Easy Meals With Pizza Dough

Each time I make pizza dough I’m reminded how quick and easy it is to do and how much my children enjoy getting involved. One batch of dough (Made from just a few ingredients) also makes far more than we need for a family meal for four. With the current social distancing making us more conscious than ever of utilising what we have at home and minimising shopping, I thought I would share some easy recipes for left over pizza dough. Essentially a breakfast, lunch and dinner all from one batch of dough.

how to make Nutella dough balls

What Can You Make With Left Over Pizza Dough

Pizza dough is the perfect base for so much more than pizza. As well as using it for pizza’s, our one batch of dough has been turned into so much more. From Nutella dough balls perfect for a treat breakfast and pesto plait bread for a quick and easy kids lunch.

Making Pizzas with Kids

Not only are these ways to stretch one lot of prep for a few meals, but I’ve also found them fun activities to do with kids. A little bit of creative escapism, without a lot of mess and yummy results. I’ve always used the same recipe for pizza dough, from Jamie Oliver’s Italy book. You can find it on Jamie Oliver’s website here. It’s quick to do, has worked every time for us and one batch makes enough for three meals. The pizza dough keeps well in the fridge wrapped in clingfilm, so you can also avoid bread overload and spread it out over a couple of days.

making pizzas with children

Before talking about what else we made, I thought I’d also share the fun the kids have when making the pizza’s themselves. Pizza dough can take a lot of mucking about with. It’s a brilliant dough to just rip off and let the kids create and play, turning their pizza into their own creation. The key is keeping the size big overall so it cooks evenly and you don’t end up with little burnt bits, but you can turn it into lots of other shapes. You can see from the picture below my little girl had great fun creating a flower with hers. I wasn’t sure how it would cook, but pushing together the petals, meant she ended up with her own version of tear and share pizza rolls.

pizza dough ideas for children. tear and share flowers

Nutella Dough Balls

My children loved making these. Turning leftover pizza dough into chocolate dough balls is super easy and gives the kids a fun job to do with a nice treat to eat at the end.

Ingredients (I haven’t added amounts as its just using the amounts you have left over with)

  • Pizza Dough
  • Chocolate Spread
  • Beaten egg
  • Icing sugar
left over pizza dough recipes,


  • All you need to roll the dough into a long sausage shape and cut into pieces about the size of a golf ball.
  • Flatten them out into a rough circle about a cm thick.
  • Add a teaspoon of Nutella in the middle and pop a little beaten egg around the edge.
  • Fold over in half, pinching the edges as you go.
  • Put the sealed dough on a baking tray and bake for about 5 minutes in a preheated oven. (220 degrees fan assisted)
  • They are ready to come out when puffed up and golden brown.
  • Put them on a wire rack to cool and give a dusting of icing sugar.
chocolate dough ball recipe

They are good as they are, for a snack, or even better served with strawberries and sliced bananas drizzled with maple syrup for a treat weekend breakfast.

Pesto Pizza Bread

I love anything with pesto, its one of my favourite things to eat. Using up left over pizza dough with a few teaspoons of whatever pesto you have in the cupboard is a really quick and easy lunch.

We made ours into a plait as this made it more fun to do for my little girl who was helping me, but any shape works.

pesto pizza bread

It’s super simple. All you need to do is split your leftover dough into three pieces, rolls them into long sausage shapes and flatten down with your thumb. Add a line of pesto down each strip (You can also add other ingredients you enjoy with pesto, we added some cheese, but cooked bacon pieces or olives would be great too) Once filled, fold over each strip nipping together at the edges.

pesto pizza recipe

Place the three strips on to a lined baking tray, squeeze together at the top and plait. Pop into a preheated oven (220 fan assisted) for about 8 minutes or till risen and golden brown. My children love this warm for lunch, alongside some cucumber and carrot sticks.

pesto pizza plait

Looking for easy family recipes? here’s a few of my favourites…

Slimming World Sausage and Lentil One Pot Dinner

This quick Slimming World sausage dinner is a great way to add flavour to lots of lovely speed veg. A healthy family meal, ready in under an hour.

Slimming World Chilli with Hidden Veg

If you are looking for a quick family recipe that’s syn free, easy to batch cook and with hidden veg, here’s my go to chili recipe for an easy mid-week meal.

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