“Pizza” Crescent Rolls

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Your favorite food enjoyed in a fun, new way! “Pizza” Crescent Rolls with Homemade Marinara are fun, delicious, and enjoyed by kids of all ages!

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Up-close shot of Pizza Crescent Rolls and Homemade Marinara
“Pizza” Crescent Rolls are a fun and tasty recipe for kids of all ages!

Pizza is, has, and forever will be one of our family’s favorite foods. If we can find some way to turn a meal into anything resembling pizza, we’re all happy campers. Today, we enlisted our little one’s help to create these “Pizza” Crescent Rolls with a quick (and SUPER easy) marinara sauce. The entire recipe comes together in less than 30 and it’s a recipe the WHOLE family loves. That is a serious win-win.

Young boy eating a Pizza Crescent Roll.
Pizza rolls are a Compston family favorite!

Family-Friendly Recipe

This recipe is perfect for little helpers! Children can help make the sauce by pouring tomatoes into the food processor, adding spices, and taste testing the sauce to make sure it’s pizza ready!

Young boy shaking seasoning into a food processor

Once the sauce is ready, enlist their help spreading it onto their “pizzas”, adding toppings, and rolling the dough.

Dad and son making pizza roll crescents
Pizza making is more fun together!
High fives for a job well done!
Sheet pan with two rows of unbaked pizza rolls
All rolled and ready to bake!
Young boy carrying a sheet pan on pizza crescent rolls off to be baked
It’s time to bake!

There is no wrong way to make these rolls. No matter how they look, they’ll still taste great and your little ones will be proud of the work they did!

The only hard part will be letting them cool before giving them a taste!

Little boy staring at tray of baked Pizza Crescent Rolls
Patiently waiting for his first bite!

Recipe Notes

Marinara Sauce – We always keep a batch of this simple marinara sauce on hand. When we are planning a recipe that uses it, we make a large batch and then freeze it in smaller portions for recipes like these! It is extremely customizable too. You can add in any variety of canned tomatoes, fresh or dried herbs, and make it as chunky or smooth as you like. Besides using some as your pizza sauce, be sure to save extra for dipping!

Overhead shot of marinara sauce in a food processor
This simple marinara sauce is a great “make and freeze” recipe. We double (or triple) the recipe and freeze in batches for future meals!
This simple marinara is extremely versatile and can be made using any variety of canned tomatoes and herbs you have on hand!

Cheese – Any favorite variety of Italian cheese will work. For that classic “stretchy” cheese look, you’ll want to have at least some mozzarella in the mix. To keep things really simple, you can slice a string cheese into 1/4ths (slice hotdog style, then hotdog style again) and place that at the wide end of your crescent roll before rolling.

Crescent rolls on a cooling rack in front of bowls of different pizza toppings
Creating an “assembly line” with a variety of toppings can allow everyone to mix and match their own roll combinations!

Fillings – The possibilities are endless! All your favorite pizza toppings can be added. Tip: be careful not to overfill your rolls or it may extend your cooking time. We recommend dicing raw veggies like onions and peppers very small (or sauté ahead of time) as the rolls only take about 15 minutes to bake.

Overhead shot of stretched pizza roll and marinara sauce
Dip them, stretch them, there’s no wrong way to eat them!
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“Pizza” Crescent Rolls with Homemade Marinara

Enjoy pizza in a fun new way! These rolls are quick, easy, and fun for the whole family!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine: American, Italian
Servings: 8 rolls
Calories: 198kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 8 oz can crescent rolls
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella or Italian blend cheese
  • 1/2 cup diced olives, pepperoni, or other favorite toppings

Simple Marinara Sauce

  • 1 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes, without seasoning
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp dried Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Add all sauce ingredients to a food processor and pulse until you reach desired consistency. Taste and adjust seasonings per preference. If a thicker sauce is desired, place sauce in a thin mesh strainer to drain off some juice.
  • Unroll and detach crescent rolls and lay flat on a sheet pan. Spread a thin layer (approx. 1 ½ tbsp) of sauce across each roll.
  • Sprinkle rolls lightly with cheese and favorite toppings, being careful not to over fill. Firmly, but gently, roll triangles into crescent shape.
  • Bake rolls for 14-16 minutes, or until rolls are golden brown.

Nutrition

Calories: 198kcal


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