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Olive Garden Meatball Pizza Bowl Recipe

If you've been waiting to try this Olive Garden appetizer creation, the wait is over.

Olive Garden Meatball Pizza Bowl Recipe
Olive Garden Meatball Pizza Bowl Recipe
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This Olive Garden Meatball Pizza Bowl is outrageous and ingenious all at once. Olive Garden introduced this brand new menu item, and the jury's still out on whether or not it's bound to go down in their hall of fame or fizzle out like other such creations through the chain's history. 

We made this version in our test kitchen so you could help us decide! Made from basic ingredients you may already have on hand, this recipe calls for homemade meatballs, which are then placed inside a handmade bread bowl, covered in mozzarella, marinara, and pepperoni, and baked to perfection.

There's one thing you can be sure about when making this dish, it will certainly be a memorable dining experience!

Makes4 pizza bowls

Preparation Time20 min

Cooking Time50 min


Kid FriendlyYes


  • 1 pound ground beef or ground sausage
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup finely diced onion
  • 2 tablespoons panko
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • For the bread bowls:
  • 1 cup self-rising flour
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • When assembling:
  • 1 cup marinara sauce
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 10 pepperoni slices


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

  2. Combine meatball ingredients together. Using hands, roll into small meatballs.

  3. Place on a baking sheet and bake for 20-25 minutes until lightly brown and cooked.

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

  5. Place dough on a floured surface. Cut into four equal pieces.

  6. Flatten each dough ball, and place over the top of a flipped over a small bowl.

  7. Place all four bowls on a baking sheet and bake for 20-25 minutes.

  8. Remove from oven and remove bread from the molds.

  9. To assemble the bowls, place mozzarella in the bowl, then spoon in sauce, followed by three meatballs and a few pepperonis into each bowl.

  10. Place bowls on a baking sheet and bake to melt the cheese, about 5-10 minutes.

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First his looks delish, I was wondering if a ready made pizza dough could be used? Thank you very much


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