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Apr 09 2018
6 months ago
12:05 PM MDT

DIY Copycat Olive Garden Meatball Pizza Bowl Recipe

Apr 09, 2018 @ 12:05 PM MDT
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This copycat Olive Garden meatball pizza bowl is as delicious as it is worth the added step of making the bread.

Love the new Olive Garden meatball pizza bowl?

Create the ultimate saucy meatballs and pizza mashup for your family at home with this fun and easy DIY Copycat Olive Garden Meatball Pizza Bowl Recipe!

This Olive garden meatball pizza bowl is a family favorite.

The first thing you’ll need to do is make a batch of this incredibly easy dough from this 2-Ingredient Bagels recipe (included below).

The dough is so easy and uses only two ingredients.

Simply mix one cup self-rising flour with one cup nonfat Greek yogurt (you can also make your own favorite pizza dough recipe or pick up some pre-made dough at the store).

Draping the dough over inverted bowls or muffin pans before baking gives them their shape.

These pizza bowls are pretty easy to make using upside down bowls as forms. I used four 1-cup sized Pyrex bowls,  but you could use the bottom of a large muffin tin. Just make sure to grease the top/underneath well so the bread won’t stick! I learned this part the hard way.

Add sauce, cheese, meatballs, and any other toppings.

You’ll need to make roughly 12 meatballs (use the simple recipe below), or you can use store-bought meatballs. I sometimes make homemade meatballs ahead of time and store them in the freezer for recipes like this.

As you can see, we also added pepperoni.

DIY Copycat Olive Garden Meatball Pizza Bowl Recipe

This family-friendly meal idea tastes like saucy meatballs and cheesy pizza had a baby!

Serves: 4

Prep Time: 20 minutes


Cook Time: 50 minutes



For the meatballs:

  • 1 pound ground beef or ground sausage
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1/4 cup finely diced onion
  • 2 tablespoons seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • salt & pepper to taste

For the bread bowls:

  • 1 cup self-rising flour
  • 1 cup nonfat Greek yogurt

For the meatball pizza bowls:

  • 1 cup marinara sauce
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 20 pepperoni slices


  • Step 1:

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

    Mix all the meatball ingredients together, roll into medium sized meatballs, and place on a baking sheet about 1/2 an inch from each other.

  • Step 2:

    Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 20-25 minutes until lightly brown and cooked.

  • Step 3:

    To make the bowls, mix self rising flour and nonfat Greek yogurt until it forms a dough.

  • Step 4:

    Place dough on a floured surface. Cut into four equal portions.

  • Step 5:

    Flatten each dough ball, and place over the top of a flipped over bowl. (Make sure to first grease the bowl.)

  • Step 6:

    Place all four bowls on a baking sheet and bake in the oven at 350 degrees for about 20-25 minutes until lightly browned.

  • Step 7:

    Remove from oven and remove bread from the molds.

  • Step 8:

    To assemble the bowls, add some of the cheese to the bottom of bowls, then spoon in sauce, followed by three meatballs and five pepperonis into each bowl. (Really you can adjust ingredient amounts based on preference.) 

  • Step 9:

    Place bowls on a baking sheet and bake for another 10 minutes or so until cheese is melted, and serve.

These baked bowls look as delicious as the ones at Olive Garden!

What a cheesy-melty-saucy bowl of heaven!

My family loved this unique and yummy dinner idea! It’s kind of a fun twist on making spaghetti and meatballs, and it’s especially easy with the two-ingredient dough.

We enjoyed these bowls with a delicious salad topped with some Olive Garden salad dressing. SO GOOD!!

Enjoy with a fork or with your fingers. We won't judge.

Written by Lina for Hip2Save. Lina is a proud mom of 2 small kids who loves photography, all holidays, cooking, thrift store makeovers, bargain shopping, and DIY makeovers. Her goal is to create a beautiful life and stylish home on a dime! Check out all of Lina’s DIY/CRAFTS and RECIPES created just for Hip2Save.

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