Pizza Cups

Deborah From tasteandtellblog Wed, May 04 2011

Before I had kids, I always imagined that when I did have kids, they would have the most diverse palates and would just love food of all kinds. But then I had kids. And reality set in. Of course - my 2 year old daughter is turning into quite the picky eater. When I do come upon a recipe that I think she will like, I'm all over it. Luckily, I found numerous recipes in the Rhodes Home Baked Family Favorites cookbook!! The recipe I was drawn to the most was for these Pizza Cups. My daughter is a pizza lover, so I knew she would love these. And I loved them too - especially because they were so easy to put together!! Here's what you will need:

12 Rhodes dinner rolls, thawed to room temperature

1 pound extra lean ground beef

1 1/2 cups pizza sauce

1 teaspoon Italian seasoning

salt and pepper to taste

3/4 cup grated mozzarella cheese, divided

fresh basil, if desired



Start off by preheating your oven to 350F. Lightly spray your counter with non-stick cooking spray. Flatten each roll into a 5-inch circle. Set the circles aside to rest and cover with plastic wrap. 



In a skillet, brown the ground beef.



Add the pizza sauce, 



and then the Italian seasoning. 



Spray a 12-cup muffin tin with cooking spray. Evenly press each circle of dough into each muffin tin. Divide 1/2 cup of the cheese evenly between each of the 12 cups, then spoon in the ground beef mixture. Bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes.



Remove the tin from the oven, and divide the remaining 1/4 cup cheese evenly over the 12 pizza cups. Return the pan to the oven and cook until the cheese is melted, 5-10 minutes. When done, sprinkle basil on top of the cups.


You have the tastes of pizza in little individual serving cups - it doesn't get better than that!! And I love that you could totally change up this recipe and make it with whatever pizza toppings your family likes the most. Canadian bacon and pineapple, or a supreme version would be delicious. The possibilities are endless!

And guess what? My daughter loved these as much as I did!!

Pizza Cups

Servings: 6 Skills: Beginning Prep Time: 15 min (not including thaw time) Bake Time: 25-30 min

These clever little pizzas are easy when you begin with this Pizza Cups recipe baked in a muffin tin!

Pizza Cups
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  1. 12 Rhodes™ Dinner Rolls, thawed to room temperature

  2. 1 pound extra lean ground beef

  3. 1 1/2 cups pizza sauce

  4. 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning

  5. salt & pepper to taste

  6. 3/4 cup grated mozzarella cheese, divided

  7. fresh basil, if desired


Spray counter lightly with non-stick cooking spray. Flatten each roll into a 5-inch circle. Cover with plastic wrap and let rest.

Brown ground beef in a skillet. Stir in pizza sauce. Add Italian seasoning and salt & pepper to taste. Heat through.

Remove wrap from dough circles. Evenly press a circle into each cup of a sprayed 12 cup muffin tin to cover bottom and sides. Divide 1/2 cup cheese evenly between the 12 muffin cups and sprinkle over dough in bottom of each cup. Divide beef mixture evenly and spoon over cheese.

Bake at 350°F 20 minutes. Remove from oven and divide remaining cheese evenly between cups and sprinkle over top of meat. Bake an additional 5-10 minutes.


Deborah Harroun has been writing Taste and Tell for 4 years. What started out as a place to remember the recipes she tried and to work on her photography has turned into so much more than a hobby! She enjoys writing and sharing recipes that are everyday food for everyday people. She also has an addiction to cookbooks and collecting recipes. When she's not in the kitchen, she enjoys reading, photography, and spending time with her family.

Posted in Deborah, Main Dish

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Whatever DeeDee Wants said on May 04, 2011 Reply
My son is a really picky eater but loves pizza. I will have to give these a try.
Whitney Isetta said on May 04, 2011 Reply
yum yum yum! these are totally replacing our twice monthly regular pizza night. These look so much better and more portable for our 2.5 year old. I want to try them with bbq chicken. MMMMMM! Thanks for the great idea.
Shelly said on May 04, 2011 Reply
Can't wait to try these with my kids! Thanks for the great idea!
health32 said on Dec 21, 2011 Reply
so simple and quick. And good thing is they look well and delicious, I never try this before but I will give this a try as soon as possible.
Will it make me gain some pounds?? hope not.

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