May 23
2013

BLT Naan Pizza Recipe with Bacon, Arugula & Tomato

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BLT Naan Pizza with Bacon, Arugula & Tomato is an easy and healthy lunch or dinner idea.
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Last week, I told you about the surprise that my husband, Steve, and I planned for our youngest son’s (T) ninth birthday. As soon as he headed off to school, we started on some heavy lifting. Two hours and many sore muscles later, the transformation was complete. My little boy had his own room for the first time, and we were absolutely itching to see his reaction when he got home from school.

As soon as T walked through the door and dropped his backpack to the floor, we asked him to cover his eyes. Our older son, M, could barely contain his excitement because he was in on the surprise – and was rather happy to be getting his own room out of the deal. We spun him around a couple of times (the ol’ “confuse ‘em by making ‘em dizzy” trick) and guided him up the stairs. When T was standing in front of his new door, adorned with “Happy Birthday” balloons, we asked him to open his eyes.

His eyes got big and he let out an exclamation of delight as he pushed open the door. “Oh wow! This is the BEST GIFT EVER!”

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As much as it makes our hearts ache to see the boys grow up, we rejoice with them as they experience life’s twists and turns. Having one’s own room can be a rite of passage, and it is another step towards the independence that we are teaching our boys to embrace.

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And now, on to the recipe.

The recipe:

This pizza takes all of the elements of a classic BLT sandwich and piles them on top of whole wheat store-bought naan bread. Within minutes, you can go from, “What the heck are we going to have for dinner?” to a meal that is both satisfying and healthy.

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. If using a pizza stone, heat the stone in the preheated oven for about 10 minutes.

Lay 2 pieces of naan on a pizza peel or on a baking sheet (if you’re not using a pizza stone).

BLT Naan Pizza Recipe with Bacon, Arugula & Tomato | cookincanuck.com #recipe

Spread 2 tablespoons of tomato on each piece of naan.

Divide the bacon, tomato circles, mozzarella cheese and Parmesan cheese evenly between the 2 pieces of naan.

BLT Naan Pizza Recipe with Bacon, Arugula & Tomato | cookincanuck.com #recipe

If using a baking stone, transfer the pizzas from the peel to the stone. If using a baking sheet, place the baking sheet in the oven.

Bake until the cheese is melted and the naan bread is golden brown, 7 to 8 minutes.

Transfer the pizzas to a cutting board and let rest for 5 minutes before slicing.

BLT Naan Pizza Recipe with Bacon, Arugula & Tomato | cookincanuck.com #recipe

While the pizza is resting, place the arugula in a small bowl and toss it with the lemon juice and ground pepper.

Top each pizza with half of the arugula.

BLT Naan Pizza Recipe with Bacon, Arugula & Tomato | cookincanuck.com #recipe

Slice the pizzas into quarters. Serve.

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Half Baked Harvest’s Grilled Corn & Chipotle Pesto Pizza with Queso Fresco
The Cafe Sucre Farine’s Balsamic Strawberry Pizza with Chicken, Sweet Onion & Applewood Smoked Bacon

BLT Naan Pizza with Bacon, Arugula & Tomato

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: Serves 4

Serving Size: 1/2 pizza

Calories per serving: 261 cal

Fat per serving: Total Fat 10g / Saturated Fat 2.9g

BLT Naan Pizza with Bacon, Arugula & Tomato

From the kitchen of Cookin Canuck. www.cookincanuck.com

Ingredients

  • 2 pieces whole wheat naan
  • 1/4 cup tomato sauce
  • 3 slices cooked bacon, crumbled
  • 1 1/2 Roma tomatoes, cut into 1/4-inch thick circles
  • 1/4 cup (packed) grated mozzarella cheese
  • 2 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup (packed) arugula
  • 3/4 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp ground pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. If using a pizza stone, heat the stone in the preheated oven for about 10 minutes.
  2. Lay 2 pieces of naan on a pizza peel or on a baking sheet (if you're not using a pizza stone).
  3. Spread 2 tablespoons of tomato on each piece of naan.
  4. Divide the bacon, tomato circles, mozzarella cheese and Parmesan cheese evenly between the 2 pieces of naan.
  5. If using a baking stone, transfer the pizzas from the peel to the stone. If using a baking sheet, place the baking sheet in the oven.
  6. Bake until the cheese is melted and the naan bread is golden brown, 7 to 8 minutes.
  7. Transfer the pizzas to a cutting board and let rest for 5 minutes before slicing.
  8. While the pizza is resting, place the arugula in a small bowl and toss it with the lemon juice and ground pepper.
  9. Top each pizza with half of the arugula.
  10. Slice the pizzas into quarters. Serve.

Notes

Calories 260.5 / Total Fat 10.0g / Saturated Fat 2.9g / Cholesterol 16.2mg / Sodium 662.9mg / Total Carbohydrates 32.2g / Fiber 4.8g / Sugars 3.1g / Protein 9.9g / WW (Old Points) 5 / WW (Points+) 7

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{ 59 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Liz @ The Lemon Bowl May 23, 2013 at 5:22 am

What a gorgeous pizza!! Love the idea of naan crust!!

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2 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) May 23, 2013 at 4:07 pm

Thanks, Liz. I love the ease of the naan bread.

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3 Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) May 23, 2013 at 5:58 am

I always have naan in the freezer, and almost always use it for pizza. Love this quick and easy version.

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4 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) May 23, 2013 at 4:08 pm

It really is a great ingredient to have on hand.

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5 Tieghan May 23, 2013 at 6:30 am

So cute! I bet the was such an awesome day for all you guys!

Love this pizza!! So fresh and summery!

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6 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) May 23, 2013 at 4:08 pm

Thanks, Tieghan. He was pretty thrilled with his birthday surprise!

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7 Rachel @ Baked by Rachel May 23, 2013 at 6:57 am

What a sweet surprise!! I love that your other son was in on the surprise. Fantastic pizza! I blame you if I break down and make some later ;)

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8 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) May 23, 2013 at 4:09 pm

Thanks, Rachel. Yes, my older son was practically bursting with excitement, but did a very good job of keeping the secret.

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9 Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust May 23, 2013 at 7:13 am

I still remember when my parents did that for me! I was so excited to have a redone room. This pizza. Well. I’m ALL about pizza 24/7!

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10 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) May 23, 2013 at 4:10 pm

Thanks, Dorothy! My parents re-did my room for me when I was a kid, too, and I’ll always remember that surprise.

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11 Abby @ The Frosted Vegan May 23, 2013 at 7:32 am

This naan pizza thing is intriguing me, I can’t wait to try!

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12 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) May 23, 2013 at 4:10 pm

Thanks, Abby. It’s a great ingredient to have on hand for quick meals.

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13 Maria May 23, 2013 at 7:35 am

I love using naan for pizza crust! I am so glad he liked his surprise! So fun!

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14 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) May 23, 2013 at 4:11 pm

Thanks, Maria. He was a very happy boy!

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15 Bev @ Bev Cooks May 23, 2013 at 8:00 am

You don’t eeeeeven have to twist my arm.

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16 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) May 23, 2013 at 4:11 pm

Thanks, Bev. I feel the same way about pizza.

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17 Angie May 23, 2013 at 8:03 am

I should make more naan pizzas, this looks so good, and your son is such a cutie!

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18 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) May 23, 2013 at 4:11 pm

Thank you, Angie. We’re kind of fond of him. :)

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19 Lori @ RecipeGirl May 23, 2013 at 8:22 am

Cutest story ever :) Love your pizza too!

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20 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) May 23, 2013 at 4:12 pm

Thanks, Lori! It was a fun day for all of us.

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21 Kimberly P. May 23, 2013 at 9:07 am

Well, I do love the pizza idea, but the pics of your son’s obvious excitement of moving into his own “big-boy” room are just priceless!

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22 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) May 23, 2013 at 4:13 pm

Thanks, Kimberly! He was absolutely beside himself with excitement. He couldn’t wait to show his new room to his friends.

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23 claire @ the realistic nutritionist May 23, 2013 at 9:35 am

This is AMAZING!

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24 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) May 23, 2013 at 4:13 pm

Thank you, Claire. It’s definitely going to become a regular item on our dinner menu.

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25 Meagan @ A Zesty Bite May 23, 2013 at 9:35 am

I remember loving when my parents would let me redo my room. Love this pizza.

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26 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) May 23, 2013 at 4:14 pm

Thanks, Meaghan. Yes, I remember it as a such a wonderful feeling of independence.

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27 Crystal @ Simply Playful Fare May 23, 2013 at 9:41 am

Those pizzas look so good! I love that you can make an individual pizza how ever you want, and that it’s pretty low-cal. I remember the first time I had a room to myself. So special!

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28 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) May 23, 2013 at 4:15 pm

Thanks, Crystal. I decided not to overdo it on the cheese on the pizza because the rest of the ingredients had plenty of flavor. That definitely helped to keep this healthy.

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29 Laura (Tutti Dolci) May 23, 2013 at 10:03 am

I love naan pizzas, yum!

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30 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) May 23, 2013 at 4:15 pm

Thanks, Laura. I feel the same way.

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31 nessa May 23, 2013 at 10:19 am

So cute! I love naan (specially homemade), and these look fantastic!

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32 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) May 23, 2013 at 4:16 pm

Thanks, Nessa. Someday I will learn to make my own naan!

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33 bellini May 23, 2013 at 10:26 am

Our kids grow up so fast don’t they. My own will be getting married soon:D So don’t blink:D As for the pizza I like the ease of using naan.

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34 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) May 23, 2013 at 4:21 pm

I know that day will be here before I know it, but I can’t think about that yet. I can’t barely think of my older son starting middle school!

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35 Barbara | Creative Culinary May 23, 2013 at 11:36 am

I love that you used the words bacon and healthy to describe this pizza. Poor bacon has a bad rap…it IS all about moderation!

Naan is genius; I will use a store bought pizza dough but this is even easier. Love it.

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36 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) May 23, 2013 at 4:21 pm

So true, Barb! Everything in moderation.

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37 Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain May 23, 2013 at 12:28 pm

You guys are the best parental units!! And this naan pizza, amazing!!

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38 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) May 23, 2013 at 4:22 pm

Aww, thank you so much, Lauren. Let’s hope our kids still think so when they’re in their teens. :)

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39 Jessica@AKitchenAddiction May 23, 2013 at 12:47 pm

What a great birthday present for your son! Absolutely love the flavors of this pizza! We’ve been trying different naan pizzas lately, this one needs to get added to the list!

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40 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) May 23, 2013 at 4:23 pm

Thanks, Jessica. Naan pizzas are awfully addictive, aren’t they?

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41 addie | culicurious May 23, 2013 at 12:59 pm

Great looking pizza, Dara! I love those quick easy delicious meals :) Great for weeknights!

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42 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) May 23, 2013 at 4:24 pm

Thank you, Addie. I do love the ease of naan bread.

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43 Paula - bell'alimento May 23, 2013 at 1:49 pm

I love arugula on pizza!

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44 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) May 23, 2013 at 4:25 pm

I agree, Paula!

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45 kelley May 23, 2013 at 3:22 pm

What a sweet picture. I can only imagine how thrilled they both are to have their own rooms. You and Steve are such awesome parents- I really look to you guys for role models! The pizza doesn’t look half bad either :) You know I love my bacon!

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46 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) May 23, 2013 at 4:26 pm

You’re so sweet, Kelley. Thank you for your kind words! And yes, I know about you and bacon. :)

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47 Cassie | Bake Your Day May 23, 2013 at 5:24 pm

Aww, he looks so happy in his new room! What a fun surprise. I love these pizzas, Dara. Naan pizza is a great idea!

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48 Carla @ Carlas Confections May 23, 2013 at 6:52 pm

I cannot stop staring at this pizza. It looks so amazing! I want it right now! ;)

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49 Annalise May 23, 2013 at 7:48 pm

Yum! This looks right up my alley. I pretty much always have BLT stuffs on hand, going to pick up some naan asap!

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50 Deborah May 23, 2013 at 9:07 pm

I love this – especially how easy it is with the Naan!!

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51 Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective May 24, 2013 at 8:16 am

Great-looking pizza!

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52 Megan {Country Cleaver} May 24, 2013 at 9:19 am

Happy birthday to your little dude!! How great! And I would totally celebrate with these pizzas, too. YUMOH!

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53 ashley - baker by nature May 24, 2013 at 11:53 am

Oh yum! Totally dreaming of this right now.

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54 Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen May 24, 2013 at 12:04 pm

Ahhh he’s adorable. But tell him I said he’s cool or something like that :)

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55 kirsten@FarmFreshFeasts May 24, 2013 at 7:22 pm

Dara,
Your son looks just delighted with his new room–what a wonderful birthday surprise.

This pizza looks delicious–I’m chomping at the bit for the CSA farm share to get started so I can some fresh greens on my pizza. In my pizza I’m good with, but it’s time to branch out.
Thanks!

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56 Aggie May 27, 2013 at 6:09 am

Oh my gosh, your little guy is adorable and really, what a fun surprise gift!! Love that!!

You know I love this, naan pizza is one of my favorites. The toppings on this are absolutely fantastic!!

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57 Nutmeg Nanny May 27, 2013 at 1:11 pm

Aw, I love that! He looks ecstatic :)
This pizza looks wonderful, great flavors!

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58 Helene May 28, 2013 at 5:46 pm

I really have to make this recipe, thanks for sharing, that looks yummy and something my family would love to eat.

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59 gina @ skinnytaste May 31, 2013 at 12:57 pm

I love naan, this is genious!

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