Homemade Pizza Rolls
A quick food processor pizza dough turns into delicious easy Homemade Pizza Rolls, filled with fresh basil and tomatoes. It’s like the grown-up version of classic pizza bites.
There’s no denying that the past 6 months this year have been… challenging. But there have also been some rays of sunshine mixed in, too.
One of the highlights of spending 5 months working from home while also watching two small children? Having built-in sous chefs!
We revisited some old, favorite recipes — and have been able to enjoy some formerly “weekend only” recipes during the week, now that I’m working from home during the day.
High up on the list of favorites: these easy homemade pizza rolls. While they do take some time to make (yeast rising), they’re surprisingly easy – and the perfect way to get little hands helping in the kitchen!
(Side note: While most of my recipes are new, sometimes I’ll republish old recipes with new photos, new tips, and new recipe updates. This is one of those recipes. When I first posted it, back in 2016, the initial post included:
“Sometimes, I think I have this mom gig figured out. And sometimes, it is 4:42 am and I am holding a still-awake 16 month old over my shoulder, I have yet to go to sleep for the night, and I have to go to work in 4 hours.”
That 16-month-old? He’s now the one kneading the dough for these pizza rolls. Life moves fast, and new moms, I promise, your children will eventually sleep better. Even if it feels like you’ll never get there.)
Simple Pizza Roll Recipe
When I think pizza rolls, I usually think of some pizza dough, overstuffed with cheese and toppings, rolled into a tight spiral.
They’re fine, but nothing special. Classic football party food.
These pizza rolls, however? They’re a whole different category.
Light on the toppings. Stuffed in the middle and folded into thirds, rather than rolled.
Real, fresh ingredients literally bursting out of the top – fresh basil, whole pieces of tomato. These are so good.
Easy Food Processor Pizza Dough
Part of what makes these “easy” pizza rolls is this super fast, super easy, homemade pizza dough recipe.
It’s made right in the food processor. Kneading dough can be intimidating, so this is the perfect beginner recipe.
But even if you’re a dough veteran, sometimes you need a quick option. And sometimes, you have small hands helping you in the kitchen, eager to learn.
All this dough takes is adding all the ingredients to the food processor. Once you’ve mixed the dough, give it a quick knead by hand (quick like 30 seconds quick) to bring it together and set it aside for 1-2 hours to rise.
For this dough, we want to use bread flour rather than all-purpose flour. Why? It’s time for my favorite subject… kitchen chemistry!
Bread flour has a higher amount of both gluten and protein, compared to all-purpose flour. This results in a more structured dough which can withstand stretching, and yields a thick bread with a chewy texture and crisp outsides, perfect for pizza dough and bagels.
Real Food Toppings
After the dough doubles in size, stretch it out and layer on your toppings.
I like to use simple but quality ingredients here. Basil, fresh from my garden. Sliced pepperoni (to appease the smallest members of the household). Halved ripe cherry tomatoes. A little freshly shredded parmesan.
You can, of course, make your own sauce, but in fitting the “easy” theme, I use my favorite jarred sauce.
Once you spread your toppings, fold the dough over itself into thirds (like you’re folding a piece of paper to put into an envelope), and slice the rounds. Add a few extra cherry tomatoes in the center of each pizza roll.
Then pop everything into the oven and bake. Easy and delicious!
Common Questions about Easy Homemade Pizza Rolls
Yes, frozen pizza dough can be used instead of homemade dough (although I do encourage you to try the homemade version!).
After the dough finishes rising, roll the dough into a ball, coat lightly with a few sprays of olive oil, and slide the ball of dough into a freezer-safe bag. Store the dough in the freezer for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator to use.
The dough for the pizza rolls can be made ahead of time and frozen. The pizza rolls can be baked and stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days; reheat in a 250 °F oven for 15 minutes, or until warmed. Baked pizza rolls can be frozen for up to 3 months.
Bread flour has a higher protein content, which gives pizza dough the classic “chewy” texture. All-purpose flour can be substituted, but the texture of the crust will be different.
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Homemade Pizza Rolls
A quick food processor pizza dough turns into delicious easy homemade pizza rolls, filled with with fresh basil and tomatoes.
- 1 3/4 cups (397 grams) warm water
- 1 packet (2 1/4 teaspoons, 7 grams) quick-rise yeast
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 4 cups (480 grams) bread flour
- 1 tablespoon salt
- handful of fresh basil
- 2 cups (16 ounces, 450 grams) tomato sauce or marinara sauce
- 1/4 cup shredded parmesan
- 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
- desired toppings (suggestions: sliced pepperoni, sauteed mushrooms, olives, crushed garlic)
- Make the pizza dough. Combine the warm water and yeast in a small bowl and set aside until the yeast blooms, about 10 minutes. Add in the olive oil and mix well.
- In the bowl of a food processor or a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook, combine the bread flour and salt, pulsing to combine. Slowly pour in the yeast mixture, continuing to pulse to combine. Process until the dough forms a ball, about 30 seconds. Knead briefly (30 seconds to one minute) to bring the dough together in a ball, then place dough in a greased bowl covered with a kitchen towel. Set aside in a warm, dark place to rise until doubled in size, 1 to 2 hours.
- Shape the pizza dough. Once dough has doubled, preheat oven to 425 °F. Turn the dough out onto a well-floured surface. Roll the dough into a large rectangle. Scatter the basil leaves and desired toppings on the dough. Spread 1/2 to 3/4 cup of the marinara along the lengthwise center of the dough. Add some of the cherry tomatoes and sprinkle the cheese on top of the tomato sauce. Fold the lower third of the dough over the marinara sauce, followed by the upper third (as if folding a piece of paper to fit into an envelope). Slice the dough crosswise into 10 pieces.
- Transfer the rolls onto a baking sheet, spaced about an inch and a half apart. Add the rest of the sliced cherry tomatoes into the open center of each roll.
- Bake the pizza rolls. Bake rolls for 30 minutes, until crust is golden. Brush with additional olive oil after removing from the oven. Serve warm or at room temperature with remaining marinara for dipping.
- Pizza dough can be made ahead of time and frozen. After rising, roll into a ball, spray lightly with oil, and store in the freezer in a zip-top freezer bag. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator or at room temperature for 1-2 hours before using.
- Raw vegetables, like mushrooms or onions, should be sauteed before adding to the pizza rolls.
Pizza rolls can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days or frozen for up to 3 months. To warm refrigerated pizza rolls, heat in the oven at 250 °F for 15 minute or until warmed through.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1 pizza roll
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 242Total Fat: 3.9gCarbohydrates: 43.5gProtein: 7.4g
This Homemade Pizza Roll recipe was originally published on 08/19/2016 and republished with new photos and helpful tips on 10/08/2020.
These look so fun and delicious! We try making a different kind of pizza every week, so maybe I’ll shake things up with pizza rolls next time!
Thanks, Liz! Definitely give the pizza rolls a try – it’s a fun change of pace. 🙂
You had me at pizza! They would certainly make great appetizers at the next summer get together.
Definitely perfect as a summer appetizer!
Those are adorable! And I love how easy it would be to customize the insides!
So easy to customize! I have another batch of dough in my freezer – I’m thinking mushrooms, whole garlic cloves, a little truffle oil, and some oregano for the next attempt. 🙂
I can almost taste these through the screen! These would go down very well at a party with my friends.
They look gorgeous 🙂
What a happy coincidence! I have pizza dough resting in my fridge at the moment for dinner tomorrow. I’ll try a few for hubby’s lunch box 🙂 too.
These are perfect to pack for lunch! I brought one for lunch three days last week – nice and portable, do not have to be refrigerated, and delicious at room temperature — the lunch trifecta!
These look delicious! We just returned from a week-long trip to northern Italy, so as soon as pizza/pasta sounds good to me again (probably by tomorrow, ha!) I will definitely be trying this recipe.
I completely understand the dichotomy of sometimes feeling so on top of it, and others times woefully unprepared, with a little one. (My guy, Henry, is 15 months old.) On a broader note, I just started reading your blog and really love it. I think we have a fair bit in common! Feel free to email or check out my Insta feed (monicalens82) if you want to see some pics of Italy or trade notes about travel/basic survival with scarily mobile toddlers! 🙂
Hi Monica – thanks for stopping by! A week in Italy sounds AMAZING – did you bring the little guy along with you as well? We’ve only done domestic travel with Ryan, but I really want to go further. We’re considering a trip for Turkey next summer, but that long on a plane with a 2 year old sounds… terrifying. Ha!
YES! We brought the little guy, and he loved it, too. It’s pretty easy to keep him happy when the weather allows for lots of time outdoors, and every restaurant has tiny bread sticks!
I should say that we live in Belgium, so this particular trip did not involve a long flight for us. In fact, we made a road trip out of it! That said, we’ve traveled all over with Henry, including flights back and forth to the western US, and those experiences have only increased my confidence that you can really enjoy huge trips and adventures with a little one, as long as you’re willing to plan and be flexible at the same time! 🙂 I say go for it!
I have got to start making pizza at home. My kids would lovvvve these pizza rolls. Making them as well as eating them. Great idea!
Homemade pizza is so good — I grilled a peach and prosciutto pizza last night. We don’t usually let my 16 month old have pizza, but even he snagged a bite of the pizza roll and loved it. 🙂
These are so fun! My kids will absolutely devour them. Perfect for any meal or after school snack. Thank you!
So kid friendly and pack really well in a lunch box. 🙂
LOVE these pizza rolls! Bite-sized pizza? Yes please!
These look fantastic! Delicious, quick, and simple for a busy mom like yourself! Pretty sure my college aged daughter could even make these! ?
Those sure look tasty. Perfect for home movie night with the kids! Thanks.
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