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Playing How To Make Meatball Patty Melt Pizzas | Rachael Ray

Rach shares a recipe that's pure comfort food, goofy fun and stupid good: meatball patty melt pizzas. 

For more pizza-inspired recipes, check out this Pizza Mac & CheeseRach's super-popular Chicken Pizza and our Quick & Easy Pizza Dip.


For the patties:
  • 1 cup homemade breadcrumbs or Panko
  • About ⅓ cup whole milk
  • One handful flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped (about ¼ cup)
  • ¾ cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seed, or ½ teaspoon fennel pollen (optional)
  • 1½ pounds ground sirloin or ground beef, pork and veal combined
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 teaspoon granulated onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, grated or finely chopped
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO) 
For the sauce:
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO)
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 cloves garlic, grated
  • Salt
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes, optional
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano, or 1 tablespoon fresh, finely chopped
  • One 14-ounce can crushed or diced Italian tomatoes
  • 1 cup passata or tomato sauce
  • One handful fresh basil leaves, torn
To serve:
  • 2 cups mozzarella, shredded
  • 4 cups arugula
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • Drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO)
  • Salt


Serves: 4


Preheat oven to 425˚F with rack at center. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.

For the patties, combine breadcrumbs with milk to soften them. Add the parsley, parm, fennel, beef or mixed meats, salt, pepper, onion, garlic, egg, and EVOO, combine and form 4 sections.

For the sauce, heat a medium saucepot over medium heat, add EVOO and butter and when it melts, add garlic, salt, red pepper flakes (if using), oregano, stir a couple of minutes, add ½ cup water and let it evaporate fully, add tomatoes and passata and heat to bubble, add torn basil and simmer 20 minutes.

Form 4 large thin patties of meatball mix from each section of meat. Arrange on baking sheet and roast 12 to 15 minutes, add sauce and mozzarella and bake 8 to 10 minutes more until brown and bubbly.

Toss arugula with lemon juice, EVOO, salt.

Place patties on plate and top with arugula, serve.