I have a recipe for you that’s not only delicious, but it has the perfect blend of flavors. It also uses ingredients I always keep in my fridge and pantry! This is a quick recipe to whip up during your lunch hour, so let me teach you how to make this mouthwatering pizza quesadillas with dipping sauce.
These pizza quesadillas with a dipping sauce are great to make as appetizers or main dishes. The AMAZING Dipping Sauce is so good, you’ll want it on everything! What’s your favorite type of dip?
The “secret to a good pizza sauce” is an essential part of any pizza. The sauce can be made ahead of time and stored in the fridge for easy dipping. It’s also very simple to make, just mix together some tomato paste, garlic, onion powder, salt, pepper, oregano and basil.
Samantha Skaggs published this on May 18, 2020, and it was updated on June 6, 2021. There may be affiliate links in this post.
Quesadillas de Pizza (Pizzadillas) are filled with mozzarella and pepperoni then coated in a tasty homemade pizza sauce for a fast and simple lunch!
As the school year draws to a close, I’m dusting off those lunch (and snacktime) dishes that are easy enough for my kids to prepare themselves (or with little assistance) while yet being tasty enough to hold their interest. Like these delectable Quesadillas de Pizza!
In summer, my kiddos revel in a little more lunchtime flexibility and variety than their typical lunchbox PB&Js. They enjoy lunches that are warm, like grilled cheese sandwiches with soup, or perhaps even reheated leftovers from the night before. They enjoy lunches that need to stay chilled (and might not be considered “lunchbox safe” during the school year), like mayo-based chicken salad or egg salad.
Quesadillas, on the other hand, are one of my kids’ favorite things to eat while they’re at home for lunch — which is pretty much all summer. They’re not only delicious, but they’re also fast and simple to make using a variety of Ingredients.
We like to mix things up a little with bean and cheese quesadillas since they can become a little dull. One method to achieve this is to make their favorite pizza toppings into Quesadillas de Pizza…affectionately known as Pizzadillas in our family!
You guys, this isn’t rocket science. On a tortilla, there’s pepperoni and molten mozzarella. My kids like plain pizza (and apparently, Quesadillas de Pizza), but you can absolutely dress things up by adding your own favorite pizza toppings! A few thoughts…
- Mushrooms and olives are two of my favorite things to eat.
- For a Hawaiian twist, use ham and pineapple.
- Anchovies with jalapeos? Or not…hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha
In any case, feel free to let your hair down!
Sauce for dipping
Regardless of how you load them, the rich, AMAZING Homemade Pizza Sauce to use as a dipping sauce is what makes these Quesadillas de Pizza stand out!
- It’s essentially simply homemade pizza sauce flavored with herbs and cooked on the stove (to thicken a little) while the quesadillas are cooking.
- I like to season mine with crushed red pepper flakes for a little fire, as well as a little of sugar to balance out the acidity of the tomato sauce.
The end product is a delicious pizza sauce that can be eaten with a spoon. And it elevates a simple pepperoni + mozzarella pizzadilla to new heights!
So, while you’re at home, what do you prefer to have for lunch? Do you have any favorite summer vacation spots? Send me some suggestions since we’re constantly searching for new ways to add to our ever-popular Quesadillas de Pizza.
Ideas for Kid-Friendly Lunches
Quesadillas de Pizza
Cheesy, melty Quesadillas de Pizza are stuffed with mozzarella and pepperoni and dipped in a flavorful herb-infused, homemade pizza sauce for a fun, quick, and easy lunch idea.
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Appetizer is the first course.
Time to Prepare: 10 minutes
15 minutes to prepare
Time spent: 25 minutes
4 serves (2 complete (8-inch) quesadillas)
calorie count: 331 kcal
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Prepare the dipping sauce for the Homemade Pizza Sauce.
While Sauce for dipping is simmering, assemble the quesadillas by laying out two tortillas on a cutting board. Sprinkle EACH tortilla with ¾ cup of shredded mozzarella, 1 tablespoon Parmesan, and 2 ounces of diced pepperoni. Lay the remaining tortillas on top.
Over medium heat, heat a large skillet. Place a quesadilla on the griddle once it has been assembled. Cook for a few minutes, raising the edge of the quesadilla to check the color of the underside color, until the tortilla begins to turn golden and the cheese begins to melt. Carefully turn the quesadilla over and cook for a few minutes more, or until the cheese is completely melted. Place the heated quesadilla on a platter and continue with the second quesadilla. Alternatively, you may cook both quesadillas on a flat griddle at the same time.
Slice each quesadilla into six wedges and serve with heated dipping sauce right away.
- All measurements are rounded off. Use as much cheese and other ingredients as you like!
- I usually purchase huge pepperoni and dice it so that the entire piece doesn’t slide out of the quesadilla when I bite into it…but you may leave it whole if you like.
- Any of your favorite pizza toppings may be added to the quesadilla filling!
calorie count: 331 kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 50mg | Sodium: 1441mg | Potassium: 427mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 734IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 303mg | Iron: 3mg
The original version of this article was published on May 28, 2015.
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