pizza runzas

Today we are modifying one of my {and my family’s} favorite recipes.


pizza runza recipe

The original runzas are made with beef and cabbage.   Our favorite is a cheeseburger runza.   Today we are changing a few things to create a healthier version…and you can’t go wrong with pizza!

Runza Recipe

The filling of a runza is wrapped in bread dough.   I have used frozen bread dough, refrigerated bread dough and bread dough mixes in the past.   Quite honestly, I have found it to be as easy just to make up a batch of bread dough in my ancient bread machine.   This is my favorite bread recipe and today I am substituting 1 cup of whole wheat flour to up the nutritional content.

Bread Machine Dough

  • 1 1/4 C milk
  • 2 T butter
  • 2 t sugar
  • 1 t salt
  • 3 C of flour – I used 1 C whole wheat and 2 C of bread flour
  • 2 3/4 t active dry yeast

Add all the ingredients to the bread machine and let it mix and rise on the manual setting for several hours.   No big deal if it rises a bit longer than you were expecting.

runza fillingRunza Pizza Filling

  • 1 lb. 95% lean ground beef
  • 2 cloves of garlic (minced)
  • 1 1/2 C spaghetti sauce/pizza sauce
  • 1/2 C chopped cooked spinach
  • salt and pepper to season
  • 1 1/2 C low fat mozzarella cheese

Brown beef with minced garlic.   Pour off the drippings.   Add the sauce, spinach and salt and pepper to taste.

Let cool.

pizza runza filling on doughRoll out dough into 6 inch round 1/4 inch thick circles.

Spoon filling and cover with cheese.

Fold sides over filling and place upside-down on greased cookie sheet.

Let rise for 15 minutes.

pizza runza bakingBake at 375 degrees for 12-15 minutes.

Eat runzas!




  1. You actually made dough in a bread machine dough maker of sorts? I dont believe it. I would actually bet things on it. Lots of things.

  2. I’m with Shauna. Very impressed with your mad kitchen skillz. And, never heard of the word RUNZA before. Looks like a BIEROCK to me. Whatever it is, it looks delish.

  3. I never heard of a Runza before, but they look so delicious! Thank you for linking up with Fun for Kids Friday. Have a wonderful weekend!

  4. I do know about Runzas as I’m from Nebraska where we have Runza Restaurants. I am excited to try this recipe! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Hello there! I could have sworn I’ve been to this website before but after browsing through some of the post I realized it’s
    new to me. Anyways, I’m definitely happy I found it and I’ll be bookmarking and checking back often!

  6. Wow! this is great…I’ll try to make one. Thumbs up!!!

  7. Runway, is a favorite in Omaha,Ne. They actually have restaurants that serve them. They are meat pies, usually made with meat and cabbage. My mom made them, RIP

  8. My dough is done. My filling is made and cooling. I cannot WAIT to get them baked and try one! I found this recipe last week through a post you did on bread dough. I’ve never heard of these before. Thank you for posting!

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