Pizza Bagels

This is proof that food can be fun. I have some cherished childhood memories of my dad making pizza bagels. It’s the kind of food he’d make for us while mom was away at a baby shower or something. It seemed exciting because, well for one, we were cooking with dad. Second, it was all things we were familiar with and knew we liked. Pizza! For another, it really seemed like we were getting creative. Taking something made for one thing and turning it into something completely different. Kids eat that kind of stuff up! (Figuratively and literally… and so do adults.) It really doesn’t get much easier!

As organic as possible:

Makes 8 servings

4 plain or everything Bagels, cut in half

1 – 14.5 oz jar or can of favorite prepared or homemade pizza sauce

2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

4 oz Pepperoni

*Any other topping you like (my kids pretty much stop right there)


Preheat the oven to 350°.

Place bagel halves, open faced, on a baking sheet. Spoon on desired amount of sauce on each bagel. (Side note: This is a lot of fun for kids (big and small). And everyone can adjust the toppings to their preferences.) Place a handful of shredded mozzarella on top of the sauce. Sporadically or methodically place pepperonis on top of the cheese (keeping in mind they will shrink in size when they cook).

Place the pizza works of art into the oven and bake 15 to 20 minutes, until cheese is melted and bubbly. Leave it until it starts to brown if you prefer. This is your show. But do allow them to cool slightly before you bite into them, because the sauce will be surprisingly hot, and if you burn your tongue on the first bite, you will ruin the rest of your dinner. …And tasty pizza bagels are too tasty and fun to not enjoy!


  1. I used to LOVE pizza bagels! When I was in high school, my friends and I used to go to Einstein Bros. after school and get them. It’s been ages since I’ve had one, so now I think I know what’s for dinner tonight. Thanks for the recipe (and reminder)! 🙂

  2. I love a bagel. Its one of my favorites from the bread category… I love pizza. Put them both together… Brilliant…!

  3. Oh yes! Your bagels made me instantly hungry. I wish I had the ingredients to make this now. My toddler loves pizza bagel. I have to make a note to buy the stuff to make it this weekend.

  4. Pizza bagels, of course! My daughter always makes them on English Muffins, but sure, why not bagels? I’ll have to suggest that to her. She always gets into pizza craving modes, and now at 16, she can make them herself. 🙂

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