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Quick and Easy Pizza Bread

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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! ♥

Four pieces of pizza bread on a pan.

This pizza bread is so-very-friendly. It starts with ground beef, which, upon closer reflection, I cannot think of any other time in the history of Skillful Cook 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.

A collage of the four steps needed to make pizza bread, including cutting the bread, adding vegetables, and adding the pizza sauce.

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.

A single piece of pizza bread on a pan.

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.

A piece of pizza bread sliced down the middle.

Grandmas just know.

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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. | skillfulcook.us

Quick and Easy Pizza Bread


Quick and Easy Pizza Bread - perfect for freezing so you can make individual servings later. Lotsa veggies, kid-friendly, total comfort food.


  • 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
  • 1 1/2 cups pizza sauce
  • 1/2 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.

  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 30 mins
  • Category: Dinner
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: pizza recipe, pizza bread, easy pizza bread recipe

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  1. Skillful Cook Logo

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

  2. Skillful Cook Logo

    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!

    1. Skillful Cook Logo

      Thanks Christine! It feels like a circus at times, but I think we all have that circus thing going on from time to time, right? 🙂

  3. Skillful Cook Logo

    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!

  4. Skillful Cook Logo

    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?

    1. Skillful Cook Logo

      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. 🙂

      1. Skillful Cook Logo

        When do you freeze these guys? Before baking or after baking? I’m going to make a batch for a new mom. Thanks! Can’t wait to try them

  5. Skillful Cook Logo

    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! 🙂

  6. Skillful Cook Logo

    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…

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    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!

  8. Skillful Cook Logo

    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!