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This is a great simple and fun Italian recipe for pizza using Italian ciabatta bread instead of regular pizza dough. It was given to me from my sister in law who made it and I fell in love with it.
Most grocery stores sell ciabatta bread in the deli/bakery section. I’ve seen prices from $2.99 to $3.49 or more. Well worth it however because this is one of the best breads to have with Italian food and in this case pizza.
What is Ciabatta Bread Like?
Ciabatta bread for those who don’t know is an Italian version of a french baguette. Clear now? 🙂 So you’ve got the crunchy crust on the outside and soft and airy on the inside.
Using this type of bread is great for other recipes too like focaccia or bruschetta. It’s also great for drizzling olive oil over it because the oil puddles inside the air pockets giving it great flavor when baked. Oh it’s so good!!
Using ciabatta bread for pizza is one of our favorite ways to make a quick pizza. It’s a true genuine upgrade from a Stouffers french pizza!
It uses common household ingredients, and is super easy to make. It does take about 45-50 minutes to bake, but again, it’s so well worth it.
Ciabatta Bread Pizza Recipe
- 1 loaf of ciabatta bread sliced lengthwise
- 3 cans diced tomatoes fully drained and rinced
- 1 garlic clove used for rubbing
- extra virgin olive oil
- grated Romano cheese parmesin is fine if that's all you have
- dried oregano
- kosher sea salt
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
Slice the loaf lengthwise and brush the inside with the olive oil
Rub the clove of garlic on the bread - or chop finely and add it - it is up to you how much you like garlic
Spread the drained diced tomatoes on top of the bread evenly.
Place a good layer of your grated Romano cheese on top. If using Parmesan cheese - add some salt in next step.
Sprinkle the oregano and some kosher salt on top.
Bake in oven for 45-50 minutes. Do not let the cheese burn.
TIP #1: It is important that your tomatoes are drained thoroughly otherwise it may be too soggy. I try to get out as much liquid as I can.
TIP #2: If you use Parmesan Cheese, you will want to use some additional salt because Parmesan is less salty cheese.
TIP #3: Serve with a salad or anitpasto.
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