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Meatless Monday: Pizza with Broccoli, Sun-dried Tomatoes and Ricotta

March 25th 03:03pm, 2013



I thought today’s post would be a celebration of spring where we waved goodbye to root vegetables in anticipation for the delicate fruits and veggies of spring and early summer. And then this weekend happened. Now, here I am, offering up a spring-inspired pizza recipe while the trees outside groan under several inches of snow. Ah well.

When it comes to making my own pizza, this recipe is one of my favorites. It starts with quality pre-made pizza dough (Or you can make your own if you have a tried-and-true recipe and some extra time.). My household has grown to really like the refrigerated bagged dough from Trader Joe’s; each bag yields one 12-inch pizza and comes in a white or wheat variety. Top it with some store-bought pizza sauce, and then get fresh with your toppings. All together, it’s a quick and customizable dinner, and you won’t even miss the meat!

Pizza with Broccoli, Sun-dried Tomatoes and Ricotta
One 12-inch pizza

16 oz. pre-made pizza dough
All-purpose flour for dusting
½ cup (more or less to taste) store-bought pizza sauce
Fresh broccoli (Use as much as you want.)
Halved grape tomatoes (Use as many as you want.)
Sun-dried tomatoes (Use as many as you want.)
Chicken-less strips* (Use as many as you want.)
1 tsp. crushed red pepper
4 to 5 dollops fresh ricotta
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
2 cups shredded mozzarella

• Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
• Let the dough rest at room temperature for 20 minutes. Sprinkle flour on both a clean surface and a rolling pin, and roll the dough into a 12-inch circle. Place the dough onto a lightly greased baking sheet.
• Spread the pizza sauce on the dough. Place the broccoli, grape and sun-dried tomatoes, and chicken-less strips on top of the sauce, then sprinkle the crushed red pepper on top. Add dollops of ricotta, season to taste with salt and pepper, and then sprinkle the mozzarella evenly over the top.
• Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the edges are slightly browned and the cheese is melted and slightly browned.

*Available at Trader Joe’s, multiple locations, traderjoes.com

By Beth Styles

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