Air Fryer Bolognese Pizza

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Bolognese Pizza. How to make a delicious Bolognese pizza from scratch. With bread machine pizza dough, leftover Bolognese and plenty of cheese. So easy, your kids can make it for you!

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Air Fryer Bolognese Pizza

Bolognese Pizza

The first time I tried Bolognese pizza, would have been when I had ordered a pizza takeaway.

The hubby and I were rather unhealthy in the early 00s and would order a pizza takeaway about 3-4 times a week.

Our favourite topping that we both enjoyed the most, was always a Bolognese pizza.

We would share it and would normally have some fries too.

Years later, we still have a soft spot for a Bolognese pizza, but now we made our own.

We will use Dominic’s bread machine pizza dough and then will either make one big one, or a small one from leftovers.

This Bolognese pizza was originally published in May 2016 and back then it was part of a frugal campaign on Recipe This focusing on just frugal recipes for that month.

Even now, almost five years later I still think of Bolognese pizza is one of the best, most tasty, frugal meals for families.

If you are on a tight budget I recommend you start with a homemade pizza from leftovers from the fridge.

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Can You Use Bolognese Sauce For Pizza?

Yes, you can, and Bolognese sauce is ideal for pizza.

It gives it that wonderful meaty flavour and also keeps the costs down at the same time. Maybe you made too much Bolognese when you made lasagne, or you have leftover spaghetti Bolognese. Well you can make use of this Bolognese sauce and load it into a pizza.

Leftover Bolognese Pizza

I love this Bolognese pizza and I often make it at the same time as our air fryer garlic bread or our air fryer pizza. Plus, like garlic bread and a cheese pizza it ticks all the boxes.

It comes from leftovers – I used leftover bread machine pizza dough and leftover Bolognese from the instant pot.

Its not much effort. In fact, I left my four year old in charge of making it. He rolled out the pizza dough and loaded it with Bolognese, cheese and some sliced tomatoes I had sliced for him.

It’s a cheap family dinner. I used leftover pizza dough, leftover Bolognese and a half used bag of cheese that I found in the fridge. Along with a couple of tomatoes I had forgotten about.

Its great for avoiding food waste. I love that you can create sections in your fridge of food that needs using up and then you can focus on meals with those first.

Uses two of my favourite kitchen gadgets. I love combing the uses of the bread machine and the air fryer. They are a genius. While one makes the dough, the other cooks it.

Bolognese Pizza Takeaway

When I think back to ordering pizzas in the early 00’s I remember it was always at least £10 after you added in sides and drinks and then there was the delivery cost.

That of course was for a cheap takeaway place. If I went to Pizza Hut and ordered a Bolognese pizza and toppings, I am sure I could double it.

By follow this recipe and making your own Bolognese pizza takeaway you can beat the prices of a Bolognese pizza at Pizza Hut, Pizza Express or Dominos too.

What Is Bolognese Meat Sauce Made Of?

When I make a Bolognese meat sauce I always include:

  • Ground minced beef
  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Tinned Tomatoes
  • Seasoning

Nothing fancy, just a simple Bolognese. Though if the hubby is about I am sure he is loading it with cheese.

How To Make Bolognese Pizza?

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Cooking pizza Bolognese is so easy:

  1. Smother pizza dough in leftover Bolognese.
  2. Add as much cheese as your pizza can handle.
  3. Load it up with tomatoes.
  4. Add favourite seasonings.
  5. Air fry + enjoy!

Plus, you can swap that for any pizza toppings of choice. But I find Bolognese pizza very filling and ideal for stretching when cooking on a budget.

Bolognese Pizza In The Air Fryer

If you have not cooked a pizza in your air fryer yet, then you MUST. Pizzas in the air fryer are like pizzas in a pizza oven, just with a longer cook time.

The crisp on the pizza dough is magical and you don’t risk leaving it in the oven for too long and burning it.

More Pizza Recipes At Recipe This

As well as our Bolognese pizza we have a few other greats here at Recipe This including:

Air Fryer Bolognese Pizza
Air Fryer Bolognese Pizza
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Air Fryer Bolognese Pizza

Bolognese Pizza. How to make a delicious Bolognese pizza from scratch. With bread machine pizza dough, leftover Bolognese and plenty of cheese. So easy, your kids can make it for you!
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time12 minutes
Total Time17 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Air Fryer
Servings: 2
Calories: 1051kcal


Bolognese Pizza Ingredients:


  • Create a bowl of grated cheese, slice your tomatoes, and grab your bowl of leftover Bolognese. Roll out your pizza dough into a pizza pan that will fit in the air fryer.
    Can You Use Bolognese Sauce For Pizza?
  • Add a layer of Bolognese onto your pizza dough. Making sure there are no gaps and that you are not going too close to the edges.
    Can You Use Bolognese Sauce For Pizza?
  • Add a good layer of grated cheese onto the pizza covering where the Bolognese has been.
    Can You Use Bolognese Sauce For Pizza?
  • Load your pizza with tomato slices and sprinkle with oregano. Place in the air fryer basket and cook for 8 minutes at 160c/320f followed by a further 4 minutes at 180c/360f.
    Can You Use Bolognese Sauce For Pizza?
  • When it beeps, serve, and enjoy.
    Can You Use Bolognese Sauce For Pizza?


Size. We have made a small pizza so that it will fit in the air fryer basket. It is similar in size to an individual pizza at Pizza Hut. If feeding more people fill more than one pizza pan.
Swaps. You can swap a Bolognese pizza for any pizza toppings or any leftovers that you need to use up.
Thanks for reading our air fryer Bolognese pizza recipe on Recipe This. We have many more air fryer recipes for you to check out next. Though if you love pizza, then I recommend you try how to reheat pizza in air fryer next.


Calories: 1051kcal | Carbohydrates: 128g | Protein: 46g | Fat: 41g | Saturated Fat: 23g | Cholesterol: 105mg | Sodium: 2566mg | Potassium: 497mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 2169IU | Vitamin C: 19mg | Calcium: 768mg | Iron: 9mg
Nutrition InfoPlease Note: Nutrition values are our best estimate based on the software we use at Recipe This and are meant as a guide. If you rely on them for your diet, use your preferred nutrition calculator.
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3 thoughts on “Air Fryer Bolognese Pizza”

  1. 5 stars
    I love a bolognese pizza and was wondering how to get it in my air fryer and cannot believe you did it and it tastes great.

  2. 5 stars
    Thanks for this recipe i thought a pizza in the air fryer would be way past my skill levels but you make it so easy and i tried it and it was wonderful many thanks, will be back for more.


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