English Muffin Pizzas

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These English muffin pizzas are just as delicious – in a yummy, kid-food kind of way – as I remembered from my childhood.

English Muffin Pizzas

Did your mom make you English Muffin Pizzas growing up? Mine did all the time, and my sister and I loved to help her make them. I came across a recipe in a cookbook recently and realized that it had been at least 20 years since I’d had one. I wondered, were they really as good as I remembered or was it just nostalgia kicking in? I decided to try them and am happy to report that they were just as delicious — in a yummy, kid food kind of way — as I remembered.

Making english muffin pizzas 2

The key to making the best English Muffin Pizzas is to toast the English muffins before you top them with sauce and cheese. Otherwise, they’ll come out soft and undercooked, and the beauty is in the toasty crunch of every nook and cranny.

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English Muffin Pizzas

These English muffin pizzas are just as delicious – in a yummy, kid-food kind of way – as I remembered from my childhood.

Servings: 8 mini pizzas
Total Time: 15 Minutes


  • 4 English Muffins, sliced down the center
  • 1 cup marinara or pizza sauce
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 ounces thinly sliced pepperoni, thinly sliced and cut into quarters
  • About 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano


  1. Preheat the broiler.
  2. Toast the English muffins in the toaster until golden brown and crisp on top and bottom.
  3. Arrange the muffins cut side up on a foil lined baking sheet. Spoon a generous tablespoon of pizza sauce over each muffin half. Top with the Mozzarella cheese and pepperoni. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and oregano.
  4. Place the pizzas under the broiler for a few minutes, until the cheese is melted, bubbling and slightly golden. Serve warm.
  5. Freezer-Friendly Instructions: These can be frozen for up to 3 months. Let them cool completely, then wrap them individually in plastic wrap or foil and place in a resealable bag. Reheat them (directly from the freezer) in a 375°F oven for 10 – 15 minutes, or until heated through.

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  • Our kids loved these and it brought back so many fun memories making them. We did not have any leftover and that was when we doubled the recipe. They hardly ate dinner because they were still full from eating these for lunch.

    • — Autumn on September 22, 2021
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  • These are wonderful for an adult snack or work from home lunch. I’ve never had English muffin pizzas but it’s a brilliant idea and way lower carbs than frozen ready-made one. We used whole wheat English muffins and sprinkled some minced raw garlic on top. Topped with red chili flakes as they came out of the oven. I’m making another batch to freeze!

    • — Emily H. on July 31, 2021
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  • Can you toast them ahead of time

    • — Markelefm on March 18, 2021
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    • I think that would work. Enjoy!

      • — Jenn on March 19, 2021
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  • Thanks for reminding me of childhood pizzas! These seem even better than I remember probably because Mom topped them with a slice of American cheese.

    • — Cindy Sanborn on January 28, 2021
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  • Jenn,
    Use your recipes all the time and love them. Must also say your cookbook is great too. I’ve been searching for a great from-scratch pizza sauce. Can you help me?

    • — Dave on January 28, 2020
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    • Hi Dave, Thanks for your note and your nice words about the recipes — so glad you enjoy them! I don’t have a recipe of my own for pizza sauce — sorry! I’ll have to add it to my list of recipes to potentially develop. In the meantime, this one looks good and gets positive reviews. (Please keep in mind that I haven’t tried this myself.) Hope you enjoy if you make it!

      • — Jenn on January 28, 2020
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  • My very picky five year-old daughter literally gave me a thumbs up. Thank you again!

  • Love this recipe. It’s true..the secret is to toast the English Muffins first to get the crispy “crust”.

  • would this be good as a left over lunch? like a “high end” lunchable for my niece.

    • Hi Victoria, My kids love cold pizza so I’d say yes :).

      • Winner!!!! This is so quick and delicious. Thank you Jenn, your talent reaches my home several nights a week

  • Made these the other day when I was craving pizza but didn’t want to blow my diet. Followed another recipe, but will definitely try toasting the muffin prior to popping it in the oven. To keep my snack somewhat healthy, I used 100 calorie whole wheat English muffins, Rao’s all-natural pizza sauce, reduced fat shredded mozzarella, and turkey pepperonis – and they were still delicious! I was able to get my pizza fix without all the calories of regular pizza. Can’t wait to try adding oregano and broiling them next time… Thanks for the tips!

  • What fun, versatile and deeee-lishious little treat…. Thanks for sharing…!

  • Just made this for my family today for lunch. They loved it!!!! We have tried and enjoyed so many of your recipes this past month. Thank you for sharing!!!!!

  • My little boy and I made these together for dinner one night. He was thrilled to help! We used bell peppers, mushrooms, and onions for our toppings. Fun and yummy!

  • These made me want to be a kid again. So easy and yummy! The oregano on top is a great touch. Loved these!

  • so easy and good for a quickie when unexpected guests pop in. If I have time, I saute finely diced onions/peppers/mushrooms for variety. A keeper for me.

  • I love these…and, when my mom didn’t have any sauce on hand, she would make them with a slice of american cheese topped with tomato slices, oregano, salt, pepper, and a drizzle of olive oil and then toast them. So good!!

  • Love these for an easy weeknight meal. I like to make them with broccoli and a big salad!

  • Ate these all the time growing up. Going to buy more english muffins to make again. Thanks for reminding me 🙂

  • we love these, such a quick snack

  • So easy to make and better than store bought frozen and better than high priced delivery.

  • Ahhh… childhood memories! Love fixing a variety of them for parties… veggie lovers, bbq brisket, taco toppings, etc.

  • I used to make thes all the time when my kids were toddlers. I forgot all about them. I made them for my son (now a teenager) and his friends and they loved them!

  • i remember making them in 7th grade cooking class. the only difference is we used ketchup instead of tomato paste.

  • This would be perfect for a make-your-own pizza bar! Have various toppings & cheeses available, and each guest makes choices. Our gatherings are always informal anyway–hanging out in the kitchen is normal!

  • The kids can make these on their own and they love them. My mom use to make these for us when we were kids. Great idea!

    • — Teresa Cochran
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  • Made this on my pizza stone over the grill and they turned out perfectly for a summer dinner meal. These are easy to make in large quantities as people come and go at different times. They can personalize the toppings as well on these mini pizzas.

    • — Elizabeth C. in Kansas
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  • Just made these for the kids… they loved making mini pizza! Added some broccoli and meatballs! Perfect meal!!! Thank you!

  • Made these for boxed them for my daughters lunch for school. Quick & easy.

  • Thanks for the reminder, I hadn’t made these in at least 10 years. They were great. I threw on some pickled jalepenos, tasty and easy.

  • These brought back a lot of memories. So good. 🙂

  • Love these! My mother made them when I was a kid with jack cheese, I use this method (old pizza cook that I am), and the kids just eat them up! One of the favorites in my house. Also works great with bagel thins for those (like me) who want to cut down on their bread intake.

  • I am 71 years old, when dating my husband we would go to his sisters every Friday, this was our Pizza’s than. I just made them again a wonderful memory. we are married for 53 years.

  • I made these for my husband & I – they were great, quick & easy. I added some veggies to mine but kept his with pepperoni & cheese just the way he likes them. Thanks again!

  • English muffins are always a staple in my fridge! Great way to jazz them up!

  • We have pizza night every Friday and I’m looking forward to making these on a night when we don’t have as much time! Thank you!!

  • These are so easy & so delicious! The only thing I do differently is to toast them in the oven for a few minutes to crisp up the tops before adding the sauce & toppings. I like them extra crunchy!!

  • My brother and I made these with our grandparents all the time when we were kids. They’ve both passed away by now, but I remember those times fondly. Thanks for this little hit of nostalgia – I may have to make these soon. 🙂

  • I made these for a summer picnic that I had at my house for my first grade students. I wanted to make something different and easy, and this fit the bill. The children found them very yummy. All of them wanted me to write down the recipe for them—LOL! Love teacher first graders, they have good “taste!’ By the way, my husband and I found them tasty too!

  • What a great idea! Can not wait to make this for my family.

  • Perfect for my daughter and her friends to make before movie night. Thank you for reminding me about a fun, easy and quick meal for kidlings.

  • I loved making these as a kid. I’ll have to try them again!

  • Made these with my daughters. A super fun recipe to make with your kids. They had so much fun and they turned out great. It has become a staple game night food. We have tried other toppings but they are truly best as writen.

  • This recipe brings back so many wonderful childhood memories. I now make these with my daughters. Yum!

  • i love making these as a quick snack

  • My father made these for my brother, sister, and I growing up! Brings back such warm memories ;). I will be making these for my 3 little boys today!

  • We need more of these kind of recipes where the kids can help cook food for all of us. I am always looking for healthy kid friendly recipes where the boys can also help and/or do them by themselves……

  • These are fabulous! I’d love to feature them on my site, http://www.canigettherecipe.com with full credits and links back to your site! Please let me know! [email protected]

  • I am in college right now and dinners like these are exactly the type of thing I am looking for; quick, filling and nutritious. I will have to make this for dinner one night very soon, I have a feeling my roommate won’t mind one bit.

  • I looove English Muffin pizzas, but I like to use a slice of the orange american cheese instead of mozzarella. Oh my. It’s so yummy. Totally reminds me of when my dad used to make them for me!

  • I can even do this one!!

  • i love making these pizzas with my daughter. ‘trader joes’ has a great pizza sauce.

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