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Muffin Tin Mini Pizza

Muffin Tin Mini Pizza

Who doesn’t love a mini pizza? These are great for dinner, snacks, or packed lunches. Country Crock® Original Spread helps ensure that each mini cup packs a crunch and buttery finish. The best part? The ingredients are the same ones used to make our Cheesy Sausage Pasta Bake. Same Ingredients, two delicious meals. #MorewithCrock

Who doesn’t love a mini pizza? These are great for dinner, snacks, or packed lunches. Country Crock® Original Spread helps ensure that each mini cup packs a crunch and buttery finish. The best part? The ingredients are the same ones used to make our Cheesy Sausage Pasta Bake. Same Ingredients, two delicious meals. #MorewithCrock

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  • Preparation timePrep time10 min
  • Ready inReady in20 min
  • ServingsPortionsPortions 12
  • DifficultyDifficultyMedium

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup diced green bell pepper
  • 1/4 cup sliced cremini mushrooms
  • 3 tablespoons Country Crock® Original Spread, divided Country fresh taste Country crock original
  • 1-2 cooked Italian sausages, crumbled
  • 12 slices white sandwich bread
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 cup good-quality marinara sauce
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded, divided
  • basil, for garnish (fresh or dried)

Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)

(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F.
  2. Slice the mushrooms, then dice the green pepper and set aside until you’re ready to assemble.
  3. Remove sausages from casings and pan fry on medium high heat until cooked through. Make sure to break up the sausage as it cooks with a wooden spoon or spatula. Once the sausage is cooked through, remove from the heat, drain fat and set aside.
  4. Place 3 tablespoons of Country Crock® Original Spread in a microwave safe bowl and microwave for 30 seconds or until melted.
  5. Using a pastry brush, butter the muffin tin with the melted Country Crock® .
  6. Cut the crusts off each slice of bread and then brush one side of each slice with the remaining melted Country Crock®. PRO tip: use the left over crusts and make croutons for a salad later in the week.
  7. Mold each slice of bread into the muffin tin butter side up and add a sprinkle of the minced garlic to each cup. Add a sprinkle of shredded mozzarella to each cup and par bake for 4-6 minutes. Once the cheese has melted and your bread has slightly toasted, remove from the oven.
  8. Divide the marinara sauce between the cups, then top with sausage, green peppers, mushrooms and mozzarella.
  9. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until the cheese is melted and the bread is golden on the edges.
  10. Garnish with salt, pepper and basil.
  11. Let sit for 5 minutes, serve warm and enjoy!

What’s even better than using the same ingredients to make two delicious meals? Having someone make the grocery list for you. Here’s everything you need to make our Cheesy Sausage Pasta Bake and Muffin Tin Mini Pizza recipes:

  • 2 green bell peppers
  • 1 ¼ cup cremini mushrooms
  • 1 head garlic
  • Bunch basil (or sub dried basil!)
  • 1 (45 oz.) package Country Crock Original Spread
  • 1 (16 oz.) bags shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan
  • 6 Italian sausages
  • 1 jar (or 2.5 cups leftover) marinara sauce
  • 4 cups penne pasta
  • 12 slices white sandwich bread
  • Pantry spices: dried basil, salt and pepper

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