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Sausage and Broccolini Pizza Pockets

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 30 min
  • Active: 20 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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Ingredients

1/2 tablespoon olive oil

8 ounces sweet Italian sausage, casings removed 

2 cloves garlic, finely chopped 

8 ounces broccolini, cut into 1/2-inch pieces 

6 ounces shredded mozzarella 

1/2 cup whole-milk ricotta cheese 

1/4 cup grated Parmesan 

Zest from 1/2 lemon 

Freshly ground black pepper

Crushed dried red pepper

1 pound store-bought pizza dough

All-purpose flour, for dusting

Marinara sauce, warmed, for serving

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 500 degrees F.
  2. To a medium skillet over medium heat, add the olive oil and heat until it begins to shimmer. Then add the sausage, cooking and breaking it up into crumbles with a wooden spoon until it begins to brown, about 5 minutes. Transfer the sausage to a medium bowl with a slotted spoon and set aside to cool slightly.
  3. Add the garlic to the skillet. Stir to combine, being careful not to burn it (reduce the heat if necessary). When the garlic is fragrant and just translucent, add the broccolini and toss to coat in the garlic and olive oil. Cook until just tender, about 7 minutes. Set aside to cool slightly.
  4. Meanwhile, to the medium bowl with the cooked sausage, add the mozzarella, ricotta, Parmesan, lemon zest and black and crushed red pepper to taste. Stir to combine.
  5. Divide the pizza dough into four equal parts and roll into balls. On a lightly floured work surface, flatten them into circles, about 1/4 inch thick. Spread them each with one-quarter of the cheese mixture, sausage and broccolini, leaving a 1-inch border around the edges. Fold them in half to make a calzone shape, pinch the edges to seal and then transfer the pizza pockets to a pizza peel, pizza stone or baking sheet, 2 inches apart. Bake until lightly browned on top, 10 minutes. Let cool slightly and serve with warm marinara sauce.