Pizza Swirls

  • 10MINS
  • 20MINS
  • Serves 16
  • 102KCAL

These delightful puff pastry swirls hold plenty of pizza-inspired flavour, in a snack-sized bite. With a tomatoey, cheesy ham and basil filling, they’re just the ticket with a fresh salad!

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NutritionPer Serving

  • Calories102
  • Carbs10g
  • Protein3.9g
  • Fat4.8g
  • Saturates2.4g
  • Sugars1g

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Calling all pizza lovers! We’ve combined all your favourite flavours in a simple, delicately-swirled, puff pastry bundle. Great as a snack or even as a lunch option paired with fresh salad, it’s so easy to work these slimming-friendly swirls into your routine (and your lunchbox!). 

Filled with tomato, cheese, ham and basil, we’ve made the most of all of our top pizza-inspired ingredients. By using ready-rolled sheets of light puff pastry to make our swirls, we’ve saved on time and kept the calories nice and low. With every delightful crispy, flaky bite, no one around the table will be able to tell the difference!

The beauty of this recipe is in its versatility; if you don’t love ham, you can always swap it out for bacon or chicken. Finding the perfect flavour combo is a great excuse to get creative in the kitchen – just be sure to adjust any calories accordingly, if you’re counting.

What diets are these Pizza Swirls suitable for?

Pizza Swirls can be made gluten free as long as you swap out the following ingredients for gluten-free versions; 

  • Ready-rolled light puff pastry sheet
  • Lean cooked sliced ham

Please make sure to double or triple check all of your ingredients if you’re cooking for people with allergies.

How Weight Watchers friendly are these Pizza Swirls?

Weight Watchers’ new PersonalPoints plan calculates each individual’s Points allowance based on their unique food preferences and goals. This means we’re no longer able to offer exact WW points for our recipes.

The good news is that all of our recipes are still Weight Watchers friendly! If you have any questions about your Points budgets or you’re unsure how a certain recipe will fit into your plan, please reach out to Weight Watchers directly.

Do you need any special ingredients to make Pizza Swirls?

We’ve used light puff pastry for this recipe which you should be able to find in your local supermarket.

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How many calories are in these Pizza Swirls?

There are 102 calories per portion in these Pizza Swirls, which means it falls into our Everyday Light category. 

To cut down the amount of calories even more, you can simply halve the portion size and serve with a healthy accompaniment!

These Pizza Swirls are perfect if you’re following a calorie-controlled diet, and fits well with any one of the major diet plans such as Weight Watchers. 

As a guide, an average man needs around 2,500kcal (10,500kJ) a day to maintain a healthy body weight. For an average woman, that figure is around 2,000kcal (8,400kJ) a day. Obviously, if your goal is to lose weight then you might want to adjust these slightly! You can read more about these recommendations on the NHS website.

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 200°C and line a baking tray with non-stick baking paper.

Step 2

Place the passata, tomato puree and garlic granules in a small bowl and mix well.

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Step 3

Unroll the pastry sheet, leaving it on the greaseproof paper packing, and place it on a work surface. Spread the tomato mixture over the pastry sheet in a thin layer, leaving a 1cm gap along one long edge.

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Step 4

Sprinkle the Cheddar and Parmesan over in an even layer, leaving the 1cm gap along the long edge.

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Step 5

Spread the ham over the cheese in an even layer, leaving the 1cm gap along the long edge.

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Step 6

Spread the basil leaves over the ham, again leaving the gap along the long edge. Season well with salt and black pepper.

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Step 7

Roll up the pastry tightly, starting with the long edge without the 1cm gap and using the greaseproof paper to help you. Keep rolling it up until you have a ‘Swiss roll’. When you have finished rolling the pastry, make sure it is seam-side down, then use a large, serrated knife (such as a bread knife) to cut it into 16 spiral-shaped slices.

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Step 8

Carefully transfer the slices to the lined baking tray, leaving gaps between each, and press the seam on each to ensure a good seal.

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Step 9

Bake in the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes, until golden and crisp. These swirls are best served warm, with your choice of accompaniment.

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How do you know when Pizza Swirls are cooked?

You should cook this Pizza Swirls until the pastry is golden and crisp. This will take around 15-20 minutes.

To keep your family safe, the advice here in the UK is to cook food until it has reached 70°C and stayed at that temperature for 2 minutes.

How long can you keep Pizza Swirls in the fridge?

Once you’ve put it out, ideally you should eat it within 4 hours.

If you allow any leftovers to cool, make sure to refrigerate in a container with a lid and chill.  You can keep leftovers of Pizza Swirls in the fridge for approximately 3 days or so. 

Can I freeze Pizza Swirls?

Yes you can! This recipe can be frozen after baking, but please remember to do the following;

  • Freeze it as soon as it is cold enough.
  • Use a container or bag that is suitable for freezing.

Don’t forget to add a label with what it is, and on what date you put it in the freezer! 

How do I reheat Pizza Swirls?

From chilled: Place in a microwave proof container with loosely fitting lid and heat for 4-7 minutes until piping hot.

From frozen: Allow to defrost, and heat covered in the microwave for 3-5 minutes then stir. Cook for a further 5-7 minutes until piping hot.

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Pizza Swirls

These delightfully crisp, light puff pastry swirls bring plenty of pizza-inspired flavour, in a small bite. They're perfect for your lunchbox!
  • Prep Time
    10 MINS
  • Cook Time
    20 MINS
  • KCals 102
  • Carbs 10G

Ingredients

  • 320 g ready-rolled light puff pastry sheet
  • 3 tbsp passata
  • 1 tbsp tomato puree
  • ¼ tsp garlic granules
  • 40 g reduced-fat mature Cheddar cheese finely grated
  • 30 g Parmesan cheese finely grated
  • 50 g lean cooked sliced ham finely diced
  • 10 g fresh basil leaves stalks removed and roughly torn
  • salt and black pepper to taste

Baking tray

non-stick baking paper

small bowl

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Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C and line a baking tray with non-stick baking paper.
  2. Place the passata, tomato puree and garlic granules in a small bowl and mix well.
  3. Unroll the pastry sheet, leaving it on the greaseproof paper packing, and place it on a work surface. Spread the tomato mixture over the pastry sheet in a thin layer, leaving a 1cm gap along one long edge.
  4. Sprinkle the Cheddar and Parmesan over in an even layer, leaving the 1cm gap along the long edge.
  5. Spread the ham over the cheese in an even layer, leaving the 1cm gap along the long edge.
  6. Spread the basil leaves over the ham, again leaving the gap along the long edge. Season well with salt and black pepper.
  7. Roll up the pastry tightly, starting with the long edge without the 1cm gap and using the greaseproof paper to help you. Keep rolling it up until you have a 'Swiss roll'. When you have finished rolling the pastry, make sure it is seam-side down, then use a large, serrated knife (such as a bread knife) to cut it into 16 spiral-shaped slices.
  8. Carefully transfer the slices to the lined baking tray, leaving gaps between each, and press the seam on each to ensure a good seal.
  9. Bake in the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes, until golden and crisp. These swirls are best served warm, with your choice of accompaniment.

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Recipe notes

Tip: Make sure that the basil leaves are completely dry before using, otherwise they may make the pastry soggy.
Tip: Most cooked ham is gluten free but do check as some isn't. If you prefer, you could use other cooked meats such as bacon or chicken, instead of ham.

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ChloeWednesday 21st September 2022

Could you eat them cold (as in once cooled and left in the fridge?

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    SharonWednesday 21st September 2022

    Hi Chloe, we think these Pizza swirls are best served warm although you could eat them cold if you prefer.

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JenMonday 8th August 2022

Sorry if this seems stupid bit I know it makes 16swirls but how many would be classed as a portion size for 1person

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    HollyTuesday 9th August 2022

    Hi Jen, the recipe makes 16 Pizza Swirls and the nutritional information is per swirl, hope that helps!

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SarahMonday 8th August 2022

By “portion” do you mean per each swirl?

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    HollyTuesday 9th August 2022

    Hey Sarah, yes the nutritional information is per swirl, hope that helps!

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