Serves 6 (serving size: 2 sliders)

Skip the pasta and try Italian meatball sliders instead. Best of all, you can make the meatballs ahead and freeze them for a quick meal on busy nights.

How to Make It

Step 1

Heat 1 teaspoon oil in a large skillet over medium heat; swirl to coat. Add garlic and shallots to pan; sauté 3 minutes or until shallots are softened, stirring frequently. Combine shallot mixture, ricotta, and next 8 ingredients (through egg) in a medium bowl. Shape mixture into 12 (1-inch) meatballs; flatten each meatball slightly.

Step 2

Return pan to medium-high heat. Add remaining 2 teaspoons oil to pan. Add meatballs to pan; cook 6 minutes, turning once. Add marinara sauce; bring to a boil, scraping pan to loosen browned bits. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 8 minutes or until meatballs are done. Top bottom half of each bun with 1 1/2 tablespoons sauce, 1 meatball, 1 basil leaf, and top half of bun.

Ratings & Reviews

jenniferlovejoy's Review

February 19, 2012
OMG, these were fantastic! I followed the recipe exactly, except that I used onion instead of shallots because I didn't have any. The sliders were moist and flavorful, and a touch spicy. Next time I have these I'm going to put a little more sauce on the bottom of the buns. I served with the Spinach and Mozzarella salad, which was also very good...I subbed tomatoes for the red peppers. Fabulous meal, which I'll definitely make again.

Even better if cooked a little longer

February 27, 2016
Yes these are good but if you have just an extra 25 min for them to simmer they are much better. We put sliced Provolone on the sandwiches and loved them.

4 1/2 stars

January 02, 2016
The family LOVED these.  I got the sausage at New Seasons and they only had chicken sausage.  I got one regular and one hot so left out the crushed red pepper when making the meatballs.  We had to put a sprinkle of parmesan on top before serving.  Will definitely have these often.

Great any night recipe ......

March 29, 2015
Easy, very tasty, any night meal. My hubby loved it. Added just a little more crushed red pepper.

brognes's Review

February 23, 2015
I was so worried about overworking the meat that I didn't do a very good job of pressing the meatballs together. So it really just turned into a delicious meat sauce. Will definitely make again.

Dandetaub's Review

September 22, 2014
Kids enjoyed. Really delicious

tamib49913's Review

August 04, 2014
This is very tasty! Definitely going in our rotation.

DSkaar's Review

June 14, 2014
Definitely a repeat. I made my own turkey sausage to control salt and spice to make it toddler friendly. Other than that, I followed the recipe. Good flavor, not too difficult and freezer friendly all make it a repeat. I made a few without the ricotta for the baby (who loved them) and they were also good without the dairy, so they can be friendly to those with dairy sensitivity.

Tealwins's Review

June 05, 2014
This is a regular in the rotation. Quick, easy and delicious.

MarloM's Review

May 04, 2014
These were great!