Garlic, Sausage & Kale Naan Pizzas

Garlic, Sausage & Kale Naan Pizzas

2 Reviews
From: EatingWell Magazine, March/April 2016

We love sausage, but it can be high in sodium. In this fast, healthy dinner, we make our own turkey sausage with crushed red pepper, garlic, fennel seeds, paprika and just a touch of salt.

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  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper, or to taste
  • 12 ounces 93%-lean ground turkey
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 8 cups lightly packed prechopped kale or baby kale
  • 1 tablespoon red-wine vinegar
  • 2 8-inch whole-grain naan breads (see Tips) or whole-wheat pitas
  • ¾ cup mini mozzarella balls, such as mozzarella “pearls” (see Tips)


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  1. Position rack in upper third of oven; preheat broiler to high.
  2. Heat 2 tablespoons oil, garlic and crushed red pepper in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. As soon as the garlic starts to sizzle, add turkey, fennel seeds, paprika and ⅛ teaspoon salt. Cook, breaking up the turkey with a wooden spoon, until it is almost cooked, 2 to 3 minutes. Add kale, vinegar and the remaining ⅛ teaspoon salt; cook, stirring, until the kale is wilted and the turkey is no longer pink, 2 to 3 minutes more. Remove from heat.
  3. Place naan (or pitas) on a large baking sheet and brush with the remaining 1 tablespoon oil. Top with equal portions of the turkey mixture and mozzarella.
  4. Broil until the cheese is melted and the edges are starting to brown, 2 to 4 minutes. Cut in half.
  • Naan—Indian flatbread—makes a nice pizza crust when you're in a hurry. It's lower in sodium than our other favorite pizza-dough substitute, whole-wheat pita. Look for it in your supermarket bakery or deli.
  • Sometimes labeled “pearls” or bocconcini, mini fresh mozzarella balls are perfect for plopping on a pizza whole. If you can't find them, thinly slice regular fresh mozzarella.
  • Cut Down on Dishes: A rimmed baking sheet is great for everything from roasting to catching accidental drips and spills. For effortless cleanup and to keep your baking sheets in tip-top shape, line them with a layer of foil before each use.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: ½ pizza
  • Per serving: 498 calories; 28 g fat(8 g sat); 6 g fiber; 33 g carbohydrates; 30 g protein; 54 mcg folate; 86 mg cholesterol; 4 g sugars; 2 g added sugars; 3,726 IU vitamin A; 39 mg vitamin C; 339 mg calcium; 4 mg iron; 718 mg sodium; 396 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin A (75% daily value), Vitamin C (65% dv), Calcium (34% dv), Iron (22% dv)
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 2
  • Exchanges: 2 starch, ½ vegetable, 2½ lean meat, 1 medium-fat meat, 2 fat

Reviews 2

March 13, 2017
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By: taugh99
I used a slice of sourdough bread (who has naan if you don't eat it regularly?) and it was very good, if not a bit dry. Next time Ill try it with a garlic aoli - should be perfect. Love the do-it-yourself turkey sausage!
May 08, 2016
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By: EatingWell User
Versatile enough to make for every meal I adapt this many ways. I use the turkey mix in eggs for added protein w/eggs.In a lettuce wrap for lunch. OR as original recipe for very filling,flavorful meal. Pros: SImple,limited number of ingredients Cons: None
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