Close view of two English muffin pizzas in a three-compartment metal lunch box.

Tired of the same old boring school lunches or after-school snacks? Look no further than English muffin pizza! This quick and easy lunch (or snack!) is a great way to get your pizza fix without all the effort. Plus, they are so easy to make that the kids can make them themselves (with some oven supervision).

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How do you make English muffin pizza?

Making English muffin pizza is so easy, even the kids can do it (with some oven supervision, of course)!

  1. Preheat the oven and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a baking mat. Arrange the English muffin halves in a single layer on the sheet.
  2. Spread pizza sauce to the edges of each English muffin piece.
  3. Add whatever toppings you want. Sprinkle with shredded mozzarella cheese.
  4. Bake for 8-10 minutes, until the cheese is melted and the English muffin edges are starting to crisp up.

Protip: Swap the sauce!

Remember that pizza sauce doesn’t have to mean tomato sauce! You can also use pesto, BBQ sauce, or even alfredo sauce.

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What toppings should I put on these mini pizzas?

Anything you’d like! If you’ve had it on a regular pizza, it will work on an English muffin pizza. We do recommend that you sauté the vegetables to cook off some of the water—otherwise, you’ll end up with soggy pizza!

Heat a little olive oil in a skillet over medium heat, and then add your vegetables. Cook, stirring often, for about 5 minutes. That’s it!

Overhead of English muffin pizzas in a bento-style lunch box with clementines and snap pea crisps.

Are English muffin pizzas school lunch-friendly?

We don’t worry about keeping these warm—because they are delicious cold! Just pop them right in the lunch box with some fruits, vegetables, and maybe a snack, and lunch is ready to go!

What should I do with the leftovers?

Store any leftover English muffin pizza in an airtight container in the fridge. 

Two homemade mini pizzas packed into a bento-style lunch box with clementine segments and snap pea crisps.

Can you freeze English muffin pizzas?

Sure can! In fact, this is one of our favorite recipes for prep-ahead school lunches or after-school snacks!

Once the English muffin pizzas are completely cool, slide the baking sheet into the freezer. Wrap each one in plastic wrap once they are frozen through (this should take 3-4 hours) and then stash them all in a zip-top freezer bag.

Defrost the frozen English muffin pizzas, still wrapped and in the refrigerator, and then unwrap and heat them in the toaster oven for 5-10 minutes at 350°F, or until the cheese is melted.

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English Muffin Pizzas

Yield: 12 English muffin pizzas
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

English muffin pizza is a kid-favorite school lunch & great make-ahead meal. You'll love these mini pizzas for their easy prep!

Ingredients

  • 6 English muffins, sliced in half
  • 2 cups pizza sauce
  • Your favorite pizza toppings (mini pepperoni slices, diced onions and bell peppers, mushroom slices, ham, sliced olives, etc.)
  • 3 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Place the English muffin halves, cut side up, on the baking sheet in a single layer.
  2. Divide the pizza sauce evenly among the English muffin halves (about a scant 1/4 cup per half), spreading the sauce to the edge of each muffin.
  3. Add your favorite pizza toppings to each muffin—making sure not to overload each one.
  4. Sprinkle the shredded cheese on top of each half—you’ll use about 1/4 cup of cheese per muffin.
  5. Bake in preheated oven until the cheese is melted and browning and the muffin is beginning to crisp up, about 8 to 10 minutes.

Notes

  • All kinds of English muffins work for this recipe. We’ve made them using whole wheat and gluten-free English muffins with great results. Just maybe avoid the cinnamon raisin English muffins!
  • If using lots of veggies in your pizzas, we recommend pre-cooking them to get out some of the moisture. Just sauté pizza veggies like onions, mushrooms, and peppers in a little olive oil over medium heat until the moisture is released—about 5 minutes—before putting them on top of the pizzas.
  • These pizzas are as delicious cold as they are right out of the oven! They are a favorite school lunch of our kids—they enjoy them cold right out of their lunchbox.
  • Our favorite way to reheat these is to pop them in the toaster oven at 400°F for 3 to 5 minutes. No toaster oven? Pop the pizzas in a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat until warmed through.
  • Make up a big batch of these and freeze them! Cool the pizzas completely once done baking, and then just pop the entire baking sheet in the freezer. Once the pizzas are frozen solid—about 3 to 4 fours—wrap each one individually in plastic wrap and then transfer all pizzas to a large, zip-top freezer bag.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 2 mini pizzas
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 357Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 31mgSodium: 957mgCarbohydrates: 43gFiber: 4gSugar: 5gProtein: 18g

At Wholefully, we believe that good nutrition is about much more than just the numbers on the nutrition facts panel. Please use the above information as only a small part of what helps you decide what foods are nourishing for you.

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