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Grilled Veggie Naan Pizza with Pesto

by Aggies Kitchen on July 27, 2011

Is summer flying by or what? The first part of our summer seemed so slow and lazy…but then July kicked in and phew…it’s almost over!  School is starting here in less than 3 weeks. Craziness!

If I had to pick a favorite meal this summer…it might be this pizza. I made it a couple times last week with some naan bread I took out of the freezer and some leftover pesto I had in the fridge. I used what I had which happened to be yellow bell peppers, vidalia onions and tomatoes for toppings. And freshly grated Parmesan cheese.

Not much to this pizza…pretty much what you see is what you get and it’s obviously full of veggie goodness. The process of grilling the naan bread was pretty simple. I heated up the grill and brushed some water (you can use oil too) on one side of the bread. I put the bread on the hot grill for a few minutes until I saw light grill marks and it was slightly crisp. At that time I pulled the bread off the grill onto a cutting board and brought it inside to “top”. Once all the toppings were on the already grilled side of the bread, back out to the grill the pizzas went where they cooked for a few more minutes under a closed top grill.

I served the pizza alongside a simple arugula salad with mustard vinaigrette. Perfection.

Enjoy!

Grilled Veggie Naan Pizza with Pesto

Yield: serves 2-3

I love using what's in season to make pizzas. This grilled Naan pizza just screams summer - and it's perfect for a lazy summer night when you don't want a heavy dinner.

Ingredients

  • 2 Naan Flatbreads
  • 4 tablespoons pesto (preferrably homemade for best flavor)
  • 1 large yellow bell pepper (red or orange will be just fine), sliced wide into rings
  • 1 large tomato, sliced
  • 1/2 large vidalia onion, sliced into rings
  • freshly shredded Parmesan cheese
  • fresh ground pepper
  • red pepper flakes, optional

Instructions

  1. Preheat grill to medium hot. Brush one side of bread with water or olive oil and place onto hot grill rack. Grill for a few minutes until bread has light grill marks and is slightly crisp. Carefully take off grill and set aside, grilled side down.
  2. Spread 2 tablespoons of pesto on to each of the non-grilled sides of the bread. Top with pepper rings, tomato slices, vidalia onion rings and Parmesan cheese. Sprinkle with fresh ground pepper and carefully place back on hot grill. Close grill and let cook for about 4-5 minutes, checking for melting cheese.
  3. Once cheese is melted and bread is crisp, take off grill, slice and serve.
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JENNA July 27, 2011 at 10:11 am

this looks amazing! and so fast! perfect summer lunch idea!

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Erica July 27, 2011 at 10:13 am

I have had Naan pizza on my menu for a few weeks and we seem to keep missing whatever night I have it planned for! Yours looks fantastic! Love the pesto.

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Maria July 27, 2011 at 10:13 am

I love your pizzas! Will be making this one soon!

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Bev Weidner July 27, 2011 at 10:14 am

Naan pizza speaks to my heart. I think we’ve discussed this before.

LOVE. :)

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Christina @ Sweet Pea's Kitchen July 27, 2011 at 10:53 am

I have been wanting to make a naan pizza for a few months now…this one looks incredible! I can’t wait to give it a try! :)

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Maris (In Good Taste) July 27, 2011 at 10:53 am

This pizza is so pretty! The peppers look like flowers!

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Aggies Kitchen July 27, 2011 at 8:13 pm

they do look like flowers! :) I love cutting them that way for pizza, just something about the rings just makes it so fresh and appetizing!

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kelley July 27, 2011 at 11:02 am

Anything that has pesto, I’m all for! I can’t believe summer is almost over too.

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Melissa @ thefauxmartha July 27, 2011 at 1:14 pm

This looks so good! May even have to make this tonight. It’s perfection indeed!

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Healthy&Homemade July 27, 2011 at 3:16 pm

I LOVE making naan flat bread pizzas! The bread is so insanely simple to make and easier to roll out than pizza dough, and it’s great on the grill =) Looks amazing.

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Aggies Kitchen July 27, 2011 at 8:13 pm

I have yet to make my own naan. Do you have a recipe? I’m a little baking challenged :)

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Healthy&Homemade July 27, 2011 at 9:50 pm

I have a crappy/quick version =P No yeast or anything fancy actually just:

2 cups all purpose flour
2 tablespoons melted butter
1/2 tsp salt
Enough water to knead the dough

Combine the flour, butter and salt and stir together in a bowl. Add water a little bit at a time while you knead until you have a stiff dough. Cover with a wet towel then let the dough rest for 20 minutes. Knead it again for a few seconds then you can break it into little balls that you can roll out. Depending on the size you make this makes like 6-8 pieces of flat bread. I know it isn’t the same exact flavor as naan but you can brush these with garlic oil and herbs before cooking them. Just cook them in a non-stick skillet until browned on both sides. Couldn’t be easier. It’s amazing what butter, flour, salt, and water can make ^_^

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Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga July 27, 2011 at 4:22 pm

They look wonderful! Both the recipe AND the images. So beautiful. I love anything shot on wood, too. Makes it extra beautiful :)

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bellini July 27, 2011 at 7:27 pm

Quick, easy and flavourful..tge perfect combination Aggie.

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Russell at Chasing Delicious July 27, 2011 at 9:27 pm

Wow these look incredible. I’m always looking for new pizza ideas and I love the idea of using naan. I also love substituting in difference sauce ideas. The pesto sounds like a delicious base. I am definitely trying this next time I make pizza… which will probably be very soon. Thanks for sharing!

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Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. July 28, 2011 at 9:24 am

This looks great! My kids would love it too. Miss you my friend!

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Caroline @ chocolate and carrots July 28, 2011 at 10:13 am

Yum! I can see why it was your favorite! :-)

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JulieD July 28, 2011 at 11:39 am

Your post makes me happy and depressed. It’s so beautiful. I love naan bread. :) But depressed because my basil came out so pathetic this year, I might just replant new seeds in new containers. :) Or I might do a drive by and steal one of your basil containers. Just kidding!

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Denise @ Creative Kitchen July 28, 2011 at 2:16 pm

Aggie….those tomatoes look AMAZING!!!! Oh….this looks SO good!! I agree…summer is flying by. Of course here in Florida you know that we’ll have hot weather for months to come. :)

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foodwanderings July 28, 2011 at 2:31 pm

Love the entire idea of grilling breads and now you through in naan into the mix, oh my! The pizza looks amazing!

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fittingbackin July 28, 2011 at 3:14 pm

Naan is my favorite pizza base! I also like how you sliced these peppers into “flowers” like this! We’ll definitely make this – yummy and quick to put together!

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Mrs C July 28, 2011 at 4:06 pm

Oh I was just talking about nan the other night and how much I love it!!! This just screams summer and looks so fantastic! Flagging to make this for sure!!!! As an amazing cook, what do you think of my bacon-blue cheese sliders!?!

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Jeanette July 28, 2011 at 9:41 pm

What a great tip using naan for pizza crust. Lovely veggie pizza, super quick and easy! Enjoy the rest of your summer.

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Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen July 28, 2011 at 11:25 pm

I love using naan for pizzas, this grilled veggie one will be the next one up!

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Jersey Girl Cooks July 28, 2011 at 11:27 pm

I will be making these soon!

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patsy July 29, 2011 at 8:37 am

I love grilled pizza, but I think this would be even simpler to do on the spur of the moment (assuming you have Naan bread on hand!). Going to add some to my shopping list now!

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Mary July 29, 2011 at 9:11 am

Great idea to use naan bread – lovely flavors – sounds a perfect quick meal.
Mary

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Marla July 29, 2011 at 4:00 pm

I cannot believe your kids start school in just 3 weeks…granted ours is only a week after that. We need to sllooooowww things down a bit. I love naan, but as pizza?? Even better, way better.

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Jamie July 30, 2011 at 11:14 am

What a perfect way to make pizza.. Quick, easy and grilled. I think I will be picking up some naan bread this weekend. And yes, where has the summer gone. The girls go back in 3 weeks too and starting high school at that. (sad!)

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Olga @ MangoTomato July 30, 2011 at 7:44 pm

love the simplicity of this. and yet what a great combination of flavors. great way to let everyone customize lunch or dinner.

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Shelby July 31, 2011 at 5:57 am

I am making pesto today! This looks delicious and I love making pizzas with Naan! Naan is also the only Indian related food Grumpy will eat!

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Kerstin July 31, 2011 at 8:12 pm

I love making pizzas on naan – looks delicious!

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Amy | She Wears Many Hats August 1, 2011 at 9:11 am

Perfect! I could go for this every night. And my kids would like it too.

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khushi August 1, 2011 at 1:54 pm

woo…the pizza is soooo colorful….loved the presentation a loooooot aggie

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AnneStrawberry August 2, 2011 at 7:47 am

Aggie this pizza is gorgeous with the peppers and the flavors sound amazing. I have a ton of homemade pesto and am totally making this for dinner this week. Thanks so much! :)

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Baker Street August 2, 2011 at 10:28 am

I’d easily pick pizza too! Love the idea of grilling naan bread and the pizza looks delicious.

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Kiran @ KiranTarun.com August 3, 2011 at 1:17 am

Aahh! So drool-worthy Aggie :) And you are very creative with pizzas, love that about you :)

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Kathleen August 4, 2011 at 12:18 am

This looks like one killer combo! I love everything about it. Naan is brilliant as a pizza crust :)

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Susan August 4, 2011 at 2:16 pm

Amazingly simple, but oh, the garden freshness! Thanks, Aggie! I came here looking to see how your garden grew and found spectacular pizza!

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Betty Gauthier August 4, 2011 at 2:25 pm

Hi Aggie! I took the foundation of your naan bread pizza and switched out the veggies. I used shaved asparagus and green onion and it was AMAZING!!! We generally always have naan in our kitchen and I cannot believe that I never considered using it for pizza crust. Thank you for your suggestion… the Gauthier family has a new favorite. More naan pizza please! :o)

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Lauren from Lauren's Latest August 4, 2011 at 4:47 pm

I’ve done naan pizzas before but never this healthy! Looks like a great summer meal! YUM! Love those veggies.

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shelly (cookies and cups) August 4, 2011 at 6:32 pm

I love the idea of pizza on naan! I would have never thought of that..probably loads better than the Boboli crusts I made my kids for lunch ;)

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Winnie August 6, 2011 at 8:10 am

Wow this looks fantastic! I love naan but have never thought too use it this way :)

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Faith @ For the Health of It August 7, 2011 at 10:23 am

I just found your website through Foodbuzz, and it’s so nice to “meet” another central Florida blogger! Especially one with recipes like this one – pizza + pesto? I’m drooling!

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Julia August 7, 2011 at 6:43 pm

Nom nom, these look yummy. I only discovered naan pizzas a couple of weeks ago too, and they are a definite keeper of a recipe!

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Yudith August 7, 2011 at 8:30 pm

Looks great, thanks for the inspiration – I will have to try this sometimes.

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Deborah August 8, 2011 at 1:43 am

What a perfectly easy and tasty dinner idea!!

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Pimento Photography August 11, 2011 at 9:33 am

I made this last night w/ red bell peppers, baby artichokes, red onions, feta cheese and pine nuts…oh my goodness was it good! My husband loved it and thought it was very fancy! :)

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