Lent – Jujus’ Vegetarian Ciabatta Pizza 7


I didn’t know much about Lent until college. Ash Wednesday came as a surprise. Kids walked around campus with ash crosses on their foreheads and the cafeteria wouldn’t serve meat. This wasn’t a, “you have choice” moment. It was cut and dried. If you were eating in the cafeteria, i.e. using your meal plan, you were a vegetarian that first Wednesday and every Friday until Easter.

I like a lot of meatless dishes. But when I’m told I can’t have something, I want it. Just try giving up chocolate. Can’t you picture yourself at the end of the day, sitting in your car mowing through an entire box of Samoa Girl Scout Cookies? You’d eat them so quickly you’d hardly taste the chocolate, coconut, and gooey caramel. What a waste of good cookies.

However, imagine instead you were given a single slice of cheesecake. You’d eat it slowly, tasting the graham cracker crust and hint of lemon in the filling. Suddenly “giving something up,” wouldn’t be so bad. (Though, it does defeat the purpose of Lent and depriving yourself. We’ll just keep that between you and me.)

Jujus’ Vegetarian Ciabatta Pizza is the Lenten cheesecake. The meatless alternative you’re delighted to enjoy. Not to mention it’s incredibly inexpensive. This is a “last of this – last of that” dish, which allows you to clean out your fridge before things go bad. Lent never tasted so good or cost so little.

Jujus’ Vegetarian Ciabatta Pizza
Serves 2

You can use any slightly stale, thickly sliced bread you have on hand. Jujus and I happen to LOVE Ciabatta, so it’s normally what we have.

½ a slightly stale Ciabatta, sliced in half hamburger style, creating two flat halves
½ cup Arrabiata sauce
1 tsp dried basil
½ cup veggies of your choice
(examples: sautéed red onion and garlic, chopped kalamata olives, spinach, broccoli florets, left-over fried potatoes, and/or sliced tomato)
¼ cup shredded cheese (mozzarella is good, but any melting cheese will do)

Preheat the oven to broiler. Spread Arrabiate sauce over the Ciabatta halves.
Note: The sauce will soak into the porous bread, which is why using stale bread is best. It will be softened by the sauce, but still hold its shape and structure.

Spread veggies evenly over both halves. Sprinkle each slice of Ciabatta with half the cheese. Put Ciabatta halves on a baking sheet and put them under the broiler until the cheese begins to melt and bubble, about 5 minutes.

Recipe in print-friendly format


About Mikaela Cowles

I’m a food-gobbling, book-reading, aspiring photog. Born and raised in Seattle, I love dancing in the rain, bouquets of fresh basil and green grass between my toes. I like how kneading butter into flour makes my fingers soft. I’m passionate about all things sweet potato. I prefer my coffee black, my scotch on the rocks and my steak bloody. I hunt, when I have time; play basketball; and hike. I’ve been known to laugh so hard I hyperventilate. And, I’m the owner of Making Language Count, a boutique freelance writing business.


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7 thoughts on “Lent – Jujus’ Vegetarian Ciabatta Pizza

  • admin Post author

    Very true. It’s been really cool learning more about Lent, but it was definitely a shock when I got my first Catholic look at it.

  • MAry

    This sounds delicious and I love anything that is simple to do. This is my first visit to your blog and I decided to spend some time browsing through your earlier entries. I’m so glad I did that. I really like the food and recipes you feature here and I’ll definitely be back. I hope you have a great day. Blessings…Mary

  • Food Frenzy

    I love this simple idea. You stated it very well…”last of this – last of that”.

    At least the learning experience of Lent opened your creative nature to come up with this wonderful recipe to share with others.

    • admin Post author

      Fabulous substitution. That’s the great thing about this recipe. You can make it with practically anything. We’ve used bagels too.