Recipe of the Week: Cheesy Florentine Mini-Meatball Pizzas

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Meatballs

  • 1 pound Open Nature® ground turkey
  • 1 O Organics® egg
  • 1/2 cup O Organics® tomato basil pasta sauce
  • 1/2 cup quick oats or Panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 cup finely-chopped O Organics® baby spinach
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 clove garlic, grated (can substitute with 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder)
  • 3 O Organics® mozzarella cheese sticks, cut into 36 little chunks (12 chunks per stick) *

Mini Pizzas

  • 6 whole-wheat English muffins
  • 1 1/2 cups O Organics® tomato basil pasta sauce
  • 1 package O Organics® shredded mozzarella cheese

Cooking Instructions

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 400º.

Step 2

In a medium bowl, add egg, pasta sauce, quick oats or panko, spinach, salt, and garlic. Whisk together with a fork then add ground turkey and fold together until everything is evenly incorporated.

Step 3

Scoop out the ground turkey mixture by the tablespoon-full and shape this around one mozzarella chunk to create a mini-meatball. Repeat this step until you have 36 mini-meatballs and have used all of the ground turkey mixture.

Step 4

Place all of the cheese-filled meatballs on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake for 15 - 17 minutes, until cooked through.

Step 5

To make the pizzas, place each English muffin half (cut side up) on a baking sheet (for a total of 12 mini-pizzas). Spray lightly with nonstick olive oil cooking spray, or drizzle with olive oil. Place in the oven under low broil until lightly toasted, about 5 minutes.

Step 6

Remove pizzas from the oven and top each mini pizza with 2 tablespoons pasta sauce, 3 meatballs, and 2 tablespoons shredded cheese. Return to the oven until cheese is melted and bubbly, about 3 minutes.

Step 7

Serve immediately, or save for later by refrigerating or freezing. Enjoy!

Step 8 :: helpful hintsYou can make these pizzas on pita bread, naan flatbread, or any easy bread of choice!

Step 9 :: helpful hintsSprinkle garlic powder over the English muffins before toasting in the oven for added flavor.

Step 10 :: helpful hintsFreeze the mini-pizzas for an easy on-the-go lunch!All recipe ingredients should be cooked to a safe internal temperature according to USDA guidelines. After preparing a recipe, please store any leftovers in the refrigerator.

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