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Homemade Pizza Recipe with Meatballs

Making a homemade Pizza is not only fun for kids because they get to play with the dough and get the chance to have any topping they want and as much, but homemade pizza always has a different flavor that you won’t find in any famous Italian restaurant, maybe because you make it with love! 😊

Homemade pizza freshly baked and served in a pan.

How to make homemade pizza dough?

To make good pizza dough, you have to make sure that the yeast is not expired. To make sure that your hard work on kneading the dough won’t go to waste, it is best to test the yeast.

Place the warm water, sugar, and yeast in a bowl and mix until the sugar dissolves. Cover the bowl and let it set in a warm place for 10 minutes. Look for the froth; if you see it, then you are good to go for the next step.

Overhead shot of homemade pizza with meatballs and basil.

In a mixing bowl, add the flour, salt, and olive oil, add the yeast mixture gradually while kneading. Depending on the brand of the flour you are using, you might need less or more water and to be on the safe side, do not dump the yeast mixture all at once on the flour.

Knead the dough for ten minutes to get a smooth and non-sticky dough. Cover the dough and let it rise in a warm place for one hour and a half to two hours.

This recipe will make one 12” thick pizza crust or two 12“ thin pizza crust.

Close up image of a freshly baked homemade pizza.

How to make juicy homemade meatballs?

Use 400 grams of ground beef. Add all the meatball ingredients in a bowl and mix well for one minute to make sure that the ingredients are well combined. Form 10 equal size balls and keep aside.

Heat the frying oil on medium high heat and fry the meatballs. Usually the meatballs need 8 to 10 minutes to cook and get a beautiful brown color.

You can make the balls smaller or bigger, it’s really up to you, but in this recipe, we will cut the meatballs in half and then place them over the pizza. If you make medium size or small meatballs, there will be some leftovers because using all the meatballs on the pizza will make the homemade pizza look crowded.

A slice of a homemade pizza showing melting cheese.

If you are using the previous dough to make two thin crust pizza then you can use all the meatballs you cooked.

The pizza sauce!

You might cringe here, but I made this recipe to make things easier on you in the kitchen, have your kids help in assembling the pizza, and get you out of the kitchen quick, so I used Ketchup instead of a pizza sauce.

I promise that your kids and family will enjoy every bite. There is a lot of flavor in the meatballs, and the topping has different flavors too, using ketchup will not ruin this pizza recipe.

Thick crust pizza with meatballs.
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Cat looking at Pizza
Cat and a pizza.

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22 Comments

  1. Yummy with meatballs! Meow Popcorn 🙂
    You didn’t feed him pizza, right? Meat makes them happy, carbs will only make them ill…I have learned it from the hard way -:((

    • Arinacooking

      Thank you Angie! Popcorn didn’t eat it, he was full when we had the pizza and there was no leftover 🙂

  2. Popcorn is so adorable!!!! Also homemade pizza is always so much tastier! I’m loving your version with the meatballs! 😍

  3. This pizza looks perfect! I will be putting it on our menu for this week!

  4. What is so special about homemade pizza is that, you get to have all the toppings that you want to include. Thank you for sharing another way of making my pizza extra special.

  5. This is really helpful during COVID19 times when there is a fear of ordering immediate consumption items at home. Thanks to your advise and post, I would bake a surprise for my family!

  6. WOW this looks so AMAZING! I will for sure try out this recipe out. I hope it turns out just as good as your pictures. Thanks for sharing!

  7. Pizza + meatballs = match made in heaven! I’d love to try this!

  8. I realize that I miss eating meatballs with spaghetti and pizza with meatballs.

  9. This looks soooo good! I need to try out this recipe soon. I’m salivating just looking at the pictures!

  10. Mmm yummy, this sounds positively delish! I would be totally down for trying this sometime.

  11. I do love pizza and i have made it at home a few times (with store bought dough though). I never thought about adding meatballs on it, such a great idea for a meat lover.

  12. I love pizza! This looks really delicious and I would love to make one sometime! Thanks for sharing the recipe with us!

  13. World in Eyes

    This pizza recipe sounds quite easy to make and sounds quite delicious and tasty…glad you shared this with us..love it..

  14. Jasmine Martin

    I love eating pizza with meatballs on top. This homemade pizza recipe was meant for me! I am going to have to try this recipe out this weekend!

  15. I like that it has meatballs. The kids would love that it has ketchup.

  16. I love pizza and meatballs, so this is basically my favorite meal! I’ve never made my own dough – we usually just pick up Trader Joes pizza dough!

  17. There are a lot of advantages of making your own home made pizza and indeed you can make the meatballs as large as you like them 🙂

  18. Elizabeth O

    Hahaha Did your cat approve? It does look very well made and delicious.

  19. I have Baked a lot of pizza but I have never baked something like this.this looks extremely delicious.