I am a sucker for some good cheesy pizza! I craved pizza so bad when I was pregnant with Tyler. Pizza was about the only craving I really had. And nothing could beat it. To keep the costs down, I started making homemade pizza bagels at least once a week.
I have always enjoyed pizza, though. Growing up, Friday night was pizza night. We always ordered our Papa John’s pizza and a coke. My best friend knew it. She was over most Friday nights and everyone knew that was pizza night in the Beller household!
Ordering pizza can get costly, though, so I have found a way to make my own personal pizza whenever I want it for lunch or dinner or a late-night snack. Besides, have you ever checked the ingredients and nutrition facts for the frozen pizza bagels? I much prefer to make them at home so I can use decent ingredients. And when it only takes a few minutes, there’s no reason not to.
Actually, Justin was the one who made homemade pizza bagels one night when we were in college. I don’t know why I hadn’t ever thought of it before. I love bagels. In our family my grandma was known as the “bagel queen” and I was the “bagel princess”. You can almost always find a package of bagels in my pantry at any given time.
The best part of this recipe is being able to customize it to exactly what you want. I like cheese only and I like ricotta cheese along with mozzarella. Justin doesn’t like ricotta but always wants pepperoni on his. Tyler and Ryan can never make up their minds if they prefer cheese only or pepperoni, so we have to ask every time. That’s also why we make regular homemade pizza most of the time, too.
I’ve only ever made this recipe with plain bagels, but I’m sure you could also try it with some of the flavored bagels as well. I don’t think blueberry would be very good for it, but everything bagels might be if you like those ones. I always buy Thomas brand bagels, but that’s just a personal preference since it’s what I grew up eating. And if you want small ones for the kids, you could also buy the mini bagels and make those as well.
Step by Step
Start by lining your baking pan with foil. Of course, you don’t have to do this, but it makes for a much quicker clean up when you are done. Or you can use a silicone baking sheet since those still clean easily and don’t waste the aluminum foil.
Lay your bagels open on the baking sheet and start to build your pizza by adding the sauce. Tip: If you are using ricotta cheese, it’s easier to spread that before the sauce so it can stick to the bagel better.
Top the sauce with mozzarella cheese and any other desired toppings such as pepperoni, black olives, mushrooms, extra cheese, etc. Anything that would be good on a regular pizza will be good on these bagels as well.
Set your oven’s broiler to low and cook the bagels under the heat for about 5-7 minutes. You want the cheese to melt and start to brown but not get too cooked. This will also warm the bagels a bit and the sauce. Remove from the oven and serve while they are warm!
Homemade Pizza Bagels
- 2 bagels
- 4 tbsp pizza sauce
- 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese (shredded)
- 2 tbsp each pizza toppings desired
- Line pan with foil for easy cleanup
- Add sauce to the bagels
- Add cheese and toppings on the bagels
- Broil on low for 5-7 minutes or until cheese starts to brown
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