Pizza Stromboli with Spinach, Mushrooms, and Cheese

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Josh loves pizza and is pretty good at making it. So when he volunteered to whip up some homemade pizza dough, I got out of the way!

Instead of making the typical pizza, we tried a “Pizza Roll Up”, inspired by Giada’s new book. We rolled out the dough like a normal pizza and put the toppings on.This time we went with fresh spinach, mushrooms, roasted peppers (we used the ones we had in our freezer from the summer), red onion, fresh basil, and mozzarella cheese! Then Josh rolled it up, really tight. We brushed the pizza roll with olive oil and an egg wash so it would brown nice and even. It only took 25 minutes to bake. Once it cooled, we cut it into thick slices.

The crust was perfect and the fillings tasted fantastic!! The slices were oozing with cheesy goodness! We can’t wait to try these again with different fillings and flavors. I think these would be fun to serve at a party or get together!! You can make the dough the day before and put it in the fridge. This dough also freezes well too and the recipe makes enough for two big pizza roll ups!

Pizza Roll Up


1 package of dry active yeast
1 cup warm water
Pinch of sugar

1 ¼ tsp. salt

3 ½ cups flour
1 T olive oil

2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
1 cup coarsely chopped baby spinach

1 cup sliced mushrooms

Roasted peppers

Chopped red onion

Fresh basil

1 tblsp olive oil

Salt & Pepper

1 egg-for the egg wash

1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Dissolve the yeast in warm water, sprinkle with pinch of sugar. Let stand for five minutes.
2. Combine flour and salt in large mixing bowl. (We do this in our Kitchenaid.) Pour half of the yeast water into your bowl and add in olive oil. Mix briefly. Add the rest of the yeast mixture. Mix until combined and switch to your dough hook. Let the machine knead the dough for about 10 minutes. Take the dough ball out and make sure it is smooth and not sticky!

3. Place the dough in an oiled bowl. Turn it over to oil both sides. Cover the bowl with a damp cloth/towel. Let rise for about 45 minutes or until doubled in bulk.

4. Divide the dough in half. You can freeze one if you want.
5. Roll our the dough on a lightly floured surface.
It should be a 12-14 inch circle, about ¼ inch thick.
Sprinkle ½ of the mozzarella over the dough. Arrange the spinach over the cheese in a single layer. Sprinkle with the mushrooms, peppers, onions, basil, and then top with the remaining cheese.
7. Roll the dough into a thin cylinder, gently tucking in the ends. Brush the entire roll with the olive oil & season with the salt & pepper. We also brushed it with an egg wash to help the browning process.

8. Place the dough, seam-side down, on the baking sheet & bake for 25 minutes until the top is golden brown.

9. Cool the roll for 5 minutes, then use a serrated knife to cut it into 3/4-inch slices.

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I'm Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. What a tasty meal…I’ve never thought of rolling a pizza before.

    I tried your cinnamon syrup on pumpkin pancakes this weekend and it was FANTASTIC! Thank you!.

  2. My mom does something like this and cuts it up for party appetizers. She even bends one to look like a candy cane for christmas time. Now if only I can remember to be creative like this instead of making a regular pizza!

  3. Oh yum! That looks ridiculously good. I wonder if you could freeze the whole roll up too? maybe before you bake it? I don’t know, but i do know that I want a bite of that now. right now!

  4. Maria,
    Where we live in the east, these are known as calzones, but Giada is the queen, so I guess she can call them “roll ups”!
    Calzones are on my list to make this week! You can make small ones and freeze for lunches!

  5. Hee, I love how pizza dough-making is the man’s job at home ๐Ÿ˜‰ I guess you shouldn’t ever attempt making it, you might break his heart if you do it better! Looks delicious, I love the filling!

  6. I have been enjoying Giada’s new book myself and am glad you have been trying some of her stuff as well. Who could resist a pizza roll that looks this delicious!

  7. Oh that does look so good. My hubby loves my pepperoni bread. I doubt he would eat this one with all the veggies, but the heck with him I would eat this and freeze the rest.

  8. I really love pizza, it’s like a good friend of mine… but a rolled up pizza is even better. The crusty goodness looks amazing ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. LOVE the look of this. And I think I know which Giada recipe this was inspired from. I have been yearning for her prosciutto spinach roll again. This really does look like what I want for lunch right NOW! Awesome.

  10. I will be making this tomorrow. I already have the dough made and in the freezer. I’ll take a ball out tonight. I can’t wait to try it. It looks fabulous!

  11. How many doe it serve? I would like to cook it next weekend and I want to feed 5 adults. Should I make two of them?