Pizza Pot Pies

I didn’t know it was possible to love a meal as much as I love this one.  I think you’ll feel the same way after you try these pizza pot pies.  This is your new answer when your kids ask for pizza for the 5th night in a row.  You can act like you’re giving in, but on the inside you’ll be doing a little dance because you have another excuse to serve them.

I didn’t know what to expect when I made these for the first time.  It was one of those “what if” moments when I saw a beautiful chicken pot pie on another site (which I’m totally going to make soon).  For some reason I thought the crust looked a little like a pizza crust in the picture, then all of a sudden I was thinking about pizza pot pies.  Soon after that I was eating pizza pot pies, and mentally giving myself a high five.  They turned out so much better than I ever imagined.  The crust is crispy, and the filling is thick and warm.  A perfect dish to warm you up during the cooler days ahead.

The great thing about these is that each family member can choose their own filling to make it exactly the way they want it.  You can’t mess it up – if you’d eat it on a pizza then throw it in.  To keep track of which one is just pepperoni and which one is the works you can carve an initial into the dough using a sharp knife right before placing them in the oven.  I used the fresh pizza dough available in the deli at Publix, but the other refrigerated varieties such as Pillsbury would work just as well.  One crust will easily make 6-8 pot pies, depending on the size of your ramekin and the thickness of each crust. I would count on serving two of these per person because everyone in my house definitely had seconds.

Any individual size baking dish will work great for this recipe if you don’t have ramekins.  You can find small baking dishes at stores like Target and Wal Mart that are inexpensive and durable.  They’re perfect for cooking with kids since each portion can be customized for picky eaters and the kids can get involved in making their own dinner.  I use these all the time, especially for the individual lasagnas I posted HERE.

Pizza Pot Pies
makes 8 
one container pizza dough, either from the deli or the refrigerated section
1 jar of your favorite spaghetti sauce
4 cups mozzarella cheese (you can use less, I like mine really cheesy)
olive oil
Your favorite Pizza Toppings
(For this version I used pepperoni, sauteed mushrooms, and green olives)
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  
Roll out pizza dough and let rest 3 minutes, then stretch it out again.  It should be between 1/4″ – 1/2″ thick.  Using a sharp knife, cut the dough into 6-8 pieces, equally sized.  
In the bottom of each ramekin place approximately 1/2 cup of the spaghetti sauce.  Place your favorite pizza topping on top of the sauce.  You can add as much as you like, but leave about a 1/4″ of space at the top to avoid bubbling over.  Cover each ramekin with mozzarella cheese.  Place each piece of dough on top of cheese, spreading or pinching as needed to get it to fit inside the baking dish.  Brush each crust with about 1/2 teaspoon of olive oil.  
Place the ramekins on a baking sheet.  Bake for 12 – 15 minutes, or until crust is golden brown.   Cooking times may vary depending on the thickness of your crust.  
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  1. adventuresofacollegevegetarian says

    This is one of the cutest recipes I have ever seen! I'll have to put this on my list of things to make!

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