Learn the secret to making the best matzo pizza that has a crispy, delicious crust every time. Then add marinara sauce, mozzarella cheese, and all your favorite toppings for a quick and easy Passover friendly meal.
Whether you are celebrating Passover today, or just love a good thin crust pizza, Matzo can serve as the perfect base for a crispy, crunchy crust.
However, there is a secret to making a really good matzo pizza. In order to make sure you don’t end up with a soggy mess, you need to create a barrier between the sauce and the Matzo.
And the perfect way to do that is with cheese. Layer the Matzo with cheese, bake it for a couple of minutes, and then add your sauce and toppings.
This leads to a crispy, delicious Matzo pizza every time.
- Matzo: Matzo, sometimes called Matza or Matzah, is a Jewish flatbread that is unleavened and normally eaten during Passover. Depending on where you live you may be able to find Matzo year round but you can almost always find it leading up to the Passover holiday. There are lots of varieties of matzo including traditional, gluten-free, whole wheat, and varieties that are specially kosher for Passover.
- Cheese: In order to get a crispy matzo pizza, cheese is essential. Almost any cheese can be used but the most popular options include mozzarella, Parmesan, cheddar, provolone, and Monterey jack. Match the cheese to the flavors of the toppings.
- Sauce: This matzo pizza recipe is for a traditional pizza with tomato sauce and cheese. Feel free to swap out the sauce to create different variations of pizza with pesto, alfredo sauce, barbecue sauce, red pepper spread, or even hummus. Skip the sauce and use sliced tomatoes or vegetables if you prefer.
- Herbs and spices: To add more flavor to the matzo (since it can be bland), add species like dried basil, oregano, red pepper flakes, garlic powder, or onion powder. Skip this step if using a really flavorful sauce.
How to Make Matzo Pizza
The key to making a crispy pizza with matzo as the crust is covering it with a layer of melted cheese to prevent the moisture in the sauce from making the matzo soggy.
Preheat the oven or toaster to 500 degrees. Spread a thin layer of cheese on the matzo and place it in the oven for about 3 minutes until the cheese melts and slightly bubbles.
Carefully remove the matzo from the oven and add the sauce and toppings. Do not add too much sauce or too many toppings since matzo is thin and breaks easily.
Return the matzo to the oven and cook for 5-8 minutes until the toppings and cheese are hot and melted.
Matzo Pizza Toppings
There are so many different ways to make matzo pizzas from traditional options to more creative ideas. For kosher options, make sure not to mix meat or chicken with melted cheese or dairy.
- Bell peppers
- Fresh basil
- Fresh mozzarella
- Red onions
- Roasted garlic
Fun Matzo Pizza Ideas
Here are some of our favorite matzo pizza combinations. These pizza ideas are anything but boring.
- Barbecue chicken: Skip the cheese and make a barbecue chicken pizza with barbecue sauce, red onion, cilantro, and shredded chicken
- Margherita: Start with a thin layer of melted mozzarella cheese, then add a thin layer of tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella cheese, and fresh basil.
- Supreme veggie: Skip the meat that is normally added to a Supreme pizza and pile the matzo high with red onions, mushrooms, bell peppers, and black olives.
- Spinach artichoke: Top the pizza with mozzarella cheese, Parmesan cheese, sauteed baby spinach, artichoke hearts, and a drizzle of olive oil.
- Taco pizza: Start with a thin layer of Mexican cheese, then add refried beans, more cheese, tomatoes, black olives, green onions, and lettuce.
- Greek pizza: Layer on mozzarella cheese, tomato sauce, spinach, black olives, tomatoes, red onion, and lots of creamy feta cheese.
- Breakfast pizza: Top your pizza with some scrambled eggs and turn it into breakfast. This is a great option if you have been missing toast during Passover.
- Mushroom pizza: Skip the red sauce and simply top the matzo with sauteed mushrooms, Parmesan cheese, goat cheese, and fresh herbs like thyme and chives.
- Pesto: Instead of tomato sauce, add a layer of pesto topped with cherry tomatoes, goat cheese, and lots of fresh arugula.
Storage and Reheating
Matzo pizza does not store well as the matzo gets softer and soggier as it sits with the toppings and sauce.
If you end up saving leftovers, the best way to reheat it is in a hot skillet so that you can lightly crisp up the matzo pizza crust on the bottom.
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are the most common questions about making pizza with matzo as the crust.
Matzo is a crispy unleavened bread that resembles a cracker of flatbread. It is made of flour and water but doesn't contain any yeast. This bread is normally eaten during the Jewish holiday of passover.
Matzo is made with bread and flour and basically tastes like a large cracker. The flavor is very mild and light.
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- 2 whole matzos
- 3/4 cup shredded part skim mozzarella cheese
- Salt and pepper
- 1/4 tsp dried basil
- 1/4 tsp. dried oregano
- 1/8 tsp. red pepper flakes
- 3/4 cup marinara sauce
- 2 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
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