January 30, 2023 5 min read


Does your kid love pizza for lunch? If so, then these quick and easy pizza lunch recipes will have them droolling. Why spend a fortune on restaurants or frozen pizza when you can cook these yummy recipes at home in just a few minutes?


School Pizza Lunch Recipes


Here are some of our favorite school lunch pizza recipe ideas. Each of these recipes is suitable for serving at home or packing for school.


1)  Lunch Lady Pizza


A thin crust pizza with tomato and olives and a pizza cutter on the side

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This homemade school lunch pizza is a delightful retro recipe that recreates the authentic look and taste of the original school cafeteria pizza. Top the rectangle pizza with your child's favorite pizza toppings, such as sausage, pepperoni, mushrooms, onions, bell peppers, and olives.




  • 2½ Cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 1½ Tbsp Cornmeal
  • 1 Tbsp Shortening
  • 1⅔ Cup Water
  • 1½ Tsp Oil
  • 2 Tbsp Sugar
  • ¼ Tsp Salt
  • 2 Cups Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
  • ¾ Cups Dry Milk Powder
  • 1⅓ Cups Pizza Sauce, or to Taste
  • 0.25 Oz Packet of Yeast
  • Pizza Toppings of Your Choice



1. Preheat your oven to 475ºF.

2. Add shortening to a half-sheet pan to grease it and sprinkle cornmeal. Set aside.

3. Activate the yeast by dissolving it in warm water

4. Set aside for 4 to 5 minutes.

5. In a mixing dish, combine the flour, milk, sugar, salt, yeast, and oil. Whisk for 10 minutes.

6. Allow the batter to rest in the prepared pan for 20 minutes.

7. Bake for 10 minutes in the oven.

8. Remove the pan from the oven and add the sauce, toppings, and cheese.

9. Bake for another 10-15 minutes, or until the cheese is melted.

10. Cut into rectangular pizza slices and pack.


2)  Pizza Bites


Small bit size pizza with cheese and peperoni

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This easy homemade pizza bites recipe is loaded with cheese and pepperoni. They make an excellent appetizer for kids who enjoy pizza.




  • 8 Oz of Store-Bough or Homemade Pizza Sauce
  • ½  Cup Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
  • Refrigerated Pizza Dough
  • 6 Oz Pepperoni Slices, Cut in Half




1. Preheat the oven to 375ºF.

2. Coat a muffin pan with cooking spray.

3. Divide the pizza dough into twelve equal pieces. Stretch each dough gently and press it into the muffin cups.

4. Fill each muffin cup with around 1 tbsp of pizza sauce. Then add the pepperoni and cheese.

5. Bake for 22-25 minutes or until thoroughly done. The dough should be somewhat brown, and the cheese should be melted and bubbling.

Pack it into a lunchbox.


3)  Pizza Quesadillas


Pizza quesadilla with sauce on the side and served on a round wooden chopping board

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This homemade pizza quesadilla recipe combines two of your kid's favorite dishes into one tasty meal. They're quick and simple to prepare for a quick, packable lunch.




  • ¼ Cup Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
  • 2 Tbsp Marinara Sauce or Pizza Sauce
  • 1 Flour Tortilla
  • Pizza Toppings of Your Choice




1. Preheat a big skillet or a flat griddle over medium heat.

2. Cover half of the tortilla with marinara sauce.

3. Sprinkle it with shredded mozzarella cheese and any other desired toppings.

4. Add another layer of mozzarella on top.

5. Fold the tortilla in half.

6. Cook each side for 2-3 minutes.

7. Cut into triangles before packing.


4)  Pizza Pockets


Some square pizza pockets on a wooden chopping board with some sauce on the side

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This quick and easy pizza pocket recipe is ideal for kids. You can make modify this recipe to make it as simple or as elaborate as you want




  • 1 Cup Mozzarella Cheese
  • Pre-made Dough
  • ¼  Cup Pizza Sauce
  • Pizza Toppings of Your Choice




1. Divide your dough into four even parts on a baking sheet.

2. Add a spoonful of pizza sauce onto each portion of dough, leaving roughly a quarter of the dough uncovered.

3. Sprinkle ¼  cup mozzarella over the sauced area of dough, followed by any other toppings.

4. Fold the side of the dough where you did not add sauce over the filling. Pinch the dough's edges together with a fork or your fingers.

5. Bake at 400ºF for 10-15 minutes, or until the top of the pocket is golden brown.

6. Pack it into a lunchbox.


5)  Pizza Muffins


Pizza that has been made in a cupcake pan to look like muffins

Credit: Envato Elements/ Angela_Sikiric


This one-bowl savory pizza muffins recipe is perfect for lunch boxes or an afternoon snack. All you have to do for this recipe is combine all of the ingredients and bake them in the oven.




  • 2 Cups Self-Raising Flour
  • 2 Tbsp Red Pesto
  • 2 Cups Grated Cheddar Cheese
  • 2 ½ Oz Pepperoni, Chopped
  • 2 Spring Onions, Finely Chopped
  • ½ Cup Butter, Melted
  • 1 Tsp Dried Oregano
  • 2 Medium Eggs
  • ½ Cup Cherry Tomatoes, Halved
  • ½ Cup Milk




1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF

2. Line a muffin tray with 12 muffin cases.

3. In a large mixing bowl, combine the melted butter, egg, and milk. Gently whisk with a fork.

4. Mix in the cherry tomatoes, pepperoni, shredded cheese, spring onion, red pesto, and oregano.

5. Add the flour and stir until all of the ingredients are mixed.

6. Divide the mixture evenly among the 12 muffin cups.

7. Bake the muffins for 20-25 minutes.

8. Pack it into a lunchbox.


6)  Pizza Roll-Ups


Pizza that has been rolled up into a bun shape bundle

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Pizza roll-ups are just a slice of pizza tied up into a delightful little bundle. They're stuffed with tomato sauce, ooey-gooey cheese, and turkey pepperoni. They are kid-friendly and make an excellent weekday meal, school lunch, or after-school snack.




  • 20 Pieces Turkey Pepperoni, Sliced
  • Refrigerated Pizza Dough
  • ¼ Tsp Garlic Powder
  • 8 Tbsp Marinara or Pizza Sauce
  • 1 Cup Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
  • 2 Tbsp Butter, Melted
  • Nonstick Spray or Olive Oil
  • Flour




1. Preheat the oven to 400°F.

2. Grease a muffin tray with nonstick cooking spray or olive oil.

3. Cut 8 even strips of pizza dough with a pizza cutter.

4. Add 1 tbsp marinara or pizza sauce on each strip.

5. Add pepperoni and mozzarella cheese on top.

6. Roll the pizza dough strips into cinnamon rolls. Place them in the prepared muffin tray.

7. Combine the garlic powder and melted butter and brush the mixture on top of the rolls.

8. Bake for 15 minutes.

9. Pack it into a lunchbox.


Packing Pizza for a School Lunch


A green with yellow lid lunchbox and a pink with clear lid lunchbox

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If your little one does not mind having cold pizza for lunch, you can use any lunch box of your choice. However, if they like to have their pizza hot, consider packing it into a thermos or a lunch box that can hold its temperature.

When packing their lunchbox pizza, don't forget to include lunch notes in their lunch bag. PlatoKids lunch notes include fascinating facts that help with cognitive skill development. As a result, your child will not only enjoy a tasty lunch, but they will also be exercising their brains.




These delicious pizza recipes will please even the pickiest of eaters. If you want to make the above recipes healthy, you can try using whole-grain dough to add complex carbs and fiber. You could also use part-skim mozzarella and lean meats like cooked chicken or ground turkey.


Alex Wittle
Alex Wittle

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