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Recreating the bread bowl pasta

If you have been watching TV lately, Dominos has been advertising their new Bread Bowl Pasta.  It is Carbs on Carbs, so basically it is amazing.  So I wanted to make my own version to see how great pasta in a bread bowl could actually be.  Spoiler Alert – It was amazing.  The bread bowl soaked up the sauce and the cheesy topping was amazing.  I am not sure if I can ever eat pasta again in a regular bowl.

The best creation that I have made in the past year.  Thanks Dominos.

The best creation that I have made in the past year. Thanks Dominos.

Dominos offers 5 different bread bowl pastas.  I tried to recreate the Italian sausage with marinara bread bowl.

Creating the pasta bowl requires a few ingredients.

First step is to separate out 1/4 of the pizza dough and let it rise.  While the dough is rising boil water and cook the pasta al dente.  Then form the dough ball to create a bowl. Start with the dough ball and push down the center of the dough ball and slowly stretching the dough.  Leave a 3/4 inch to 1 inch edge.  – Update – I used sourdough but you can use any pizza dought that you have.  You can use the pilsbury (I dont recommend it but it works), most supermarkets sell pizza dough ready to go, or frozen bread dough.  It is usually in the deli section or the freezer section.  You can also go to any pizzeria and they will sell you dough.  It is usually cheap too.   Or make a basic pizza dough.

Dough after allowing it to rise for 30 mins

Dough after allowing it to rise for 30 mins, lightly flour and then start working the dough into a bowl.

Pushing down on the center and then work your way out and then leave a 1 inch edge that will form the ball.

Pushing down on the center and then work your way out and then leave a 1 inch edge that will form the bowl.

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.  Next saute the sausage.  Once the sausage is cooked remove it from the heat and slice it so that it can be incorporated into the sauce.  Toss the pasta with 1/2 to 1 cup of marinara and the sausage.  Brush the edge of the pizza crust with the butter.  Then ladle marinara sauce into the middle of the bread bowl.  Then ladle the pasta mixture into the center of the bowl.  Make sure that pile the pasta so that it is heaping over the edges.  The pasta will appear to be too high, but the bowl will bake up around the edge of the pasta.

Pile the pasta so that it sits 1.5-2 inches over the edge of the dough.

Pile the pasta so that it sits 1.5-2 inches over the edge of the dough.

Then cover the top of the pasta with with the mozzarella cheese.

Cover the pasta with cheese.

Cover the pasta with cheese.

Place the pasta bowl on a preheated pizza stone in the center of the oven and bake for 10-12 minutes.  If you don’t have a pizza stone place the pasta bowl on a cookie sheet and place the cookie sheet in the preheated oven.   Since the pan will be room temperature you may have to add 2-3 minutes to the baking time.

When the cheese is browned remove the pasta bowl from the oven.

When the cheese is browned remove the pasta bowl from the oven.

Below are a few shots of the finished product.  The pasta and bread bowl are amazing.  This was one of the best tasting things that I have ever made.

Doesn't that look amazing

Doesn't that look amazing

So tasty...

So tasty...

The bowl perfectly soaked up the extra sauce.

The bowl perfectly soaked up the extra sauce.

I hope you get a chance to try to make your own bread bowl pastas, they are delicious.

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  • comment avatar Elizabeth F. May 5, 2009

    AMAZING – this looks just like the original – nice job!

  • comment avatar Nic May 5, 2009

    That looks so good, I’m going to bookmark it!

  • comment avatar Rex May 5, 2009


    Well it tastes great with beer on the side. That is how I enjoyed it. I bet it would be amazing with some crispy bacon on it. Next time around I will add bacon.

  • comment avatar Bond May 5, 2009

    You know, when Dominos commercials come on, I totally blank out…not paying any attention, so I have not seen this new product from them.

    This is very interesting. I just may have to give it a go!

    Wait…when do I add the beer and bacon?

  • comment avatar gaga May 7, 2009

    haha, that's awesome! you did a great job!

  • comment avatar Colleen May 10, 2009

    This tutorial was fantastic!!!! I followed your directions and it came out perfect!!!!! I substituted thawed frozen meatballs that I cut up instead of the sausage. Thanks so much for sharing!

    • comment avatar Rex May 10, 2009

      I am glad that the bread bowl pasta came out perfect. Frozen meatballs are a great addition. It is always nice to hear tips that can make cooking faster. I am going to try to make one post a week dedicated to quick and easy cooking.

  • comment avatar Erin Smith May 16, 2009

    I tried the Domino's pasta bowl and it was fantastic, now after seeing your post on the web, I can recreate it in my own home and enjoy making it any way I want!

    Thank you!

  • comment avatar Mary May 16, 2009

    I cook baked Zita. As a matter of fact cooked it today. Bought 3 loaves of frozen bread dough. Cut one loaf into 1/3, let it rise, then shaped it into bowls. Put the Zita in the middle and baked for about 25-30 minutes. My husband and I loved it.

  • comment avatar Neal December 6, 2009

    Dumb question…is the pasta/marinara already cooked/hot before put in the bowl?

    • comment avatar Rex December 6, 2009

      The pasta and sausage are cooked. I tossed everything in the marinara before adding it to the bread bowl. The marinara was not cooked in the photos, however the recipe will work great if you use hot marinara too. I have done it both ways.

  • comment avatar Jim April 25, 2010

    Why would anyone with any tastebuds try to recreate any product mass produced by (YUK) Dominoes? If you are creating dishes based on Dominoes, then STOP! You aren't creating food, you are creating Soylent Green!

  • comment avatar Rex April 25, 2010


    I understand where you are coming from. I am not trying to recreate dominos pizza, I am trying to recreate and improve on a concept that came from Dominos. Using a homemade pizza dough and homemade pasta I wanted to recreate and make a better version of the pasta bowls as popularized by Dominos. Hopefully I voiced your concerns. I am not trying to recreate the Dominos flavor, I am trying to recreate the concept.


  • comment avatar afeya E September 19, 2010

    I just made this and it is really good! I copied their creamy Chicken Alfredo! yummmm!!!

  • comment avatar Sherrie October 17, 2010

    made a bakers dozen of these last night, a request from my son for his 24th birthday, and they got RAVE reviews from everyone… honestly I got the concept from someone who had them at the Big E, then had confidence after I found your post… and half way through making them was told that at the Big E the bread bowls were premade. I think if I had done premade bowls.. half of each bowl would have found its way to the trash… as it was people wanted MORE! lol plates were cleaned!! Thank you so much for sharing your process so clearly it gave me the confidence to do it your way, which as one comment said, ROCKED!!

    • comment avatar Rex October 19, 2010

      Sherrie – Glad to hear that they came out great. I tried to prebake the crust and it just did not turn out the way I wanted. Glad you agree.

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  • comment avatar Heather January 28, 2012

    My boyfriend and I were so excited to find this recipe! It's on our "Sunday To Do List" for tomorrow. Can't wait to try it out.

    • comment avatar savoryreviews January 30, 2012

      I hope they turned out. I am a huge fan of this recipe. I try to make it at least once a month.


  • comment avatar Palmer Frymark January 28, 2012

    Thank you for such an educational post.

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