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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.

Source: EatingWell Magazine, September/October 2017


Recipe Summary

30 mins
50 mins


Ingredient Checklist


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

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

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

  • 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.

  • 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

1 slice
434 calories; protein 17.5g; carbohydrates 41g; dietary fiber 3.4g; sugars 4g; fat 24.8g; saturated fat 6g; cholesterol 29.5mg; vitamin a iu 1106.9IU; vitamin c 34.1mg; folate 35.8mcg; calcium 165.2mg; iron 1mg; magnesium 30.9mg; potassium 299mg; sodium 672mg; added sugar 2g.

2 1/2 starch, 3 vegetable, 1/2 high-fat meat, 1/2 medium-fat meat, 2 fat