pizzas, but you might also enjoy:
- Hawaiian: Add pineapple, ham, and optional red onion to your pizza.
- Chicken Alfredo: Replace red sauce with Alfredo sauce and top the pizza with cooked chicken and halved cherry or grape tomatoes.
- BBQ Chicken Pizza: Use BBQ sauce in place of pizza sauce, use a combo of smoked gouda and mozzarella for your cheese, and add cooked, cubed chicken, red onions, and cilantro.
- Chicken Bacon Ranch Pizza: Use ranch instead of pizza sauce, and top with bacon, cubed or shredded chicken, diced tomatoes, and mozzarella.
How to Freeze Naan Pizzas
To freeze, first freeze assembled, uncooked pizzas on a tray or plate until frozen solid, about 30-45 minutes. If your freezer is a little chaotic and these pizzas are going to get shifted around in there, wrap them individually in cling wrap to help keep the toppings in place. Then transfer frozen pizzas to a freezer bag. Pizzas will stay fresh in the freezer for up to about 2 months.
When you’re ready to eat them, place frozen pizzas on a greased or parchment paper-lined baking sheet and bake in a preheated oven at 400°F for 13-18 minutes. Pizzas are done when cheese is melted and the center is completely warmed through.
My store doesn’t sell naan. What can I use instead?
If you can’t find naan, any flatbread or pita bread will work in its place. Just adjust the cooking time as necessary if the bread is particularly thin or thick.
More Easy Dinner Recipes
- Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup
- Ham and Potato Soup
- Quick Roasted Tri-tip
- Chicken and Broccoli Orzo
- Creamy Sausage Pasta
Easy Naan Pizza With Make-ahead Freezer Instructions
- Immersion blender or food processor if using whole or diced tomatoes
- Mesh splatter screen optional but nice to have
- 1 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes (whole or diced will also work)
- 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 4 large garlic cloves pressed or minced
- 8 fresh basil leaves, thinly sliced OR 1 1/2 teaspoons dried basil
- 1/2 teaspoon (2g) granulated sugar
- Salt *
- 4 naan loaves
- 2 cups (8oz) shredded mozzarella
- 6-7 ounces good-quality pepperoni
- 1 large tomato sliced
- Fresh basil leaves
- 1 small bell pepper (any color) thinly sliced
- 1/2 red onion thinly sliced
- Preheat your oven to 400°F.
- If using diced or whole tomatoes, use an immersion blender or food processor to process your tomatoes until they are the consistency of salsa.
- In a large pot, over medium heat, heat oil. Add garlic and cook until lightly golden, 30 seconds to a minute. Carefully add tomatoes—oil will sizzle and pop as you do. Stir in sugar and basil. Bring mixture to a simmer.
- Turn heat down as needed to keep at a good simmer and cover with a splatter screen if you have one. Simmer for 20 to 30 minutes, stirring occasionally, until sauce has thickened and reduced to about 1 1/2 cups. If you don’t own a splatter screen and the sauce is popping too aggressively, turn it down and extend the simmer time as necessary.
- Add salt to taste.
- Place naan loaves on baking sheets. Cover each with about 1/3 heaping cup of sauce. Top with 1/2 cup of cheese each and desired toppings.
- Bake for 12 to 14 minutes, until cheese is melted and naan is golden. If baking all 4 pizzas at once, swap top and bottom trays once halfway through and keep an eye on the bottom tray to make sure the crust is not burning.
- Cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes before slicing, and enjoy!
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What is a naan loaf? Where can they be bought?
Hi, Glenda, it’s just regular naan. Here in California, most grocery stores sell packages of 2 or 4 in the bread or bakery aisle. I think you can also sometimes find it in the frozen aisle.
Used to be able to find mini Naans in the bread section of Walmart. They were perfect toasred with a little peanut butter .. for breakfast or an afternoon snacks!!
Ooo I love that idea!!
Making my 2nd batch because the first ones were so perfect. Had them in the freezer and pulled out 1 everytime I needed something but tasty for dinner! Think batch will include carmelized onions!
Yay! And OMG 100% yes to the caramelized onions!!