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15 Refrigerated pizza dough ideas for easy weeknight meals

Justina Huddleston is an editor and the head writer for TDmonthly Magazine. She has been a freelance writer for several years, though her real passion is cooking. You can see the recipes she creates on her vegan food blog, A Life of Litt...

Dinner never tasted so good thanks to store-bought pizza dough

Cooking everything from scratch has its merits, but with results this tasty, it's hard to deny the appeal of store-bought pizza dough.

No kneading, no rising and flavor rivaling the homemade stuff make store-bought refrigerated pizza dough a workhorse in both savory and sweet recipes. I prefer the kind that comes in a bag, but you can use the canned variety for many of these recipes too.

1. Make your salad more exciting

Dinner never tasted so good thanks to store-bought pizza dough

How can you make your salad seem a little more exciting and indulgent? Serve it on top of warm pizza crust, of course.

2. Make savory braided pizza bread

Dinner never tasted so good thanks to store-bought pizza dough

Full of everyone's favorite pizza ingredients, like gooey mozzarella and spicy sausage, this braided pizza bread looks so good no one will ever guess it's only semi-homemade.

3. Change up your sandwich routine

Dinner never tasted so good thanks to store-bought pizza dough

Sick of the same old sandwich? Spice things up by swapping bread for dough, adding some extra cheese and throwing the whole thing into the oven. The California club is an especially good candidate for pizza-fication.

4. Make savory pull-apart pizza bread

Dinner never tasted so good thanks to store-bought pizza dough

These savory, cheesy pizza rolls are the perfect snack for the big game or as a snack at your next cocktail party. Who doesn't love carbs, cheese and pizza sauce?

5. Twist it up

Dinner never tasted so good thanks to store-bought pizza dough

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Some people (I'm not naming names) like the buttery, salty, addictive garlic knots found at most pizza joints better than the pie itself. Now you can make them easily at home thanks to store-bought pizza dough.

6. Turn your pizza into dumplings

Dinner never tasted so good thanks to store-bought pizza dough

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If you're sick of slices, you can change up your 'za routine by wrapping up your favorite ingredients in store-bought dough to make these savory little pillows of pizza-y goodness.

7. Try some soft pretzels with pizza dip

Dinner never tasted so good thanks to store-bought pizza dough

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You don't have to wait for a ballgame to enjoy a fresh soft pretzel. All it takes is some store-bought pizza dough, some twisting skills and a sprinkle of coarse salt. Serve with mustard or a saucy, cheesy pizza dip.

8. Try some homemade "Hot Pockets"

Dinner never tasted so good thanks to store-bought pizza dough

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You probably know that Hot Pockets aren't exactly the healthiest snack around, but making them with store-bought pizza dough and fresh ingredients transforms them. You can add more vegetables, cut back on processed meats and choose which cheese you want to enjoy. This recipe calls for boxed pizza dough mix, but using refrigerated dough makes the process even easier.

9. Serve up some mini deep-dish pizzas

Dinner never tasted so good thanks to store-bought pizza dough

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These mini deep-dish pizzas are the ultimate slumber party snack. All it takes is a mini muffin pan, store-bought dough and some pizza ingredients, and you're on your way to deep-dish deliciousness.

10. Bring out your cake pop maker, and make doughnut holes

Dinner never tasted so good thanks to store-bought pizza dough

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You can technically just fry these up on the stove, but using a cake pop maker for these pizza dough doughnut holes is faster and less messy.

11. Get your naan on

Dinner never tasted so good thanks to store-bought pizza dough

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This method of creating your own naan couldn't be simpler. Divide a ball of dough in two, roll out, and fry in oil or ghee, and you have the perfect accompaniment to an Indian food feast.

12. Treat your sweet tooth with marshmallow and Nutella

Dinner never tasted so good thanks to store-bought pizza dough

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Calzones are great, but they're even better when stuffed with gooey marshmallows and topped with silky, rich Nutella.

13. Roll it up

Dinner never tasted so good thanks to store-bought pizza dough

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Mmm... The only thing that smells better than a hot pizza fresh from the oven is homemade cinnamon rolls! Incidentally, you can make these yummy rolls with store-bought pizza dough for an easy, crowd-pleasing treat.

14. Put it in pot pie

Dinner never tasted so good thanks to store-bought pizza dough

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Yes, pizza pot pie is totally a thing, and yes, using store-bought whole-wheat pizza dough totally makes it healthy... right?

15. Make breakfast or dessert

Dinner never tasted so good thanks to store-bought pizza dough

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These super-easy "Cinna Stix" with icing make a fun, indulgent breakfast or a cozy, warming dessert. Either way, they're perfect with a cup of coffee.

More unique pizza

Pizza sandwich with Nutella, coconut and pistachios
Gorgonzola, cherry and Parmesan pizza
Vegetable pizza roll sandwiches

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