Nigella's Crustless Pizza is an easy hot lunch ♥

First off, thank you to Little Joy Factory for becoming a follower of my site!

I made this much earlier in the month but saved it for a Potluck dish at I ♥ Cooking Club. It was hard to wait because but it's so good and very easy. Anyone who knows me (or has been reading along for the last several years) gets my infatuation with Nigella’s recipes.

Sometimes I have to take a break because many of her recipes use lots of cream and high fat ingredients. Not all of her recipes are calorie laden; for sure we have had some great ones which are not belly busters……….but yeah…had to take a short break for a bit.

Her Crustless Pizza is more like a thick grilled cheese sandwich. It’s super easy and I had it out for a hot lunch in under 40 minutes. That is mostly hands off time as it bakes for 30 of those minutes.


1 egg
2/3 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup whole milk
Butter, for pie dish
1 cup grated Cheddar
2 ounces small chorizo or pepperoni slices, about 3/4-inch diameter, optional
Special equipment: 1 round ovenproof pie dish, 8 or 9 inches in diameter


Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. In a small bowl, beat the egg with the flour, salt, to taste, and milk to make a smooth batter.

Butter a round ovenproof pie dish, then stir half the grated cheese into the batter, before pouring it into the dish.

Bake for 30 minutes. Take the dish out of the oven, sprinkle with the remaining cheese, and add the chorizo or pepperoni, if using, - or anything else - now, too. Return the dish to the oven and cook for another 2 or 3 minutes to make sure it's heated through.

Take it out of the oven and serve, cut into slices. Nigella suggests a green or tomato salad on the side. This turned out airy rather than pizza crust-like. It was good, ooey but I was left wanting just a little something else for lunch.

By the way, this goes well with Pumpkin Ale!

Leftover Note: Leftovers can be reheated the next day in a hot oven for 8 to 10 minutes, but sadly they won't be as nice as the first time around. Also, we demolished this between two of us, no leftovers that day.

This recipe is from Nigella Kitchen. Excellent cookbook, in my opinion.



小悦工坊 said...

Hi Tina,

So nice to follow your blog, just on the computer and saw this delicious pizza! How I wish I can have a bite of it even I just had my dinner!

Got to make for my daughters, they sure love it!

Tina said...

Thank you so much! I know your daughters will love this. Beware, you may want to make two.

Kayte said...

What an interesting recipe, I need to try it just on new-process-to-me alone! :-) Your photo has me craving pizza, oh my does that look wonderful. And, good to know about that Pumpkin Ale as well. ;-)

Zosia said...

Wow! That sounds like a savoury oven-baked pancake. Looks delicious - I'm going to have to try that.

Chef Mireille said...

wow - what a quick Pizza without having to wait for the dough to rest. I must try this.

Janel Gradowski said...

Every time I see you talk about Nigella it reminds me that I need to use her recipes more often. I have so many cookbooks I end up forgetting about even my favorites.

sunita rohira said...

Wow a pizza that can be made in a jiffy!! No waiting for the dough to rise. Can't wait to try it.

kitchen flavours said...

Wow, these pizza looks delicious! And I absolutely love her Kitchen cookbook! Have tried quite a few of her recipes and love them all!

Deb in Hawaii said...

I am not a fan of making crust so this is a fabulous idea. ;-) I love how cheesy your pizza looks!

Tina said...

Hi all...just wanted to make sure you know this isn't a typical pizza crust consistency. Delicious though!

Debra Eliotseats said...

Definitely going to have to try this. I love this time of year when pumpkin is in everything, including beer.

Couscous & Consciousness said...

What an awesome Idea for a quick lunch. I can't wait to try that. I can imagine any number of toppings that would work well on that too. I've looked at that Nigella cookbook several times, maybe I need to actually get it!

Michelle said...

Tina, this just proves that I need to get to know Nigella's recipes a little better. Have only made a handful, though they were all very good.

Kim said...

Oh Nigella! I love her so! I made this recipe awhile back, but I'm not sure if I posted it or not. It's definitely a great recipe for weeknights and I do remember the family loving it!

Anonymous said...

Oh, I have to try this one. THe only thing that keeps me from making pizza for lunch is the crust. Thanks for sharing this one.

Beth F said...

Interesting -- not really crustless, but no waiting for the yeasted dough to rise. This could work perfectly for a weeknight dinner when I don't feel like fussing.

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