Val Hacks: Pizza Bagel

Val Hacker Ivy Haight ’25 presents her latest culinary masterpiece. Use this recipe the next time you’re wrestling with the perennial question: Should I eat a pizza or a bagel?

Val Hacks: Pizza Bagel
This pizza bagel recipe can be modified with a variety of toppings and a crust of your choice. Photo courtesy of Ivy Haight ’25.

Sometimes I walk into Val, and all I want is pizza. On lucky days, there’s the type of pizza I want at the pizza bar, fresh out of the oven with no line. On other days, I’m not vibing with the pizza situation. So I take matters into my own hands. I’m looking for the basics — cheese, sauce, and of course, a nice thick crust. For a fluffy, thick, round crust, I turn to a bagel. Society constantly demands that we choose between a pizza or a bagel. To that I say: Why not both?


  • Toast a bagel (or English muffin, bread, or crust of your choice).
  • Spoon a dollop of the marinara sauce from the pasta bar onto the bagel halves.
  • Add a sprinkle of cheese, plus any toppings you want.
  • Microwave for 30 to 60 seconds, or until the cheese is melted to your liking.

Topping Ideas:

  • Spinach
  • Tofu
  • Chicken
  • Quinoa
  • Deli meat
  • Tomatoes
  • Onions