Classic Meals
Broccoli Rabe and Fresh Mozzarella Banza Pizza

Broccoli Rabe and Fresh Mozzarella Banza Pizza

There are two things known to be true about people who grow up in Brooklyn: they know their bagels, and they definitely know their pizza. I could eat pizza everyday and not get sick of it. I LOVE pizza. Sure, it’s not the healthiest of options, but it serves major purpose. Just moved? Order a pizza. Coming home from a long trip? Order a pizza. Long day at work/watching kids/working from home/dealing with crazy people? ORDER A DAMN PIZZA. See, it works a variety of reasons, and it sure tastes delicious.

I’ll always be a fan of traditional NY style cheese pizza, but I have an adoration for a white pie (sans any marinara sauce) and I LOVE broccoli rabe. One of my favorite pasta brands, Banza, came out with a chickpea crust and I had to give it a try. The box comes with two crusts, and since they’re on the smaller side, I decided to make one pizza with marinara sauce, fresh mozzarella, red pepper flakes, and sautéed broccoli rabe. The second pizza was fresh mozzarella, broccoli rabe, and parmesan cheese. Both pizzas baked in the oven for the allotted time on the box and boom, lunch is served! I will say that because the crust is made from chickpeas, they are deceptively filling, so not only did Banza serve me lunch for one day, I had enough for two days! Double win!!

California Olive Ranch

To make these delicious pizzas, you will need:

  • 2 Banza crusts, plain
  • 1 bunch broccoli rabe, blanched (this means, adding the broccoli rabe to boiling water for 2-3 minutes.
  • 3 cloves garlic, roughly chopped or sliced
  • 2 tbsp olive oil or avocado oil, to sautè the broccoli rabe
  • For the white pizza:
    • 4-5 slices of of fresh mozzarella
    • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
  • For the marinara pizza:
    • 1/2 cup marinara sauce
    • 4-5 slices of of fresh mozzarella
    • 1 tbsp red pepper flakes

Blanch the broccoli rabe in a pot of boiling water, for 2-3 minutes. Transfer the broccoli rabe using the skimmer strainer (looks like a circle with a holes) and sautè the broccoli rabe on medium heat with the garlic. Once this is done, add the marinara sauce to one of the crusts, add a layer fresh mozzarella, then the broccoli rabe on top, sprinkle with red pepper flakes. For the other pizza, add the fresh mozzarella, broccoli rabe on top, and add the parmesan to finish. Bake in the oven for the desired amount of time (as per the Banza box). Let cool for five minutes, slice and enjoy!

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