Late last week, I returned from work just feeling totally exhausted. #camplife. I seriously thought about buying some takeout chinese or pizza near my apartment, but I just couldn’t justify spending the money when I had so many leftovers. Yet, I also didn’t feel like putting forth any more effort than required. This is what’s known as “a problem.”
Suddenly, I had a flashback to my year as an RA and the healthy-eating program I took my residents to. One of the featured meals were mini-pizzas using English muffins as the “dough.” And because memories are crazy, that then reminded me that one of the books I got at the thrift store had a recipe for that very thing.
Guys. Pizza. On English Muffins. Two of my favorite things COMBINED… with a secret ingredient.
The secret ingredient? Ricotta Cheese. Yes, please. Making meals with ease. With more change in my… sleeves? Ok, I’m just going to stop that there. #notanpoet #whyamIusingsomanyhashtagsinthispost
Anyway, before I digress too far… here’s the recipe for this minimal effort-leftover-user-upper-pizza.
- English muffins
- Ricotta Cheese
- Spaghetti Sauce
- Parmesan Cheese
- Canadian Bacon
- Italian Seasoning and Salt (optional)
- Preheat oven to 400
- Place English muffins on cookie tray and toast in the oven for 5 minutes
- Meanwhile, mix your spaghetti sauce with Italian seasoning and a pinch of salt and cut Canadian bacon and pineapple into small pieces
- Top warmed muffins with a dollop of ricotta cheese. Then layer on the spaghetti sauce and Parmesan cheese. Top with Canadian bacon and pineapple.
- Place in the oven for 10-12 minutes, until the cheese has begun to melt.
I highly recommend using Parmesan; I tried it with some other cheeses and it wasn't nearly as good.
For my roommate and I, 3 of these mini-pizzas filled us each up.
The great thing about this recipe is that it’s so flexible—it takes practically the same amount of effort to make 10 as it does to make 4, and you can use whatever toppings you have on hand. The first time I made this, I used some leftover bell peppers from the bell pepper soup. Personally, though, I like the Canadian bacon/pineapple combo better, but I’m sure there are some great possibilities out there! Maybe with some sausage? Mmm…. Brb I’m going to go make some more.
Poco a poco
Place the English muffins in the preheated, 400-degree oven for 5 minutes.
Spread Ricotta cheese on them
Spread Spaghetti sauce on top of the Ricotta. If you’re using plain spaghetti sauce, I highly recommend mixing some Italian seasoning and a pinch of salt in.
Top with Parmesan and whatever your toppings are, and put them in the oven for 10-12 minutes.
Voila! So easy. So good.
“Like a big pizza pie…” but smaller. Much smaller. and easier.