Dairy Farmers of Canada

Easy Stuffed Pizza Buns

This recipe is taken from the 2005 Milk Calendar. Homemade 'convenience food' with the goodness of milk and fresh vegetables. Use the pizza ingredients listed or choose your favourites.

  • Prep: 15 min
  • Cooking: 15 min
Yields 6 servings
easy stuffed pizza buns


  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) butter
  • 1 small onion finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 1 cup (250 mL) sliced mushrooms
  • 2 tsp (10 mL) dried basil
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) dried oregano
  • 3 tbsp (45 mL) all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 cups (310 mL) Milk
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) green bell pepper or red bell pepper diced
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) thin strips pepperoni or ham
  • 1 1/4 cups (310 mL) shredded Canadian mozzarella
  • 1 cup (250 mL) well-drained canned diced tomatoes or fresh tomatoes diced
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 6 large oblong buns (panini, mini sub, ciabatta)
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Preheat oven to 400 °F (200 °C).

In skillet, melt butter over medium-high heat; cook onion, garlic, mushrooms, basil and oregano, stirring, for 5 min or until mushrooms start to brown.

Whisk flour into milk; gradually stir into skillet. Add green pepper and pepperoni; reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, stirring, until liquid is bubbling and thickened, about 5 min. Remove from heat.

Stir in cheese until melted. Stir in tomatoes; season to taste with salt and pepper. Let cool slightly.

Meanwhile, cut a slit in the side of each bun, without cutting all the way through to ends. Squeeze ends to open at slit and pull out some of the bread, leaving 1/2-inch (1 cm) thick walls on all sides. Spoon filling into pocket of each bun; place on a baking sheet.

Bake for about 5 min or until filling is hot and buns are slightly toasted.


Filling can be made ahead, cooled and stuffed into buns. Wrap each stuffed bun in plastic wrap; refrigerate for up to 1 day. Unwrap and reheat in oven as directed in recipe, increasing time to 10 to 15 min. Or microwave, wrapped in paper towel, on Medium (50 %) power for 2 to 3 min per bun.

To freeze, place wrapped buns in freezer bag; freeze for up to 2 months. Remove plastic; wrap in paper towel. Thaw in microwave on Defrost (30 %) power for 2 to 3 min. Reheat as directed above.

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Nutritional information

Per serving
Energy: 413 Calories
Protein: 17 g
Carbohydrate: 50 g
Fat: 16 g
Fibre: 2.8 g
Sodium: 783 mg

Top 5 Nutrients

(% DV*)
Calcium: 27 % / 292 mg
Folate: 40 %
Niacin: 36 %
Riboflavin: 31 %
Thiamin: 36 %