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Mini Pizzas with a Quick & Easy Homemade Pizza Sauce

Pile the toppings high on these delightful mini pizzas.

Mini Pizza on Plate

No matter how you look at it, pizza is downright delicious.

When you think about it, pizza just has a few main ingredients but when combined, they taste so good together.

And pizza tastes even better when it’s made with a really good pizza sauce.

In this recipe there is an easy homemade pizza sauce that I make all the time and it tastes wonderful.

Making a quick pizza sauce at home is less expensive and can be adjusted to the particular taste that you may like.

The pizza sauce in this recipe can be customized to your liking by adding fresh garlic, tomato paste if you like it thicker, hot red pepper flakes if you like it more spicy, or a bit of sugar if you prefer a sweet taste.

For the bread or “pizza crust”, mini Kaiser rolls are used.

I love how Kaiser rolls are slightly crisp on the outside and soft on the inside.

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Which works nicely for these mini pizzas because some of the bread in the middle of the rolls is removed to form a small “well” so that extra pizza sauce can be added without it spilling over the sides of the roll.

There are so many different breads that can be used for making small pizzas such as Naan bread, English muffins, sliced French bread, and even flour tortillas.

So feel free to switch up the bread if you like.

And for the toppings, this pizza has mozzarella and Parmesan cheese, pepperoni and sliced black olives.

But of course change up the toppings to your liking.

Serve these scrumptious mini pizzas for a snack, lunch or as a main dish for a light dinner.

An antipasto salad would make a delicious side dish with these pizzas like this one made with salami “Antipasto Salad with Salami“.

Here are more pizza recipes you may like “Heart Shaped Dinner and Breakfast Pizza with Homemade Dough“, “Mexican Pizza Flatbread” and “3-Cheese Tomato and Basil Naan Pizza“.

Let’s check out the ingredients.

Mini-Pizzas

For the Sauce – Tomato sauce, olive oil, dried oregano leaves, granulated garlic, ground black pepper and salt

For the Pizza – Mini Kaiser rolls, mozzarella cheese, pepperoni, black olives, grated Parmesan cheese; The toppings can be changed to your liking.  And the good news is…..no extra charge for more toppings!

printable recipe with the measurements and instructions is located at the bottom of this post.

Here’s how to make it.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

For the Sauce:

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In a small sauce pan, add the tomato sauce,

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dried oregano,

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granulated garlic,

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olive oil,

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pepper and salt.

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Stir together.

Heat on low to medium heat for about 15 minutes.

Continue to stir as its cooking.  Set aside for a moment.

For the Pizza:

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Slice off the top of each roll leaving about three quarters of the actual roll as the base for the pizza.

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Then slightly hollow out the middle of each roll by removing a small amount of the bread making sure to leave ample amount of crust (and some of the bread) around all of the edges.

The bread should look like small “bowls”.  Set aside for a moment.

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Cut the pepperoni into quarters.

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Slice the olives (or use canned pre-sliced olives).

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Grate or shred the mozzarella cheese (or use pre-shredded mozzarella cheese).

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Spoon the pizza sauce in the middle of the bread bowls.

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Add half of the mozzarella cheese over the pizza sauce (reserving the rest of the mozzarella cheese for another layer of toppings).

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Then,

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add half of the pepperoni (reserving the rest of the pepperoni for the next layer of toppings).

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Next,

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add half of the black olives.

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Sprinkle half of the grated Parmesan cheese on top of the pizza.

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Then add another layer of the toppings by using the remaining mozzarella cheese…

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…pepperoni, olives, and Parmesan cheese.

Bake in a preheated oven, uncovered on a cookie sheet in the oven for about 15 minutes or until the cheese is melted.

Mini Pizza on Plate

Serve warm right out of the oven and enjoy.

Mini Pizza on Plate

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More Recipes Made with Bread You May Like:

Easy Homemade Garlic Bread

Olive Tapenade with Pepitas on Garlic Toast

Cream Cheese Garlic Bread

Roasted Garlic and Veggie Herb Topped Bread

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Mini Pizza on Plate

Mini Pizzas with a Quick and Easy Homemade Pizza Sauce

Pile the toppings on high with these delightful mini pizzas.
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Course: Appetizer, Main Course, Snack
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: Pizza
Servings: 2

Ingredients

For the Sauce:

  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano leaves
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 3 teaspoons olive oil
  • 2 dashes salt

For the Pizza:

  • 4 mini Kaiser or French bread rolls
  • Pizza sauce
  • 1 cup shredded Mozzarella cheese
  • ½ cup pepperoni cut into quarters
  • ½ cup sliced black olives
  • 1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

For the Sauce:

  • In a small sauce pan, add the tomato sauce, dried oregano, garlic powder, olive oil, pepper and salt. Stir together. 
  • Heat on low to medium heat for about 15 minutes. Continue to stir as its cooking. Then set aside for a moment.

For the Pizza:

  • Slice off the top of each roll leaving about three quarters of the actual roll as the base for the pizza. Then slightly hollow out the middle of each roll by removing a small amount of the bread making sure to leave ample amount of crust (and some of the bread) around all of the edges. The bread should look like small “bowls”. 
  • Spoon the pizza sauce in the middle of the "bread bowls".
  • Add half of the mozzarella cheese over the pizza sauce (reserving the remaining mozzarella cheese for another layer of toppings). Add half of the pepperoni (also reserving some pepperoni to make another layer of toppings). 
  • Next add half of the black olives. Sprinkle half of the grated Parmesan cheese on top of the pizza. 
  • Then add another layer of toppings using the remaining mozzarella cheese, pepperoni, olives, and Parmesan cheese. 
  • Bake uncovered on a cookie sheet for about 15 minutes or until the cheese is melted. Serve hot right out of the oven.
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This recipe was originally posted on June 23, 2013.

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4 Comments

  1. Instead of wasting the bread from the roll by hollowing it out, why not use the bottom of a heavy glass to make the impression? Kaiser rolls are soft enough inside to do that with, and no waste.

    • Hi Robin, that would work nicely too and with no waste which is even better. Thank you for mentioning this.

  2. How cute are these. What a fun dinner idea!