Garlic Mozzarella Wheel With Marinara

This chewy, garlicky, cheese-stuffed bread is similar to a calzone – but the dough is shaped into a wheel and served with marinara sauce in the middle (for delightful dipping)!! And thanks to store-bought dough, you can assemble the wheel in just minutes.

I like to serve this as a main dish, with vegetables and a salad on the side. If you want, you can serve the wheel as a party appetizer – your guests will adore you!

Switch up the wheel: Add ingredients to the filling and you can enjoy a different version every time. Great additions include pepperoni, ham, broccoli, bell peppers, onions, and mushrooms.

Want to prep ahead? No problem, simply assemble the wheel as directed below – and refrigerate before the 30 minute rising time. You can refrigerate the wheel up to 24 hours. Pull the wheel from the refrigerator and let it sit at room temperature for 1 hour before baking.

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Recipe: Garlic Mozzarella Wheel with Marinara

Serves 4-6 Garlic Mozzarella Wheel With Marinara

30 min Prep Time

30 min Cook Time

1 hr Total Time


  • 1 loaf refrigerated or frozen bread dough (about 1 pound), thawed if frozen.
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder.
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese.
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil.
  • 1 tablespoon grated parmesan cheese.
  • 1 cup warm marinara sauce or pizza sauce for dipping, pick your favorite variety!


  1. Using a rolling pin, roll the dough out into a 9×13-inch rectangle.
  2. Sprinkle the garlic powder all over the surface and then top the dough with the cheese, spreading out in an even layer.
  3. Starting from the longer side, roll up tightly, jellyroll style.
  4. Transfer the dough to a parchment-lined baking sheet and bring the ends together to form a circle. Pinch the ends together to seal the roll.
  5. Rub the olive oil all over the dough and sprinkle the top with the parmesan cheese. Place a small oven-proof bowl or ramekin in the center of the circle.
  6. Let the dough rise for 30 minutes (make sure the dough is in a warm place, free from draft).
  7. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  8. Bake the wheel for 15 to 20 minutes, until puffed up and golden brown. Fill the bowl with the marinara sauce and serve.