Caprese Pizza Pinwheels

These Caprese Pizza Pinwheels are bursting with Italian flavors! Basil pesto, mozzarella cheese and salty prosciutto make the perfect bite! These pizza rolls can be served as appetizers or the main meal with a salad on the side!

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Pizza pinwheels made with mozzarella cheese, basil pesto and prosciutto

A Pizza Roll Recipe With A Twist!

These Caprese Pizza Rolls have all the flavors the we love in our favorite Caprese sandwich. Much like the flavors in this Italian Chicken Ciabatta sandwich, except these pizza rolls are made prosciutto instead of chicken.

Although adding some prosciutto to that chicken sandwich would also be delish. And the same goes for these pizza pinwheels, you can swap out or add whatever flavors that you love! Serve these pizza rolls for appetizers or the main course with a salad on the side!

Ingredients For Making Caprese Pizza Pinwheels

  • 1 tube (13.8 ounce) refrigerated pizza dough
  • 1/3 cup pizza sauce (homemade or store bought)
  • 1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese plus more for topping
  • Sliced mozzarella (package is 11 slices) (can also use shredded mozzarella, you’ll need about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 6 ounce jar basil pesto
  • 3 ounces thinly sliced prosciutto

Ingredients to make caprese pizza pinwheels

Again you can substitute whatever ingredients that you like! For instance, try using fresh basil instead of basil pesto. Or brown some Italian sausage and use that instead of the prosciutto…you get the idea.

How To Make Pizza Pinwheels

Start by rolling out a tube of pizza dough until it’s about a 15″ x 11″ rectangle. This doesn’t have to be precise, just do the best that you can. Now spread just a thin layer of pizza sauce on the dough, leaving a boarder around the edges.

I know that you’re going to have the urge to use more pizza sauce than this but don’t. It will seep out when baking and make these Caprese Pizza Rolls a soggy mess. Just a thin layer like you see here.

Pizza dough spread with pizza sauce

Now you’re going to add grated parmesan cheese, mozzarella cheese, basil pesto and finally a layer of thinly sliced prosciutto. We like using slice mozzarella cheese for these pizza rolls because it’s easier to spread the pesto on. Of course, you can use shredded mozzarella cheese, too.

Just dollop the pesto on and spread it as best as you can. Again, we’re not looking for perfection here, it’ll bake up just the same.

Pizza dough layered with mozzarella cheese, basil pesto and prosciutto for pizza rolls

Once you have all of your layers on, start rolling the pizza roll from the short side of the rectangle and roll as tightly as you can. Tuck the ends in as you go if they start to poke out.

Cut the pizza roll into 8 slices. I start in the middle and cut the roll in half, then cut each half in half again and so on until you get 8 slices. Place each slice on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes.

Caprese Pizza Pinwheels on a baking sheet

Can You Make These Pizza Pinwheels Ahead Of Time?

We like serving these Caprese Pizza Pinwheels fresh form the oven, but if you need to make them ahead of time you definitely can. Bake the pizza rolls all the way through, let them cool and refrigerate in a covered container.

Warm the pizza rolls up in a 350 degrees oven, covered with foil until warmed through. This should only take about 10-12 minutes.

What About Freezing These Pizza Pinwheels?

You can bake these pizza pinwheels, let them cool completely and then freeze in a single layer. When you’re ready to reheat, just pop them into a 350 degree oven for 15-20  minutes until they’re heated through. Cover the pizza rolls with aluminum foil if they start to get to browned on the tops.

Pizza rolls stuffed with mozzarella cheese, basil pesto and prosciutto

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Pizza rolls stuffed with mozzarella cheese, basil pesto and prosciutto

Caprese Pizza Pinwheels

  • Author: Dan
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x

These Caprese Pizza Pinwheels are stuffed with mozzarella cheese, thinly sliced prosciutto and basil pesto! Serve these pizza rolls for appetizers or the main meal!

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Ingredients

  • 1 tube (13.8 ounce) refrigerated pizza dough
  • 1/3 cup pizza sauce (homemade or store bought)
  • 1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese plus more for topping
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese (can also use sliced as shown here, you’ll need a package with 11 slices)
  • 6 ounce jar basil pesto
  • 3 ounces thinly sliced prosciutto

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Lightly dust a board with flour and then roll out the pizza dough into a 15″ x 11″ rectangle.
  3. Spread the pizza sauce in a thin layer over the dough, leaving a boarder around the edges. Sprinkle the parmesan cheese on top of the sauce.
  4. Layer the sliced mozzarella in a single layer on top of the sauce, or add the shredded mozzarella cheese in an even layer.
  5. Add the basil pesto on top of the mozzarella, spreading out as best you can into an even layer. Layer the prosciutto on top of the pesto for the final layer.
  6. Roll up the pizza roll as tightly as you can, starting with the short end. Tuck the ends in if they start to poke out as you roll. Cut the pizza roll into 8 slices and then place onto a parchment lined baking sheet.
  7. Bake for 15 minutes, until the tops are golden brown. Sprinkle the tops with more parmesan cheese and serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

These pizza pinwheels are large, so you can count on 1 per person for appetizers, or 2 for dinner. You can also easily double this recipe for a crowd!

  • Category: Appetizers
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American

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