Even though it’s summer, our weeknights have been seriously hectic lately. In search of easy dinner inspiration, I stumbled on an old favorite —— the pizza bagel! To add a little bit of sophisticated flavor and unique toppings to this kid-friendly standby, my oldest and I selected a few seasonal ingredients like zucchini, tomatoes, and arugula, and made up a simple pizza bagel bar. A pizza bagel bar means everyone gets to pick their favorite pizza toppings! And grown-ups are going to love having a satisfying, delicious dinner that’s ready in minutes.
Pizza Bagel Bar: An Awesome (Easy) Dinner Idea 1 of 7
The pizza bagel is all grown-up, and makes for an easy dinner that everyone in your family will love!
Start with a Simple Homemade Pizza Sacue 2 of 7
Here's an easy recipe for homemade pizza sauce that's ready in minutes.
Margarita Pizza Bagel (Kid-Friendly Simplicity) 3 of 7
Even with simple toppings like homemade marinara and mozzarella, pizza bagels can be totally delicious.
Fresh Tomato Pizza Bagel 4 of 7
I love the sweetness that vine-ripened tomatoes bring to pizza bagels. For optimal flavor, look for the best tomatoes you can find! I finished these pizza bagels off with a few twists of fresh ground pepper, and loved the mild kick.
Tomato and Arugula Pizza Bagel 5 of 7
Fresh tomatoes and lightly dressed arugula add lots of grown-up flavor to this kid-friendly fave.
Sauteed Zucchini Pizza Bagel 6 of 7
Get seasonal with this tasty zucchini-topped pizza bagel.
Plate it Up! 7 of 7
Serve your pizza bagels with a couple of easy sides like sauteed green beans and a light arugula and tomato salad.
Basic Pizza Bagel Recipe
makes 8 pizza bagels
Basic Pizza Bagel Recipe
4 plain bagels, sliced in half
1/4 cup olive oil
2 cups quick and easy pizza sauce
1 pound fresh mozzarella, sliced
sea salt, fresh ground pepper, and balsamic vinegar to taste
1/4 cup sliced zucchini, sauteed in olive oil with a pinch of salt
1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, sliced
1/2 cup arugula, tossed with a pinch of salt, 1 teaspoon olive oil, and a splash of vinegar
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Drizzle the olive oil over the bagels. Spread about 1/4 cup of marinara on each half. Top with mozzarella and a selection of your favorite pizza toppings.
Set on a rimmed baking sheet, and bake for 10 – 12 minutes, or until cheese has melted.
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