Pizza Roll Ups are like a piece of pizza all rolled up in a delicious little bundle. They are full of tomato sauce, ooey-gooey cheese, and, in my recipe, turkey pepperoni. They are completely kid friendly, make an easy weeknight dinner, kids school lunch, or after school snack.
Aren’t we all in search of dinner ideas and sack lunch ideas that our kids won’t cry or complain about? This recipe for Pizza Roll Ups is going to be your new go-to kid friendly dinner (that you will want to eat too!). They taste like take-out pizza, but made at home. Pair these with a salad and you have a dinner that is done from start to finish in less than 30 minutes!
How do you Make Pizza Roll Ups
It is so easy to make Pizza Roll Ups, just a few steps, a few ingredients, and they are done!
- Store bought pizza dough (this will be near the refrigerated biscuit dough and crescent roll dough)
- Your favorite marinara sauce or pizza sauce
- Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
- Turkey Pepperoni
- Garlic Powder
Unroll the pizza dough and use a rolling pin to make the dough about 14×12, that way you will be able to cut 8 even strips from the dough.
Now cut each pepperoni into 4 pieces. It’s easiest if you make one big stack and slice them all at once.
Using a pizza cutter, cut the dough in half, then each piece in half again, and all of those in half again- voila- you have 8 strips!
Spread 1 tablespoon of marinara over each pizza dough strip, top that with the quartered pepperoni, and then finish with a sprinkle of cheese.
Roll each dough strip up, like a cinnamon roll, and place it in a greased cupcake pan.
Now melt the butter and mix in the garlic powder. Brush that mixture onto the tops of each pizza roll up.
Bake for 15 minutes at 400 degrees. You will want to let them cool for about 5 minutes before digging in!
What Do You Dip Pizza Roll In?
Really, you don’t HAVE to dip these pizza bites in anything. But, it sure takes them over the top! Here are some different dipping sauce ideas for your Pizza Roll Ups:
- Garlic Butter (2-4 tablespoons of butter melted with a minced fresh garlic clove or ¼ tsp garlic powder, stirred in)
- Marinara or Pizza Sauce
- Alfredo Sauce
- Pesto (I would mix the pesto with a little water or marinara to thin it out)
Kid Friendly School Lunch Idea
Are you sick of making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches yet!? Need a new sack lunch idea that your kids will actually eat, and LOVE!?
These Pizza Pinwheels make the perfect sack lunch for kids. Make them over the weekend, store them in the fridge, and then on Monday pop one or two in your kids sack lunch, add a drink, some fruit and veggies and lunch is packed!
What Can You Put On Pizza Roll Ups
My kids like these with either cheese only or pepperoni (I like to use turkey pepperoni because it is A LOT less greasy). You can really add anything that your kids like. Here are some ideas to get you started:
- bell peppers
- black olives
- pineapple & Canadian bacon
- Italian sausage
You could also make these BBQ style, just like my BBQ Chicken Pizza, and fill the pizza dough with:
- BBQ sauce
- red onions
- provolone cheese
Pizza Appetizer Idea
This recipe for Pizza Roll Ups would also make a great appetizer for a cocktail party, Italian dinner, or kids party. I would just make them a little smaller by slicing the pizza dough into 10-12 strips. That will make perfectly bite sized pizza appetizers.
I hope you give this recipe for Pizza Roll Ups a try in your kitchen.
Pizza Roll Ups
- 13.8 oz tube, refrigerated pizza dough
- 20 pieces turkey pepperoni, quartered
- 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- 8 tbsp marinara or pizza sauce (1 tbsp per roll up)
- 2 tbsp butter, melted
- ¼ tsp garlic powder
- nonstick spray or olive oil
- flour (for dusting the pizza dough)
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Prep a muffin tin with non stick spray or olive oil.On a lightly floured surface roll out the pizza crust rectangle to about 14″x12″.
- With a pizza cutter, cut 8 even strips (easiest way is to cut the rectangle in half, then cut each half in half, then cut each of those pieces in half)
- Spread 1 tbsp of marinara or pizza sauce on each strip, divide the pepperoni evenly on all 8 strips of dough, top with the mozzarella cheese.Roll the pizza dough strips up, so they look like cinnamon rolls, keeping the filling inside of the roll. Place them in the prepped muffin tin.
- Mix together the melted butter and garlic powder. Brush the tops of all the pizza roll ups with the garlic/butter mixture.
- Bake for 15 minutes, until the tops of the roll ups are golden. Let cool for 5 minutes before eating.
- Store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. These make excellent lunches for the kids to take to school!