I recently posted about a summer Bertucci's pizza that wasn't as healthful as it appeared. Although I still wish for the convenience of a healthy restaurant pizza, I came up with a recipe that'll do until I find one! I used Bertucci's dough and their roasted tomato sauce to preserve a similar flavor but also added a few unusual ingredients: 1) Fiber One cereal ground fine and kneaded into the dough, which I promise you won't notice! (you could use whole wheat dough for fiber but I don't love its texture/taste as a pizza base) and 2) pumpkin puree added to the tomato sauce for a boost in nutrients and a thickened heartier sauce (thanks EatingWell for the great idea!). Brushing on olive oil instead of drizzling it on, and using reduced-fat cheese and sausage round out a really delicious restaurant-quality pizza. Without all the extra oil, you can taste the simple but wonderful flavors of each ingredient. This is by far my favorite homemade pizza recipe.
1 Bertucci's large pizza dough ($3.50 from their take-out)
1/3 cup Fiber One cereal ground in food processor until fine
1 T olive oil (optional)
*1 cup Bertucci's roasted tomato sauce (or your favorite pizza sauce)
1/2 cup pumpkin puree, canned or fresh
2 cups regular or baby spinach
4 basil leaves, chiffonade
4 oz chicken smoked sausage or turkey polska kielbasa, sliced thin
1/2 cup reduced-fat grated mozzarella or pizza cheese blend
- Preheat oven to 450 F.
- Knead Fiber One cereal into pizza dough on a lightly floured surface. Roll the dough as thin as possible into a circular or rectanglar shape (it will rise and get puffy when baked). Line a pan with parchment paper and place dough on pan to bake for 8-10 minutes. (You can also use a pan sprayed with cooking spray but I like the easier cleanup with parchment.)
- Remove dough from oven and let rest a minute, and then brush top of dough with olive oil.
- Mix pumpkin puree into tomato sauce until well blended and spread evenly over dough.
- Layer baby spinach and basil evenly over dough. Then add turkey kielbasa and cheese.
- Bake pizza in oven for 10-12 minutes or until cheese is melted.
*The Bertucci's tomato sauce had at least an inch of oil sitting on top so I drained off some and didn't add extra olive oil to the dough. Not only was this sauce extremely oily but it's pricey at $4.99 for 1 1/2 cups; I'll use my own sauce next time.