The other night Trey asked, “What’s your favorite food right now?” And before I could even answer, he smiled and said, “Wait, is it still pizza?” To which I enthusiastically said, PIZZA FOR LIFE!
Some things never change. 😉
I guess I’m just a simple gal with simple tastes: I like bread with cheese on it. Sign me up every time!
I must admit though that I do actually like to change up what goes on my pizza. And I’m excited to share this combination with you—it’s got a creamy white sauce filled with ground up broccoli and then more broccoli on top. Get it? Double broccoli. And although I probably wouldn’t call this “healthy”, it certainly packs a big dose of vegetables, along with the cheese and cream sauce. 🙂
Creamy Double Broccoli Pizza, makes one 12-inch diameter pizza (serves 3-4)
For the dough:
1 cup warm water
pinch of sugar
2 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon olive oil
2-3 teaspoons of cornmeal for dusting the pan
For the sauce + toppings:
3 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 cup cream
3 cloves of garlic
8 oz. broccoli, divided (stalks removed)
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
In a glass measuring cup, stir a pinch of sugar into the warm water. Then sprinkle the yeast on top of the water. Let that sit for about 5 minutes. In another bowl combine the flour, salt, and oil. Pour the yeast water in with the dry ingredients and stir until a soft dough ball forms. Feel free to use plenty of flour on your work surface and hands as you work with it so it doesn’t stick to everything. Knead a few times, just to make sure the dough is well combined, and then place in a lightly oiled bowl and cover with plastic wrap or a clean kitchen towel. Place somewhere warm and allow to rise for 45 minutes to an hour until it’s nearly doubled in size.
Towards the very end of your rise time, you can go ahead and make your sauce. In a food processor chop half of the broccoli with the garlic until very fine. In a small pot melt the butter over low/medium heat. Add the flour and whisk so a paste forms. Add 1/4 cup of the cream and whisk so the mixture is well combined. Remove from the heat and stir in the broccoli mix and remaining cream. The mixture should be thick and spreadable at this point, but if it seems too thin to you, simply put it back on the heat for a few seconds or so to help it thicken up.
Roll out your dough on a well-floured surface. Sprinkle cornmeal on your baking stone or lightly oiled pan. Bake the dough for about 5 minutes at 400°F. Then add your sauce, mozzarella and remaining broccoli. Bake for an additional 8-10 minutes until the edges of the crust begin to brown and the cheese becomes bubbly. Top with the red pepper flakes.
Slice it up and enjoy! And if you love pizza as much as me, check out our pizza archives because we’ve got some good ones in there. Happy dinner making! xo. Emma
Credits // Author and Photography: Emma Chapman. Photos edited with the NEW A Beautiful Mess actions.
Hello!! I have just made this wonderfull pizza for dinner here, in Buenos AIres, Argentina
Thanks!!! I love your blog!
I tried this last night and it was a BIG hit with my 11 year old step-son. Who ate more broccoli than I have ever seen one person consume in 1 sitting. I am going to pretend that the carbs and cheese don’t matter and congratulate myself on this victory through the day.
I had a friend over yesterday who brought me a sourdough starter. I think the first thing I’m gonna try making is a sourdough pizza and now I totally want to top it with broccoli. This looks so yum!
Whaaat?! This looks SO good!! 😀
Thank you, Emma! <3
I would love it if you would share a gf pizza crust sometime. I also love pizza and love all the different kinds you’ve make over the years, but my gluten-free fiance limits my ability to try out your crusts. I will definitely try this sauce/topping combo on a store-bought gf crust 🙂
looks delicious!!!! i’ll try this one emma!! thanks for posting
Oh my goodness, FINALLY someone else shares my love for broccoli on pizza! This sounds and looks delicious, I can’t wait to try it out- thanks for sharing <3
Emma xo http://thewallflowerwardrobe.blogspot.co.uk/
Agree. Eating half just means you ate a lot more vegetables, right? Never mind the bread and cheese….
Oh man, pizza night every week sounds like perfection. You guys are doing it right!
Omg I am obsessed with broccoli. I love putting it on pizza!
Oh my GOSH. I will be making this asap!! Sounds and looks delish!
Megan at Lush to Blush
I’m obsessed with homemade pizza. My mom always made it and now I do. Broccoli pizza makes me feel better about eating half of the pizza on my own. Yum. My favorite is bbq sauce with shredded chicken and onions.
Yum! This looks delish x
Tiffany Tales | Lifestyle & Beauty
Isn’t pizza a vegetable?! So that paired with all of the broccoli makes this a very healthy meal. 😉
And yes, pizza forever and ever, amen.
I remember my first time in NYC having New York style pizza. It was of course BROCCOLI PIZZA. Love this. Can’t wait to try it!
I love white pizzas and broccoli so this is right up my street!
I suddenly crave a pizza x
Jessica — NinetyCo
I love thin crust like this! It looks amaaaazing.
oh my goodness YESSSS! I love broccoli on my pizza, but honestly never thought about pairing it with a white sauce. Yum Yum Yum! Will definitely be making this this weekend 🙂