English Muffin Pizzas

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When breakfast has gotten boring, these are the remedy.

Brightly colored dishes with English Muffin Pizzas.

Tomorrow morning, when your sleepy, groggy, possibly grumpy kids drag their butts to breakfast and mumble incoherent complaints, try saying this: “Who wants pizza for breakfast?” Their little necks will snap up so fast they may pull something.

English Muffin Pizza on a stack of colorful plates.

Somewhere along the way, certain foods were identified as breakfast foods, and most of us are content to face a plate of eggs, some fruit, or perhaps some oatmeal in the morning. But sometimes it’s nice to shake it up (and by the way, you will likely get a similar reaction if you offer up pancakes for dinner every once in a while).

English Muffin Pizzas on a foil-lined baking sheet.

The main point of breakfast, the piously anointed “most important meal of the day,” is to give you energy to go forth and conquer. Or at least go forth and do well on the spelling quiz.

So, pretty much any food that sounds good at 7 a.m. and isn’t riddled with sugar is fair game. Charlie in particular is often delighted to encounter things like a bowl of vegetable soup or leftover meatballs or chicken piccata first thing in the morning, as am I, which some people find irresistible and others just find weird and confusing.

Woman grabbing an English Muffin Pizza.

Quick English Muffin Pizzas in the Oven

These come together in the same amount of time it takes to make hot cereal or scramble some eggs. Follow these up with some fruit, or just serve them with a glass of OJ, and all of the consecrated food groups are present. And any time you can get pizza out of your toaster oven- well, that’s a win to me.

English Muffin Pizzas on an orange platter.

How to Make English Muffin Pizzas

Toast the English muffin halves until very lightly brown. Spoon 1⁄4 cup of the tomato sauce evenly over each English muffin half.

Top each English muffin with a slice of mozzarella. Sprinkle over oregano, red pepper flakes, and kosher salt, as desired. Bake or toast the pizzas until the cheese is melted and a bit bubbly, about 4 minutes.

Think of these for an after-school snack, too… not to mention lunch.

English Muffin Pizza Toppings

Once you spoon on the tomato sauce, you can add anything to the pizza that you would use to top a regular pizza: slivered cooked onions or peppers, sliced olives, chopped cooked broccoli, and so on. If you prefer, add them on top of the mozzarella instead of between the tomato sauce and the cheese.

Yellow plate with an English Muffin Pizza missing a bite.

My gang finds plain works just fine first thing in the morning, but yours might appreciate a non-vegetarian addition like bacon crumbled between the sauce and cheese.

English Muffin Pizzas come together in the same amount of time it takes to make hot cereal or scramble some eggs.”

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English Muffin Pizzas

When breakfast has gotten boring, these are the remedy.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 13 minutes
Servings: 4 People
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Ingredients 

  • 2 English muffins preferably whole grain, split
  • 1 cup store-bought or homemade tomato sauce
  • 4 slices 1⁄4 inch thick mozzarella, preferably fresh
  • Dried oregano to taste optional
  • Red pepper flakes to taste optional
  • Kosher salt to taste

Instructions 

  • Preheat a toaster oven or standard oven to 350°F.
  • Toast the English muffin halves until very lightly brown, 3 to 4 minutes. Spoon 1⁄4 cup of the tomato sauce evenly over each English muffin half. You can continue with Step 3 or go directly to Step 4.
  • See the Fork in the Road suggestions above for optional toppings.
  • Top each English muffin with a slice of mozzarella. Sprinkle over oregano, red pepper flakes, and kosher salt, as desired.
  • Bake or toast the pizzas until the cheese is melted and a bit bubbly, about 4 minutes. Serve, making sure your kids know that the pizzas are hot!

Notes

Fork in the Road

You can add anything to the pizzas: slivered cooked onions or peppers, sliced olives, chopped cooked broccoli, pepperoni, crumbled cooked sausage, and so on.

Nutrition

Calories: 166.68kcal, Carbohydrates: 17.03g, Protein: 9.29g, Fat: 6.95g, Saturated Fat: 3.82g, Cholesterol: 22.38mg, Sodium: 630.84mg, Potassium: 261.61mg, Fiber: 1.69g, Sugar: 2.9g, Vitamin A: 456.75IU, Vitamin C: 4.29mg, Calcium: 165.87mg, Iron: 1mg
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About Katie Workman

Katie Workman is a cook, a writer, a mother of two, an activist in hunger issues, and an enthusiastic advocate for family meals, which is the inspiration behind her two beloved cookbooks, Dinner Solved! and The Mom 100 Cookbook.

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6 Comments

  1. Paul says:

    I’m 49 years old and have been cooking for my family forever…..
    but my Mom used to make these when I was a child.
    I thought they were her invention; using what she had on hand, she used to say. Lol

    1. Katie Workman says:

      they always say necessity is the mother of invention, but I think invention is the necessity of motherhood!

  2. Sally says:

    I’ve made these with bagels, too. I like them both and which I make just depends on what I have on hand.

    1. Katie Workman says:

      Bagel pizzas are great! Mini bagels, especially, if you can find them.