If you’re looking for a super simple meal that comes together in MINUTES then might I suggest this English Muffin Pizza recipe! These cute little pizzas are so easy to make and something the whole family will enjoy doing together. They’re great for those nights when you have NOTHING planned but want an easy recipe everyone will love.

Growing up, my mom always kept bagels on hand so that my brother and I could make ourselves bagel pizzas in the microwave when we wanted food but she wasn’t ready to cook yet. Once i moved on my own, I kept that tradition alive and WELL because I was a typical lazy college kid who LOVED pizza.

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Fast forward some years later and I still love a quick and easy homemade pizza BUT we’ve leveled it up a little and I love the evolution I’m working with :)

close up shot of english muffin pizzas (topped with cheese, red onion, green pepper, olives, and basil) sitting on a parchment lined baking sheet

How to make the BEST English Muffin Pizzas:

As previously mentioned SEVERAL times, the best part about this recipe is how EASY it is. I most often use my toaster oven to make these but you can also throw them in your larger oven OR even an air fryer (we’ll go over that in a bit!).

Basic ingredients we’re working with:

  • English muffin halves – I use 4 muffins that I split in half. This is the perfect amount for 2 HUNGRY adults OR to serve as appetizers to 4-6 people.
  • Pizza sauce – I typically use a simple marinara from the store but you can use whatever you have on hand. I often make thees pizzas when I have leftover spaghetti sauce that I need to use up.
  • Shredded mozzarella cheese – an obvious pizza staple :) You can use as little or as much as you prefer.
  • Italian seasoning – don’t skip this! It adds so much extra flavor.
ingredients layed out for english muffin pizzas: english muffins, cooking spray, mozzarella cheese, diced onions, olives, and bell pepper, pizza sauce.

Pizza Toppings –

The sky’s the limit here!

Love pineapple on pizza? GO FOR IT! Don’t let those Italians tell you it’s wrong (I can say that because I’m half Italian but still love pineapple on pizza :))

Here are some topping ideas –

  • Sliced olives
  • Bell pepper, diced or sliced
  • Onion, diced or sliced
  • Mushrooms, diced or sliced
  • Really any veggies
  • Pepperoni – I’m vegetarian but my daughter loves the mini pepperoni’s on her mini pizza!
  • Pineapple, diced

How to make this English Muffin Pizza recipe

The recipe is SUPER simple but lets go over it quickly:

  1. You’re going to want to toast the english muffins first to prevent the “crust” from getting soggy. Do this by spraying them with a little cooking spray and baking them for about 5 minutes in the oven.
  2. Remove from the oven and add your favorite pizza sauce and toppings. Place them back onto a baking sheet and place them in the oven for about 10 more minutes until the cheese is melted and browned. At the end, you can set the oven to broil for a couple minutes if you like the cheese to be a little crispy around the edges.
  3. Remove the pizzas from the oven and top with fresh herbs and ENJOY!
 english muffin pizzas (topped with cheese, red onion, green pepper, olives, and basil) sitting on a parchment lined baking sheet before they've been baked

How to avoid SOGGY English Muffins:

As you can imagine, my microwave pizza bagels from my college days were typically pretty soggy. HOWEVER, I’ve learned the trick for avoiding that in my wiser years.

AND it’s simple: toast the english muffins on a baking sheet BEFORE adding ANY of the toppings. I like to spray mine with a little olive oil spray so that they crisp up better (and I love the little bit of flavor that the olive oil adds).

Can I freeze English Muffin Pizzas?

I honestly wasn’t sure so I gave it a try several ways and I LOVE how great these turned out for the ULTIMATE easy meal. Here’s how I did it:

How to prepare make ahead pizzas – Make the recipe as directed but BEFORE the final bake, place the pizzas on a baking tray so that they’re close but not touching. Place them in the freezer for a few hours until FULLY frozen and then place the frozen pizza into an airtight container and store them in the freezer.

To cook the frozen pizzas – Simple preheat your oven to 400 degrees and place the frozen pizzas on a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until the cheese is melted and starting to brown along the edges.

close up shot of english muffin pizzas (topped with cheese, red onion, green pepper, olives, and basil) sitting on a white board

How to reheat English Muffin Pizza:

This might sound crazy but I’m not a huge fan of leftover pizza. HOWEVER, if you want to reheat these, I suggest putting them BACK in the oven for a few minutes. The microwave is always a quick and easy option BUT it’ll result in soggy pizzas.

If you think you’ll have leftovers, I suggest following my instructions above for freezing the pizzas BEFORE they get baked.

english muffin veggie pizzas sitting in an air fryer fully cooked

English Muffin Pizzas in the Air Fryer

I give Tiktok full credit for this one because I saw a video where someone was cooking ALL kinds of delicious english muffin recipes in their air fryer and I am obsessed. SO, I tried it out with this recipe.

TO DO IT: Spray the muffins with cooking spray and air fry at 400 degrees for 1 minute. Add on your sauce and cheese plus toppings, etc and then air fry for an additional 4-5 minutes. THAT’S IT! They turn out SO good in the air fryer and I love how the cheese gets a little toasty on top too.

One Last Bite

I love to see your delicious creations and share the tastiest feedback. SO, if you make this recipe, please remember to tag me on Instagram @foodwithfeeling! We LOVE English Muffin Pizzas in my hose and I hope that your family will too!

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English Muffin Pizza


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  • Author: Brita Britnell
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Ingredients

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  • 4 English muffins, split in half
  • Olive oil cooking spray
  • 1 cup of your favorite marinara/ pizza sauce
  • 1 cup of shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Italian seasoning for sprinkling (about 1/2 teaspoon all together)
  • Optional toppings of choice: finely diced bell pepper, finely diced onion, thinly sliced black olives, thinly sliced mushrooms, really any veggies!, small pieces of pineapple, etc.
  • Fresh herbs for serving

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees F. Place the English muffins, cut side UP, on a baking tray. Spray with cooking spray and bake for 5-7 minutes or until JUST starting to brown and get crisp on the top.
  2. Remove from the oven and spread on marinara (I used about 1-2 tablespoons per English muffin round), a handful of mozzarella, and a good sprinkle of Italian seasoning. Add on any desired toppings.
  3. Baking in the oven for 8-10 more minutes or until the cheese is nice and melted. You can also run these under the broiler for a couple minutes if you like your cheese to be a bit toasted.
  4. Top with fresh herbs and ENJOY!

Notes

These don’t keep very well so I suggest enjoying them all immediately!

Nutritional info does not include any veggie toppings outside of the marinara and cheese FYI.

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: pizza
  • Method: baking
  • Cuisine: american