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Puttanesca Meatball Sliders

Total Time

Prep: 50 min. Cook: 25 min.


15 sliders

Their just-right size and spice set these tender meatballs apart from others you may have tried. Placed on soft dinner rolls and topped with a zesty sauce, these unique sliders quickly win over a crowd. —Amy Coeler, Lemoore, California
Puttanesca Meatball Sliders Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1 can (28 ounces) whole tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon fennel seed, crushed
  • 1 tablespoon chopped capers
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup 2% milk
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1/2 pound ground pork
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 15 dinner rolls


  1. Place tomatoes in a food processor; cover and process until pureed. Set aside. In a large skillet, saute onion in oil until tender. Add the garlic, pepper flakes and fennel; cook 2 minutes longer. Stir in the tomatoes, capers, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer until thickened, about 15-20 minutes stirring occasionally.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine 1/2 cup cheese, bread crumbs, milk, egg, parsley, garlic, pepper and salt. Crumble meat over mixture and mix well. Shape into fifteen 1-1/2-in. balls.
  3. In a large skillet, brown meatballs in oil; drain. Transfer meatballs to sauce; simmer, uncovered, until a thermometer reads 160°, about 15-20 minutes.
  4. Place a meatball on each roll. Top with sauce and remaining cheese.

Can you freeze Puttanesca Meatball Sliders?

Freeze rolls in freezer bags. Freeze meatball mixture in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Microwave, covered, on high in a microwave-safe dish until heated through, gently stirring and adding a little water if necessary. Place a meatball on each roll and top as directed.

Nutrition Facts

1 each: 248 calories, 11g fat (3g saturated fat), 55mg cholesterol, 482mg sodium, 23g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 2g fiber), 13g protein.

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