Cheesy Italian Rolls – Healthy Spice Blends Recipe Challenge

Cheesy Italian Rolls

Coming up with creative lunch ideas is the pits! We’re a homeschooling family, and more often than not we’re in a peanut butter & jelly rut.  (Is it sad that my kids get excited about Ramen Noodles?)

A few years ago, I made my kids what we call “Cheesy Garlic Rolls”.  It was an almost-grocery-day scrambling-to-use-up-leftover-stuff kinda day.  I had roughly half of a bag of shredded cheese in my fridge, and very little else.  I whipped up a basic sweet roll dough and stuffed it with mozzarella, parmesan, garlic, butter, and random seasonings that just happened to work.  These rolls became a family favorite that the kids beg for on a regular basis.  I was kicking myself that they turned out so amazing because they’re a pain to make.  I should say, they were a pain to make.  Thanks to Healthy Solutions, I’ve found the perfect seasoning blend for these rolls that totally eliminates a couple steps!


A couple of weeks ago, I signed up to participate in the Healthy Solutions Spice Blend Recipe Challenge.  When I received my packet of Italian Meatball Seasoning in the mail, I knew it would be a perfect fit for my Cheesy Garlic Rolls.   My kids have already polished off two pans and let me know that this recipe beats the old one hands-down.  These are great alone or served with marinara sauce.

NOTE: For those of you looking for a healthier bread alternative, I’ve made the dough with half Bob’s Red Mill Unbleached White All-Purpose Flour and half Bob’s Red Mill Whole Wheat Flour and they’re wonderful!


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3/4 cup milk
1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
1 cup salted butter, softened and divided
1 tablespoon yeast
1 cup warm water
1 egg
2 teaspoons salt
4 to 5 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
1 packet Italian Meatballs Healthy Solutions Spice Blend
2 cups finely grated part-skim mozzarella cheese

Place milk, 1/3 cup sugar, and 4 tablespoons butter in a large microwavable bowl. Microwave on high for 1 1/2 to 2 minutes, just until milk is scalded.  Set aside.
In a small bowl, stir together warm water, yeast, and 1 tablespoon sugar. Let sit for 5 minutes or until yeast is foamy.
Using a wooden spoon, stir egg, salt, and 2 cups of the flour into the milk mixture.  Stir in yeast mixture until well blended.  Add more flour, 1/2 cup at a time, until dough forms a nice ball. Knead the dough with your hand in the bowl until smooth. Cover and let rise until double.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Place 1 tablespoon of butter in the bottom of 3 9-inch round pans.  Place pans in oven while it’s preheating to melt butter. This should only take a couple of minutes.  Remove pans from oven and make sure butter is spread evenly over bottom of pans.
In a small bowl, beat together remaining softened butter,  parmesan cheese, and Italian Meatballs Healthy Solutions Spice Blend.  Set aside.
Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Roll into a rectangle that is approximately 30″ by 15″.  Use your hands to spread seasoned butter mixture all over the dough, making sure to get butter all the way to the edges.  Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese.  Starting with a long edge, roll dough up tightly.  Slice into 21 rolls and place 7 in each prepared pan.  Cover and let rise for 30 minutes or until rolls are touching in the pan.
Bake rolls in preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes or until tops are golden brown. If desired, spread with additional butter as soon as you remove rolls from the oven.
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*Healthy Solutions Spice Blends are all natural, low carb, and contain on MSG, fillers, or preservatives.  Healthy Solutions provided me with the Italian Meatballs Spice Blend in exchange for my entry in this recipe contest.


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