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Individual Pizzas with Broccoli, Cheese, and Meat Sauce

Yield 6 servings (serving size: 1 pizza)
Mix some broccoli into the cheese to make a tasty base for a ground-round topping.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup finely chopped onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 pound ground round
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups diced fresh tomatoes
  • 3 cups broccoli florets
  • 1 1/4 cups part-skim ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 cup loosely packed basil leaves
  • 1/4 cup (1 ounce) grated fresh Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 6 (4-ounce) Italian cheese-flavored pizza crusts (such as Boboli)

Nutrition Information

  • calories 509
  • caloriesfromfat 30 %
  • fat 17.1 g
  • satfat 7.7 g
  • monofat 6.7 g
  • polyfat 1.4 g
  • protein 29 g
  • carbohydrate 59.1 g
  • fiber 2.7 g
  • cholesterol 45 mg
  • iron 4.8 mg
  • sodium 1033 mg
  • calcium 538 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 400°.

  2. Cook onion, garlic, and beef in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until beef is browned, stirring to crumble. Add tomato paste, 1/4 teaspoon salt, pepper, and tomatoes; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 5 minutes.

  3. Steam broccoli, covered, 4 minutes or until tender. Drain. Place broccoli, 1/4 teaspoon salt, ricotta, basil, Parmesan, and juice in a blender or food processor; process until broccoli is finely chopped. Spread about 1/3 cup broccoli mixture over each pizza crust, leaving a 1/2-inch border; top with 1/3 cup beef mixture.

  4. Place pizzas on a baking sheet. Bake at 400° for 18 minutes or until heated.