How To Make Pizza Bagels That Taste 10 Times Better Than the Store-Bought Kind
The key to the best pizza bagels is all in the ingredients: cheap grocery store bagels (we like Thomas brand), pre-shredded mozzarella cheese and your favorite jarred tomato sauce. The less fancy you get, the better these will taste (but feel free to go all out with toppings).
2 plain bagels, halved
¼ cup jarred tomato sauce
24 to 32 slices pepperoni
½ cup shredded low-moisture mozzarella cheese, divided
Freshly ground black pepper and crushed red pepper flakes, optional, for serving
1. Preheat the oven to 375°F.
2. Arrange the bagels slice-side up on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Divide the tomato sauce equally among the bagel halves, then top each with 3 to 4 slices of pepperoni.
3. Sprinkle half of the cheese evenly over the bagels, then top each with 3 to 4 more slices of pepperoni. Sprinkle with the remaining cheese.
4. Bake until the bagels are crisp and golden, and the cheese is bubbling and starting to brown, 8 to 10 minutes. Serve with freshly ground black pepper and crushed red pepper flakes, if desired.