Italian Tomato Rolls Recipe
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Italian Tomato Rolls Recipe

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Margaret Peterson FOREST CITY, IOWA No one believes me when I say it’s pizza sauce that they’re tasting in these tender, chewy rolls. The basil adds extra excitement.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + rising Bake: 10 min.
MAKES:15 servings
Diabetic Exchange Test Kitchen Approved
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + rising Bake: 10 min.
MAKES: 15 servings


  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon plus 2 tablespoons sugar, divided
  • 1/4 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 1 cup pizza sauce
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons butter, melted, divided
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon dried basil
  • 3 to 4 cups all-purpose flour

Nutritional Facts

1 roll equals 150 calories, 5 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 26 mg cholesterol, 240 mg sodium, 22 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 4 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 starch, 1 fat.


  1. In a large bowl, dissolve yeast and 1 teaspoon sugar in warm water; let stand for 5 minutes. Add the pizza sauce, 1/4 cup butter, egg, salt, basil, 2 cups flour and remaining sugar; beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a firm dough.
  2. Turn onto a floured surface. Knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1-1/2 hours.
  3. Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide into 15 pieces. Shape each into a 2-in. ball. Place 2 in. apart on greased baking sheets. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 30 minutes.
  4. Bake at 400° for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pans to wire racks. Brush with remaining butter. Yield: 15 rolls.
Originally published as Italian Tomato Rolls in Country Extra September 2008, p51

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Reviewed Jun. 22, 2012

"My boyfriend was skeptical of these since it said "tomato" in the title, but he LOVED them and has since requested I make them again. Definitely a keeper!"

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