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Pizza Meat Loaf Cups

Fix and freeze these moist little meat loaves packed with pizza flavor. They're great to reheat for an after-school snack or quick dinner on soccer night. My family likes to drizzle extra pizza sauce on top. —Susan Wollin, Marshall, Wisconsin
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    1 dozen


  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup pizza sauce
  • 1/4 cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1-1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1-1/2 cups shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • Optional: Additional pizza sauce and basil leaves


  • Preheat oven to 375°. In a large bowl, mix first 4 ingredients. Add beef; mix lightly but thoroughly. Divide into 12 portions; press each onto the bottom and up sides of a greased muffin cup. Add cheese to centers.
  • Bake until meat is cooked through, 15-18 minutes. If desired, top with additional sauce and basil before serving.
    Freeze option: Freeze cooled meat loaves in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Microwave, covered, on high in a microwave-safe dish until heated through.
Nutrition Facts
2 meat loaf cups: 327 calories, 20g fat (8g saturated fat), 119mg cholesterol, 416mg sodium, 6g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 1g fiber), 29g protein.

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  • amsm
    Nov 3, 2020

    These were easy and quick to prepare, which I loved. I feel these needed more pizza flavor, maybe by adding some pepperoni or sausage. My kids dipped them in additional pizza sauce.

  • Peapod0114
    Oct 27, 2020

    This was delicious! I increased the meat by 1/2 a pound and just added more of the binders. I would make sure you use a leaner meat because it can become a little greasy. I added diced up pepperoni to make it a little more like pizza. My thirteen year old loved it too! A real delicious family pleaser.

  • gigiatl
    Jun 22, 2020

    Great recipe...I made in mini-muffin cups for an appetizer party..the recipe will make apps 36 mini-muffin size. I added cooked sausage Italian seasoning and uses lean beef to address the grease comments....great recipe that can be modified each time..Thank you Susan!!

  • sgronholz
    Apr 1, 2019

    My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed these meat loaf cups! Iand#039;m always looking for new ways to use my homemade pizza sauce and this recipe worked perfectly. I used a pound of ground chuck instead of 1 1/2 pounds, so I reduced the ingredients slightly and made 8 meat loaf cups. A new favorite and something Iand#039;ll be making often!

  • Amanda
    Nov 14, 2018

    No comment left

  • shannondobos
    Mar 8, 2018

    These were very moist and definitely a friendly flavor for kids. However, I would add more seasoning to them next time, or incorporate a bit of sausage in the mixture, as another reviewer suggests. I can see how these would be good to make in batches and freeze for quick dinners for busy families.

  • cynandtom
    Jan 28, 2018

    These were very tasty, little treats. Changes I made were using my Sauce, (since I had it on the stove), adding a little garlic powder and crushed red pepper flake, and topping with a little Parmesan. Delicious. I suggest putting on a sheet pan under muffin tin, to catch overflow.

  • SMoskwa
    Apr 21, 2017

    Pretty good! Cooked pretty fast and was very moist. I added garlic for a little more flavor. Tastes like a cross between a meatball and pizza. I might try adding a little more meat next time, though.

  • d2kcb01
    Jan 3, 2016

    I'm going to definitely make these for my grand kids. I know they will love them made just as the recipe is written. For me though, I could have used a little more flavor. I think a 1/4 pound of Italian sausage and some oregano would do the trick.

  • Tami12
    Jun 18, 2014

    Can't wait to try