Cheesesteak Pizza

What’s more perfect for a casual Friday night dinner than pizza? Nothing, right? Friday night pizza has always been a favorite of ours. We enjoy trying new toppings and variations to keep things interesting. The only problem with Friday night pizza is making the dough. I love making my own pizza dough, but you do have to really plan ahead. The dough has to be mixed and allowed to rise, so there’s a bit of time involved.

What to do if you want a Friday night pizza but there’s no time for making your own dough? You’ve just come home from a long day of work or doing errands or ferrying kids to various activities. A pizza would be the perfect dinner, but no dough. Never fear, I have the answer.

I was recently asked by the fine folks at General Mills to come up with a Friday night pizza recipe using one of Pillsbury’s refrigerated pizza crusts. These crusts are found in the dairy section of your grocery store along with the refrigerated rolls. There are several to choose from including this lovely whole grain artisan crust that I used for today’s recipe. You simply unroll the crust, par-bake it for a few minutes, add your toppings and return it to the oven to finish cooking. Easy, peasy. And, here’s the best part, it has a whopping 16 grams of whole grain per serving.

Next time you’re craving a Friday night pizza but don’t have time for a homemade crust, grab one of these Pillsbury pizza crusts and you’re all set.

Artisan pizza crust ready to bake

To make my cheesesteak pizza, you’ll start by rolling out a Pillsbury artisan pizza crust into a 15×10 inch pan.

Pizza crust par-baked

Place that in a preheated oven for about 8 minutes or until it’s lightly browned.

Veggies for cheesesteak pizza

While the crust is baking, lightly saute the onions and peppers in a skillet coated with cooking spray.

Prepping roast beef

Prep the deli roast beef by cutting it into wide strips. Make sure to ask the deli to slice the roast very thickly. The thicker the slices, the less it will shrink during the cooking time.

Cheesesteak Pizza assembly

Allow the crust to cool just slightly and then assemble your pizza. Cover the crust with white American cheese, top it with strips of deli roast beef, more white American cheese, and the sauteed veggies.

Pop it back in the oven for a few more minutes to let the cheese melt and the crust become beautifully golden brown.Remove from the oven. Slice and serve.


Note: I am required by FTC rules to disclose to you readers that I will receive compensation from General Mills for this post. However, all opinions are strictly my own. Always have been. Always will be.

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A quick and easy cheesesteak style pizza using a convenient refrigerated pizza crust.
Serves: 8 slices
  • 1 Pillsbury Artisan Pizza Crust
  • 16 slices white American cheese
  • 1 small onion, sliced
  • 1 small green pepper, sliced
  • 1/2 lb. thickly sliced deli roast beef
  1. Heat oven to 400°F for dark or nonstick pan (425°F for all other pans). Spray a 15x10-inch pan with cooking spray. Unroll dough in pan, pressing into a rectangle. Bake about 8 minutes or until light brown. Remove from oven and allow to cool slightly.
  2. While the crust is cooking, place a skillet over medium heat. Spray with cooking spray. Saute the onions and peppers until wilted but not browned.
  3. Prep the roast beef by slicing into strips.
  4. Arrange 10 slices of American cheese over pizza crust.
  5. Place the sliced roast beef on top of the cheese.
  6. Arrange remaining cheese on top of roast beef.
  7. Top with sauteed onions and peppers.
  8. Return to oven and cook for an additional 8 to 10 minutes or until crust is golden brown.
  9. Remove from oven. Slice and serve.
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  1. says

    what a great idea Lana, steak pizza!
    I have not seen this artisan one, but I do like the thin, crispy one, used it several times…
    now I know you will have a great, food filled TG and I wish you and yours the best… enjoy and blessing to all…

    • says

      One of our favorite pizza places nearby makes a cheese steak pizza and I was trying to simulate that one while taking a shortcut with the crust. I think it worked out pretty well!

      The same to you and yours – Happy Thanksgiving! Enjoy all the food and family!

    • says

      Me too, Terra. Even though the classics will always be my favorites, I love to try different combinations of pizza toppings. This one turned out to be a real keeper.

  2. says

    As a Philly gal, I’m no stranger to a good cheesesteak (and I’ll take mine with provolone, not that Cheese Wiz stuff) but I really love Cheesesteak pizza. I never ever thought to use deli roast beef – that’s genius Lana!

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