Since I wanted to keep the pizza toppings minimal and also as least processed as possible, I opted for a simple Margherita pie. I topped the bagels simply with homemade tomato sauce and fresh basil. I also indulged and bought a real treat…something I’ve been wanting for a very long time…
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I toyed with the idea of using fresh tomato slices for these bagels instead of sauce. However, I wanted a warm topping component to offset the basil and cold mozz. The flavors in the sauce were also a great complement to the bagel toppings. I didn’t measure any ingredients for the sauce so I cannot give you an exact recipe, but I’ll list everything for you here:
- 1 small can of organic fire-roasted tomatoes
- dried basil
- granulated garlic
- dried oregano
- salt and pepper
- red pepper flakes
I heated it all up on the stove over medium-low heat and then blended it up to make it smooth! Top your bagel with the piping hot sauce and then immediately finish with the cheese and basil. That was easy, right? It’s also cheaper than buying jarred sauce. ^_^
Luckily for your waistline, this fast meal is actually quite light. One whole bagel is roughly the size of a baseball, so you can eat the whole thing alone or have half and somethin’ on the side. 😉 Also, there’s room for dessert!
I’ll leave you with one more photo that shows you just how loaded the tops of these bagels are. It’s pretty amazing, considering their modest size. I hope you’ll try this combo meal sometime soon. It’s the perfect time of year for fun and fast meals. If you do, let me know what you think and what toppings you used!