Garlic, Sausage & Kale Naan Pizzas


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.

Active Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
20 mins
4 servings


  • 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)


  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 1/8 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 1/8 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 Facts (per serving)

498 Calories
28g Fat
33g Carbs
30g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Serving Size 1/2 pizza
Calories 498
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 33g 12%
Dietary Fiber 6g 20%
Total Sugars 4g
Added Sugars 2g 4%
Protein 30g 59%
Total Fat 28g 35%
Saturated Fat 8g 39%
Cholesterol 86mg 29%
Vitamin A 3726IU 75%
Vitamin C 39mg 44%
Folate 54mcg 14%
Sodium 718mg 31%
Calcium 339mg 26%
Iron 4mg 20%
Magnesium 43mg 10%
Potassium 396mg 8%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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