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Broccoli Crust Pepperoni Pizza
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Recipe courtesy of Food Network Kitchen

Broccoli Crust Pepperoni Pizza

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr 10 min
  • Active: 20 min
  • Yield: 6 servings
This pizza really delivers when it comes to everyone's favorite broccoli-and-cheese flavor combo. The broccoli pulls double duty as both crust and topping, making the pie feel virtuous (goodbye excess carbs) and indulgent (hello golden cheese). We topped ours with pepperoni cups, but you can always leave them off for a vegetarian version or add other toppings – olives, bell peppers or sundried tomatoes would all do well here.



  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment.
  2. Cook the frozen broccoli according to the package directions. Put in a colander and let drain and cool for 10 minutes. Measure out 1 cup of the florets for the topping, breaking them into small pieces if needed; set aside.  
  3. Pulse the remaining broccoli in a food processor, scraping down the sides as necessary, until finely chopped. Put the broccoli, Parmesan, oregano, red pepper flakes, eggs, 3/4 cup of the mozzarella and 3/4 teaspoon salt in a large bowl and toss well to combine. Transfer to the prepared baking sheet and spread in an even layer. Bake until the crust is golden, about 20 minutes. 
  4. Spread the pizza sauce on the crust, leaving a 1/3-inch border around the edges. Top with the remaining mozzarella followed by the pepperoni and reserved broccoli florets. Bake until the mozzarella is bubbling and golden and the pepperoni is browned, about 15 minutes. Sprinkle with more Parmesan and serve.