Meatball Sub Pizza

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Meatball Sub Pizza

I keep a gallon bag of meatballs in the freezer for a quick dinner. It’s one of my “emergency” meals. Don’t feel like cooking? Grab the bag of meatballs and a bag of marinara from the freezer in the garage.

If the oven and stovetop could turn themselves on, dinner would cook itself.

Meatball Subs

The preferred method for consuming meatballs in our house is sandwiched inside a crunchy baguette, smothered with stretchy, melty mozzarella cheese.

The other preferred method is sliced on top of our favorite pizza crust, baked with stretchy, melty mozzarella cheese.

You can’t go wrong either way. But who doesn’t love homemade pizza?

Meatball Sub Pizza

Leftover meatballs get new life on top of a meatball sub pizza.


  • Your favorite pizza dough (or mine), ready to stretch and bake
  • Olive oil, for brushing
  • 1/2 cup marinara
  • 8-12 leftover meatballs, cooked (and thawed, if previously frozen)
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 4 oz grated mozzarella


  1. Place a pizza stone in the top 1/3 of your oven and increase oven to 550 (500 if your oven doesn't go that high), letting it hold at temperature for at least 30 minutes. (If you're not using a pizza stone, just have your baking sheet nearby.)
  2. Dust a pizza peel or your baking sheet with a light dusting of flour and a couple of generous pinches of cornmeal and set aside.
  3. Cut each meatball into 3-4 slices.
  4. Gently stretch the pizza dough in to a 12-14 inch round or divide into 3 portions and stretch, for individual-sized pizzas.
  5. Brush a ~1-inch border of olive oil around the edge of the pizza dough.
  6. Spread a thin layer of marinara over the pizza crust (depending on how thinly you stretched your pizza, you might not use it all).
  7. Sprinkle with 3/4 of the mozzarella, top with meatball slices, and then the remainder of the cheese.
  8. Transfer your pizza from the pizza peel to baking stone (or place your baking sheet in the oven).
  9. Bake for 7-9 minutes for a single large pizza (5-7 for individual pizzas), until the dough is blistered, the edges are golden brown and crispy, and the cheese starts to brown.
  10. Remove from oven, slice, and serve.


Yields: 1 large pizza or 3 individual pizzas

Source: Confections of a Foodie Bride

Estimated time: 1 hour 15 minutes

17 comments… add one
  • I love meatball subs but have never thought of putting them on a pizza, fab idea!

  • Lloyd will DIE! Must make for him!

  • We’re having pizza tonight, but sadly there are no meatballs hanging out in my freezer. Next time for sure, it looks great!!

  • Great! I’m going to try your homemade meatballs recipe, and then make this pizza asap! (btw, the link for the meatballs sends us over to your pizza dough recipe…)

  • I want to make this right now!

  • What a great idea to stockpile meatballs for don’t-wanna-cook nights! Love that, and love the look of this pizza… mouthwatering, to say the least!

  • hi, i found your blog from clicking to one blog from another, then another, then another 😉 i’m loving all your food shots, and of course, your prop board! i’ll make sure to bookmark you guys so that until I am ready to purchase! It will definitely make a lovely addition to my food blog (I, too, am a picture-taker!). Loving your pizza posts, by the way!

  • Katie Lew

    I sent this to my husband because he always requests meatballs on pizza. Making it this weekend. Question – do you freeze your meatballs cooked or uncooked? I would love to make a big batch of them to freeze, but wanted to make sure that if you do freeze them uncooked you can pop them frozen into the oven.

    • Uncooked, it just takes ~5 more minutes in the oven when they’re frozen.

  • Why have I not thought of this before?! Now I want Meatball Sub Pizza for dinner! Or a meatball sub 🙂

  • That sandwich would be a big mouthful – just the way my husband likes them. Great ideas here.

  • I really need to start considering pizza more often when I’m devising clean-out-the-fridge meals. this looks like the ultimate comfort food.

  • This looks incredible! My boyfriend would LOVE this pizza – definitely need to make it for him! 😀

  • Bookmarked/pinned/drooled 🙂

    Can’t wait to make this! I seriously think this might be the best pizza ever to be created.

  • quick, easy, amazingly good looking. Sounds awesome for lunch as well as dinner! This is probably going to go into heavy rotation for our meals 🙂 we love our bags of frozen Costco meatballs

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