Broccoli & Sausage Skillet Pizza


Using a cast-iron skillet for this healthy pizza recipe gives you deep-dish pizza results with extra-crispy sides, but you can make it free-form too. Stretch the dough into a 12-inch oval and place on a large baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Top and bake at 450 degrees F until the cheese is melted and the crust is crisp, about 20 minutes.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Additional Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
50 mins
5 servings


  • 1/2 cup chopped peeled broccoli stems plus 1 cup bite-size broccoli florets (about 4 ounces total), divided

  • ¼ cup fresh basil

  • ¼ cup toasted walnuts

  • 1 clove garlic, smashed

  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest, reserved

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 6 ounces Italian sausage, casing removed

  • 1 pound whole-wheat pizza dough

  • 4 ounces sliced fresh mozzarella cheese, torn into pieces

  • 12 grape tomatoes, halved

  • 2 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese

  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Coat a 12-inch cast-iron skillet with cooking spray or olive oil.

  2. Combine broccoli stems, basil, walnuts, garlic, lemon juice and salt in a food processor. Pulse until finely chopped. Add oil and process to combine.

  3. Cook sausage in a small skillet over medium-low heat, breaking up with a spoon, until no longer pink, 4 to 6 minutes.

  4. Working on a lightly floured surface, roll and stretch pizza dough into a 12-inch circle. Transfer to the prepared pan, pressing the dough 1 inch up the sides. Spread the dough with the pesto and sprinkle with the sausage, broccoli florets, lemon zest, mozzarella, tomatoes, Parmesan and pepper.

  5. Bake the pizza until the crust is golden brown and the cheese is browned in spots, 30 to 35 minutes. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.


To make ahead: Refrigerate pesto for up to 2 weeks.

Equipment: 12-inch cast-iron skillet

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

434 Calories
25g Fat
41g Carbs
18g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 5
Serving Size 1 slice
Calories 434
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 41g 15%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Total Sugars 4g
Added Sugars 2g 4%
Protein 18g 35%
Total Fat 25g 32%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 30mg 10%
Vitamin A 1107IU 22%
Vitamin C 34mg 38%
Folate 36mcg 9%
Sodium 672mg 29%
Calcium 165mg 13%
Iron 1mg 6%
Magnesium 31mg 7%
Potassium 299mg 6%

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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