Look In the Fridge Friday: Use Leftover Pasta Sauce to Make a Delicious Grilled Pizza


Grilled Naan Meatball Pizza

When I was a student, jarred tomato sauce was my go-to topping of choice for cooked pasta. It also served as a substitute pizza sauce for my pizza bagels, pita pizzas and English muffin pizzas.

I still use leftover pasta sauce the same way today. As for the crust, Naan bread is my new favorite base for making personal sized pizza’s. It’s soft texture is like a pizza crust and it tastes amazing when cooked on the grill! 

Toppings from Fridge, Freezer and Cupboard

Leftover pasta sauce and Naan bread for a Grilled Naan Pizza

Seeing leftover tomato sauce (from my penne pasta dinner the night before) in my fridge, and a package of Naan bread in my cupboard, made me think of the many pictures I had seen on Pinterest for Naan Bread Pizza. So I decided to give it a try!

Now pasta sauce has more water in it than pizza sauce so it can make the crust soggy.

Oil before sauce for soggy-free pizza crust.

The quick fix is to lightly brush the Naan bread (or whatever crust you happen to be using) with olive oil before spreading on the sauce. The oil repels water and prevents it from seeping it into the crust below.

The secret to extra tasty pizza...a sprinkle of Parmesan!

A sprinkle of grated Parmesan cheese on top of the sauce makes any pizza extra flavorful!

Mozzarella and Meatball Toppings!

There was no pepperoni in my fridge, but there were frozen cooked meatballs in the freezer. To heat them quickly on the pizza, I cut them into small pieces using a serrated knife. They went on top with shredded mozzarella cheese!

How to Cook on the Grill

How to give Naan Pizza a grill mark tattoo!

Preheat the grill to medium heat, and set the pizza directly on the grill. Two to three minutes is all it takes to soften the Naan and tattoo its soft bottom with grill marks.

Naan Pizza on the Grill

To melt the cheese and warm the toppings, transfer the pizza to the top rack of the grill, then close the lid and let it cook for 5 minutes. If you don’t have a top rack, keep the flame going on one side of the grill and turn off the other burners. Set the pizza on the side away from flame and close the lid to cook.

Tangy fresh basil make this pizza look extra good!

Tangy fresh basil adds an appetizing finishing touch! Place on the pizza after it has finished cooking or the heat will blacken the bright green basil leaves which doesn’t look nearly as appetizing.

What do you think? Will you top your Grilled Naan Pizza with meatballs, mozzarella and basil? Or do you have other delicious ideas in mind for toppings? 

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