I wanted to whip up a quick and easy appetizer for your New Years Eve celebrations before I fly out to the Caribbean.. Yup, I will be soaking up the sun this New Years Eve, heading to Dominican Republic and so looking forward to shutting down for the week.. just me (and my hubby & daughter) the sun, sand, ocean and a few cocktails 🙂 If your planning a party or going to one these pizza meatball cups are delicious, and so easy to make! Makes 16 at just 3 smart points each.. I hope you all enjoy your celebrations, Happy New Year to you all and stay safe!

Pizza meatball mini cups

5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 35 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Total Time 47 mins
Course Appetizer
Servings 16


  • 12 oz raw extra lean ground beef
  • 1/3 cup pizza sauce
  • 3 Tbsp bread crumbs
  • Dash salt & pepper
  • 2 tsp italian seasoning
  • 1 package reduced fat pillsbury crescent rolls
  • 1 cup reduced fat shredded mozzarella cheese


  • Preheat oven to 400F, line a large baking sheet with some foil and spray foil with some cooking spray. Make your meatballs first *Note- you can use frozen meatballs to save on time but you will have to adjust points accordingly, I prefer to make my own and I added a little pizza flare to mine.
  • Mix your ground beef with your bread crumbs and 2 Tbsp of your pizza sauce, add in salt & pepper and 1 tsp italian seasoning.
  • Roll out beef mixture into balls, each one weighing approx 0.7 oz, cook in oven for approx 25 minutes, turning over half way.
  • Lower oven to 375F, roll out your crescent dough. Cut each triangle in half and place dough pieces into a sprayed mini muffin tin. Sprinkle a small amount of cheese into each cup, about 1/2 Tbsp.
  • In a bowl mix your cooked meatballs with remaining pizza sauce, place 1 meatball into each dough cup.
  • Sprinkle a little more cheese on each meatball, about another 1/2 Tbsp so that each cup has 1 Tbsp of cheese in each, top with remaining italian seasoning.
  • Bake in oven for 10-12 minutes.
  • Serve immediately, makes 16 meatball cups at 3 smart points each (3 points plus)
  • *Note- you can make ahead of time and warm up before serving.
  • Nutritional info per cup, Calories.. 104...Fat 4.5g...Sat fat 2g...Carbs 8.4g..Fiber 0.2g..Sugars 2g..Protein 8.3g
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  1. Eileen Hagen Reply

    These look terrific and I will try them for New Years. Have a great vacation and Happy New Year to you and your family!

    • Mary Anile Reply

      5 stars
      I just made these love them!!!!

      Begin Italian I made some modifications to recipe that I probably should’ve done. I usually make things in larger quantities that way I have left overs for the next day.
      I used 450grams of ground beef, 1 egg, 1/2 cup of panako bread crumbs, 1/2 cup of grated cheese, 1 tsp of Italian seasoning, salt and pepper.
      I noticed that your muffin tray is a 16 hole tray, mine is 12 hole tray which means I had to use more of the pillsbury crescent roll in each hole other than that everything else is the same…and delicious!

      I will try to make the modifications for next attempt…less pillsbury crescent

      Thanks for sharing & love your posts!

      • Drizzle Reply

        Hi Mary, so glad you enjoyed them thanks for sharing your tips for others 🙂

    • Drizzle Reply

      Wish I could help but I am not too familiar with GF baking sorry 🙁

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