This food takes me right back to high school and if pizza rolls are also nostalgic for you, then you’ll be excited to learn how to cook them in an air fryer. If you’re wondering, yes they will still explode and burn the roof of your mouth if you’re not patient letting them cool down. I hope you’ll try this incredibly simple way to enjoy a fun food!
What You’ll Need to Make It
- Pizza rolls – You can use any brand but the best known brand is likely Totino’s
- Air fryer
- Colorful veggie sides (suggestions below)
How to Make
It couldn’t be easier! Set your air fryer to 400 and allow it to come to the full temperature. Next, add your pizza rolls to the basket. You may need to cook them in batches so they don’t sit on top of each other. Set your timer for three to five minutes, remove, and wait for them to cool before digging in. Check them throughout the cooking time as all air fryers cook a bit different.
A general rule of thumb when cooking a from frozen food in an air fryer is to decrease their recommended baking temperature by about 25 degrees. Cut your cooking time down by approximately half and adjust from there.
How long to bake them in an oven?
Most pizza rolls bake in 12-15 minutes depending on the temperature you set them at. If you bake them in the oven, layer some tin foil (spray with cooking spray) or parchment paper to avoid cleaning your pan later.
Does it require any extra oil?
A beautiful thing about cooking in an air fryer is less oil needed for cooking! There are plenty of health benefits to oil, so I’m not disregarding their usage, but they can be pricey. Save the oil for roasting your veggies, making dressings, and cooking on the stovetop.
Are pizza rolls healthier in an air fryer?
Are you surprised a registered dietitian is recommending pizza rolls? Here’s the thing, from an all foods can fit approach, no food is off limits. “Off limit” foods tend to set us up for a restrictive mindset that could lead to binge eating when you finally allow a food back into your life. Are pizza rolls off the chart with vitamins, fiber, or protein? Not really, but not every food we eat has to be and there’s way more to health than always eating, “health food.” Consider them a fun food to enjoy as a simple addition to a meal.
Are pizza rolls a junk food?
As I said above, just because a food is frozen or not as high in nutritional content does not make it off limits. Instead of referring to food as junk, ask yourself where that thought comes from. Is it helping you to see food as junk? For many individuals, a food you consider to be “junk” may be one of their weekly staples for any number of reasons. Watch out for how you judge your food, yourself, and others.
What to Serve With It
I’m glad you asked! These would not necessarily be filling on their own so I like to serve them with a few sides. Because they’re piping hot, serving them with cold cut vegetables and/or fruit is a great option. You could enjoy them with your own marinara-like sauce as well! I mix oregano, basil, garlic and onion powder, and a pinch of salt into a no-salt-added can of tomato sauce.
Other Recipes You’ll Love
Need some other ideas on what to serve with the pizza rolls? Try any one of these:
Consider making your own homemade pizza rolls for an extra fun challenge! I’ve followed this recipe by Make Your Meals for a slightly more complex but absolutely delicious pizza roll/wheel. Bonus, you can still cook them in an air fryer! However, if you live in West Michigan, you must try the pizza wheels over at New Holland Brewing. Great beer (21+!) and great food!
If you make them (and the sauce!) be sure to leave a rating and share the finished plate with me over on Instagram. Tag me @The.Kitchen.Invitation or #TheKitchenInvitation
Air Fryer Pizza Rolls and Sauce
- 1 air fryer
- 1 bag pizza rolls cook however many you want
- 1 8 oz can tomato sauce no salt added
- 1 tsp oregano
- 1 tsp basil
- 0.5 tsp garlic powder
- 0.5 tsp onion powder
- salt and pepper to taste
- Set your air fryer to 400 and allow to heat up
- Add the frozen pizza rolls directly to the basket, no cooking spray needed. You can layer them or cook them in batches
- Cook for 3-5 minutes (check throughout as cooking times and air fryers vary)
- While pizza rolls cook, mix the seasonings directly into the tomato sauce and microwave or heat on the stop top before serving
- Enjoy after they've cooled a bit as the filling will be hot
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