For meatballs:

  • 1 pound lean ground meat (lamb, chicken or beef)
  • 3 slices day-old bread, made into breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh mint or basil, chopped
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil

For pizza dough:

  • 2 cups warm water
  • 1 packet dry yeast (8 grams)
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 4 cups bread flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

For pizza topping:

  • Fresh tomato sauce (see Stuffed Pasta Shells recipe)
  • Meatballs (for the planets; directions below)
  • 1 small mozzarella ball (for the sun)
  • Grated mozzarella (for the Milky Way/stars)
  • Kalamata olives, pits removed and sliced (for the moons)

To make the meatballs:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl.
  2. Using your hands, mix thoroughly.
  3. Wet your hands and roll mixture into balls, different sizes for different planets.
  4. Add a little olive oil to a hot frying pan.
  5. Place balls into frying pan and cook on both sides, until cooked through to the center.

To make the pizza:

  1. Combine warm water, yeast and honey.
  2. Cover and place in a warm place until it becomes foamy, about 10-20 minutes.
  3. In a large bowl add bread flour, salt and olive oil.
  4. Add yeast mixture. Mix well.
  5. Turn onto a floured board and knead until smooth and elastic, about 5 minutes.
  6. Allow to rest, covered in a warm place until the dough doubles in size, about 1 hour.
  7. Knead on a floured board and divide into 4 evenly sized balls.
  8. Roll each ball out to your desired thickness and place on greased oven or pizza trays.


  1. Top with fresh tomato sauce, meatballs for planets, olives for moons, a small mozzarella ball for the sun and grated mozzarella for the Milky Way/stars.
  2. Bake at 375 degrees Fahrenheit until the pizza base is golden and the meatballs are well cooked.