pesto pizza rolls

Homemade Pizza Rolls with Pesto

  • Author: Amy Palanjian
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 18
  • Total Time: 28 minutes
  • Yield: 12 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


You can use store-bought pesto if desired in place of the homemade version below.


  • 1 bunch kale or spinach
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan, grated
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds, almonds, or pine nuts
  • 1/41/2 cup olive oil
  • 1316 ounce pizza dough
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 4 ounces thinly sliced salami, optional


  1. To make the pesto: Add the kale or spinach, lemon juice, Parmesan, garlic, sunflower seeds, and ¼ cup olive oil to the bowl of a food processor or blender. Process until smooth, stopping to scrape down the sides as needed, and adding more olive oil as needed to make a smooth consistency. (If your blender came with a stick, use it to help press the down!)
  2. Preheat the oven to 400° F and grease a muffin tin.Use your hands to stretch the dough into an 11×16-inch rectangle on a piece of parchment paper.
  3. Spread enough pesto over the dough to cover, then sprinkle on the mozzarella. Add salami if using. Starting on one long side, roll the dough up carefully.
  4. Use a serrated knife to cut into 12 even slices. Place each slice into a prepared muffin cup, and bake for 18-20 minutes until the dough is baked through, the cheese is melted, and the tops are golden. Remove from pan, using a knife around the edges if needed, and let cool slightly before serving.


Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days in the fridge or in a zip-lock freezer bag with as much air removed as possible in the freezer for up to 3 months. To serve from frozen, place on a plate and microwave for 30-60 seconds or until warm.

Use thinly sliced salami.

Make the pesto ahead of time or use store-bought if that makes pulling the recipe together easier.

Use the stick that came with your blender to move the mixture around, or you can use a food processor.

Serve with a simple side of fruit or another veggie to make an easy meal.

Homemade Pizza Dough: Add 2 teaspoons instant yeast to 1 cup warm water. Stir in 1 teaspoon sugar and let sit 5 minutes or until the yeast is puffy. Stir into a large bowl with 2 cups whole wheat flour, 1 cup all purpose, 2 tablespoons olive oil, and 1 teaspoon salt. Let sit, covered with a clean kitchen towel, for about an hour before using.

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