Pizza with broccoli rabe

These days I am super busy and quite stressed out with work and is getting to the point where blogging is hard to keep up. In the next few weeks I will be scrambling to get ready to look for a job this summer, which means finishing my dissertation. As you imagine the process is quite stressful and crazy.

So far I managed to keep up blogging and visiting  blog and commenting and so on, but I’m getting to the point where I need to cut back on the time I spend on blogging. So in the next few weeks I will be less active in the blogging world. I will try my best to post twice a week, but I will be forced to reduce my blog hopping and commenting. Please don’t hate me if I won’t be sharing the love, it is truly only a reflection of how busy work is.

Today I’m presenting you with a savory tart that is a play on escarole pizza. Escarole pizza is a classic in the area around Napoli and is made using pizza dough and escarole sauteed with raisins, olives, and pine nuts. The pizza is sometimes open and some times covered.

In my version I made a tasty broccoli rabe filling using rabe, olives, pine nuts and anchovies and I enclosed it in a whole wheat pie. It turned out pretty delicious and if you remove the anchovies is even vegan!

Pizza with broccoli rabe

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 4 Servings

Pizza with broccoli rabe


    for the filling
  • 1 bunch broccoli rabe
  • 1/2 cup tofu
  • 10 black olives
  • 4 anchovies
  • 1 tbs pine nuts
  • olive oil
  • chili pepper flakes
  • for the dough
  • 1 cup regular flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 8 tbsp oil
  • 1/3 to 1/2 cup cold water
  • 1 pinch salt


    for the dough
  1. Combine all ingredients adding water a bit at a time until the dough is pliable. Wrap in plastic and let rest for about 30 minutes.
  2. for the filling
  3. clean the broccoli rabe and roughly chop the stems and the leaves. Blanche the stems in boiling salted water for about 5 minutes and then add the leaves and let boil for another 3 minutes. Drain.
  4. In a large pan, melt the anchovies fillets in a bit of olive oil. When they are melted add the olives, the chili flakes and the pine nuts. Let them cook for a minute or two.
  5. Add the drained broccoli rabe and sautee. Let it all cook for about 5 minutes so that the gets flavored by the oil.
  6. Divide the prepared rolls in two parts and roll them out in thin circles.
  7. Assemble the pizza by placing a sheet of dough in a pie pan. Add the broccoli rabe filling and crumble tofu on top. Cover the filling with the second sheet of dough.
  8. Cook in a 400F oven for 30 minutes. Enjoy hot or cold.

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46 Responses to Pizza with broccoli rabe

  1. olga lopez says:

    This recipe looks so so good.
    I love veggies in this way.

    • PolaM says:

      Thanks! And thank you for stopping by! I love veggies too! if properly cooked they have nothing to envy to pasta or meat!

  2. This is a beautiful stuffed pizza! Visiting from greenslove bloghop!

  3. ray says:

    Thank you, Pola for finding the time sharing this delicious-looking pizza. I know how you feel about getting very busy and sometimes things get very hectic and I admire your commitment. Take it easy and I hope everything works out well for you.

  4. Believe me, I KNOW about busy, and I have nothing like your excuse at the moment. Hang in there!

  5. Cucina49 says:

    I remember the process of finishing my master’s thesis and exams while working–good luck with the process ahead! I’ve never seen broccoli rabe in a pizza, but it looks wonderful.

  6. Daniela says:

    Wow questa me la segno subito, incontra perfettamente i miei gusti ed è realizzata con verdura di stagione, una ricetta della tradizione con il tuo tocco personale. Mi hai fatto venire l’appettito già a quest’ora. Bravissima Pola. Buona giornata Daniela.

  7. Raymund says:

    Wow I am learning a lot here, I never seen something like this before definitely a must try soon

  8. Wow, this is really beautiful and healthy!

  9. wow…this is an interesting pizza recipe…looks delicious….bookmarked !

  10. RavieNomNoms says:

    I would definitely like this!! I love broccoli rabe!

  11. Dara says:

    Wow. This is so healthy and innovative! I love escarole and combining it with tofu is a great idea.

  12. A very different but healthy sounding pizza with all the vegetables in it. Yes, life gets busy sometimes and it seems like we need more hours in a day. Fortunately though, that is not going to happen or we will all be totally exhausted. Take care!

  13. This is an unique and delicious pizza! I love broccoli rabe.

  14. I know how stressful and busy some periods can get at work and totally understand. You don’t need extra stress from blogging: those who love you and read you will be there waiting for you when you are ready to write and read again. I know I will! This pizza looks so tasty, I love it.

  15. Alida says:

    Che interessante questa pizza! I love broccoli so I am going to bookmark this. Have a good day!

  16. This looks fantastic! I’m a big fan of broccoli rabe 🙂 And totally understand-blogging takes up so much time in the day doesn’t it! 🙂

  17. Natalia says:

    CHe buona, le pizze con le verdure le adoro!!!! Infatti le preparo spesso!

  18. Hope your time is expanded greatly! You have to take care of first things first and your dissertaton will be much more benefiical for you in the big scheme! Your pizza looks delicious and nutritious!

  19. arabafelice says:

    Blogging is hard! Ne so qualcosa 🙂
    Questa pizza e’ bellissima, l’ho sempre sentita nominare ma mai provata…

    • PolaM says:

      Eh si ridendo e scherzando per stare dietro al blog, commenti, ricette e via dicendo ci vuole un sacco di tempo! Per la pizza direi che e’ ora di provarla perche’ e’ davvero buona! Se usi questa ricetta fammi sapere come viene!

  20. YUM! This looks divine – I for one will not be removing the anchovies! Good luck with your dissertation! Don’t worry about not being able to hop around the bloggosphere much for a while, somethings just need to come first 🙂

    • PolaM says:

      I love anchovies! Especially when used for flavoring oil. I don’t understand how it is possible not to like them!

  21. Wow, this is an impressive pizza! I absolutely love the idea!

  22. Kiri W. says:

    Wow, what a striking dish. Almost makes me think of Greek or middle eastern stuffed pastried, I would love to try this! Thank you for teaching me something today. 🙂

  23. This looks absolutely delicious! Good luck completing your dissertation, and even if you aren’t as active on the blogosphere, be sure to take time to make a home-cooked meal from time to time!

  24. This pizza has totally unexpected ingredinets in there – well first one was broccoli rabe, and then tofu!!! And no cheese! How interesting! This must be a healthy kind of pizza! We won’t hate you Paola! Everyone has our real life outside of blogging and there are times you just simply have no time for blogging. This week is going to be like that for me too… Take good care and come back and blog hop when you can. It’s not mandatory yet we appreciate our support each other. 🙂

  25. Rachel says:

    Sounds like a good kind of busy time in your life, except maybe for the dissertation thing. I just about went insane when I was trying to finish my thesis a couple of years ago. Hey, you had time to make this lovely tart! I really like what you did with the swap.

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