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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.
Feature image of homemade pizza with meatballs.

Homemade Pizza Recipe with Meatballs

Quick to put together this homemade pizza recipe is going to please your family, the meatballs are juicy and are perfectly seasoned.
4.67 from 3 votes
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Course: Main dish
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Homemade Pizza Recipe with Meatballs
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Dough Resting: 2 hours
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 260kcal
Author: Muna Kenny



  • 1 ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup warm water you may need less or more when kneading
  • 2 teaspoon yeast
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil


  • 400 gm ground beef
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon dry oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ** Enough oil to fry the meatballs.


  • 1 medium size onion cut in thin slices
  • ½ green bell pepper cut in slices
  • ½ red bell pepper cut in slices
  • 7 button mushrooms cut in medium slices
  • ½ cup whole black olives pitted
  • 1 ¼ cup shredded mozzarella cheese


  • ¾ cup ketchup



  • Mix water with yeast and sugar, keep aside for 10 -15 minutes to proof and to make sure that the yeast is good to use. When you see the froth go for the next step.
  • In a bowl, whisk or sift flour with salt and then add the olive oil. Gradually add the yeast mixture and knead for 10 minutes. You should get a smooth elastic dough that does not stick to your hand.
  • Cover and let it rise in warm place for an hour and a half to two hours, or until it doubles in size.
  • Punch the dough and knead for 1 minute. Lightly grease the baking sheet/pan with olive oil. Place the dough in the baking pan and using your hands spread the dough to the shape and thickness you desire. In this recipe, I used a 12-inch pan to make one thick pizza crust.
  • After spreading the dough evenly in the baking sheet, poke the whole dough with a fork to prevent it from rising a lot while baking.


  • In a bowl, add all the meatball ingredients and mix for one minute.
  • Form 10 equal size balls and keep aside. You can make smaller or bigger meatballs; it depends on you.
  • In a frying pan add enough oil to cover half the meatballs.
  • Fry the meatballs for 8 minutes on medium high.
  • Place the meatballs on kitchen towel. (if you are making one thick crust pizza don’t use all the meatballs because it will look crowded.)


  • Spread the ketchup evenly over the pizza dough.
  • Cut the meatballs in half and place them evenly over the pizza.
  • Spread the rest of the vegetables evenly on the pizza dough.
  • Spread the mozzarella cheese evenly and avoid spreading over the edges of the dough, since that will make the cheese burn while the pizza is baking.
  • Bake the pizza in a preheated oven of 400F/200C. Bake for 16 minutes or until the dough is cooked.
  • Garnish with fresh basil leaves and serve hot.


Calories: 260kcal
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Cat looking at Pizza


  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 -:((

    • munatycooking

      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. 5 stars
    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. 4 stars
    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. 5 stars
    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. 5 stars
    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

    5 stars
    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

    5 stars
    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

    5 stars
    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.

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