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Pull Apart Pizza Bread · Easy Family Recipes

This simple pull-apart pizza bread is a versatile family meal that will be a hit with everyone. It requires only 10 minutes of hands-on time and can serve as a fast dinner option for busy weeknights, an appetizer, party food, or a satisfying snack for hungry children!


Who doesn’t enjoy pizza night? My kids certainly do, which is why this effortless pull-apart pizza is an excellent selection.

Not only can everyone, including young kids, participate in creating the pizza, but it’s also incredibly easy to serve! No slicing required – simply grab your favorite slice and pull. Moreover, you can use our extensive list of pizza topping suggestions to spark your creativity!

Why I LOVE this recipe!

  • Personalize it – Whether you prefer Hawaiian style, classic pepperoni, or a meat lover’s version, tailor it to your family’s tastes!
  • Effortless – Besides adding toppings, this recipe is almost entirely hands-off!
  • Family-Oriented – Kids adore pizza, and they will be thrilled to assist you in making this one.
  • It’s Enjoyable! – Witness the pizza vanish as everyone delights in easily pulling off their preferred piece; no cutting necessary!

Recipe Notes

This straightforward pull-apart pizza bread recipe is as uncomplicated as advertised! Just 10 minutes of preparation and one pan for a meal that the whole family will enjoy.

In this segment, I will share some tips and tricks that I employ to prepare pizza pull-apart rolls for the best and most delicious outcomes.

Make sure to scroll down for the complete recipe card at the end.

Ingredients + Substitutions

Ingredients to make a pull apart pizza bread including frozen unbaked dinner rolls, marinara, cheese, olive oil, and pizza toppings.
  • Frozen Dinner Rolls – Essential to use frozen dinner roll dough, not pre-baked frozen rolls. The Rhodes brand is recommended, but any available at your local store should work. Alternatively, you can opt for small balls of pizza dough or canned biscuit dough, but the rolls are extremely tasty, so they are highly recommended. They are worth the wait for them to rise.
  • Marinara Sauce – Opt for your preferred store-bought marinara or pizza sauce, or prepare a quick homemade version.
  • Mozzarella Cheese – Any type of mozzarella cheese will suffice. Choose from part-skim, pre-shredded, or fresh options. If using fresh mozzarella stored in water, make sure to drain and pat it dry.To make a supreme-style pizza, we opted for bell peppers, pepperoni, Italian sausage, Italian seasoning, and black olives. You can select your family’s preferred pizza toppings to create a delicious meal that everyone will love. Check out the recipe card below for a detailed list of ingredients and quantities.

    If you’re looking to add some variety to this recipe, here are a few quick and easy variations:

    1. Biscuit Pull Apart Pizza – Use two tubes of biscuits, press them together in a pan, add your favorite toppings, and bake according to the biscuit’s instructions.

    2. Pizza Dough Pull Apart Pizza – Purchase pre-made raw pizza dough, cut it into 16 pieces, flatten and push them together in a greased baking dish, add your desired toppings, and bake according to the package instructions.

    3. Pull Apart Cheesy Bread – Replace marinara with olive oil and minced garlic, add mozzarella cheese along with 1 cup of shredded fontina and 1/2 cup of parmesan cheese, bake per the recipe instructions, sprinkle with parsley, and serve with homemade ranch dressing.

    To create an easy pull apart pizza bread, follow these key steps mentioned below. For detailed instructions, refer to the recipe card:

    1. Place 16 frozen rolls in a 9×13 baking dish, cover with plastic wrap, and allow them to rise until doubled in size.

    2. Spread marinara sauce over the dough in a baking pan, following the specific steps outlined in the recipe.

    **Note:** For visual reference, refer to the images included in the original article depicting the steps involved in making the pull-apart pizza bread.a pan of dough with marinara sauce spread over the top.

    Flatten the risen dough, create the crust by pushing the edges together, then top with marinara sauce.

an unbaked pizza with pepperoni, green peppers, olives, and cheese in a rectangle clear baking unbaked pizza with pepperoni, green peppers, olives, and cheese in a rectangle clear baking dish.

Add your favorite toppings, starting with the cheese.

a rectangular pull apart pizza with some pieces pulled out.a rectangular pull apart pizza with some pieces pulled out.

Bake for 18-24 minutes, then use a spatula to pop it out of the pan and serve.

Recipe Tips

  1. Grease the pan – Remember to oil the pan or use a nonstick cooking spray before placing your dinner rolls inside. It helps the whole pizza pop easily out of the baking dish with a quick wiggle of a spatula.
  2. Rise somewhere warm – Place your frozen rolls in the warmest location of your kitchen to rise. It can take anywhere from 2 to 4 hours, depending on how cool or warm your kitchen is.
  3. Dimple the dough – I highly recommend using your fingers to dimple the dough as you flatten it. It creates small pockets that catch more hot marinara and melty cheese for a perfectly gooey bite.
  4. Add Italian seasoning – You’re going to LOVE this simple hack. Add just 1/2 teaspoon of Italian seasoning over the pizza before you bake, and you’ll get a more authentic, delicious pizzeria flavor!

Recipe Short Cuts

If you need to make this recipe, but are extra short on time, here are a few ideas that can help make this recipe even faster!

  • Rise in the Fridge – The dinner rolls will thaw and rise slower in the fridge, letting you get prepped the night before. Pop them in the pan, cover with plastic, and stick them in the refrigerator overnight. It will be ready to go at dinner time the next day.
  • Rise in the Oven – If your kitchen is cold or you’re just in a rush, a gently warmed oven is the perfect place to let your frozen dinner rolls rise. Turn it on to 200°F and let it warm up for a few minutes. Then, turn it off and place the covered rolls inside.
  • Use a Different Dough – Biscuit and pizza dough don’t need any rise time, so they’re a great option for when you forget to pull out the rolls to rise.
  • Buy Prepared Toppings Jarred marinara, shredded cheese, and pre-chopped packages of olives, sausage, and peppers can make this a snap to put together.
a hand lifting a piece of pull apart pizza bread from a table.a hand lifting a piece of pull apart pizza bread from a table.

What to Serve with Pull Apart Pizza Bread

Since this kid-friendly dinner has the delicious flavors of pizza, it will pair well with many of your favorite classic and Italian side dishes.

Choose one or several of these side dishes to create a wholesome, well-rounded dinner. There are both classic options and some healthy options to keep it light.

Side Dish Ideas

Pull Apart Pizza Leftovers

If you have leftovers after making this recipe, then it is your lucky day! They save and reheat well, and can make the start of another deliciousPizza leftovers should be saved by dividing them into meal-sized portions and placing them in an airtight container. These containers can then be stored in the refrigerator for 3-4 days. When reheating pull-apart pizza bread, it can either be placed in the oven for 5-8 minutes at 350°F or in the microwave in 30-second intervals until hot.

### Recipe FAQ’s

– **Is pizza crust the same as biscuit dough?**
– No, pizza crust is traditionally made from a stretchy, yeast-risen dough similar to bread, while biscuits are quick bread that rise with baking powder or baking soda. Dinner rolls, which are also yeast-risen dough, can be a great substitute for pizza crust in this recipe.

– **What can I use instead of pizza crust for pizza?**
– You can replace pizza crust with various alternatives like frozen dinner rolls, refrigerated biscuits, tortillas, pita bread, or naan bread. Only unbaked dough will work to make a pull-apart pizza.

– **What are some standard pizza toppings?**
– Start with marinara sauce and mozzarella cheese, and then customize with your favorite toppings like pepperoni, salami, Italian sausage, chicken, bell peppers, olives, mushrooms, onions, fresh basil, pineapple, or red pepper flakes.

### More EASY Baking Dish Dinner Recipes

If you enjoyed this recipe, consider exploring more easy recipes for other busy nights. You can find additional [easy dinner recipes here](link here), or take a look at some of the readers’ favorite recipes below:

#### Pull Apart Pizza
– Image: [Link to Image](Image URL)
– Description: Pizza night is made fun with this easy pull-apart version, a hit with kids! It requires frozen dinner rolls, pizza dough, or biscuit dough, along with your favorite pizza toppings. This tearable, easy-to-share pizza is perfect for cooking with kids, a weeknight dinner, a game day appetizer, a shareable party food, or just a snack for hungry kids.Unbaked frozen dinner rolls are topped with traditional pizza toppings and cooked in a casserole dish to make a simple and enjoyable homemade pizza that can be easily pulled apart into individual pieces.

Prep Time: 10 mins
Raise Time: 3 hrs
Cook Time: 18 mins
Total Time: 3 hrs 28 mins
Servings: 4

– Pizza toppings (optional)

1. Grease a 9×13 inch baking dish. Place 16 frozen roll dough balls in the dish. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm spot for 2.5-4 hours until doubled in size.
2. Preheat oven to 375˚F.
3. After the rolls have risen, press them down with your fingers and combine them to form a solid base for the pizza.
4. Spread marinara sauce over the crust and add mozzarella cheese.
5. Add toppings of your choice and sprinkle Italian seasoning over the pizza.
6. Bake for 18-24 minutes until cheese is melted, edges are golden, and rolls are cooked through.
7. Carefully remove the pizza from the dish using a spatula and pull the rolls apart to serve each slice.

Recipe Notes
– Substitutions: Instead of frozen dinner rolls, you can use refrigerated pizza dough or biscuit dough.
– Storage: Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.
– Reheating: Reheat the pizza bread in the oven at 350°F for 5-8 minutes or microwave in 30-second intervals until hot.
– Scaling: Adjust the recipe by placing 9 rolls in an 8×8 pan for fewer servings or double/triple the recipe by using additional ingredients.

These tasty pizza rolls are a perfect snack or light meal that everyone will enjoy!The nutrition information for the dish is as follows:

– Serving Size: 4 slices
– Calories: 726 kcal (36%)
– Carbohydrates: 83g (28%)
– Protein: 29g (58%)
– Fat: 31g (48%)
– Saturated Fat: 12g (75%)
– Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g
– Monounsaturated Fat: 13g
– Trans Fat: 0.1g
– Cholesterol: 56mg (19%)
– Sodium: 1692mg (74%)
– Potassium: 430mg (12%)
– Fiber: 8g (33%)
– Sugar: 5g (6%)
– Vitamin A: 914 IU (18%)
– Vitamin C: 22mg (27%)
– Calcium: 533mg (53%)
– Iron: 7mg (39%)

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