Pizza Bagels – Cooking Classy

Nostalgic Pizza Bagels! A classic childhood favorite made with store-bought fresh bagels and pizza sauce, lots of shredded mozzarella, and any of your favorite toppings. They are unbelievably easy to make and surprisingly delicious!

Bagel pizzas on a dark baking sheet.

An Easy Pizza Bagel Recipe!

If you grew up in the 90’s like I did you can likely relate to this recipe. Lots of memories of this classic that I’ve forgotten for too long.

But the pizza bagels I remember were pretty bland and boring. Here we’ve upgraded them with bakery fresh bagels, some herbs, and garlic powder seasoning. And we use the best cooking method.

That is to toast them in the oven BEFORE you add the sauce so they don’t get soggy. Then finish them under the broiler for a nice toasty flavor and quick finish.

Though these make a delicious after school snack they aren’t just for kids. Even adults loves these!

And just like traditional pizza there are so many ways to make them (see ideas below).

Save this recipe for a quick Monday meal or a simple lunch. It may just become a new back pocket recipe that will take you back to fun childhood memories (but they’ll taste way better than you remember).

Pizza bagels shown close up with mozzarella cheese, pepperoni and basil over top.

Pizza Bagel Ingredients

  • 3 bakery fresh plain bagels, evenly halved
  • 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp (heaping) garlic powder
  • 2/3 cup pizza sauce, store bought (I like Rao’s or Kroger’s Simple Truth) or homemade
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/3 cup mini pepperoni, or other toppings of choice
  • Chopped fresh basil, grated parmesan, red pepper flakes (optional ingredients to finish)

Ingredients needed for bagel pizzas.

Collage of six photos showing steps of making bagel pizzas.

How to Make Bagel Pizzas

  1. Move oven rack to upper 1/3 of the oven. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Place bagel halves on baking sheet and brush both sides evenly with olive oil.
  2. Season non-cut sides of bagels evenly with Italian seasoning and garlic powder.
  3. Bake in oven 2 1/2 minutes. Turn bagels and bake 2 1/2 minutes longer or until lightly toasty.
  4. Remove from oven and spread pizza sauce evenly on cut sides of bagels. Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese and then pepperoni.
  5. Preheat broiler for a minute or two. Return pizzas to oven and bake until cheese is melted and bubbly and 1 – 2 minutes. Don’t walk away and keep a very close eye on them, they may even toast in less than 1 minute.

Pizza bagels toasting in the oven.

Possible Substitutions and Variations

  • Sub the cheese: Use provolone in place of mozzarella.
  • Sub for bagels: Try ciabatta bread, pita bread or individual naan bread for the bagels.
  • Top with any pizza toppings you like: Pepperoni, olives, Canadian bacon, ham, cooked bacon, cooked sausage, tomatoes, or sautéed veggies (bell peppers, mushrooms, onions).
  • Make a white pizza bagel: Skip the red pizza sauce and use a blend of ricotta and mozzarella cheese.
  • Swap the sauce: Try with a thick alfredo sauce or basil pesto sauce in place of red pizza sauce.
  • Alternate baking method: Cook them on the grill or bake them in a stovetop toaster oven.

Bagel pizzas shown overhead.

More Pizza Classics to Try

 

Bagel pizzas on a dark baking sheet.

Pizza Bagels

Nostalgic Pizza Bagels! A classic childhood favorite made with store-bought fresh bagels and pizza sauce, shredded mozzarella and any of your favorite toppings. They are unbelievably easy to make and surprisingly delicious!

Servings: 6

Prep10 minutes

Cook8 minutes

Ready in: 18 minutes

  • 3 bakery fresh plain bagels, evenly halved
  • 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp (heaping) garlic powder
  • 2/3 cup pizza sauce, store bought or homemade
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/3 cup mini pepperoni, or other toppings of choice
  • Chopped fresh basil, grated parmesan, red pepper flakes (optional ingredients to finish)
  • Move oven rack to upper 1/3 of the oven. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.Place bagel halves on baking sheet and brush both sides with olive oil.

  • Season non-cut sides of bagels evenly with Italian seasoning and garlic powder.

  • Bake in oven 2 1/2 minutes. Turn bagels and bake 2 1/2 minutes longer or until lightly toasty.

  • Remove from oven and spread pizza sauce evenly on cut sides of bagels. Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese and then pepperoni (or other toppings of choice).

  • Preheat broiler for a minute or two. Return pizzas to oven and bake until cheese is melted and bubbly and 1 – 2 minutes. Don’t walk away and keep a very close eye on them, they may even toast in less than 1 minute.

Nutrition Facts

Pizza Bagels

Amount Per Serving

Calories 309
Calories from Fat 135

% Daily Value*

Fat 15g23%

Saturated Fat 6g38%

Trans Fat 0.1g

Polyunsaturated Fat 1g

Monounsaturated Fat 7g

Cholesterol 28mg9%

Sodium 684mg30%

Potassium 176mg5%

Carbohydrates 30g10%

Fiber 2g8%

Sugar 1g1%

Protein 13g26%

Vitamin A 310IU6%

Vitamin C 2mg2%

Calcium 159mg16%

Iron 1mg6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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