Mozzarella and tomato toasties recipe

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Mozzarella and tomato toasties make the easiest open pizzas made with melted cheese, tomatoes and pesto on ciabatta bread

Preparation Time10 mins
Cooking Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins

Mozzarella and tomato toasties make the easiest open pizzas topped with melted cheese, tomatoes and pesto. It's a really quick lunch to make for the kids and it's so easy, they can even you help you make it! All you need is a handful of ingredients, but feel free to mix and match with any leftovers you have in your fridge - in fact, think of them as a pizza. Anything goes!


  • 1 ready-to-bake ciabatta loaf
  • 4tbsp fresh pesto
  • 125g mozzarella pearls, drained
  • 14-16 cherry tomatoes
  • handful of fresh basil leaves
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • olive oil to drizzle over




  1. Preheat the oven to 200C, gas 6. Cook the ciabatta loaf according to packet instructions (8-10 mins). Trim the ends off the bread and cut in half vertically and then horizontally to make 4 pieces, or however many slices you like.
  2. Spread the soft side with pesto. Cut the cheese pearls and cherry tomatoes in half and pop on top of the toasted bread.
  3. Cook under a hot grill for 3-5 mins or until the cheese is melting nicely. Scatter with fresh basil leaves, freshly ground black pepper and a drizzle of olive oil.
Top Tip for making Mozzarella and tomato toasties

If you can’t find mozzarella pearls buy a whole ball and cut into small chunks.


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