Quick and Easy Pizza Bread

Quick and Easy Pizza Bread - perfect for making ahead and freezing so you can make individual servings later. Lots of veggies, kid-friendly, total comfort food, 375 calories. | pinchofyum.com

Today I’m bringing one of my favorite Grandma recipes to the blog.

I mean that literally this a real recipe, from my very real and wonderful Grandma, adapted a weensy bit and now being formally presented to you, blog friends.

We got together with my grandparents not too long ago and my grandma just “happened to have a bag” of these little frozen pizzas in a cooler in her car (obvi), so when lunchtime hit she just turned on the oven and popped these bad boys in for a quick and easy lunch, showing me the beautiful art of providing a family meal that keeps everyone happy without batting an eyelash. Can you say diva? Grandma, you amaze me.

I asked her at least 500 times how she made them again? and the next week I got a sweet card in the mail with the handwritten recipe enclosed. I love you Grandma! ♥

Quick and Easy Pizza Bread - perfect for making ahead and freezing so you can make individual servings later. Lots of veggies, kid-friendly, total comfort food, 375 calories. | pinchofyum.com

This recipe is so-very-friendly. It starts with ground beef, which, upon closer reflection, I cannot think of any other time in the history of Pinch of Yum that I’ve posted a recipe that uses ground beef. I’m not opposed; I eat red meat regularly at restaurants, especially the variety that comes on a buttery toasted bun, topped with melted cheese, crispy bacon, fresh tomato, garlic aioli, and a side of sweet potato fries. But I digress.

Sometimes you need to go back to your roots, and for Bjork and I, our small town Midwestern roots are not found in kale and pomegranates; they are found in this saucy ground beef with some melted cheese baked into crusty bread. Ohmygosh, yes.

To give this recipe a veggie boost and/or use up the produce that was hiding away in the corner of the crisper drawer, I decided to go halvsies on the meat and veggies. So half of the filling mixture is ground beef, half is sauteed bell peppers and mushrooms, and it’s all pizza-sauced up and mixed with cheese and stuffed into little ciabatta loaves. Served with a simple green salad with some ranch dressing and a big tall glass of milk? Gahhh. The nostalgia is hitting me right in the face and I adore it.

Quick and Easy Pizza Bread - perfect for making ahead and freezing so you can make individual servings later. Lots of veggies, kid-friendly, total comfort food, 375 calories. | pinchofyum.com

Good news: Want more veggies? Add ’em. Meat only? Extra sauce? Less cheese? (psh.) Some pepperoni for the kids? Ok fine, for you? You can do it all. It’s so adaptable which is one of the many reasons that we may be eating this for the next three months during our extended moving season.

Oh, because by the way, we DID buy a house, and yes, we ARE still planning to live there. Oh my word. It’s just been a crazy long process with de-winterization issues, unpaid water bills, and dishwasher leaks requiring all new flooring at our current house. Fun fun. I would consider this entire fall, from September to December, to be “moving season” – all the more reason to make this recipe once a week and plan to eat individual sized pizza breads for dinner every night.

So the beauty of these pizza breads is that you can freeze them. Duh, right? But then after they are frozen and you put them all in a large container labeled “YUMMY YUM”, they are ready for you one at a time. So if you only need to heat up, say, three because the rest of your family is out for the night and you’re super hungry (just sayin), you can just heat up the three and leave the rest for another time. No need to reheat and do the leftovers thing again. They are just ready for you when you’re ready for them. No more, no less, just right.

Juuust right.

Quick and Easy Pizza Bread - perfect for making ahead and freezing so you can make individual servings later. Lots of veggies, kid-friendly, total comfort food, 375 calories. | pinchofyum.com

And just for fun because it’s Monday: here are a few other samplings of some other Grandma recipes from both Gma R and Gma M:

Oreo Fudge Ice Cream Bars, Creamy Lemon Pie, Butterhorns, Homemade Applesauce, and Apple Crisp.

In other words, Yum.

Quick and Easy Pizza Bread - perfect for making ahead and freezing so you can make individual servings later. Lots of veggies, kid-friendly, total comfort food, 375 calories. | pinchofyum.com

Grandmas just know.

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Quick and Easy Pizza Bread
Serves: 8
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 3 cups chopped bell peppers (I used green, yellow, and red)
  • 2 cups chopped mushrooms
  • salt to taste
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1½ cups pizza sauce
  • ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 8 small ciabatta loaves
  1. Veggies: Heat the olive oil over medium high heat. Add the peppers and saute for 5 minutes; add the mushrooms and season with salt. Saute until soft. Drain excess moisture and set aside.
  2. Hamburger: Brown the hamburger with a little bit of water. Season with salt and pepper or a little seasoning salt. Break apart thoroughly with a wooden spoon. Drain off the excess moisture and combine with the veggies. Add the pizza sauce and stir to combine. Place in the fridge to cool.
  3. Assembling: Cut the tops off of the ciabatta loaves in a V-shape, leaving plenty of space inside the loaf for filling. Remove the filling from the fridge and mix in the cheese - if you add it while it's hot, the cheese melts and sort of just disappears. Stuff each loaf with filling, and top with extra cheese if you want.
  4. Baking: Bake at 400 degrees until the filling is warm and the bread is crispy on the outside. If they're frozen, the baking will take longer (more like 20-30 minutes), but if they're not frozen, it should only take 10-15 minutes.
My Grandma uses English muffins for the bread, and keeps them in the freezer for quick and easy dinners! The English muffins bake up nice and crispy and are super low maintenance. Win win! I've used English muffins, baguettes, and mini ciabatta loaves - all are perfect for a quick individual frozen meal because you can make a lot of them, but then just bake one or two at a time. When I use ciabatta loaves, I reserve the bread tops and save them for soup dippers.


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  1. Looks divine. Anything with pizza in the title has to be delicious!

  2. I love that you can freeze these. What a great dinner to take to new moms too! That way if they’re getting waaaaaaay too many casseroles, they can freeze this and pull it out on a busy day! Pinning!

  3. It is recipes like this that can be made over and over. I admire that you can keep up the great posts, while moving, traveling and everything else!

  4. I need to make these before I give up beef completely. I grew up in Minneapolis. Can you say side of Tater Tots?

  5. Can’t wait to make this. Should they be defrosted before reheating?

  6. Aren’t grandma recipes the best? They always know how to make meals that would please everyone. Can’t wait to make these with double veggies (and super extra mushrooms, yummmm!)

  7. I love how Grandma’s still like to write out the recipes just like they used too. What a great pizza recipe.

  8. Love that you took a grandma recipe and lightened it up (but just a little). Would be great to have something like this in the freezer for BF to heat up when I’m away on work trips!

  9. This look yummy Lindsay. Drooling!

  10. Grandma’s are the best, and you’re so lucky to be able to learn from her recipes too. I love the use of ciabatta here too, looks amazing.

  11. yum is right. I could certainly go for one of these at dinner time tonight.

  12. Dude, Grandmas TOTALLY know. They get it right every single time- that’s how you become a Grandma, apparently.

  13. These sound amazing! I’m going to have to make some for my husband and I since there are times we both work long hours and get home at various times and making dinner is just too difficult. These would be perfect.

    I have a question about freezing. Do you stuff the ciabatta loaves with the cooled meat/veggie/cheese mixture and then freeze it? I assume since the meat mixture is cooled, the bread won’t get all soggy? Do you freeze them first on a baking sheet until frozen and then individual wrap them for later use, or some other method?

    • Hi Alisa! good question. I didn’t have any issues with sogging, 1) because you cool the filling a bit, 2) because you use bread that’s sturdy like ciabatta or English muffins, and 3) you cut out of most of the inside of the bread, leaving just the crispy crust. It was the perfect texture for me – just soaked in a little bit but still crispy on the outside.

      To freeze them, I put them in the freezer on a large plate (okay fine, I tried that, they didn’t fit, so I just stuck them randomly throughout my overcrowded freezer) and then once they were individually frozen I put them all in a bag/container together. :)

  14. Yum! I’ve made similar creations before but I NEVER REALIZED THAT I COULD ACTUALLY FREEZE THEM! You’re like a genius! I’m going to make like 50 of these this weekend and freeze whatever we don’t eat right away (so maybe like 2 will make it to the freezer?) :)

    THANKS SO MUCH FOR SHARING! and thank your grandma too! :)

  15. Now this is a BRILLIANT idea – thanks so much for this one!
    I have been doing a lot of leftovers lately and the idea of freezing this delectable dinner for 2-3 nights during the week is just BRILLIANT! thank you! And heres hoping the move goes well…

  16. There is nothing like good solid recipes you associate with childhood! Mine is my Great Aunt’s twice stuffed potatoes -so easy, so good!

  17. Yay, congrats on the move! These look SOOOO yummy!

  18. Grandmas are the best! I could eat these pizza breads everyday!

  19. Congratulations on the house! Grandmas always do it right for sure :)

  20. Your Grandma sounds awesome! These pizza’s sound AWESOME! My family would think I was awesome if I made them!
    No really, they would!! Love these and good luck with the move!

  21. This recipe looks easy and delicious. Feel hungry now….

  22. My husband would EAT. THIS. UP. In other words, I think I need to make it to be #1 wife for the night 😉

  23. Lindsay, this pizza bread looks wonderful! Perfect for getting rid of leftover veggies, meats, etc. Recipes from grandmothers are priceless. I’m making my grandma’s pecan pie this week. :)

    CONGRATS and good luck moving, Lindsay and Bjork. Sending many well wishes!! PS: I figured out rich pins!

  24. Thank god for grandma’s

  25. Thanks to your grandma for sharing this recipe! This totally belongs in the yummy yum category.

  26. Your grandma is amazing! And this pizza bread is the best – so perfect for game day!

  27. This looks absolutely divine Lindsay – you always amaze me with your beautiful recipes and photography! I had dinner about 4 hours ago but I always seem to end up on your blog getting very hungry again!

    Well done to yourself and Bjork on all of your success, you inspire me so much with your posts! They’re a pleasure to read.

  28. That sounds so good. I would eat that for breakfast. Right now.

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