White Pizza with Broccoli and Mushrooms

Cover recipe- Vegetarian Times, White Pizza with Broccoli & Mushrooms: April 2010

I just recently started subscribing to Vegetarian Times.  I’m not a vegetarian myself, but I do like to cook meatless dishes sometimes, and I thought I’d see what this magazine had to offer.  I’ve been pleasantly surprised with the content so far.  The ingredients in the recipes aren’t bizarre or hard to find.  The focus is on using fresh and healthy ingredients.

The current issue highlights Eating Better Dinners- 32 fresh and easy recipes under 350 calories.   The cover recipe is part of a feature article on Broccoli:  5 New Ways to Enjoy a Good-for-You Favorite.  All of the ideas featured look really, really good.  The pizza on the cover utilizes broccoli and sliced mushrooms set in a creamy white cheesy sauce:  White Pizza with Broccoli and Mushrooms.  Follow my notes below to see how the recipe turned out.

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White Pizza with Broccoli & Mushrooms

Yield: 6 slices

Prep Time: 35 min

Cook Time: 35 min

This recipe served a family of three just fine, accompanied by a side salad too.

Ingredients:

2 Tbsp. nonhydrogenated margarine or butter, divided (I used butter)
6 ounces mushrooms, sliced (2 cups)
8 ounces broccoli florets (3 cups)
1 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
1 cup low fat milk
2 cloves garlic, minced (2 tsp.)
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella, divided
1/4 cup grated Parmesan, divided
1 (13.8 ounce) package refrigerated pizza dough

Directions:

1.  Place pizza stone or baking sheet in center of oven, and heat to 425 degrees F.
2.  Melt 1 1/2 tsp. margarine in skillet over medium-high heat.  Add mushrooms and cook 4 to 7 minutes, or until beginning to brown, stirring frequently.  Add broccoli and 1/3 cup water.  Cover tightly, and steam broccoli in skillet 3 to 4 minutes, or until tender.
3.  Meanwhile, heat remaining 1 1/2 Tbsp. margarine in saucepan over medium-high heat.  Add flour, and cook 2 minutes, or until pale golden, stirring constantly.  Stir in milk, garlic and salt.  Cook 3 to 4 minutes, or until mixture thickens and begins to boil, stirring constantly.  Remove from heat.  Stir in 1/4 cup mozzarella and 2 Tbsp. Parmesan until sauce is smooth and cheese is melted.
4.  Shape pizza dough according to package directions.  Remove pizza stone from oven, and place dough on hot stone.
5.  Spread white sauce over dough to within 1/2-inch of edge, and top with broccoli mixture.  Sprinkle remaining mozzarella and Parmesan over top.  Return to oven, and bake 18 to 20 minutes, or until edges of pizza are golden and center is hot and bubbly.  Cool slightly before slicing and serving.

Tips:

*The broccoli florets should be sliced in half.  They'll be too tall and chunky to place on the pizza if you leave them whole.
*I wanted to add more Parmesan on top of the pizza.  2 Tablespoons didn't seem like quite enough.
*Refrigerated pizza dough at the regular market isn't so great.  Look around to find something better... Trader Joe's sells a better refrigerated pizza dough, and sometimes your local pizza place will sell you a ball of fresh dough for a low price too.
*I didn't bother removing the hot pizza stone from the oven to assemble the pizza. I rolled the dough out on some cornmeal (so it wouldn't stick to the stone), then just opened the oven and placed the dough on the stone, added the sauce and the toppings, closed the oven and baked.

Nutritional Information per serving:
Serving size: 1 slice
Calories per serving: 275
Fat per serving: 9g
Saturated Fat per serving: 4g
Sugar per serving: 7g
Sodium per serving: ,span class="sodium">746g
Fiber per serving: 3g
Protein per serving: 13g
Cholesterol per serving: 10mg
Carbohydrates per serving: 38g

SourceVegetarian Times, April 2010

The results:

It turned out perfect. We’re not even close to being vegetarians yet my whole family enjoyed this for dinner. The white sauce for this pizza recipe is absolutely delicious.

Did this recipe deserve the cover spotlight?

Absolutely!  This was a fresh and easy vegetarian pizza recipe.

Lori is the founder of RecipeGirl.com. She's a professional recipe developer and food writer, and she's the author of The Recipe Girl Cookbook (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt: April 2013). Beyond food, Lori enjoys traveling, being outdoors, running, and maybe even singing a little karaoke. The mountains near Lake Tahoe are home for Lori and her husband of 18 years. They have an 12 year-old son who blogs at RecipeBoy.com.

10 Responses to “White Pizza with Broccoli and Mushrooms”

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    Katie @ goodLife {eats} — April 6, 2010 @ 6:36 am

    I can’t wait to try this one. We have lots of broccoli growing in our garden and I bought some mushrooms because they were on sale. Maybe tonight!

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    teresacooks — April 6, 2010 @ 8:09 am

    Wow, your picture makes me want to try this recipe – it’s better than theirs. I get the magazine and rarely cook out of it. I make pizza all the time with artisan bread in five dough. . . I’ll try this on Friday. Thanks!

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    Phoo-d — April 6, 2010 @ 8:15 am

    I love this magazine! I’ve been buying it off the shelf for the past three months and have made so many delicious recipes from it that I really need to get a subscription. (The food styling is beautiful too.) This pizza looks like a wonderfully healthy alternative to our typical pepperoni and mozzerella.

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    julia — April 7, 2010 @ 3:34 pm

    2 our of the 3 veggies my husband will eat: mushrooms and broccoli. And of course we like pizza! Yum, looks great!

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    Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction — April 7, 2010 @ 9:14 pm

    I made this recipe, too… and we loved it! Great choice.

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    Valen — April 8, 2010 @ 12:38 pm

    Oh my gosh this looks so delicious! And healthy too!

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    Carol Engstrom — April 8, 2010 @ 2:30 pm

    This veggie recipe looks super good and healthy too! I definitely want to try this.

    Great picture!

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    Sue — April 10, 2010 @ 9:30 am

    That looks and sounds absolutely delicious! Thanks so much for sharing *Ü*

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    LilSis — April 20, 2010 @ 9:56 pm

    I can’t wait to try this recipe. I love a good white pizza with veggies!

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    Amanda — August 24, 2010 @ 3:39 pm

    I made this and it was yummy, but next time I think I will saute the garlic first. With the recipe it just sort of floats around in the sauce and doesn’t get cooked. Love the blog!!

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