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Easy and fast, this pizza quesadilla is a healthy dinner that’s ready in just 15 minutes! A kid favorite, the “pizzadillas” can be customized for each individual diner — keep them vegetarian, load them up with pepperoni, or make them simple and cheesy with just 3 basic ingredients! Served with a side salad and some extra marinara sauce for dipping, this is one meal that the whole family can agree on.

Dipping pizza quesadilla triangle in marinara sauce

Cheese Pizza Quesadilla

Two of my boys’ favorite meals are quesadillas and pizza (typical, right?), so why not combine them? I told you this was kid-friendly! Since I almost always have mozzarella, marinara sauce, and flour tortillas in my pantry, these easy pizza quesadillas are a great last-minute lunch or dinner option that I don’t need to shop for.

Ingredients for Pepperoni Pizza Quesadillas

What are quesadillas?

At its most basic, a quesadilla is a Mexican dish consisting of a tortilla that is filled with cheese. Quesadillas sometimes include additional ingredients such as meats, veggies, beans or spices. Cook the tortilla on a griddle to melt the cheese and crisp up the exterior and you’ve got an inexpensive and satisfying meal ready in minutes.

full quesadilla is made with two tortillas that hold a layer of cheese between them. A half quesadilla is a single tortilla filled with cheese and folded into a half-moon shape. This recipe uses the “half quesadilla” method, because I find that it’s easier to flip the tortilla when it’s smaller. That said, you can certainly take the same ingredients and make yours “full” pizza quesadillas.

Marinara sauce spread on tortilla

Pizza Quesadilla Ingredients

This is a quick overview of the ingredients that you’ll need for a classic cheese pizza quesadilla. As always, specific measurements and step-by-step cooking instructions are included in the printable recipe box at the bottom of the post.

  • Flour tortilla: for a “half quesadilla,” you’ll need just one large flour tortilla. If you prefer the full quesadilla, use two tortillas and double the fillings!
  • Marinara sauce: I always have this in my pantry for quick pasta dinners, but you can use pizza sauce if you’ve got it! The marinara sauce also works well as a dip for serving with your pizzadilla.
  • Cheese: shredded mozzarella cheese is a classic pizza ingredient, but we also love the salty, sharp addition of grated Parmesan cheese. You can use just about any good melting cheese that you like.
Pepperoni on a pizza quesadilla

How to Make a Pizza Quesadilla

While the base of this recipe requires just 3 ingredients, you can add as many additional pizza “toppings” as you like, such as pepperoni, sausage, or sautéed mushrooms and onions.

  1. Spread marinara sauce on half of a tortilla.
  2. Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese.
  3. Add extra “toppings” of choice — for instance, grated Parmesan cheese and sliced pepperoni.
  4. Finish with another layer of mozzarella (to help seal the quesadilla shut), and fold the tortilla over.
  5. Cook the quesadilla on a griddle (or in a large skillet) for about 2-3 minutes per side, or until browned and crispy.
  6. Remove to a cutting board, allow to cool for a few minutes, and then slice into triangles and serve.
Crispy pizza quesadillas on a griddle
Pizza quesadilla sliced into triangles on a cutting board

How to Make Quesadillas in the Microwave

Assemble the pizza quesadilla as instructed. Place on a microwave-safe plate, and cook on HIGH until the cheese is melted (about 1 minute).

How to Make a Quesadilla in the Oven

Assemble the quesadilla as instructed. Place on a baking sheet that has been sprayed with cooking spray. Spritz the top of the quesadilla with olive oil or cooking spray (this will help it get crispy and golden brown in the oven). Bake the quesadilla at 450°F for about 10 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and the tortilla is golden brown.

Overhead image of plate of pizza quesadillas garnished with fresh parsley

What to Serve with a Pizza Quesadilla

I like to serve the quesadillas with a side of warm marinara sauce or Ranch dressing for dipping. For even more veggies on the side, try offering:

Close up image of pizza quesadilla triangles on a white plate

Storage

Quesadillas are best when served warm from the griddle. If you have leftovers, the pizzadillas will keep in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days.

How to Reheat

To reheat the quesadillas, warm in a skillet over low heat or in a 375°F oven for 8-10 minutes (or until heated through). This will help crisp up the tortillas again. I do not recommend reheating in the microwave, since the tortillas will get soggy.

Pizza Quesadillas Recipe Variations

  • Delicious extras to add to your pizza quesadillas: pepperoni, cooked Italian sausage, sliced chicken, chopped ham, olives, and sautéed vegetables such as peppers, onions, and mushrooms.
  • Make healthy pizza quesadillas by using wholegrain tortillas, reduced fat cheese, and plenty of fresh vegetables!
  • Prepare vegetarian pizza quesadillas by omitting the pepperoni, sausage, and other meats. Stuff plenty of sautéed veggies into the quesadillas so that they’re satisfying and flavorful, or keep it simple with just cheese.
  • Make pepperoni pizza quesadillas (as shown here) using a few slices of pepperoni and a sprinkling of grated Parmesan cheese!

Tips for the Best Pizza Quesadilla Recipe

  • This recipe yields one quesadilla, but you can easily double, triple, or quadruple the ingredients to feed a family.
  • Use at least two different types of cheese for the best flavor. We love a combination of mozzarella and Parmesan.
  • Try cooking with kids! This is an easy way to let your little ones help in the kitchen. Allow the children to assemble their own quesadillas by adding the toppings of their choice.
Pizza quesadilla triangle in a cup of marinara for dipping

More Quesadilla Recipes to Try

Pizza Quesadillas

Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 6 minutes
Total: 11 minutes
Servings 1 quesadilla
Calories 274 kcal
Easy and fast, these Pizza Quesadillas are a healthy dinner that's ready in just 15 minutes! A kid favorite, the "pizzadillas" can be customized for each individual diner — with just 3 basic ingredients!

Ingredients
  

  • 1 flour tortilla
  • 2 tablespoons marinara sauce or pizza sauce
  • ¼ cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Optional additional ingredients: grated Parmesan cheese, sliced pepperoni, mushrooms, onions, bell peppers, sausage, or any other pizza toppings of your choice
  • For dipping: warm marinara sauce

Instructions

  • Preheat a flat griddle or a large skillet over medium heat.
  • Spread marinara sauce on half of the tortilla. Sprinkle with shredded mozzarella cheese, and any other toppings of your choice. Add another layer of mozzarella over toppings.
  • Fold tortilla over.
  • Spray griddle with cooking spray and cook quesadilla for 2-3 minutes per side, or until browned. Remove to a cutting board and allow the quesadilla to cool for a few minutes. Cut into triangles and serve.

Notes

  • Delicious extras to add to your pizza quesadillas: pepperoni, cooked Italian sausage, sliced chicken, chopped ham, olives, and sautéed vegetables such as peppers, onions, and mushrooms.
  • Make healthy pizza quesadillas by using wholegrain tortillas, reduced fat cheese, and plenty of fresh vegetables!
  • Prepare vegetarian pizza quesadillas by omitting the pepperoni, sausage, and other meats. Stuff plenty of sautéed veggies into the quesadillas so that they’re satisfying and flavorful, or keep it simple with just cheese.
  • Make pepperoni pizza quesadillas (as shown here) using a few slices of pepperoni and a sprinkling of grated Parmesan cheese!
  • This recipe yields one quesadilla, but you can easily double, triple, or quadruple the ingredients to feed a family.
  • Use at least two different types of cheese for the best flavor. We love a combination of mozzarella and Parmesan.
  • Try cooking with kids! This is an easy way to let your little ones help in the kitchen. Allow the children to assemble their own quesadillas by adding the toppings of their choice.

Nutrition

Serving: 1quesadilla (not including optional toppings)Calories: 274kcalCarbohydrates: 18gProtein: 15gFat: 15gSaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 46mgSodium: 733mgPotassium: 190mgFiber: 1gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 530IUVitamin C: 2.1mgCalcium: 331mgIron: 1.6mg
Keyword: Pizza Quesadillas, Pizzadillas, quesadilla recipe
Course: Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: American, Italian
Author: Blair Lonergan

This post was originally published in March, 2014. It was updated in January, 2019.

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