Watercress and pancetta ciabatta pizza

This quick and easy recipe uses a halved ciabatta instead of pizza dough, making it an ideal quick lunch or dinner that's bursting with flavour.

Cooking time

40 minutes




  • 1 large ciabatta loaf
  • 1 tin of tomatoes
  • 2 shallots
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • ½ tsp smoked paprika
  • 8 slices smoked pancetta
  • 250g mozzarella sliced
  • 20g watercress
  • Salt and pepper


  • Make a quick tomato sauce by finely chopping the shallot and garlic then fry them in the olive oil for 3-4 minutes.
  • Add the tinned tomatoes, sugar, smoked paprika and seasoning. Place over a medium heat for 15 - 20 minutes until reduced and resembling a thick paste.
  • Cut the ciabatta in half lengthways and place on a baking tray. Spread the tomato sauce over the cut side of the ciabatta. Then lay the slices of smoked pancetta and mozzarella on top.
  • Place in the oven for 20 minutes until the mozzarella is golden brown.
  • Lay the watercress on top of the mozzarella and serve with a simple tomato salad.

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