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Italian Style Hand Pies with Marinara Dipping Sauce

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Italian seasoned meat filling in a crescent roll package with marinara sauce on the side.
Cook Time 22 minutes
Total Time 27 minutes
Two Italian style hand pies on a plate with a small dish of marinara dipping sauce.

Italian Style Hand Pies with Marinara Dipping Sauce – hand pies made with crescent rolls, filled with meat sauce, and served with marinara for dipping.

Two Italian style hand pies on a plate with a small dish of marinara dipping sauce.

Wow, it has been “one of those” weeks for me! Have you ever had a day or a week when it seemed that nothing went quite right? Yeah…that was this week for me. And it was all electronics.

It seemed like everything we own that plugs into an outlet either quit working, worked the wrong way, or just gave up and died. And don’t even get me started on tech support. Ugh.

When I have a frustrating day like that, the last thing I want to do is make a complicated recipe for dinner. Don’t get me wrong, I still love to cook. I just want it to be nice and easy. Something quick to prepare and deliciously satisfying. Something just like these Italian Style Hand Pies with Marinara Dipping Sauce.

A while back, the people at Pillsbury asked me to come up with a way to use their crescent rolls to create an easy family dinner recipe. Well, I accepted that challenge in a second!

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Those crescent rolls are a permanent fixture in my refrigerator and part of our dinner many, many evenings. In creating the recipe, I thought about what a family might enjoy, especially the kids, after a long day of work and play. And knowing how kids love anything they can pick up with their hands and dip into a sauce, I just knew these little hand pies would be perfect. They’re loaded with a delicious filling flavored with tomato sauce and Italian seasonings.

Place a little container of warm marinara sauce on the side, add a salad, and dinner’s served! If you have a regular “pizza night” or “spaghetti night” at your house, this would be a great way to change that up a little bit.

How to Make Italian Style Hand Pies with Marinara Dipping Sauce

Start by preheating the oven to 400 degrees. Prepare a baking sheet by either lining with parchment paper or spraying lightly with cooking spray. Set the prepared baking sheet aside.

Browning beef and onions in a skillet.

Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the ground beef and onion. Cook, stirring frequently, until the beef shows no more pink color. Add the garlic and cook for 1 additional minute. Drain well and return to the pan.

Adding tomato sauce and other ingredients to browned beef.

Add the tomato paste, water, salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning.

Cooked filling in a skillet.

Cook, stirring for 2-3 minutes or until the water has nearly evaporated. You want a nice filling consistency, not a sauce. A sauce would to be too wet and might leak out during baking.

Adding Parmesan cheese to filling.

Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the Parmesan cheese. Set the mixture aside to cool a bit while preparing the crescent rolls.

Open the crescent rolls and unroll them on a work surface. Separate each package of rolls into 4 rectangles (each rectangle will contain 2 crescent rolls). Press the perforations in each rectangle together.

Filling the crescent roll dough with beef filling.

Place 1/8 of the beef mixture (about 2 generous tablespoonfuls) on the end of each rectangle leaving about an inch all the way around in order to seal the packages.Fold the unfilled end over the filled end. Using a dinner fork, seal the three open edges.

Place the filled hand pies on the prepared baking sheet. It’s easier to transfer them with a flat spatula.

Applying egg wash to filled hand pies.

In a small bowl, use a fork to whisk together the egg and water. Brush lightly over the hand pies. Use a small sharp knife to cut a slit in the top of each pie.

Bake in preheated oven for 5 minutes. Reduce the heat to 375 and continue cooking for an additional 5-7 minutes or until golden brown all over.

While the hand pies are cooking, warm 2 cups of purchased marinara sauce in a small pan over medium heat.

Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes. Serve with a side of warm marinara sauce for dipping.

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Two Italian style hand pies on a plate with a small dish of marinara dipping sauce.

Italian Style Hand Pies with Marinara Dipping Sauce

Italian seasoned meat filling in a crescent roll package with marinara sauce on the side.
5 from 2 votes
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Course: Main Dishes
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 22 minutes
Total Time: 27 minutes
Servings: 8 pies
Calories: 402kcal
Author: Lana Stuart

Ingredients

  • 16 ounces crescent roll dough (2 packages) recommend: Pillsbury Crescent Rolls
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 medium onion finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
  • 4 tablespoons finely grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • Purchased Marinara sauce

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  • Prepare a baking sheet by either lining with parchment paper or spraying lightly with cooking spray. Set the prepared baking sheet aside.
  • Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the ground beef and onion. Cook, stirring frequently, until the beef shows no more pink color. Add the garlic and cook for 1 additional minute. Drain well and return to the pan.
  • Add the tomato paste, water, salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning. Cook, stirring for 2-3 minutes or until the water has nearly evaporated. Remove pan from the heat and stir in the Parmesan cheese. Set the mixture aside to cool a bit while preparing the crescent rolls.
  • Open the crescent rolls and unroll them on a work surface. Separate each package of rolls into four rectangles (each rectangle will contain 2 crescent rolls). Press the perforations in each rectangle together.
  • Place 1/8 of the beef mixture (about 2 generous tablespoonfuls) on the end of each rectangle leaving about an inch all the way around in order to seal the packages. Fold the unfilled end over the filled end. Using a dinner fork, seal the three open edges.
  • Place the filled hand pies on the prepared baking sheet.
  • In a small bowl, use a fork to whisk together the egg and water. Brush lightly over the hand pies. Use a small sharp knife to cut a slit in the top of each pie.
  • Bake in preheated oven for 5 minutes. Reduce the heat to 375 and continue cooking for an additional 5-7 minutes or until golden brown all over.
  • While the hand pies are cooking, warm 2 cups of purchased marinara sauce in a small pan over medium-low heat.
  • Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes. Serve with a side of warm marinara sauce for dipping.

Notes

Nutrition calculation does not include marinara sauce.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 2 | Calories: 402kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 62mg | Sodium: 855mg | Potassium: 232mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 116IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 54mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information is calculated by software based on the ingredients in each recipe. It is an estimate only and is provided for informational purposes. You should consult your health care provider or a registered dietitian if precise nutrition calculations are needed for health reasons.

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17 Comments

  1. when I first looked at the picture I though to much work making the pie crust. But surprise these are so easy I am going shopping to make these today…………….THANKS

  2. I have two packages of Pillsbury crescent rolls in my refrigerator right now. I predict zero packages by the end of tomorrow.

    Miss P

  3. These look great. Crescent rolls are on of my “must have” items. This looks like a new way to prepare them. Will definitely try this.

    1. They’re definitely something that I keep on hand all the time. I hope you will try this. It’s really easy and delicious!

  4. I love baking from scratch and I know you do too Lana but there are some things that are prepared that I love to use. Crescent rolls are one of them (puff pastry the other). These have been a mainstay in my kitchen for as long as I can remember…from rolling up hotdogs with cheese for my girls when they were little to more adult applications today. I just wish I had one of these in front of me now!

    1. I can’t remember a time when my fridge didn’t have at least one, and quite often more, packages of crescent rolls. Everyone loves them and they’re one of the most versatile packaged products in the grocery store today. I wish I could share one of these with you, Barb. They’re quite good.