You’ll only need a few ingredients for this easy meatball pizza recipe. It’s perfect for a quick weeknight meal or your next game day party!
When it comes to comfort food, gimme all the pizza and pasta. We started a tradition of making homemade pizza every Sunday a couple of years ago, and it has become something we look forward to all week. Shannon makes the crust, and I get to top it however I want. My meatball pizza is a family favorite and couldn’t be any easier!
I ran to Kroger to grab what I needed, including Carando Italian Sausage and Meatballs. If you haven’t tried Carando products, I highly encourage it. The founder, Peter Carando, learned by working as an apprentice in Torino, Italy, so he knows his stuff. You can choose from:
- Toscano Italian Sausage – Mild herbs with fennel and anise
- Venetian Italian Sausage – Sweet basil and bell peppers
- Abruzzese Italian Meatball – Blended Italian cheese and herbs
- Sicilian Italian Meatball – Bold & Spicy Red Pepper Flavor
You can find their Italian sausage and meatball products in the fresh meat section of your local Kroger store. For today’s recipe, I picked up the Abruzzese Italian Meatballs, which are blended with pork, Italian cheeses, and herbs. These meatballs were on point y’all! The flavors were big and bold, and perfect for my pizza!
I prefer to keep my pizza ingredients to a minimum, so the only other things I added were roasted heirloom tomatoes, olives, cheese, and basil. Keep it simple, and your flavors will shine.
I like to combine hearty, savory flavors with pops of freshness, and that’s exactly what this pizza delivered. The crust was chewy and slightly crispy around the edges, the meatballs and cheese were rich and savory, and the basil added a fresh, herbaceous flavor that was the perfect finishing touch!
How to make meatball pizza:
Use whatever pizza crust you like. If using fresh dough, roll it out on a pizza pan (skip this step if using pre-cooked crust). When Shannon isn’t here to make it for me, I pick up fresh dough from my favorite local Italian restaurant. Buying your dough this way is always better and usually very affordable.
If using fresh dough, I suggest pre-baking it for 3 to 5 minutes, depending on how thick you like your crust. Since the meatballs are fully cooked, the pizza won’t be in the oven long, and this prevents the crust from getting too brown. Once the crust is baked, remove it from the oven, and set it aside.
Roasted tomatoes add a sweet smoky depth of flavor!
You can use any kind of tomatoes you want or none at all. If you want to use roasted tomatoes like I did, you’ll need to use your broiler. You can do this before pre-baking your crust, and then turn the temperature back down. Toss the tomatoes with a little olive oil and a pinch of salt and pepper. Line a small baking pan with foil that you’ve crinkled up. This keeps them from rolling around. Pour the tomatoes onto the foil and place the pan in the oven. Broil for 4-5 minutes, shaking the pan around every minute or so. Watch them closely. When the tomatoes have burst and are lightly charred, remove them from the oven and set them aside to cool. You can totally skip this step and add them raw, but roasting them brings out their sweetness and adds another layer of flavor.
Turn the oven temperature down. If using a store-bought crust, set the temperature to whatever the instructions say. If using raw dough, I usually set mine to 425° F.
To assemble the pizza, spread a little marinara on the bottom, and then top it with the cheese. Slice your meatballs into rounds, and arrange them on top. I used 5 meatballs for one medium-size pizza.
Next, add the olives and roasted tomatoes.
Bake for 5-7 minutes or until the cheese is melted and the crust is lightly browned around the edges. Give it a good sprinkling of fresh basil just before serving! Enjoy!
The next time you’re craving a quick and easy Italian-inspired meal creation, Carando Italian Sausage and Meatballs can help you get it done! You can find recipe inspiration and more information on their products at Carando Recipes. What are your favorite Italian meals? I’d love to know!
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Easy Meatball Pizza Recipe with Roasted Heirloom Tomatoes
- 12 " pizza crust ** see notes
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 8- ounce ball fresh mozzarella sliced
- 1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
- 5 Carando Abruzzese Italian Meatballs sliced
- 10 heirloom tomatoes roasted ** see notes
- 8 black olives sliced
- 1/2 - 3/4 cup marinara or pizza sauce
- 6 fresh basil leaves sliced
- Cook the meatballs according to the directions on the package and set aside to cool.
- Roll out the dough to your desired thickness. (see note)
- Carefully place the dough on the prepared pan, and partially it for 3 - 5 minutes.
- Spread the marinara in a thin layer over the dough.
- Arrange the mozzarella on top of the marinara followed by the sliced meatballs, olives, and tomatoes.
- Sprinkle half of the Parmesan over the top.
- Bake for 3 - 5 minutes or until the cheese is melted and the crust is lightly browned around the edges.
- Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 2 - 3 minutes.
- Cut the pizza into serving size pieces and sprinkle with fresh basil and additional Parmesan just before serving.
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Carando®. All opinions are 100% mine.