This Pizza Toast recipe is a healthy pizza just dazzling with probiotic benefits for gut health and tastes amazing! For this recipe, we used cherry tomatoes, mushrooms, basil, and red pepper atop a layer of marinara sauce and Lifeway Farmer Cheese, our artisan protein-rich cheese with live probiotics. We layered these ingredients on slices of sourdough bread, which is also a good choice of bread for gut health. Our handcrafted Farner Cheese has a mild flavor, similar to fresh mozzarella, with a smooth texture that’s similar to blended cottage cheese. It flawlessly complements the rest of the ingredients and is great if you love cottage cheese pizza!
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- 3-6 pieces of sourdough toast
- 1 cup Farmer Cheese
- 1-2 tbsp. of ranch seasoning
- 1 cup of marinara sauce
- 5-10 cherry/grape tomatoes, cut in half
- 5-10 mushrooms of choice
- Fresh Basil
- Drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil
- In a bowl, mix together Lifeway Farmer Cheese and ranch seasoning.
- On a baking sheet, lay down parchment paper and sourdough bread. Layer on olive oil drizzle, marinara, Lifeway Farmer Cheese mixture, cherry tomatoes, and mushrooms.
- Bake on 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes.
- Top with fresh basil and enjoy!