Pizza is the classic supper of choice for any discerning student, I had a Hawaiian on my first night in halls. Domino’s will always have a time and a place, but its price and calorie content make it unsuitable to be indulged in too often. The naan pizza is the perfect alternative, quick, easy to make, cheap to buy, and with a never-ending catalogue of options. I made my tomato sauce from scratch (although you can use a jar of passata instead) and added mozzarella, mushroom, bacon, spring onion and torn up basil leaves, although you can put just about anything on yours. This is a great option if you are cooking for friends with various dietary requirements, as they can pick and choose toppings to their liking.
1 shop-bought naan
Tblsp of tomato sauce (see homemade tomato sauce recipe below)
Mozzarella, chopped into cubes (amount depending on personal preference)
Various toppings such as sliced mushrooms, fried chopped bacon, finely chopped spring onions, chorizo, cubed tinned pineapple.
Small handful of fresh basil
Tsp Olive Oil
1. Preheat the oven to 220C. Put the naan on a baking tray and add the toppings, beginning with the tomato sauce. Drizzle with a little olive oil and place in the oven for between 5 and 10 minutes, until the cheese begins to melt and brown.
2. Remove from oven and sprinkle with torn basil leaves.
For the homemade tomato sauce (also great as a pasta topping):
Handful of cherry tomatoes, halved
1 clove of garlic, peeled and chopped
¼ of an onion, chopped
Tsp mixed herbs
1. Put the onion and garlic into a deep saucepan with a little oil and heat until the onion begins to soften.
2. Add the tomatoes and mixed herbs and heat, stirring frequently, until you can mush the tomatoes with a wooden spoon.
3. Remove from the heat and allow to cool for a little, then blend to a sauce consistency with a hand held blender.
Culinary Know How: FRESHER
Budget: DEPENDS ENTIRELY ON TOPPINGS, INDIVIDUAL NAAN’S COST BETWEEN 50p AND £1.
Kitchen Requirements: BASIC (IF MAKING TOMATO SAUCE YOU WILL NEED A HAND HELD BLENDER)