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Mini Meatball Sliders with Tomato and Basil

by on October 5, 2012 · 1 comment

Tomato Basil Meatball Slider Recipe

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We love pretty much anything with “mini”in the name around here. That’s why these super easy mini meatball sandwiches were such a hit. Tomato, meatballs and a creamy parmesan sauce come together to make a great slider recipe and perfect weekday meal.

Tomato Basil Meatball Slider Recipe 1

This meatball slider recipe gets some help from Progresso. You may have noticed one of their new products showing up in your grocery store – their new Recipe Starters. Progresso paid us to develop a bunch of recipes for them, sent the products and let us play a bit. This recipe uses the Creamy Parmesan and Basil flavor.

It’s very similar to Alfredo sauce – in fact, if you can’t find the Recipe Starters, you could make this slider recipe with your favorite brand of Alfredo Sauce mixed with a handful of fresh basil leaves and it would be delicious!

For more ideas on how to use Progresso’s Recipe Starters, see our Miso Mushroom Pasta Recipe and our Corn and Poblano Casserole Recipe.

How to Make Mini Meatball Sliders

To make things really easy, we use a package of frozen meatballs from the store. Ours came from Trader Joe’s, but there are a few options to choose from. Since the meatballs are frozen, we need a sauce to thaw and heat them in.

The sauce starts with a can of diced tomatoes.

Tomato Basil Meatball Slider Recipe 2

Then, we add the Parmesan Basil sauce (remember, you can use Alfredo sauce, here).

Tomato Basil Meatball Slider Recipe 3

Once the sauce is heated through and slightly reduced, we add the meatballs and cook until thoroughly heated through.

Tomato Basil Meatball Slider Recipe 4

Easy right? If you liked this, you might enjoy the following easy weeknight meals:

Mini Meatball Sandwiches with Tomato and Basil
 
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Before serving try shaving some parmesan cheese over each meatball. If you are only able to find smaller meatballs, serve each slider with two or three small meatballs instead of one large meatball.

Substitution: The Creamy Parmesan Basil Cooking Sauce is very similar to Alfredo sauce – in fact, if you can’t find the Recipe Starters, you could make this slider recipe with your favorite brand of Alfredo Sauce mixed with a handful of fresh basil leaves and it would be delicious!
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You Will Need
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can fire roasted diced tomatoes
  • 1 (18 oz) can Progresso™ Recipe Starters™ Creamy Parmesan Basil Cooking Sauce
  • 12 large frozen cooked meatballs (from 16 oz bag)
  • 12 slider buns
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
Directions
  1. Heat diced tomatoes a 2-quart saucepan over medium heat. Stir in Parmesan Basil Cooking Sauce and meatballs. Cook 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until thoroughly heated. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  2. Slice slider buns in half then top each of the bottom halves with a meatball and sauce then cover with bun top. Serve family style or divide between plates, 3 sliders each.
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1 Comment

1 Bev @ Bev Cooks October 6, 2012 at 9:37 am

DEEEEEEELISH. Ugh. I want it.

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