Quick and Easy Ciabatta Pizza

Ciabatta Bread Pizza is a delicious and quick entrée or appetizer. Top a store-bought ciabatta loaf with pizza sauce and cheese then bake to golden perfection. Ready in under 30 minutes.

Looking for an easy dinner? Try a ciabatta pizza! It takes all of 5 minutes to throw together a comforting, family-friendly meal.

Ciabatta bread pizza slice

This bread pizza recipe uses just a handful of store-bought ingredients so it’s great for any night of the week. The airy pockets of the ciabatta collect the sauce and the melty cheese on top is so good.

Ingredients:

Ingredients for ciabatta pizza on a table

Ciabatta bread – about a 1 pound loaf. We have used a bakery fresh loaf and the take and bake kind with equal success.

Pizza sauce – you’ll need about a 1/2 cup so it’s a great way to use up leftover pizza sauce.

Shredded mozzarella – 8 ounces (2 cups total). We like to buy the mozzarella ball and shred it fresh for the best results but pre-shredded makes this quick-prep meal even faster.

Parmesan – just enough to add some depth of flavor and a little sharpness.

Italian seasoning – we use about 1/2 teaspoon but adjust to taste.

Ciabatta pizza sliced on a board

How To:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Slice the ciabatta in half and lay face up on a sheet pan.

Top each half with the pizza sauce and spread around, going to the edges.

Spreading pizza sauce on a ciabatta loaf

Add on the mozzarella and Parmesan, then finish with the Italian seasoning.

Bake for 15 minutes, or until cheese is completely melted. Broil on High for a couple minutes more, until cheese is golden and bubbling.

Substitutions:

For the ciabatta– Try this with French bread, a baguette, or a crusty sourdough loaf.

For the pizza sauce– use up some leftover marinara or other pasta sauce. For best results, simmer pasta sauce over medium heat to thicken before using.

Cheeses– mozzarella is the best cheese for delicious pizza, but any shredded Italian blend will work.

Ciabatta bread pizza sliced on a serving board

How to Serve:

Top with red pepper flakes, some fresh parsley, or extra Parmesan, if desired.

Serve ciabatta pizza with the following for an entrée:

You can also serve this recipe as an appetizer or snack for game days. It can be cut into smaller squares easily.

Quick and Easy Ciabatta Pizza

Quick and Easy Ciabatta Pizza

Emma J. Watling
Crusty ciabatta bread topped with pizza sauce and melted cheese for a great weeknight meal. Serve as an entrée with salad or vegetables, or make this for game day as a tasty appetizer. Serves 6 to 12 (depending on portion sizes).
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 18 mins
Resting Time 2 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian
Servings 6
Calories 310 kcal

Equipment

  • large sheet pan

Ingredients
  

  • 1 loaf fresh ciabatta bread 14 to 16 ounces
  • 1/2 cup pizza sauce
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella
  • 1/3 cup shredded Parmesan
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning or to taste

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350° F. Split the ciabatta loaf in half lengthwise and place on a sheet pan.
  • Spread pizza sauce evenly on each half then top with mozzarella and Parmesan. Sprinkle on the Italian seasoning.
  • Bake the pizzas for 15 minutes, or until cheese is fully melted.
  • Turn oven to BROIL on High and broil the pizzas until cheese is golden and bubbly, 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and let cool for a couple minutes then cut as desired. Serve warm.

Notes

Storage:
Ciabatta pizza is best if eaten fresh but can be stored in the fridge, in an airtight container, up to 2 days. Reheat in the oven until warmed throughout (7 to 10 minutes).
Add other toppings if desired, but avoid anything soggy like tomatoes or fresh vegetables to keep pizza from sinking.

Nutrition

Serving: 2piecesCalories: 310kcalCarbohydrates: 36gProtein: 14gFat: 6gFiber: 1gSugar: 1.7gCalcium: 190mg
Keyword Bread Pizza, Ciabatta Pizza, Pizza
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