Green and Cheezy, Ricotta Stuffed Spinach and Broccoli Pizza Pie

Raising children to try eating vegetables is a hard task to tackle, which is why many parents are thankful that there is such a thing as pizza! With pizza, there are no limitations; in fact, most dishes nowadays contain all the right ingredients with the right nutrients children need. One of those extreme choices of topping is the broccoli and it is expected to be seen as weird of disliked in an instant by children, from its appearance alone. But just add ricotta cheese, plus other ingredients that bring the flavours out, produces a great tasting dish that kids will surely demand.


Ricotta Stuffed Spinach and Broccoli Pizza Pie


Ingredients:

16 oz whole wheat or white pizza dough (I pick it up at Trader Joes or Fresh and Easy)

1 Cup ricotta cheese

¼ Cup grated parmesan cheese, like Kraft

1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

2 Cups fresh spinach leaves, chopped

2 Cups fresh broccoli florets, steamed until fork tender, about 3 minutes in boiling water

Pinch of salt

½ Cup Roasted red bell peppers, from can or fresh

1 ½ Cup shredded mozzarella cheese

2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

½ teaspoon dried Italian Seasoning


Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Divide dough into 2 equal pieces. Spread and press one piece of dough into the bottom and sides of a 9-9 ½ inch round cake or tart pan that has been sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. (I used a 9 ½ inch deep quiche pan with a removable bottom that worked perfectly) In a medium bowl, mix together the ricotta and parmesan cheese until well combined. Spread into pressed pizza dough.

2. Place olive oil into a medium skillet over medium heat. Saute spinach until wilted down, about 3 minutes. Place evenly over ricotta cheese layer. Place steamed broccoli florets over spinach and season with a pinch or two of kosher salt. Layer roasted red peppers, then mozzarella cheese over top. Press out remaining piece of dough and place over filling, tucking edges inside of pan. Brush with olive oil and sprinkle with Italian Seasoning. Bake for 25-35 minutes or until crust is golden brown and cooked through.

3. Let cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan or cutting into wedges.

8 slices

Posted by Diane Araga, on January 7, 2013 at 8:00 AM