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DIY Copycat Olive Garden Meatball Pizza Bowl Recipe

20 min Serves 4

DIY Copycat Olive Garden Meatball Pizza Bowl Recipe

Ingredients

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

Directions

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.

2

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

3

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

4

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

5

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

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.

7

Remove from oven and remove bread from the molds.

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.) 

9

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

28 Comments

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!

Ingredients

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

Directions

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.

2

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

3

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

4

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

5

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

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.

7

Remove from oven and remove bread from the molds.

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.) 

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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Comments 28

  1. Tolu

    Now, that looks yummy. Making this weekend. Thanks for the recipe Lina

    • Lina D

      Oh thanks Tolu! Enjoy ❤️

  2. Court!

    Looks delicious and the kids might eat it cuz it’s neat!

    • Lina D

      Yes – it is fun 🤗

  3. ds

    Wow that looks delicious Yum!!

    • Lina D

      Thanks so much ❤️

  4. Lulu

    Lina, your talent amazes me! You should publish a cookbook as every recipe you create looks delicious.

    • Lina D

      That’s super kind – thanks ❤️

  5. Jessica

    These look great! I’ll definitely have to try these! Some people have nothing nice to say, and obviously haven’t been taught the “when you have nothing nice to say” rule. My grandma was 100% Italian and loved the Olive Garden, so it couldn’t be too fake. 😉 Thanks for the recipe, Lina! Can’t wait to make it!

  6. Stefanie

    What does it matter where the inspiration comes from? It’s clearly all homemade and Italian American food is a major comfort food for so many people in the US! This looks great Lina!

    • Lina D

      Ah thanks Stephanie!

  7. LC

    Yum!

  8. Alli

    I did the chicken gnocchi soup OMG everyone ate it up and ask for it as dinner now!!! It has become a household staple

  9. Blue

    This looks yummy & easy Lina! I noticed that you have us preheating the oven to 350 in step one, but baking it at 400 in step two then back to 350 in step 6. I think its just a typo in step 2. Thanks so much for all your hard work!

    • Lina D

      THANKS –I fixed. 🙂

  10. Jen

    Thanks! I’ll definitely be trying this simply and quick recipe with the vegan meatballs that I make.

    • Lina D

      Oh awesome! Great idea ❤️

  11. Amanda

    Looks so yummy 😋
    Thanks for all you do Lina, I love your posts!
    Also, your lasagna soup has become the most requested supper in our house, thanks so much for that too!

    • Lina D

      That is so fun to hear – thanks for your sweet comment Amanda 😃

  12. Kristen

    Now we need their breadsticks 🥖 recipe 😋

  13. brindha

    Wow… looks so good! Love the easy dough recipe. Thanks so much. You rock Lina!

    • Lina D

      Oh thanks for the sweet comment!

  14. beth pitt

    I made this tonight, the meatballs were sooo good. Thanks so much for posting this, Lina!

    • Lina D

      Oh yay! You’re so welcome 🙂

  15. Emily

    Does anyone know how to make the bread bowls keto friendly?

    • Lina D

      I tried to make them with fathead dough plus baking powder – it didn’t really work for me. Maybe just make fathead dough as breadsticks and serve with it!

  16. Olgraygirl

    Yum! Very imaginative recipe–I am wondering if the bread could be used to make individual pizzas??

  17. Jerri

    What adjustments should I make if using regular, unbleached flour?

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