Pizza Bianca with Sausage and Broccoli Rabe and pear and butter lettuce salad
Get your greens right on top of your pizza with this savory version that skips the red sauce and tops the pizza dough with herby garlic oil instead.
Smarts #1: When chopping the broccoli rabe, be sure you get bite-sized pieces that you’d like to have on your pizza slices.
Smarts #2: Have you ever had pizza with “hot” honey? If you like things that have a spicy / sweet combo, use spicy sausage for this pizza and try a slice with a drizzle of honey over top. It sounds weird, but something about it just works!
- Pizza dough - 1 lb
- Flour, all-purpose - 2 Tbsp
- Cheese, fresh mozzarella - 8 oz, thinly sliced
- Broccoli rabe - 12 oz, chopped (also called rapini; sub kale)
- Garlic - 4 cloves, chopped
- Oil, olive - 1 Tbsp + 2 Tbsp
- Italian sausage, loose and raw - 8 oz (choose mild or hot)
- Italian seasoning - 1/2 tsp
- Lemon juice - 2 tsp
- Red pepper flakes (opt) - 1/2 tsp
- Mustard, Dijon - 1 tsp
- Honey - 1/2 tsp
- Vinegar, white wine - 1 Tbsp
- Oil, olive - 3 Tbsp
- Pears - 1, chopped
- Butter lettuce - 8 oz, leaves torn (sub any salad greens)
- Pizza dough - Cover in flour and let rest for at least 30 minutes outside of fridge before rolling out. (Resting dough gives gluten time to chill out, which makes the dough much more pliable.)
- Cheese / Broccoli rabe / Garlic - Prep as directed. Store separately. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
- Saute sausage and broccoli rabe - Heat a skillet with first part of oil (portion for pizza) over medium heat. Add sausage and saute, breaking it apart, until cooked through, 6 to 8 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate. To heated skillet, add broccoli rabe and saute until broccoli rabe is wilted and tender, 4 to 5 minutes more. Add to plate with cooked sausage. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
- Make vinaigrette - Whisk together mustard, honey, and vinegar. Add oil (portion for salad) while whisking. Season with a pinch of salt and pepper. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
- Make garlic oil - Combine second part of oil (portion for pizza) with garlic and Italian seasoning. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
- Pears / Lettuce - Prep as directed and combine.
- Heat oven to 425F / 218C degrees.
- Brush a sheet pan with some oil.
- Using hands, stretch out pizza dough to cover sheet pan.
- Bake dough for 3 minutes without toppings. (This solo time in the oven gives the dough time to crisp up; if you put toppings on now, your crust may get soggy.)
- Remove pizza from oven. Brush the surface of the dough with garlic oil.
- Spread sausage and broccoli rabe over top of pizza. Top with cheese.
- Bake pizza until crust is golden brown and cheese is melted and bubbly, 8 to 12 minutes.
- Toss pears and lettuce in vinaigrette until dressed to your liking.
- When pizza is finished, squeeze lemon juice over top. Add red pepper flakes if you’d like.
- Slice pizza and serve with salad on the side. Enjoy!
This meal has 22 reviews
The broccoli raab is a perfect green for pizza. The leaves are substantial enough to withstand the oven heat without burning. I bake mine at 525F. Neapolitan pizza ovens are in the 800-900F range.
Not our favorite, but it was pretty good and a quick meal. I think we’d prefer a white sauce vs. the garlic oil.
This got devoured by all 4 kids and myself...even by my more picky son. I also had no idea my kids liked diced pears so much so that’s a win. They didn’t care for the salad but I did. I just put some of the pears on the side. They even at the kale on the pizza (didn’t have the other stuff at the store so I subbed). Loved the garlic flavor and the lack of red sauce for a change. Super easy to throw together when the topping is prepped ahead of time too.
OMG. This was so good. We will be making again next week.
The pizza wasn't too bad. I have some ideas on how to jazz it up in the future though. The salad is what really wow'd me in this recipe. Never had butter Lettuce before and it was great! And that vinegarette was the bomb!!
I can't pretend I made this recipe but five stars because kids love pizza night. Since we already have tradition of make your own pizza established, I did broccolini with lemon on the side, plus the salad, added onions, pepperonccini, pepperoni and cubed ham as topping options, and that honey was a great idea! Very yummy! Girls love making pizza without cheese which seems sad to me, but that is how they like it.