Pizza Cups

Servings 6 Serves


  • 1 1/2 pounds 95% lean ground beef
  • 2 tablespoons Herbes de Provence divided
  • 2 egg whites beaten
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 4 cloves garlic pressed and divided
  • 1/4 cup red bell pepper chopped
  • 1/3 onion chopped
  • 1/2 tablespoon black olives chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups tomato sauce
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup shredded part-skim Mozzarella cheese


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • In a large bowl, combine ground beef, half of the Herbes de Provence, the egg, tomato paste and half of the garlic; blend well.
  • Form mixture into 12 large meatballs then press them into lightly-oiled muffin cups, creating “cupcake liners” made out of beef mixture in the muffin pan.
  • Add bell pepper, onion, olives, and remaining garlic to each cup in equal portions.
  • In a small bowl, combine tomato sauce, vinegar and remaining Herbes de Provence; spoon mixture over the veggies then top each pizza cup with Mozzarella cheese; bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until meat is cooked through and cheese is bubbly.


SERVING SUGGESTION: A big salad of mixed baby greens, sliced red onion, avocado and tomato, tossed with red wine vinaigrette.
VEGETARIAN: Instead of ground beef, use TVP crumbles, 1 additional egg and 1 cup of dry bread crumbs to make “meatballs” (instead of “muffin cups”) and bake with sauce poured over the top.
KOSHER: Make sure ground beef is certified kosher and omit cheese.
GLUTEN FREE: Make sure Herbes de Provence, tomato paste, olives, vinegar and tomato sauce are gluten free.
NUTRITION: Per Serving: 346 Calories; 4g Fat; 15g Protein; 9g Carbohydrate; 2g Dietary Fiber; 34mg Cholesterol; 524mg Sodium. Exchanges: 0 Grain(Starch); 1/2 Lean Meat; 1 1/2 Vegetable; 0 Fruit; 0 Fat. Points: 3
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