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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!
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.
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
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
- Tinned Tomatoes
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?
Cooking pizza Bolognese is so easy:
- Smother pizza dough in leftover Bolognese.
- Add as much cheese as your pizza can handle.
- Load it up with tomatoes.
- Add favourite seasonings.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- Add a good layer of grated cheese onto the pizza covering where the Bolognese has been.
- 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.
- When it beeps, serve, and enjoy.