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Little Italy Meatball Sliders with Whipped Ricotta

The Foodie Physician
My Little Italy Meatball Sliders with Whipped Ricotta are the perfect lightened up entertaining recipe to feed a crowd.
5 from 2 votes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American, Italian
Servings 10
Calories 274 kcal



  • 1 pound 93% lean ground beef
  • 1 large egg
  • ¼ cup grated onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, grated or finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons chopped, fresh parsley
  • ¼ cup dry, plain whole wheat breadcrumbs
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper


  • 1 ½ cups your favorite jarred marinara sauce

Whipped Ricotta:

  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt


  • 10 slider rolls (preferably whole wheat), toasted
  • 2 cups arugula leaves


  • Preheat oven to 375°F.
  • Mix all of the ingredients for the meatballs together in a large bowl. Form into 10 meatballs. Place the meatballs on a rack in a broiler pan. Bake in the oven until cooked through, 18-20 minutes.
  • While the meatballs are baking, place the ricotta, olive oil and salt in a mini food processor. Blend until smooth and creamy.
  • Heat the marinara sauce in a medium saucepan on the stove (alternatively, you can heat the sauce in a bowl in the microwave). When the meatballs are done, remove them from the oven and toss them in the sauce.
  • To assemble the sliders, place a few arugula leaves on each roll bottom. Add the meatballs and spoon a little marinara sauce over each one. Top each meatball with a dollop of whipped ricotta and add the roll tops. Devour!


Nutrition Facts
Little Italy Meatball Sliders with Whipped Ricotta
Amount Per Serving
Calories 274 Calories from Fat 95
% Daily Value*
Fat 10.5g16%
Saturated Fat 3.9g24%
Sodium 584mg25%
Carbohydrates 25.9g9%
Fiber 2.3g10%
Protein 14.4g29%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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