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.

November 30, 2016
UpdateIt's much easier to find regular pork Italian sausage and ground turkey to use in these. The proportions are the same.  This is the way I always make them now and I think the flavor is better.  One of our favorites.

BoCoNorm's Review

February 24, 2014
I made this tonight and my wife and daughters all gave it a thumbs up. The only thing I adjusted this time was that I only used a pinch of the red pepper fllakes. Also, everyone at the table thought the basil leaves could be left out. Personally, I was ok with them, but will listen to the masses next time.

tamib49913's Review

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

CherylT's Review

March 02, 2012

eirelan's Review

February 26, 2012

KarenWard's Review

March 15, 2012
these were tasty little treats. we enjoyed the flavor and served it with a mixed veggie salad so it made for a nice meal. only problem was finding tiny buns...ended up using dinner rolls

jnepo2010's Review

April 25, 2013
Absolutely terrific, even on a busy weeknight. My husband and I could not stop eating them. Surprisingly hearty, despite the small amount of meat. We loved these on small potato rolls, which are about 90 cals each. We used Trader Joe marinara sauce, which proved to be a good match.

Mikita's Review

March 11, 2012
Made with 50/50 mix of spicy italian sausage and grass fed beef. quite delicious and easy.

Monique1672's Review

April 08, 2012
This was really good. The only thing that I changes is that I used only turkey sausage and red onion in place of shallots. It was very simple to make and tasted very good. Rather than making them into a regular sandwich (just thought it would be too much bread), I made them open faced. Since I made it with the spinach salad pictures, I had extra fresh mozzarella and melted a small piece on top the meatballs under the broiler. What an easy, great tasting and looking meal!