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Thursday, October 26, 2017

Italian Beef Pizza

All of the flavors and textures of a delicious Italian beef sandwich in pizza form. It is full of flavor and so much fun to eat!

two square slices of pizza, pepperocinnis and ramekin of dipping sauce

      That's right, I turned one of our favorite sandwiches into a pizza! It is loaded with beef, flavorful gravy and lots of melted cheese.  Throw some pepperoncini on top or serve them on the side.  The extra sauce is fun for dipping too.  This pizza is fun and different!

     Did you know it's National Pizza Month? Neither did I.

   Luckily I have some good friends who know this kind of stuff though. And once you know a thing like that you have to celebrate! I mean, it's only right!

     We love our pizza.  There are so many ways to make it, so you could have it almost every day and never get tired of it.

    In fact, it's what I chose as my dessert island food in my blogger spotlight interview for just that reason.

corner of freshly baked pizza on sheet pan

      You can make breakfast pizza with a hashbrown crust, which we highly recommend.  Or there's the standard pizza with red sauce, mozzarella and toppings.

   We tend to do ham or Canadian bacon, mushrooms and peppers most frequently.  Though we also love BBQ style pizzas and white pizza.

    The croque madame pizza, apple bacon pizza and even the zupa tuscano inspired pizza all went down easy. Heck there are even dessert pizzas!  You know I'm not saying no to one of those either.

round Italian beef pizza with golden cheese and pepper rings

     So to say deciding what kind of pizza to make was hard is an understatement. There are too many good options to choose from!

      Then it hit me. Italian beef pizza! Why not? It's one of our favorite sandwiches. In fact I'm a bit surprised I don't have a recipe on here for them.

    It's probably because I never measure when I make them. They are always made a similar way, but probably never identical. I'll try my best to get one up for you soon if you'd like.

slice of pizza ready to eat

     My husband instantly fell in love with MiMi's Italian beef the first time he had it. It is still one of the things he'll request for family dinner. Either that or taco bar!  So I thought it would be fun to turn it into a pizza.

    I wasn't quite sure how to mimic all the flavors at first. It was tempting to look and see what others have done as I'm sure I wasn't the first to think of this. However I didn't want to be influenced by somebody else's idea, so I stayed clear of the internet and went with my gut.

assembling a pizza, one side with slices of provolone on it, the other showing the meat and peppers

    Thin sliced beef in a flavorful broth would be hard to keep on a pizza.  A thick gravy, bits of beef and a healthy layer of provolone seemed like it could work though. Of course some sliced pepperoncini didn't hurt either.

     I put it in the oven and hope for the best.  It smelled amazing but wasn't as beautiful a I had hoped when I took it out. I quickly snapped a few pictures and served it up, anxious to see what they boys thought.

    My husband and Little Dude both made happy noises and couldn't quit complimenting it as they ate. That's a win in my book!

pizza with no tomato sauce, Italian beef sandwich, recipe using leftover italian beef
Yield: 8 Servings
Author: Cooking With Carlee
Italian Beef Pizza

Italian Beef Pizza

That's right, I turned one of our favorite sandwiches into a pizza! It is loaded with beef, flavorful gravy and lots of melted cheese. Throw some pepperoncini on top or serve them on the side. The extra sauce is fun for dipping too. This pizza is fun and different!
Prep time: 15 MCook time: 15 MTotal time: 30 M


  • 1 recipe pizza crust, I used our favorite sourdough recipe
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 3 Tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 pkg Italian dressing mix
  • 7-8 oz sliced roast beef
  • 8 oz provolone
  • 1/2 cup pepperoncini slices


  1. Roll out proofed dough to a rectangle about the size of your sheet pan and place in greased sheet pan. Cover and set aside.
  2. Whisk corn starch and Italian dressing mix into cold beef broth and then cook over medium heat until thickened. It should be thicker than your typical gravy. Allow to cool slightly.
  3. Preheat oven to 450 F.
  4. Roughly chop beef. Spread about 1/2 of the thickened beef broth over the pizza dough (more or less according to your taste). Spread the beef over the gravy. Sprinkle with the pepperoncini and then cover with the cheese.
  5. Bake for about 15 minutes.
  6. If desired, thin the remaining gravy with a bit more beef stock and serve on the side. Serve with pepperoncini and enjoy!
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Now here are some more great pizzas.  Lets make them all as part of the celebration!

All of the flavors and textures of a delicious Italian beef sandwich in pizza form. It is full of flavor and so much fun to eat!


  1. It sounds delicious and I think it looks delicious as well. Great idea Carlee.

    1. Thanks, Wendy! I was glad it worked out mostly as envisioned!

  2. What a fun idea! A new twist on a family favorite.

  3. Now I'm craving pizza like nobody's business. This looks AWESOME!

    1. Thanks, Kelsie! We love playing with pizza toppings!

  4. Wow! I can't wait to try this, Carlee.

  5. This really is a good idea. You can never go wrong with Pizza - Right!?! I love Italian and this sounds so good. I will have to pass on the pepperoncini however.

    1. That's ok, we'll eat your pepperoncini! Thanks, Amy!

  6. It looks pretty to me! Besides, as long as it tastes good, that's all that matters.

    1. That is what really matters, but a picture that makes you HAVE to make it never hurts ;-) Thanks, Karen!

  7. This looks awesome! What a clever idea.

  8. I've been hungry for a different twist on a homemade pizza!! I even have that of pepperoni's! YUM!!

  9. Oh gosh Carlee - I wish I had this right now! Yum!

  10. his is an awesome pizza recipe which I can't wait to try. Can I make it with some other kind of meat?

    1. I'm sure you could make something similar with shredded chicken or something. Just use chicken broth in place of the beef broth and shred some chicken. That would probably be delicious too!

  11. Hi Carlee, I seriously want to come live with you! Do you need a taster on site? I love pizza and homemade pizza is the best. I would not have thought to top a pizza like this, but then why not? I wouldn't say no!


    1. Any time, Debbie! The spare bedroom is ready and waiting for you!

  12. This is a winner of a pizza! I always admire how you can think outside the box!

  13. I can't think of anyone that doesn't like pizza and this version of an Italian beef sandwich on pizza is out of this world!

    1. There is a pizza for everyone, I am pretty sure! This one was definitely a hit here!

  14. I do love me some pizza and this sounds really good! You might even make it with some of your Italian beef leftovers! Can't wait for you to share that one too! I always like a good crockpot meal! Thanks for linking up at the Blended Blog!

    1. That would be perfect! I do need to just bite the bullet and measure one of these days ;-) Thank you for stopping by!

  15. I'm over here CHEERING! Pinned it--thanks for linking up!

  16. We will just love your Italian Beef Pizza, it looks soooooo good! Thanks so much for sharing your awesome post with us at Full Plate Thursday. Hope you are having a good week and come back to see us real soon!
    Miz Helen

    1. It was a fun way to serve some of our favorite flavors. Thank you!


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