Annabel Karmel's English muffin pizzas recipe

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These little English muffin pizzas designed especially for kids by Annabel Karmel are quick, easy and lots of fun to make together.

Annabel Karmel's English muffin pizzas
Preparation Time10 mins
Cooking Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Cost RangeCheap

Annabel Karmel's English muffin pizzas make a great mini pizza dinner that kids will love.

Pizza is always a welcome dinner for little one, but with this version you can sneak in a whole heap of extra veggies. If your kids are old enough to manage a knife and like to get involved, you can set them on chopping duty, but even younger children will be happy to help with making the faces at the end (just make sure the cheese and topping has cooled enough before they start). This recipe makes four mini pizzas enough for 4 little kids or two older ones. This is a recipe you can serve to the whole family though, and it's easy to multiply the amounts if needed. 


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ red onion, chopped
  • ½ small red pepper, diced
  • ½ small yellow pepper, diced
  • 50g courgette, diced
  • 50g brown mushrooms, diced
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme, chopped
  • 1 tsp garlic puree
  • 2 English muffins
  • 4 tbsp passata
  • 1 tbsp sun-dried tomato paste
  • 25g Cheddar, grated
  • 25g mozzarella, grated
  • To decorate: 4 mini mozzarella balls, 4 olives, 1 slice of red pepper, 8 small basil leaves (see tip)




  1. Preheat the grill. Heat the oil in a frying pan. Add the onion, peppers, courgette and mushrooms, fry for 8 minutes until soft and lightly golden brown. Add the thyme and garlic and fry for one minute.
  2. Slice the muffins in half, arrange on a baking sheet cut side up. Mix the passata and sun-dried tomato paste together and spread over the muffins as a base. Spoon over the mixed vegetables on top and sprinkle with Cheddar and Mozzarella.
  3. Grill for 4 to 5 minutes until bubbling and the cheese has melted.

Top tip for making Annabel Karmel's English muffin pizzas

You can try using lots of different veggies to vary the recipe - this is great for using up the odd carrot or celery stick left at the bottom of your vegetable basket.

To decorate with little faces: Once you have grilled the muffins, halve the mozzarella balls to make big googly eyes, then use a little bit of red pepper (or tomato) to make the pupils. Use one black olive per pizzette, to make the nose. Arrange the basil leaves as eyebrows.

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Annabel Karmel

Annabel Karmel MBE is a chef and author of over 40 cookbooks based on nutrition, and cooking for babies, children and families. With her career spanning over 25 years she has pioneered the way families feed their babies and children all the world over.