Pizza Bowls

Crustless Pizza Bowls is a tasty meal of pasta, sauce, pizza toppings, and mozzarella cheese all in one bowl. Enjoy a hearty and delicious pizza bowl with no crust for dinner.

two pizza bowls with melted mozzarella cheese on top.

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Homemade Pizza Bowls

Are you always on the lookout for easy meals to prepare that your whole family can enjoy participating in? If so, this homemade pizza bowls recipe is for you.

Everyone who loves pizza, and who doesn’t, will enjoy these pizza bowls made with pasta, tomato sauce, your favorite pizza toppings, and mozzarella cheese. It’s a clever one-dish meal that is simple yet satisfying. All the delicious saucy Italian tastes of pizza are simply tossed into a bowl and baked. 

Pizza bowls don’t involve a crust, making them an easy way to satisfy your cravings for pizza without going through all the trouble of making a pie.

Why You Should Try This Pizza Bowls Recipe

This recipe for pizza bowls gives you the perfect family night meal. You can involve your kids to help put these pizza pasta bowls together. It’s fun to create a whole bar of pizza toppings and let everyone assemble their dinner how they want. Your kids can get creative with their individual bowls. 

Making a whole pizza can be challenging, especially on a weeknight when you are tired from a working day or it’s a super busy school night. However, it takes no time at all to boil some pasta.

So why not try these easy pepperoni pizza bowls? This pizza bowls recipe is perfect when you’re craving pizza but want to avoid dealing with leftovers.

Homemade Pizza Bowls Recipe Ingredients

This recipe is for Italian sausage and pepperoni pizza bowls. Mild or spicy Italian sausage – your choice. Here are the ingredients:

  • Pasta
  • Tomato pasta sauce or marinara sauce

Toppings

  • Pepperoni
  • Italian sausage
  • White onion 
  • Bell pepper 
  • Mushrooms 
  • Mozzarella cheese
ingredients for pizza bowls on a tray.

What Kind of Pasta Is Best for This Pizza Pasta Recipe?

This fun pasta bowls recipe can be made with any short, sturdy noodle, such as manicotti, penne, or rigatoni. These pasta shapes are easier and less messy to eat, especially if you have kids. 

How to Make This Recipe for Pizza Bowls

What could be an easier dinner to make than this mash-up of pasta and pizza? Here’s what you do:

pasta in bowls.
  1. Top with warmed sauce.
pasta and sauce in bowls.
  1. Add pizza toppings and cheese on top.
pizza bowls with various toppings before baking.
  1. Brown under the broiler.
two pizza bowls and one with some of it on a fork over it.

Recipe Variations

There are many ways you can customize this pizza bowl recipe:

  • Pizza Bowl Toppings: Go for your favorites, as long those that need cooking are pre-cooked. As well as the toppings in this pizza pasta bowls recipe, you could include veggies like green pepper, onion, black olives, and/or fresh basil for example.
  • Meat Lovers Pizza Bowls: Consider using all sausage for sausage pizza bowls. Other toppings might include salami, bacon, or meatballs.
  • Chicken Alfredo Pizza Bowl: Use alfredo sauce instead of a tomato-based one and juicy cooked chicken instead of pepperoni and Italian sausage. Consider including some cooked spinach in your toppings and a sprinkling of parmesan cheese on top.
  • Bacon Cheeseburger Pizza Bowls: Use cooked ground beef, crumbled crispy bacon, and plenty of cheddar cheese or a cheese blend.
  • Hawaiian Pizza Bowls: Use cubes of salty ham and sweet pineapple tidbits.
  • Cheesy Pizza Bowls: Add another cheese to the mozzarella, or substitute your favorite blend of cheeses such as Cheddar, Colby, Jack, provolone, or parmesan.
  • Gluten-Free Pizza Bowls: Substitute gluten-free pasta for regular pasta.
  • Low-Carb Pizza Bowls: Substitute spaghetti squash for the pasta. See this video on how to substitute pasta with squash.
  • Keto Pizza Bowls: Make keto friendly pizza bowls by choosing a sugar-free tomato pizza sauce and using spaghetti squash or another keto-friendly pasta substitute.

What to Serve With Your Pizza Pasta Bowls

Make a pizza dip by enjoying your bowls with a few slices of crusty bread, garlic bread, or crostini. And a green salad rounds out your meal nicely.

How to Store Leftovers

A pizza bowl is a single-serve dish, so you should have little in the way of leftovers. If you do have any, store them in the refrigerator for 3 to 5 days.

To reheat, place in the microwave for 1 minute or broil on high for 2 to 3 minutes.

overhead view of pizza bowls with melted mozzarella cheese on top.

Favorite Pasta Dinners

Check out more of my easy pasta recipes and the best recipes for Italian food on CopyKat!

The video in this recipe was sponsored by Prego Pasta Sauce.

two pizza bowls with melted mozzarella cheese on top.

Pizza Bowls

Baked homemade pizza bowls with pasta, sauce, pizza toppings, and mozzarella cheese.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: pizza bowls
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 1051kcal

Ingredients

  • 16 ounces pasta prepared according to package directions
  • 1 jar Prego Pasta Sauce

Pizza Topping Options

  • 1/2 cup chopped white onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup sliced mushrooms
  • 2 cups cooked Italian sausage
  • 6 ounces pepperoni
  • 8 ounces mozzarella cheese

Instructions

  • Heat the pasta sauce in a pot over medium heat until it is warmed through.
  • Divide the cooked pasta among small oven-proof bowls and top with Prego Pasta Sauce and your favorite pizza toppings. Add the cheese last.
  • Place the bowls under the broiler for about 5 to 7 minutes or until the cheese begins to brown.

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Nutrition

Calories: 1051kcal | Carbohydrates: 98g | Protein: 48g | Fat: 51g | Saturated Fat: 20g | Cholesterol: 132mg | Sodium: 2413mg | Potassium: 1225mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 1705IU | Vitamin C: 38.9mg | Calcium: 356mg | Iron: 5mg

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home, and CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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  1. Pamela Allison

    I discovered these pizza bowls at our local “Marcos Oizza” some time ago. I have been making them at home ever since, and varying the recipe to suit everyones’ tastes. I MUCH prefer these to regular pizza with crusts. I do add herbs (fresh if I have them—I grow them in my Aero Garden out of season) in a grinder if I don’t have any fresh. Fresh makes ALL the diffrence!!! Use sauce of choice. I like Classico Sausage and Green Pepper, with a few Tbsp. of red wine. More onions than Stephanie shows in the video, and sometimes I vary the cheese. I ALWAYS use freshly grated cheese, unless I am desperate. A few drops of hot sauce to taste if you like it. Add it to the sauce if you use it. I do’t care for mushrooms, so I leave them out and substitute pineapple (I know, my husband doesn’t like it either! But I think it is good with the seet Italian sausage). If I use pepproni, I buy fresh if available, and cut the rounds into fourths. ENJOY!!

  2. Jessica

    I want to get a new set of oven safe bowls that will be perfect for this dish! Pasta is my favorite comfort food and the temperatures are getting cooler, fall is on it’s way…which is complete comfort food season for me! lol

  3. Brianne

    Yes I am always looking for meals where the kids can join me. And this would be totally up their ally, especially since they can they get creative with the individual bowls.

  4. Robert

    Thank you for your kind sharing of these many recipes. We really appreciate your efforts to help us even afford to make Restaurant Dishes at home

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