These crispy pita bread pizzas are customizable, delicious, and made within 15 minutes. You will love this crispy pita bread pizza if you are a thin-crust pizza lover. This fun way to make pizza is quicker than delivery pizza!
Before pita pizzas became a "thing," my mother tried to find a quick and easy pizza recipe for pizza night. She always had Lebanese pita bread on hand, so it was an easy recipe to whip up on a weeknight.
This easy pita bread pizza recipe is similar to thin-crust pizza, which means the pita crust does not overbalance the rest of the pizza. Pita bread is the perfect size for a personal-size pizza.
What You Will Love
This easy meal is quick, customizable, and delicious. Mini pizzas are kid-friendly and an excellent way for your little ones to get involved. Kids have fun making their pizza with their favorite toppings.
This easy pita pizza recipe can conveniently feed a family or a single portion. A rule of thumb is one pita bread pizza serves one person. Everyone can make their own pizza the way they like solving the traditional pizza problem of arguing over toppings.
- Lebanese pita bread: The key to getting a crispy pizza is to use Lebanese pita bread. That's the secret ingredient for a thin and crispy crust.
- Mozzarella cheese: I prefer buying the block of mozzarella and grating it at home. However, pre-shredded cheese is also suitable.
- Pasta sauce or pizza sauce: Use any jarred pasta tomato sauce or pizza sauce. Do not use canned plain tomato sauce unless you add some ingredients to make it a proper pizza sauce.
How To Make A Pita Bread Pizza
Heat up the oven to 425 ℉ (218 ℃). Shred the block of mozzarella cheese with a grater.
Defrost the Lebanese pita bread (if frozen). Place the Lebanese pita bread on a baking sheet.
Slather the tomato sauce all over the pita bread including up to the edges.
Sprinkle the mozzarella cheese (as much as desired). Top with whatever extra toppings. Place pitas in the oven for 7 to 10 minutes at 425 ℉ (218 ℃), or until the cheese melts.
Chop some fresh basil and sprinkle it on the pizza. Cut the pizza into slices using a pizza cutter or chef's knife.
Tips and Tricks
- Spread the sauce over the entire surface. The edges of the pita bread can burn more easily if they are not covered with sauce and cheese. So, go up to the edge of the bread of the pizza.
- Keep an eye on the pizza. Oven temperatures can vary greatly, so keep an eye on the first pizza to make sure it doesn't burn or not cook thoroughly.
- Find the right combination. When making these pizzas today, my mother made her pizza with double the tomato sauce and double the cheese. There's no wrong combination; find what works best for you!
- If not making the pizzas immediately, store the pita bread in the freezer. Make some different pita bread recipes, like fried pita chips or chickpea fatteh, with leftover bread.
- Use parchment paper for easy cleanup.
Substitutions and Variations
- Add a variety of toppings. Some topping ideas are sliced red onions, roasted garlic, sliced bell peppers, sliced mushrooms, fresh spinach, pepperoni, pineapple, sliced jalapenos, olives, dried herbs, fresh herbs, fresh mozzarella, feta cheese, cheddar cheese, or shredded parmesan cheese. There are so many options!
- Add some dry spices. Try sprinkling some red pepper flakes and dried Italian seasoning.
- Try different sauces. Use homemade pizza sauce, store-bought pizza sauce, or pasta sauce in a jar.
- Cook the pita pizzas using a toaster oven, air fryer, or regular oven.
- Try a different pizza base. Use gluten-free pita bread, pizza dough, manakish dough, naan bread, whole wheat pita bread, or Greek pita bread.
For thin-crust pita pizzas, cook at 425 ℉ (218 ℃) for 7 to 10 minutes.
Pita bread has an air pocket, whereas pizza bread is solid flat bread without an air pocket.
Yes! Omit the shredded mozzarella cheese and layer up the vegetables like mushrooms, black olives, sliced red onion, sliced bell peppers, and roasted garlic.
If making a single portion, it takes 15 minutes. If making for a group, try to bake 2 pizzas on the top rack and 2 pizzas on the middle rack to speed things up.
Recipes That Use Lebanese Pita Bread
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Crispy Pita Bread Pizza
- 6 Lebanese pita bread about 12" in diameter
- 26 ounces jar of pasta tomato sauce or pizza sauce
- 20 ounces block of mozzarella cheese
- fresh herbs
- pitted black olives
- red onion
- bell pepper
- shredded parmesan cheese
- Heat the oven to 425 ℉ (218 ℃). Grate the mozzarella cheese block if not already shredded. Prepare the pizza topping ingredients.
- Place the pita bread on a pizza pan or cookie sheet.
- Completely cover the pita bread in pasta sauce.
- Sprinkle shredded mozzarella cheese.
- Add desired pizza toppings.
- Put the pizza in the middle or top part of the oven for 7 to 10 minutes or until the pizza is finished.
- Oven temperatures vary, so keep an eye on the first pita pizza carefully. Lebanese pita bread is thin and can burn easily.
- Don't add too many wet pizza toppings (like tomatoes and pineapple) if desiring a crispy pizza crust.
- The nutrition facts are for a plain cheese pita pizza 12" in diameter with 3 oz. of shredded mozzarella cheese.