13 Pizza-Inspired Recipes

Loaded Pizza Pasta Casserole

The Spruce / Diana Rattray

Sometimes you're in the mood for pizza, but want something a little different than the traditional pie. Luckily, the classic flavor combo lends itself well to a whole range of presentations. You can have pizza for breakfast, lunch, and dinner without once cracking open a takeout menu with these awesome recipes.

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    Spaghetti-Style Pizza Casserole

    Ramen Noodle Crust Pepperoni Pizza
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    If you can't decide between pizza and pasta, we've got you covered. Try this awesome spaghetti casserole with pizza flavors that stretches a single pound of ground beef to feed the whole crew. You can even make it ahead and refrigerate overnight before baking or freeze it for up to three months, for an easy make-ahead meal.

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    Easy Pizza Pockets

    Easy Pizza Pockets

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    These pizza pockets taste sort of like an inside-out pie, so you can enjoy them on the go. Wrap canned pre-made dough around tasty fillings like pepperoni, peppers, olives, and of course, gooey mozzarella cheese. Use either refrigerated pizza dough or biscuits for this delicious, kid-friendly recipe.

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    Crispy Pizza Spaghetti Pie

    Pizza Spaghetti Pie

    The Spruce / Julia Hartbeck

    This unique noodle dish with a crispy crust and saucy interior will bring everyone running to the table. Parmesan, mozzarella, and ricotta all give it that signature cheesiness, and a little chopped spinach adds a hit of nutrition the kids won't even notice. Bake it in a springform pan for a pretty presentation, or a pie plate for equally good results.

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    Hearty Pizza Casserole

    Pizza casserole

    The Spruce Eats/Diana Mocanu

    Bake up hearty pizza flavors in this bubbling casserole that makes enough to serve a crowd or bring to a potluck. Cook the pasta to just al dente before mixing it into the rest of the ingredients and baking. Leaving it a little underdone means it won't get mushy when baking. Mix up the ingredients to match your favorite pizza toppings, too.

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    Pizza Empanadas

    Empanadas de Pizza

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    Wrap flaky, tender empanada dough around mozzarella and cheddar cheeses, pepperoni, and pizza or marinara sauce to make a delicious snack, a light lunch, or starter. They look similar to calzones, but the dough has a different texture that really sets them apart. Make these on the smaller side and serve with a side of extra marinara for dipping, as a fun and different appetizer.

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    English Muffin Pizzas

    assorted english muffin pizzas

    Pete Scherer 

    Once a standard latchkey kid food, English muffin pizzas make a simple and filling snack, lunch, or breakfast even your middle schoolers can make. Top them with cheese and pepperoni or any of your favorite pizza toppings. Watch them carefully so the cheese melts but the muffins don't burn and proceed with caution—the cheese gets very hot.

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    Cheesy Pizza Omelet

    Pizza Omelet

    The Spruce / Kristina Vanni

    Enjoy pizza for breakfast with this omelet packed with pizza flavors. Instead of a crust, the cheese, pepperoni, and sauce nestle inside fluffy eggs for a lower-carb version that starts your day off right. Lighten things up by using turkey pepperoni instead of pork, if you're concerned about cholesterol.

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    Pepperoni Bread

    pepperoni bread

    The Spruce Eats / Kristina Vanni

    Stuffed breads are a great appetizer; you only need to make one, but when sliced it can feed a crowd—and this recipe for pepperoni bread is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. Store-bought dough is layered with an egg-Parmesan-Italian herb mixture, pepperoni, and provolone. The dough is rolled up, and then brushed with more egg mixture before baking until golden brown. Serve with a marinara dipping sauce.

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    Pizza-Topped Crostini

    Pizza crostini appetizers with Parmesan cheese.
    Diana Rattray

    Crostinis make a great way to start out a party and they're an excellent addition to a snack spread. Best of all, you can toast the bread ahead of time and cook up the crostini as needed, for a relatively simple treat. Any of your favorite pizza toppings would work well in this recipe, so you can use the same method for a whole slew of preparations.

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    Pepperoni Pizza Sliders

    Pepperoni Pizza Sliders

    The Spruce / Anita Schecter 

    Whether watching the big game or hanging out with the family on a weekend afternoon, these pepperoni pizza sliders will go over big with the crew. They also make a fun group project, since little hands can help assemble the mini sandwiches. Buttery brioche rolls contrast beautifully with salty pepperoni and acidic sauce, but you can use any kind of small rolls you like.

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    Mini Pizza Bites

    Mini Pizza Bites

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    You can't necessarily eat a whole slice of pizza while standing at a get-together. Solve that problem with these adorable bite-sized pizza appetizers. Use mini phyllo cups or any small dough rounds, then top them with mozzarella cheese, chopped or miniature pepperoni, pizza sauce, and any other toppings that strike your fancy.

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    Slow Cooker Pizza Casserole

    Slow Cooker Pizza Pasta Casserole

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    When you don't have a lot of time on your hands, reach for your slow cooker to make this delicious and filling pizza casserole. You can finish the dish right in the cooker to cut down on dishes or transfer it to the oven for the final step. Either way, it will fill your home with delicious aromas that will have everyone swarming the kitchen by the time the dinner bell rings.

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    Crescent Roll Pizza Pinwheels

    Pizza pinwheels

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    Grab a can of refrigerated crescent roll dough for these cute and tasty appetizers that also make a fun after-school activity for the kiddos. They require just five ingredients and taste great with a side of marinara or pizza sauce for dipping. Add some extra veggies for a more nutritious snack or mix up the add-ins to suit your taste.