Step-by-Step: Making Pizza Rolls

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This week I made pizza rolls for lunch for the first time in a long time. We used to have them nearly every week, usually alternating them with our weekly pizza for a change of pace. I came to realize that most people just thought we were making the microwavable pizza rolls.

No, these are much better.

They’re probably more like a big calzone, but we started calling them pizza rolls since that’s what they call them at CiCi’s Pizza, where we first had them. They are so simple and everyone loves them.

Brian even complained this week that I never make them at night. I thought that was kind of funny since he never says that about the pizza we have once a week for lunch. I guess there’s just something tastier looking about a dressed up pizza roll.

Usually, I reserve my “step-by-step” posts for crafts, but, hey, everyone can use a good recipe from time to time. You might even enjoy letting the kids make you lunch sometime.

What you need for making pizza rolls

  • 1 jar of pizza sauce (about 2 cups, if you make your own)
  • 2 refrigerated pizza crusts (or, you know, you could be industrious — and probably a bit healthier — and make your own)
  • 2 cups of mozzarella cheese
  • (optional) 1 cup or so of cheddar cheese
  • 1 Tablespoon or so of melted butter and a little garlic salt and oregano to sprinkle on top

Step 1: Roll out the refrigerated pizza dough.

homemade pizza rolls

Step 2: Top half of the roll with 1/2 jar of pizza sauce and about 1 cup of cheese (I like to mix mozzarella and cheddar), leaving room at the edges to form the seal.

how to make pizza rolls

Step 3: Fold over the untopped half of the dough and press the edges to seal.

making homemade pizza rolls

Step 4: Brush with melted butter and sprinkle with garlic salt and oregano (Parmesan cheese is tasty, too).

easy homemade pizza rolls

Step 5: Bake in preheated oven, according to package directions for the dough. Slice width-wise into about 1-inch wide slices and enjoy.

easy homemade calzones

What would be your favorite toppings for a homemade pizza roll?

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Kris Bales is a newly-retired homeschool mom and the quirky, Christ-following, painfully honest founder (and former owner) of Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers. She has a pretty serious addiction to sweet tea and Words with Friends. Kris and her husband of over 30 years are parents to three amazing homeschool grads. They share their home with three dogs, two cats, a ball python, a bearded dragon, and seven birds.

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  1. Awesome! This post just reminded me of my mother making these and I think she was the industrious one making the dough from scratch and us kids would load our roll with the various ingredients she provided. I am so going to do this with my kids!! My mind is racing with all the creative possibilities of what you would put inside!

  2. My kids would love this. I am going to recommend it for a day next week at lunch. Not only will they love to eat it, but they are old enough to make this one themselves. Thanks for the post!

  3. You know, Paige, my kids are so boring when it comes to pizza toppings that it never really occurred to me how creative you could get with this. Mmmmm…now, I’m picturing a ham and cheese roll with white sauce instead of marinara. Yum!

  4. I have a recipe for something similar that we call strombolli. It is filled with mozzarella, provalone, parmesan, pepperoni, mushrooms, and a little bit of sauce. My husband asks for it constantly, but I try not to make it very often so it will stay special.

  5. We used to make these all the time too. Wonder what happened? My husband requested lasagna for his home from the field meal, so we made him some Italian wheat, herb, and cheese bread today! (Post with pics to come this evening!)

    Thanks for reminding me of a deliciously simple meal!

  6. I had my 13yo make this for the family when I went to work Friday evening. Great recipe, it was a hit and he was able to tackle it w/o dad’s assistance.

  7. Thanks for all the great responses, everyone. Chris, I think it’s awesome that your 13 yo made this. I bet he was proud of himself.

    I’m making them again tomorrow — since my husband will be home! lol He was so disappointed that we ate them last time without him. 😉

  8. I’ll give u recipes a try especially the macaroni one. Don’t know if I can get the tea brand u mentioned but I’ll inquire at some of the grocers here. Thanks for the posts.

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