4-Cheese Meatball Pizza

It was meatball week here. I made a monster batch of my homemade meatballs with plans of using them in all sorts of dishes, from spaghetti and meatballs to meatball sandwiches and meatball soup to, of course, 4-cheese meatball pizza. I love the texture of meatballs on a pizza. They add a nice meatiness to each and every bite, plus they add even more wonderful Italian flavor.

4-Cheese Meatball PizzaThe combination of four different cheeses made for a delightful pizza feast. There weren’t any leftovers. That happens with pizza around here. Roasted cauliflower? Probably gonna have some leftover. Leftover 4-cheese meatball pizza? Nope.

As much as I love my meatball sandwiches, meatballs on a pizza are my favorite. Also try my cafeteria-style pizza.

4-Cheese Meatball Pizza

Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 1 pizza
Author Mike

Ingredients

  • 1 large pizza dough I used my bread machine pizza dough
  • 1/2 cup pizza sauce I used my homemade sauce
  • 8 Italian cooked meatballs cut in half (I used my homemade meatballs. See the note below)
  • Any other desired toppings I added mushrooms and black olives... plus a few pinches of dried red pepper flake
  • 1 cup shredded provolone cheese
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1/3 cup shredded fresh Parmesan cheese

Instructions

  • Note: I used my homemade meatballs. Normally I make them at least 2 ounces each. For the pizza I made 1 ounce meatballs instead. You can still use large meatballs, but instead of halving them you will probably want to quarter them.
  • Preheat oven to 420 F
  • If using store-bought pizza dough or crust, prepare per the package instructions.
  • Ladle sauce onto the pizza and spread out edge-to-edge.
  • Distribute the meatballs around the pizza.
  • Add any other toppings that you desire.
  • Sprinkle with the cheeses.
  • Transfer to a pizza stone or pan and bake 10-12 minutes or until the dough is crispy and the cheeses are melted.

Giardiniera Meatball Sandwich

Maybe it’s because I don’t get out enough, but I’d never heard of putting Giardiniera on a meatball sandwich before. Whomever came up with the idea should be knighted (if we knighted folks in the US). Add a bit of roasted red bell pepper and you have a super-easy-to-make incredibly yummy sandwich. Perfect any time, but also great because I almost always have the ingredients to make Giardiniera meatball sandwiches on hand.
Giardiniera Meatball SandwichI used mild Giardiniera when making these meatball sandwiches, but hot would be fantastic too. Just chop it up a bit before spooning it on top.

I did ‘cheat’ and use frozen meatballs. If I’d had more time to throw dinner together, I would’ve made a batch of my Italian meatballs. I try to keep some on hand at all times, but truth is, they are just so good that there’s just never any leftovers.

For a different twist, substitute my okra giardiniera for the ‘normal’ stuff.

Giardiniera Meatball Sandwich

Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 2 servings
Author Mike

Ingredients

  • 1 12 " loaf French bread sliced horizontally
  • 10-12 cooked meatballs warmed (if using frozen store-bought, bake per package instructions first)
  • 4 slices Provolone cheese
  • Giardiniera chopped
  • 1 roasted red bell pepper sliced thin

Instructions

  • Hollow out as much of the bread as you can to make room for the meatballs and toppings.
  • Place on a sheet pan under the broiler for a minute or two until the bread starts to get crunchy.
  • Add cheese and meatballs. Place under the broiler for another minute or two until the cheese melts.
  • Add Giardiniera and bell pepper strips.
  • Slice into two 6" sandwiches and serve.

Easy Grilled Spicy Meatball Sandwiches

Nothing beats a tasty meatball sandwich. You can throw these easy grilled spicy meatball sandwiches together in just minutes. Although you could make this indoors, grilling the meatballs adds a nice charred flavor. Substitute mozzarella cheese and leave out the hot sauce for a less spicy version.

Easy Grilled Spicy Meatball SandwichesI used our homemade pizza and pasta sauce on these sandwiches. I had a batch on hand after making some awesome pizzas the day before. And although homemade meatballs would be preferred, I needed a quick dish, so I used Johnsonville’s Italian-Style meatballs.

Easy Grilled Meatball Sandwiches

Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 2
Author Mike

Ingredients

  • 2 wooden skewers soaked for 30 minutes
  • 10 Johnsonville Italian Style Meatballs thawed
  • 2 sub sandwich rolls or 1 baguette halved
  • 1/2 cup pizza or pasta sauce warmed
  • Hot sauce to taste
  • Pepperjack cheese shredded
  • 1 green onion sliced, for garnish (substitute pickled jalapenos for more kick!)

Instructions

  • Fire up your grill for direct cooking.
  • Carefully poke the meatballs onto the skewers and place on the grill.
  • Grill 2-3 minutes per side until lightly charred. Remove.
  • Toast buns as desired.
  • Warm the sauce, adding a bit of hot sauce, to taste. Stir.
  • To serve, place meatballs on buns. I kept the meatballs on the skewers.
  • Top with sauce and cheese.
  • Return sandwiches to grill to melt the cheese (or put them under the broiler for 1 minute).
  • Serve garnished with green onion.
  • Eat by gently squeezing the buns together while pulling out the skewers.