These easy-to-assemble pizzas start with a base of garlic naan bread. Juicy ham, savory roasted red peppers, garden fresh basil, and silky mozzarella cheese complete this classic summer meal made with farmer’s market staples—perfect for enjoying as part of an al fresco happy hour or dinner on the deck.
Who’s ready for a short week? Hallelujah for it being Tuesday instead of Monday—holiday weekends are the absolute best. Did you have any fun Memorial Day Weekend plans?
I sound like a broken record, but the highlight of our weekend was packing and moving into our new townhouse. We actually made a lot more progress and are totally giddy to have the keys in our hands and a change of scenery on the way.
We’re going to spend the next week or so organizing and decorating, and then the movers + cable are scheduled for the second weekend of June. Then cue moving in (and cleaning our current place – but let’s forget about that for now…)! Whoop!
Since the first official weekend of summer isn’t nearly complete without a barbecue, we took a break to fire up our grill with classics like burgers, hot dogs, sweet corn, and side salads packed with warm weather produce like juicy tomatoes and crisp, cool cucumbers. I’m so ready for a ton more grilling, beach trips to Cove Island Park to sunbathe, and whatever else this season brings our way.
One food in particular I’m sure will be on the menu over the next few months? This garlic-packed naan pizza topped with ham, roasted red peppers, onions, and fresh basil (hopefully straight from the garden soon – yum)! It’s the perfect combination of light and refreshing flavors and a welcome addition to a pre-sunset happy hour on the deck or an al fresco dinner spread.
Plus, it requires bare minimum time in the oven thanks to pre-made naan—you’ll literally be finished in 10-15 minutes from start to finish, leaving you all of the time in the world to get back outside and catch the sunset or the flickering fireflies.
Without further ado, here’s the recipe you should add to your summer must-make list.
Farmer’s Market Garlic Naan Pizza
Makes 4 personal pizzas – 5 minutes prep time + ~10 minutes bake time
1 4-piece package frozen garlic naan bread (I purchased mine at Trader Joe’s)
1 jar marinara sauce (I used Trader Joe’s brand tomato basil sauce–you’ll just need enough to thinly cover the pizzas)
1 cup diced pre-cooked ham
1/2 cup roasted red peppers, roughly chopped
1/2 cup onions, diced
1/4 cup fresh basil, roughly chopped
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
Preheat oven to 350F. Remove the frozen garlic naan bread from the package and place on a baking sheet lined with a silicone baking mat or aluminum foil.
Once oven is preheated, bake garlic naan in the oven for 5 minutes or until mostly defrosted. Remove tray from the oven.
Spread the garlic naan evenly with tomato sauce, then divide the mozzarella cheese evenly between the pizzas. Top with onion, ham, and roasted red peppers. Bake for 7-10 minutes or until the cheese is melted and the naan is crisp to the touch. Remove from the oven and top with fresh basil. Serve immediately.
+ Try to find the garlic naan if you can! It really makes this dish because it’s preseasoned with garlic and herbs. If you can’t find it, feel free to sub regular naan or your favorite flatbread of choice and be sure to add a dab of olive oil, a few cloves of diced garlic, and fresh parsley to the dough before adding your toppings.
+ I used leftover ham from a 10-lb ham I made for Easter (frozen leftovers for days), but if you’re not looking to go that route then I would suggest checking your local grocery store for a small package of pre-cooked diced ham or Canadian bacon. These items should be near the pre-packaged deli foods or by the bacon. Either will work just fine!
+ Feel free to adjust the toppings (especially the cheese + sauce) to fit your personal taste. Add more or less: it’s totally up to you! A small sprinkling of parmesan cheese would be a nice addition as well.
Question of the Day
What’s your favorite pizza topping(s)?
Mine: Really hard to choose, but either barbecue chicken pizza or chicken parmesan pizza (yes, it’s a thing)!