This post originally about four and a half years ago so I figured it was time to update the photos and story a bit. These Quick and Easy Pizza Quesadillas are really that–quick, easy AND delicious! A tasty twist on a traditional quesadillas recipe that combines the favorite flavors of pizza, they are perfect for a snack or light dinner. Pair it with a salad and you’ll be set for a healthier meal too.
I normally use turkey pepperoni as it’s lower in sodium and a tad better for you. But what I also like about these Quick and Easy Pizza Quesadillas is that I can add in some vegetables and my family does not mind! I usually add green bell peppers and onions but I’ll occasionally add some mushrooms too (only a couple of us are fans of those–well, really I’m a lover of mushrooms!) I sprinkle a bit of Italian herb seasoning along with the mozzarella cheese, pan fry them up and voila! I’ve got a tasty snack, lunch or light dinner idea. I normally serve the Pizza Quesadillas with some Homemade Spaghetti Sauce –I just leave out the sausage (or store-bought is ok too). These would also be great appetizers or, paired with a garden salad, an even better dinner.
If you’re a fan of quesadillas like we are, be sure to check out my recipe for Grilled Mango Poblano Pepper Quesadillas too! We love experimenting with new combinations. If you love twists on pizza like we do, don’t miss my Whole Wheat Pepperoni Pizza Bites (perfect for lunch or as an appetizer!) or Pepperoni Pizza Pasta Salad recipes!
As I mentioned, this recipe appeared on my blog a LONG time ago and when I first featured it, it was part of a #SundaySupper event. The theme that time was centered around The Mom 100 Cookbook by Katie Workman. Katie’s cookbook is full of solutions for all the cooking-for-kids dilemmas that many of us face every day. She offers up a couple of different quesadilla ideas so I just took that as some inspiration and came up with the Quick and Easy Pizza Quesadillas!
Here’s our variation on Katie’s basic recipe:
- 8 medium-size (8-inch) flour or whole wheat quesadillas
- 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1 teaspoon pizza seasoning (I get mine from Penzey’s but you can also create your own with ½ tsp oregano, ¼ tsp. basil and ¼ tsp garlic salt)
- 1 cup pepperoni , cooked sausage or other meat that you prefer
- 1 cup chopped vegetables like onions, mushrooms, bell peppers, etc.
- Heat non-stick skillet to medium-high heat (about 300°). Place tortilla in skillet and layer cheese, pizza seasoning and toppings on one tortilla. Top with another tortilla and heat until crispy, about 3-4 minutes. Press down top tortilla into melted ingredients so it will stick together then flip over and grill another 3-4 minutes.
- Let the quesadillas sit for a minute before you slice each into six wedges and serve them with pizza sauce.*
- *Pizza Sauce: You can use prepared pizza sauce or make your own using a small can of canned tomato sauce with ½ tsp. of pizza seasoning.
If you’re not familiar with #SundaySupper, the idea is that we all need to take the time, even if it’s just once a week, to get back to the family dinner table and share our time with family. For generations before ours, it was a weekly tradition and it’s something that we hope to make a tradition once again in households across the globe.
Here are some favorites from other bloggers that we are sharing with you during the original #SundaySupper sharing event. I hope you’ll give some of them a try!
- Japanese Restaurant Salad with Carrot-Ginger Dressing Shockingly Delicious @shockinglydlish
- Spicy Ranch Bacon & Avocado Quesadilla Daily Dish Recipes @nicolehcook
- Turkey Meat Sauce The Meltaways @MrsMeltaway
- Lasagna with Turkey Meat Sauce GirliChef @girlichef
- Salsa Chicken Quesadilla with a homemade cilantro chimichurri Juanita’s Cocina @juanitascocina
- Individual Grilled Pizza Big Bears Wife @bigbearswife
- Beans and Cheese Quesadila with Tomato Salad Basic n Delicious @basicndelicious
- Grill Roasted Honey Ginger Chicken Are you Hungry? @redkathy
- One-Pot Arroz con Pollo – Cuban Style Comfy Cuisine @trish0605
- Sesame Noodles With Shrimp and Vegetables Magnolia Days @reneedobbs
- Fresh Mozzarella Pasta Casserole Twitter Doggie at The Dinner Table @doggieatdinner
- Arroz con Pollo Puerto Rican style Cooking by the seat of our pants @cbsop
- Rice Toppings of Garlic, Lemon, Rosemary Roasted Chicken with Summer Pineapple The Queen’s Notebook @mango_queen
- Pizza Quesadillas Meal Planning Magic @mealplanmom
- Sesame Noodles Cupcakes and Kale Chips @CupcakeKaleChip
- Lasagna Parcels with Turkey Meat Sauce Small Wallet Big Appetite @wallet_appetite
- Grilled Garlic Lemon Rosemary Chicken Pippi’s in the Kitchen Again @shlylais
- Grilled Breakfast Pizza & Sauteed Corn & Spinach Grilled Pizza Momma’s Meals @mommasmeals
- Pear, Goat cheese and Pancetta Grilled Pizza MamaMommyMom @mamamommymom
- Sauteed Corn, Spinach, Bacon and scallions! Mama’s Blissful Bites @mamapoolecooks
- Thai Style Sesame Glass Noodle My Trials in the Kitchen @seetfei
- Caramelized Onion & Flank Steak Quesadilla In The Kitchen with KP @InTheKitchenKP
- Teriyaki Skewers Real Best Recipe @realbestrecipe
- Skillet Spinach Corn with Edamame Cilantro & Bacon Bits Sue’s Nutrition Buzz @ssunithi
- Pulled Pork with Papa Mike’s Cole Slaw In the Kitchen with Audrey @audreysmamma
- Sauteed Corn, Spinach Bacon and Scallions That Skinny Chick Can Bake @thatskinnychick
- Arroz con Pollo Portuguese Style Family Foodie @familyfoodie
- Fudgy One Pot Brownies Mrs. Mama Hen @MrsMamaHen
- Simple Vanilla Cupcakes Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks @HezziD
- Chocolate Peanut Butter Squares Chocolate Moosey @chocolatemoosey
- Butterscotch-Bacon Apple cookies What Smells So Good? @jo_jo_ba
- Wine pairing Wine Everyday @wineeveryday
Be on the lookout for next month’s The Mom 100 Cookbook installment too!
- Connect with Katie Workman, Author of The Mom 100 Cookbook:
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/katieworkman100
- Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/katieworkman100
- Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/katieworkman100
- Website: www.themom100.com
- Buy The Mom 100 Cookbook