Ciabatta Pizzas

This recipe is mostly about the vegetarian ‘tomato sauce’ base. I’ve always been on a quest for a decent protein-rich veggie pizza and this sauce is now one of my best tricks. Top the pizzas however you would like, the ingredients here are just a start.

These can make a great appetizer, but also can be served on their own as a full meal or as a main dish with a side salad.

Ciabatta Pizzas
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Recipe type: Appetizer
Cuisine: Vegetarian
Serves: 2
  • 2 large ciabatta loaves
  • 2 medium courgettes (zucchini)
  • 1 red onion
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 8oz/220g hummus
  • 6oz/170g can tomato paste
  • sliced black olives
  • cheese(s) of choice (mozzarella, ricotta, mascarpone, etc)
  1. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F.
  2. Slice ciabatta in half. Leave them this size for large "pizza" slices or cut down to smaller bites as desired. Pop in the oven for about 5 minutes to crisp up.
  3. Thinly slice courgette and onion. Pan fry in olive oil over medium-high heat for about 5 minutes until the vegetables start to soften.
  4. Meanwhile, stir together the hummus and tomato paste until evenly mixed.
  5. Assemble the pizzas: spread the hummus mixture on each slice and top evenly with courgettes, onions, olives and cheese.
  6. Bake for 15 minutes until cheese is bubbly.


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