Quick Ciabatta Pizzas

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I keep a ball of mozzarella in the fridge most of the time as it is so versatile and can be made into a wide variety of meals.  This pizza was inspired by bruschetta and just kind of evolved.  It always goes down well with the family and is great with a salad or a bowl of soup for lunch or a light supper.

After toasting the ciabattas (pictured are paninis which are not waxy enough) rub them with a clove of garlic.

Slather a generous amount of pesto onto each slice.

Then the mozzarella and tomato slices are laid on alternately before putting under the grill.

 Grill until the mozzarella melts.

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Quick Ciabatta Pizzas
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These mozzarella and tomato pizzas are quick and delicious and can be put together with very little effort but a lot of taste!
Recipe type: Main
Serves: 4
  • 2 Mini ciabattas or 1 large one
  • Jar of red or green pesto
  • Extra virgin olive oil for drizzling
  • 1 Ball of mozzarella, sliced into 12 slices
  • 3 or 4 Vine ripened tomatoes sliced
  • Garlic clove
  • Freshly ground pepper
  1. Pre-heat the grill.
  2. Slice the ciabattas in half lengthways (and in half again if using one large one).
  3. Grill the outsides of the ciabattas on both sides until lightly toasted.
  4. Rub a clove of garlic on the inner surface of the ciabattas.
  5. Spread enough pesto onto each ciabatta to cover the surface.
  6. Now put on alternate slices of tomato and mozzarella.
  7. Drizzle with olive oil and season with pepper.
  8. Grill until the cheese has melted.
To make these pizzas lower in fat just use low fat mozzarella which works really well.

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  1. Jayne Sullivan

    A quick and easy lunch. Much healthier looking than the frozen ones with the tiny pieces of tomato that you see in the shops.

    1. Camilla

      Exactly Jayne:-)

  2. Rachel Smith

    Wow these look so tasty. Going to try these next week. I struggle to find ideas for a quick lunch xx

    1. Camilla

      Thanks, I have plans to make them tomorrow for lunch:-)

  3. Paul Wilson

    These would be great whilst I’m watching the rugby.

    1. Camilla

      Yes fab!

  4. Tina Deacon

    Wow these looks so yummy and are so easy to make thank you so much i am going to do these

    1. Camilla

      Thank you Tina – enjoy:-)

  5. Ellen Stafford

    These look delicious. I will try them one day.

    1. Camilla

      They are fab:-)

  6. Michael Botzaropoulos

    Love the garlic, usually throw some garlic oil on mine

  7. Jo

    I’m a big fan of garlic on toast, so love this recipe! So simple, so great for a last-minute family meal, with an Italy-meets-Spain twist.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks, I haven’t made this in while so must make it soon:-)

  8. William Gould

    What a great idea for a quick “ready” meal!

    1. Camilla

      Yes, they’re really good:-)

  9. Maddy

    OOh, a simple, yet quick, tasty & interesting treat.

  10. Anne Dalzell

    This reminds me of evenings in Barcelona eating tapas

  11. Ursula Hunt

    love pizzas made on ciabatta bread much better than normal pizza dough

  12. bev

    Looks fab and so simple!

  13. Paul Wilson

    Looks like great World Cup snack food.

  14. Carolyn Clapham

    What a simple, tasty lunch idea 🙂

  15. Ursula Hunt

    Great recipe for a quick lunch

  16. samanthapsharpe

    These look yummy and I agree with Maya Russell’s comment on adding garlic, my fave, as well as mozarella!

  17. Tracy Nixon

    These look delicious and the kids would enjoy making them too!

  18. Paul Wilson

    Great idea.

    1. Camilla


  19. Lisa Williams

    thats lunch sorted 🙂 Thank you

    1. Camilla

      Pleased you have been inspired:-)

  20. Tracy Nixon

    My kids will love these too!

  21. Paul Wilson

    Simple and delicious – that’s what I like.

    1. Camilla

      That’s what I strive for:-)

  22. Maya Russell

    I like garlic, so I think I’d cut it up finely and sprinkle it over the toasts.

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